This post contains spoilers for Game Of Thrones Season 8, Episode 1.
For so much of Game of Thrones’ run, the characters have moved further and further apart. Those with meaningful relationships went whole seasons without seeing each other.
But in the last two seasons, we finally started seeing some reunions, and it's been GLORIOUS.
A lot of people were anticipating some big reunions in Season 8, considering a) it's the last season and b) all the characters are going to be in only one or two locations for most of it. But even with that expectation, the Season 8 premiere laid the reunions on thick and fast...and I for one got VERY emotional.
First up, we had Arya standing in the crowd witnessing the arrival of Jon, Dany, and their entourage, and while she doesn't reunite with any of them in this moment, her reactions are still EVERYTHING. Like, look how happy and emotional she is to see Jon:
Arya is much less happy to see the Hound.
When she sees Gendry, on the other hand, she's all smiles again.
Moving on to the actual reunions: As Jon enters Winterfell, he spots Bran and is so excited he rushes over to him.
And Bran ALMOST smiles, which is frankly a huge display of emotion from him these days.
Remember, Bran and Jon were always quite close.
Throughout the series, Jon and Bran have had several instances of nearly reuniting, only to be separated at the last minute. So it's especially moving to finally see them back together, and in a way that so closely parallels their farewell scene in Season 1.
Then we have Tyrion reuniting with Sansa. They seem relatively happy to see each other, albeit with some awkwardness.
The last time they saw each other, as they mentioned in their reunion scene, was at Joffrey's wedding.
Sansa, meanwhile, low-key drags Tyrion for trusting Cersei, which made me cheer because how has no one else called him out on this before now???
Then we move on to something many fans have been yearning for since Season 1 – the reunion of Jon Snow and Arya. After a brief joke about Jon's actual death (!!!), the two happily run to each other.
Like Jon's reunion with Bran, this scene with Arya parallels the last time they were together, when Jon held her in his arms.
THIS IS THE MOST EMOTIONAL I HAVE EVER SEEN JON AND YOU BET I CRIED!!!
Jon and Arya talk about Needle, which Jon gave to her just before they both left Winterfell.
They almost have a little disagreement when Jon expects Arya to side with him against Sansa, like she would have in the past, and is surprised that Arya (finally!) respects Sansa.
But the scene ends with another emotional hug, and it is everything I've ever wanted.
Well, not everything — I also wanted some other big reunions for Arya, which luckily for me happen in this episode too! That's right, she meets up with the Hound AND Gendry again! In the same scene!!!
The last time all three of them were together, Gendry was holding back Arya from her murderous rage against the Hound after he won his trial by combat against Ser Beric Dondarrion in Season 3.
As I already mentioned, the last time Arya and the Hound saw each other, it was at the end of Season 4 — when the Hound fought Brienne, and Arya stole his money and left him to die.
And then!!! Gendry and Arya have their moment!!! And I screamed again because THIS. THIS IS WHAT I WAS REALLY WAITING FOR.
Reminder that the last time Gendry and Arya were together, Arya was screaming because Melisandre was carting Gendry off as a sacrifice.
There's some nice banter...
Which is both a cute nod to The Princess Bride and a direct callback to two Game of Thrones moments: when Gendry first found out who Arya is (and that she's not lowborn), and she told him not to call her "my lady"...
And then when they were saying goodbye after Gendry decided to join the Brotherhood, and he used the term to point out the fact that their class differences meant they wouldn't be "family" at Winterfell, despite Arya's promises.
And yet! Here they both are! At Winterfell! Being all flirty! A fact which Arya seems quite pleased about.
Anyway, Arya asks Gendry to make her a new dragonglass weapon, which you just know he will put his heart and soul into.
The two have another flirty exchange before Arya walks away smiling, and honestly, I just about died.
But the reunions aren't done yet! Next up we have Jon and Sam, who last saw each other when Jon sent Sam off to the Citadel to learn to be a maester, back in Season 5.
And then he's EVEN MORE SURPRISED when Sam drops the truth bomb about his parentage on him and urges him to take up his rightful place as King of the Seven Kingdoms.
By the way, earlier in the episode, Theon and Yara also reunite, although it wasn't that long ago they saw each other. Of course, it was when Theon was fleeing as Euron captured Yara, so the fact that he rescues her in this episode is a good bit of redemption for him.
Finally — last but certainly not least — we have the reunion between Jaime Lannister, newly arrived in Winterfell, and Bran.
You no doubt remember the last time they saw each other — you know, at the end of Season 1, Episode 1, when Jaime PUSHED BRAN OUT OF A TOWER WINDOW.