Game of Thrones Episode 1 Instant Take: “Winterfell”

Game of Thrones Episode 1 Instant Take Winterfell
Game of Thrones Episode 1 Instant Take Winterfell

Game of Thrones Episode 1 Instant Take: “Winterfell”

After nearly two years of waiting Game of Thrones returns with the first episode of its final season. All our favorite characters meet in familiar settings and viewers finally get the reunions and reckonings they’ve been waiting for.

Will the northerners accept a Targaryens as queen? Will John Recognize Arya and Bran after being separated so long? Is the Hound still pretty ugly? Get the roll call run down and our first reactions to the shows final season premier in this weeks instacast and come back Tuesday for our season premier deep dive for Game of Thrones Season 8 Premier, “Winterfell”.

Storyline for Episode 1: “Winterfell”
Upon reaching Winterfell with their combined armies, Jon and Daenerys learn the Army of the Dead has breached the Wall and the Night King commands the undead Viserion. The Northern lords and their allies rally around Winterfell, but distrust Daenerys and doubt Cersei’s pledge. At King’s Landing, Euron returns from Essos with the Golden Company and entices Cersei to consummate their union. On Cersei’s orders, Qyburn hires Bronn to assassinate Tyrion and Jaime. Theon rescues Yara, who then sets out to retake the Iron Islands, while Theon returns to Winterfell. At Winterfell, Jon reunites with Bran and Arya, and later learns to ride Rhaegal. Sam meets Daenerys who reveals that she executed his father and brother. After Sam and Jon are reunited, Sam tells Jon his true identity is Aegon Targaryen, king and rightful heir to the Iron Throne. At House Umber’s seat of Last Hearth, Tormund and Beric encounter Edd and other Night’s Watch members. They find the castle’s occupants dead and Ned Umber’s body used as a gruesome message from the Night King. Jaime arrives at Winterfell where Bran is awaiting him.

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2 Responses

  1. Mike says:

    Just watched GoT S8 ep1 and listened to your instacast.

    You had me howling with your interpretation of the dragon riding and the theme tune to Aladdin. However, I wonder if the point of that scene wasn’t trying to re-confirm the feeling between the two but was it to show that the dragons are allowing him to ride them (i.e. proving he is a Targaryen) and that the Dragon wasn’t ‘winking’ at him but that it was recognising him for what he is?

    • Gene Lyons says:

      That absolutely was the point of the scene, but there are lots of roads that can get you to the same place. We needed a dragon bonding scene. I just didn’t care for this one.

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