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The "Game Of Thrones" Season 8, Episode 3 Easter Eggs You Might Have Missed

It was easy to miss a lot considering how dark the whole damn thing was. Warning: contains spoilers!

This post contains spoilers for Game of Thrones Season 8, Episode 3.

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The Battle of Winterfell has come and gone, and with it were some interesting moments of symbolism and callbacks to the past. Let's take a look...

1. First up, as expected, the black tiles representing the army of the dead reach all the way to Winterfell in the opening credits.

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And, ominously, the lights in the crypts go out.

2. When Melisandre arrives at Winterfell, she stares at Arya for a moment — which of course turns out to be much more ~meaningful~ than it first appears.

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I guess all that time away finally let her figure out who the real chosen one was.

3. Ser Beric Dondarrion's words to the Hound about Arya are also more significant than they first seem.

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And after all the mentions of Ser Beric and the Hound's great purpose, how fitting that it ended up being keeping Arya Stark alive — especially considering where the three of them started together in Season 3, with the Hound and Beric fighting to the death in front of Arya.

4. There are a lot of callbacks relating to Arya in this episode, reminding us of the fact her path has been leading her to this very role the whole time. Starting with her first lesson in killing...

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5. Everything Syrio Forel taught her...

6. And, of course, Melisandre's very accurate prediction from Season 3.

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Some fans think this is not only talking about the Night King, but also hinting that Arya will go on to kill Cersei, as she has green eyes. You can also check out this post to read more about the hints Game of Thrones has laid about Arya's destiny.

7. It's a wonderful full-circle moment that the dagger intended to kill Bran in Season 1 was used by his sister to save him in Season 8 — and in the same act, the dagger that started the War of the Five Kings ended the Great War.

8. Circling back to the Night King: It was a surprise to Daenerys when he survived her dragon fire — but we saw back in Season 7 that he was resistant to it. He walked straight through it.

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And no, it doesn't mean he's a Targaryen.

9. Meanwhile, Jon's interactions with the Night King in this episode called back to his terrifying confrontation with him at Hardhome.

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Only this time, instead of rowing away from the Night King, Jon was running toward him.

10. The moment of Brienne and Jaime fighting together wasn't just visually cool, it also represented the two parts of Ice — Ned Stark's sword — coming together to defend his family and his home.

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(In case you forgot, Brienne and Jaime each carry a sword that was reforged from Ned's melted-down sword after his death.)

11. It's hard to tell for sure, but it definitely looks like Sansa and Tyrion take refuge behind Ned Stark's crypt.

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Presumably he didn't rise from the dead because he didn't have a head.

12. Another great full-circle moment was Theon's arc in this episode. He defended Bran with his bow and arrow, just as he did back in Season 1 — and he died for the Starks, finally completing his redemption for betraying them.

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It's significant that he charges at the Night King rather than running from danger as he has done in recent years.

13. Shoutout to our girl Lyanna Mormont, who proved her promise that a Bear Island soldier is worth at least 10 mainlanders. She took down the largest enemy, in a scene that echoed Wun Wun's death at Winterfell during the Battle of the Bastards.

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14. And if you're wondering who actually died in this episode (since it was super hard to see in all the chaos and the complete lack of lighting), here are the characters we lost:

• Lyanna Mormont

• Ser Jorah Mormont

• Ser Beric Dondarrion

• Theon Greyjoy

• Dolorous Edd

• Qhono and literally all the Dothraki

• A big chunk of the Unsullied and the North

• The Night King, all the White Walkers, and the Army of the Dead

• Melisandre

As far as we know, everyone else is still alive and is SURE to stay that way, because nothing is going to go wrong in the next three episodes AT ALL.

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