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The Interesting Details On "Game Of Thrones" You May Have Missed

There were so many callbacks. Warning: Contains spoilers!

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1. There was a lot of subtext in the scene where Littlefinger gives Bran the dagger that was meant to kill him in Season 1.

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We saw this dagger in the promo shots for Season 7, and also in an illustration in the first episode, so we knew it'd be popping up in a big way. Here, Bran asks Littlefinger, "Do you know who this belongs to?" And Littlefinger replies, "No... that very question started the War of the Five Kings."

Part of this is true, and part of this is a big fat lie. A quick reminder of what really happened...

It's this assassination attempt that clues the Starks in that Bran's fall was no accident. The valuable blade in particular tells them that someone very rich and important wants Bran dead.

It's this information that causes Cat to leave Winterfell (never to return, sob) and travel to King's Landing to tell Ned something is up. There, she meets with Varys and Littlefinger, and Littlefinger tells her the blade is his – or was, until he lost it to Tyrion Lannister in a bet.

It's THIS information which causes Catelyn to later arrest Tyrion at the Inn at the Crossroads, which causes Jaime to attack Ned, which causes Robb to go to war... so yeah, Littlefinger is spot on in the latest episode when he says this blade started the War of the Five Kings.

But he leaves out the part where he was probably lying about Tyrion owning the dagger, and that it was Littlefinger himself that used it to trigger the war. We all know he had already deliberately created chaos (he had Lysa Arryn murder her husband Jon, which caused Ned to investigate and discover the truth about Cersei and Jaime), and there's a very, very good chance the attempt on Bran's life was his doing to further pit the Starks and Lannisters against one another. He wanted power, and chaos was his ladder to reaching it. Speaking of which...

2. When Bran says "chaos is a ladder", he's referencing a famous speech Littlefinger delivered to Varys in Season 3, basically describing his whole game plan of using chaos to grow more powerful.

There's a reason Littlefinger is SHOOK at this statement. It's Bran's way of telling him he is onto him. He's SEEN him. He knows how he works, and he also probably knows – or will know very soon – the part Littlefinger played in starting the war and betraying Ned. Which makes Bran's decision to later give the dagger to Arya, his vengeful badass assassin sister, VERY interesting...

4. Sansa and Arya's reunion is as emotional as we expected it would be – especially because it takes places in front of the statue of Ned Stark. Fitting, considering the last time they were together, he was there.

The girls were the last of Ned's kids to see him alive, having been the only ones to travel with him to King's Landing in Season 1.

Arya and Jon were particularly close, as they both felt like outsiders in the family. If Sansa and Jon's reunion was emotional, and they never even liked each other that much before, just imagine what Jon and Arya's will be like.

Here's hoping that line about his heart stopping at that moment isn't foreshadowing anything... (Although technically, is his heart still beating at this point? George R.R. Martin suggests not, but the show may be different.)

7. We've heard the phrase "There must always be a Stark in Winterfell" repeated several times over the course of the series. For a long time, when everything was going to shit, there were none. NOW THERE ARE THREE.

All they need is Jon (IF THIS DOESN'T HAPPEN I SWEAR TO GOD...).

11. OK, on to Dragonstone. Where the juxtaposition of Missandei and Dany talking about what went down with Grey Worm, and Jon then taking Dany into a cave, is very ~interesting~, considering what happened last time Jon was in a cave with a woman.

OK, it's a stretch, but still... ALL ABOARD SS JONERYS.

(Yeah, yeah, they're related, but this is happening, don't @ me.)

...which makes sense when you remember that, back in Season 5, he said the only way the weapon could make a difference was if they had a mountain of it.

14. This sense of connection, which was hinted at when they met in the last episode, is reinforced when Dany says the same thing to Jon that he said to Mance Rayder about bending the knee.

"They follow me because they respected me, because they believed in me. The moment I kneel for a southern king, that's all gone." – Mance Rayder or Jon Snow? This quote is actually from Mance, but it sums up Jon's current feelings perfectly – so it's fascinating that Dany's reasoning is the very same Jon used to counter this concern. Will it help to convince Jon to bend the knee? Probably, to be honest, when you add it up with everything else going on between the two. Like...

15. Dany and Jon walking out of the cave in perfect sync, looking regal and connected AF. The lighting here is really interesting, too – while Jon is lit by the fire, Daenerys is on the cooler, icy side of the shot.

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BTW, pay attention to the music in the cave scenes, and all of Dany and Jon's scenes. It sounds very much like their own ~theme~, which would actually be...a song of ice and fire.

18. Meanwhile, Jon and Davos asking Missandei about Dany follows on from Tyrion advising Jon to do so in the last episode – and it also strengthens the connection between Jon and Dany once again. They're both "chosen" ones, quite literally.

20. Then we have Theon, who it turns out was right about Jon Snow wanting to kill him. After all, Theon betrayed Robb, took over Winterfell, killed two boys and said they were Bran and Rickon... but luckily for him, he also saved Sansa.

NGL, I was a bit emotional about the fact that Theon's first thought upon seeing Jon – other than the internal "oh shit" – was about whether Sansa was OK.

22. It also echoed Robert Baratheon's story in Season 1, when he talked about his first kill. Interestingly, he was talking about a Tarly – the same family fighting with the Lannisters in this battle.

24. Finally, the whole battle was reminiscent of the Field of Fire, a historic battle that was a turning point for Dany's ancestor Aegon the Conqueror in his quest for Westeros.

The battle was between the Targaryens and the Lannisters – who had allied with the leading family of the Reach (the Gardeners at the time). Aegon and his sisters, Visenya and Rhaenys, used their dragons to absolutely obliterate the other side. It was this battle that caused the Lannisters to bend the knee, as did the new leading family of the Reach, the Tyrells (who gained power because the Gardeners were literally wiped out – a pattern the Tarlys followed after them).

Knowledge of what happened at the Field of Fire was also partly what caused Torrhen Stark, Jon's ancestor who Dany mentioned in the last episode, to bend the knee. Will history continue to repeat itself? It seems likely.

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