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The Interesting Details In The "Game Of Thrones" Finale You May Have Missed

Because the only thing left to do now is obsess over it.

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1. There's a good chance you noticed this, but it's worth talking about forever: The House Stark sigil is back in its rightful place on top of Winterfell in the opening credits.

This was the best feeling in the world tbh.


5. Jon and Sansa's "winter is here" conversation not only provided a payoff for every single time we heard it was coming...


6. also spoke to a larger theme with Ned's character.

Lyanna's last words to her brother were "promise me", while Ned's last words to Jon were "I promise". Excuse me while I sob loudly in the corner.

7. The scene where Littlefinger approaches Sansa in the godswood echoed the scene in which Catelyn approached Ned and told him Jon Arryn was dead (which, we now know, was Littlefinger's doing).


11. Arya serving Walder Frey his own sons cooked into a pie enacts a story Bran told in Season 3 about the Rat Cook.

According to Bran, the Rat Cook worked for the Night's Watch at the Nightfort. When the royal family was visiting, he killed the king's son and cooked him in a pie, which he served to the king. The king liked the taste so much, he had a second helping (just like Frey). Significantly, the gods cursed the Rat Cook for violating guest rights – as Frey did with the Red Wedding.

12. And the way Arya kills Walder Frey is the same way her mother was murdered. Arya's face even reflects a similar sense of morbid relief that was seen on Cat's.

It seems every perpetrator of the Red Wedding has now been murdered in a similar way to one of their victims.


13. In Essos, the scene where Dany names Tyrion Hand of the Queen, and he kneels before her, is made even more powerful when contrasted with Tyrion refusing to kneel at Joffrey's command back in Season 4.

He has finally found something – someone – to believe in.

15. In the Tower of Joy scene, Ned walks in holding Arthur Dayne's bloody sword, Dawn, and the camera focuses on it next to the bloody sheets for a significant beat.


Dawn is supposed to be forged from a fallen star, AND has a sun design on the hilt, so this shot lends weight to the theory that Jon is Azor Ahai/the prince that was promised, who was born under a "bleeding star" and is destined to save the world (more on that in this post). And speaking of promise...


It isn't the first time the colour of his eyes has been intrinsically linked to his identity.

For Catelyn, Jon's eyes are a reminder of Ned's supposed betrayal, while Edd is obviously referring to the fact that he's not a blue-eyed wight - but ultimately, the emphasis on his eyes reinforces his connection to his mother, Lyanna.


18. The scene where Jon is crowned King in the North echoed the moment Robb was also named king.

Showrunner David Benioff said in HBO's "Inside the Episode" segment this was a deliberate evocation, designed to convey both the triumph and the danger in this moment, because "it didn't go so well for the previous King in the North." Eek!

Speaking of Robb's big moment, while it was Greatjon Umber, the father of the traitor who gave Rickon to Ramsay, who first declared him King in the North, Lyanna Mormont's mother Maege was also present at the time (she later died fighting for Robb).

20. And Cersei's amazing outfit is reminiscent of what Tywin wore when he was in power.

She did say she had the most to contribute to his legacy out of all his children – in the same conversation in which Tywin tells her, "You're not as smart as you think you are." Things aren't looking good for King's Landing right now.

21. Especially with Daenerys's fleet heading their way – complete with the Martells and Tyrells.

There are glimpses of their ships in the final scenes (which helps explain how Varys joined Dany so quickly). She's not even in Westeros yet, and she already has some powerful allies. Cersei better watch out.