Two episodes down, only five to go... This week in Westeros, our heroes managed to join forces, wage wars, make love, ride North, ride South, and launch one lethal nautical attack, all while tripping around some shockingly clunky dialogue ("Jon Snow defeated the Ramsay Bolton in the Battle of the Bastards!" Geewiz, Hot Pie, thanks for that!). Now that we've sat through the whole thing, let's take a look at some of the Easter Eggs and things you might have missed in Game of Thrones Season 7, Episode 2 "Stormborn."
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1. Where The Wall Meets The Sea
Last week, we got a glimpse of the Night King and his ever-expanding army of the dead, thanks to Bran's super convenient visions. But this particular vision has been the source of much debate. For instance, is that wight giant really Wun Wun? And where exactly is the army supposed to be? Some assume that they're North of the Wall, walking southward; others speculate that it looked like green grass turning to frost beneath the Night King's storm; and some fans suggested that it didn't look like solid ground at all, but frozen water beneath the army's wintry feet. Now, one extra watchful redditor, RohitMSasi, spotted something in the opening credits that might settle that debate once and for all.
The Wall runs across the stretch of land between the Far North and the regular North. Back in Season 1, the Wall was stopped by water on both sides. Now, Winter has come, and you can already see that the sea is freezing over on the sides of the Wall. Forget about needing to tear the Wall down — the Night King and his army can simply go around it. This is exactly what the Hound predicted would happen in his fiery vision from the last episode:
"Ice, a wall of ice. The Wall... It's where the Wall meets the sea. There's a castle there... There's a mountain, looks like an arrowhead. The dead are marching past, thousands of them."
2. Like Uncle, Like Nephew
Why exactly Littlefinger thought it was a good idea to sneak up on Jon in the crypts of Winterfell to either make small talk or to ask for Sansa's hand in marriage is anyone's guess. Nevertheless, he DID interrupt Jon Snow's private moment in front of the crypt of Ned Stark, his father/uncle, and Jon Snow repaid him with a move we've seen before. It's pretty hard to know who pieced together this high-quality meme-able moment first, but here it is again:
While we might still be on a high after the Stark victory in the Battle of the Bastards, it's important to remember we can't underestimate Littlefinger — the man who betrayed Ned Stark, ultimately costing him his life, and betrayed Sansa, selling her to the Boltons and allowing her to be continually raped and abused. He's not a man to be trusted, but he's also not a man to be crossed without a second thought.
3. Sansa Is Cersei And Arya Is The Hound
Last week, we marveled at how Sansa has started styling her hair á la Cersei Season 1 and is emulating her manipulative ways. It makes sense, given that Cersei was basically responsible for Sansa's stilted upbringing for most of her adolescence. Much like how Sansa grew up under Cersei's wicked wing, Arya spent a formative year with Sandor "The Hound" Clegane, learning to be a brutal killer and to expect the absolute worst from people. You can see the Hound reflected clearly in the way Arya greedily and rudely snatches food from Hot Pie's tray, unable to muster any sort of emotion for her old companion — that is, of course, until he cracks her cynical exterior with the news that the Starks have retaken Winterfell and Jon Snow is King in the North. Before that point, Arya was pure Hound: expressionless, ornery, selfish. But thankfully, it doesn't look like she'll be stuck that way forever.
4. 'I'd Make The Title More Poetic'
When the archmaester mentions to Sam that he's writing a modern history book about all the wars after Robert's Rebellion — that is, the wars that have kept us entertained for seven seasons of the show — Sam suggests making the title something a bit "more poetic," a suggestion which makes the archmaester scoff. Could it be that Samwell will decide to write the more poetic version of events that we're watching/reading now? The particular idea harks back to a somewhat underrated fan theory that the entire story of Game of Thrones and A Song of Ice and Fire is actually being narrated by Samwell Tarly. If this is the first you're hearing of that theory, all you really need to know is that there's a strong connection between Sam and George R.R. Martin. In fact, at Comic Con in 2014, Martin revealed that of all the Game of Thrones characters, he finds himself to be most like Sam:
"I would probably be Samwell Tarly. I love Sam, too. He's a great character. Tyrion might be who I want to be, but Sam is probably closer to who I actually am. The fat kid who likes to read books and doesn't like to go up a lot of stairs."
5. That’s Not You
When Nymeria breaks our hearts for the second time by turning her back on Arya, the youngest Stark daughter says after her, “That’s not you.” While it might at first seem that she’s referring to the now-wild direwolf no longer being the pet she remembered, it’s slightly more nuanced than that. Back in Season 1, Episode 4, Ned Stark tells his daughter that one day she’ll marry a nobleman and have lots of children. Arya replies, “That’s not me,” meaning she’d rather be wild and free than trapped in a cage, even if it is just a metaphorical one. As with Arya, being tame and domesticated just isn’t Nymeria.
6. Cragorn And Silence
One of the major pitfalls of converting a 5+ volume book series into a TV show is that there simply isn't time to fit in every interesting detail in the show (RIP Victarion Greyjoy). For instance, in the books, it is known that Euron Greyjoy's own ship, The Silence, is so called because he cut out the tongues of every single member of his crew. One of these crew members, both mute and bald, is known as Cragorn. Perhaps this is the man who shakes his head "no" at Ellaria's plea for a mercy killing?
Book readers will also remember that Cragorn was the crewman that blew the magical Dragonbinder horn, proclaiming Euron's right to the Iron Isles. Blowing the horn killed Cragorn, and when a maester performed an autopsy, he discovered Cragorn's lungs were charred and blackened. If the show version of Euron is in possession of Dragonbinder, would he even be able to use it?
7. Euron's Theme
What would Game of Thrones be without the brilliant score of Ramin Djawadi? The musical genius first stole our hearts with one of the most majestic opening theme songs of all time, and has continued to impress throughout the duration of the series. Most main characters have their own theme song, and now, we get a little taste of Euron Greyjoy's. Once Euron bursts onto the scene, we can hear faintly in the background the frantic drumbeats and ominous melody that we first heard back when he was crowned King of the Iron Isles. The original tune, "Coronation," is muted somewhat and dragged out in places with long, low sounds of strings. These grave notes stuck into "Coronation" seem like sinister nods to another villain's theme: Ramsay's. Maybe it's a good thing Theon decided to jump ship after all...
Did you notice these 'Game of Thrones' Easter Eggs before? Feel free to leave your own in the comments below. :)
If you haven't seen it yet, check out the trailer for the next episode of Game of Thrones, "The Queen's Justice," which airs next Sunday only on HBO.