5 Things You Might Have Missed in 'Winterfell,' Game of Thrones's Season 8 Premiere

Helen Sloan, HBO
Helen Sloan, HBO

Fans of HBO’s wildly successful series Game of Thrones have been waiting almost two (extremely long) years for a new episode, and that time finally arrived. The show’s eighth and final season premiered on Sunday, April 14 and already has fans watching it a second time to look for any details they might have missed.

Between the major reunions at Winterfell and Jon Snow finally learning the truth about his parents, the season premiere held nothing back in terms of drama and emotion. But there might have been a few moments that you missed on first watch—ones that could mean significant things for the episodes to come. Here are five of them. *Spoilers ahead*

1. The opening credits featured a new place.

Eagle-eyed fans were on the lookout for differences in this season’s intro, as the series is known to occasionally change up the elements. For the premiere, it marks the first time the map sequence was completely changed, as Vanity Fair reported. We see King’s Landing and Westeros, but there’s also a new spot featured: Last Hearth. As Last Hearth is close to the Wall, we can definitely expect to be visiting it for the first time this season.

2. the episode's opening mirrored the pilot's opening.

Fans were already told that the final season would feature several callbacks to season 1, and the first episode provided plenty of them. Specifically, when Jon and Daenerys arrive at Winterfell, we see a young boy climbing a tree, which was reminiscent of a young Bran Stark. The entire scene is quite similar to the Lannisters arriving at Winterfell in Game of Thrones's pilot episode. And just like in the pilot episode, the people of the North seems wary of these new arrivals.

3. Cersei was drinking wine (although she claims she’s pregnant).

Ever since Cersei told Jaime that she was pregnant, many fans have been convinced that it's all a lie—and she may have just confirmed that she is indeed faking it. Last season, after revealing that she was expecting, we saw Cersei—who loves a glass of vino—turning away any wine. But tonight, after sleeping with Euron Greyjoy, she had no hesitation about imbibing.

4. Tyrion might approve of Jon and daenerys's relationship after all.

The already-iconic season 7 scene that saw Bran telling Sam about Jon’s true parentage, all while Tyrion looked toward the room where Jon and Daenerys were consummating their relationship, made for an extremely awkward moment—especially since many viewers believe that Tyrion is in love with the Mother of Dragons. However, in the season premiere, Tyrion tells Varys and Davos that the pair makes “a handsome couple.” Was he trying to keep his cool, and hide his jealousy, or does he actually approve?

5. There might have been a reference to Ed Sheeran.

Ed Sheeran in 'Game of Thrones'
Helen Sloan, HBO

Season 7 of Game of Thrones featured a very random cameo from musician Ed Sheeran, who played a Lannister soldier Arya met while she was on her way to King’s Landing. While his appearance just seemed to be a one-off cameo, some viewers are convinced that there was a reference to him in season 8's premiere episode. In a scene that features Bronn getting intimate with a trio of ladies, the girls begin gossiping. One mentions a ginger named Eddie, explaining how he, “Came back with his face burnt right off. He's got no eyelids now.” There’s no way to confirm that’s Ed Sheeran they’re talking about, but some fans are convinced it was indeed a sly reference to the musician.

Alexander Skarsgård Could Have Played Thor in the Marvel Cinematic Universe

Larry Busacca, Getty Images
Larry Busacca, Getty Images

Marvel fans may have trouble imagining Thor played by anyone other than Chris Hemsworth, but apparently, Alexander Skarsgård was pretty darn close to getting the role. How close, you ask? He tried on the costume, held the hammer, and even filmed an audition in the garb.

In 2009—just a year after True Blood premiered—the actor told MTV that he met with Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige and Thor director Kenneth Branagh about the part. “Yeah, I met with Kevin [Feige] a few times and the director,” he said. “There was definitely some truth in that, yeah.”

When the MTV interviewer said he thought the actor had the perfect look to bring Thor to life, Skarsgård simply replied, “So did I.”

But before you start to feel too sorry for Skarsgård, let's not forget the number of impressive roles the True Blood alum has landed. At the moment, he’s playing Perry Wright in HBO’s Big Little Lies, for which he won both an Emmy and a Golden Globe.

As for the Thor role, Hemsworth went on to play the God of Thunder in multiple films, and although his future in the MCU is not certain after Avengers: Endgame, the Australian actor confirmed he’d love to keep playing the character.

Watch the Stranger Things Cast Recap the First Two Seasons in 15 Minutes

Priah Ferguson stars in Stranger Things.
Priah Ferguson stars in Stranger Things.
Netflix

While we can't wait for the third season of Stranger Things to premiere next month, many of us have also probably forgotten what happened in the series' first two seasons—especially the tiniest of details, which might prove to be significant in the upcoming episodes. Coming up with fan theories can get difficult when we can’t remember everything, but watching all 17 episodes before July 4 isn't feasible for everyone. That's why this new video, in which the cast of the Netflix hit provides the ultimate recap, is a lifesaver.

The video features Sadie Sink (Max Mayfield), Noah Schnapp (Will Byers), Caleb McLaughlin (Lucas Sinclair), Gaten Matarazzo (Dustin Henderson), and Finn Wolfhard (Mike Wheeler) recalling all the key moments of seasons 1 and 2, in just over 15 minutes.

The actors first go through the main characters of the series, explaining how each of them are intertwined, such as Hawkins's sheriff Jim Hopper, and Nancy's then-boyfriend Steve Harrington. They introduce the Upside Down, which Will was trapped in during the majority of the first season, resulting in his mom Joyce relying on a few nontraditional strategies to get him back. The cast also explains who Eleven is and how she's able to help get Will back.

The recap pinpoints all the major moments of the first season, and then goes into the second season, where everything in Hawkins appears to be normal again. The latest season, as the cast recalls, explores Eleven's backstory and introduces new characters like Max Mayfield, Billy Hargrove, Bob Newby, and sadly, the baby Demogorgon named D'Artagnan. The video concludes with the school Snowball dance, but things don't exactly end on a happy note, as the season's final moments show a monster is still very present in Hawkins.

As action-packed as Stranger Things is, a recap like this is truly a must. We'll rewatch it a few times before season 3 debuts on July 4.

[h/t Highsnobiety]

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