Monday’s episode, which was also the last for this season of Game of Thrones, was better than anything any of us could have expected. So of course, we will bask in the glory of its brilliance until it hits us that the next season is ten months away.
Hence, to shorten the mourning period and extend the celebration, we have brought you a list of six things from this season’s last episode that only a keen GOT fan would’ve noticed. How many did you miss?
1. The gyroscope thingy
Finally, the origin of the giant rotating sun in the opening credits was revealed in the season finale. The object, which looks like a huge gyroscope with its rings engraved with the sigils of the various important houses of Westeros, is actually a decoration that hangs from the ceilings of the Citadel in Oldtown. Sure, the two scenes with Sam did feel quite boring to some but isn’t it worth it if it made you realise what the opening animation is all about? Perhaps the entire spread is a map that the maesters use to read and understand what is going on in the seven kingdoms.
2. The White Ravens
Now this one was easy. If you didn’t realise this in the scene where Sam lands in Oldtown, Sansa made sure you did after a few scenes. The Citadel releases its first batch of white ravens that mark the coming of the winter to warn the entire Westeros. That’s just one of the many jobs that the maesters are supposed to perform.
3. Arya still hasn’t learned
Remember the time when Arya was a cup bearer to Tywin Lannister? And he could see right through her and suggested that she should try harder to fool the world that she isn’t a high-born lady if she really wants to do that. Starting with not saying ‘My Lord’ because no low born girl says it like that. They say ‘M’Lord’...
Looks like Arya didn’t learn anything.
4. Starks are back in Winterfell
Well, that is no secret but to see the sigil on the opening credits change from Boltons’ Flayed Man to the Starks’ Direwolf was surely very satisfying.
5. The Bleeding Star
Now this can get a little tricky for those who haven’t read the books. If you have been paying attention, then you must know how Melisandre keeps talking about the prince that was promised or Azor Ahai who will come when evil and darkness has engulfed the world. The prophecy for his return was as follows:
“There will come a day after a long summer when the stars bleed and the cold breath of darkness falls heavy on the world. In this dread hour a warrior shall draw from the fire a burning sword. And that sword shall be Lightbringer, the Red Sword of Heroes, and he who clasps it shall be Azor Ahai come again, and the darkness shall flee before him.”
So Melisandre thinks that Jon is the prince that was promised and we may be pushing our luck but look!
That’s Ned’s sword with a star, which also has blood on it from the fight he just had with Ser Arthur Dayne and his men.
Jon is literally born under the bleeding star. Azor Ahai confirmed?
Lastly, we leave you with this song, the one that played through the entire sequence in King’s Landing. Try not to feel the chills...
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