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20 Things You Might Have Missed Watching "Game Of Thrones" For The First Time

Contains spoilers for those who are yet to catch up with Season 5, obviously.

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1. Let's start at the very beginning. Remember the dead direwolf that had been killed by a stag in the first episode?


This was, though you may not have spotted it at the time, a pretty good analogy for the first few seasons of the show. The direwolf (Ned) was killed by the stag (Joffrey Baratheon). Not only that, but the direwolf left six pups behind – as did Ned.

2. And the whole thing didn't end too well for the stag, either.


Whether you take the stag to be Robert or Joffrey, the analogy works either way. Both the Starks and the Baratheons have a rather tough time of it, while the Lannister lions are there to take advantage.

3. And that's not the only time we see real animals used as analogies for the houses of Westeros.


In the same episode that King Robert is killed in a hunting "accident", we see Lord Tywin skinning a stag.

4. Also, in this deleted scene from Season 3, we see Tywin expertly catching and killing some fish.

Which house's sigil is a fish? House Tully. And who is one of the (many) people who meets a bloody end on the orders of Tywin Lannister at the end of Season 3? Catelyn Stark (neé Tully).

As the scene was deleted, this one may hold a little less weight, though it was probably deleted only due to its length. You can watch the scene in full here – look out for Grand Maester Pycelle's moment of uncharacteristic honesty.


5. And whilst we're on the always depressing topic of the Red Wedding, take a closer look at this war map Robb and Catelyn were studying.


At first glance it would appear that the Starks were facing off against the Lannisters, with the Freys and Boltons behind them in support. Looking at it now, we know that in actual fact they were surrounded.

6. Tywin finally got his comeuppance a season later. But was it predicted by Littlefinger?


Though Joffrey had already bitten the dust, both Shae and Tywin were very much alive when Baelish made this prediction. It seems unlikely that he knew exactly how these events would play out, so this is more likely to be George R.R. Martin having a little fun.

7. And talking of predictions, you almost certainly don't remember this line from Season 2. Three seasons before it happened.


In Season 5 we saw Jorah kidnap Tyrion and sail past Old Valyria (contracting Greyscale on the way). This is exactly what was predicted by Quaithe when Daenerys and co. visit "the greatest city that ever was or will be", Qarth, three seasons earlier.

In the TV show, Quaithe was a minor character who has yet to reappear, but in the books she has numerous communications with Dany through visions and the like. If you want to find out more about her, this video pretty much covers all the bases.


9. And whilst we're on subject of Theon's manhood, or lack thereof...


In Season 3 episode "And Now His Watch Has Ended" Lord Varys tells the story of how he became a eunuch, during which he describes the instrument that was used. Three episodes later, Theon is butchered by Ramsey Snow with a knife that looks rather similar to the one Varys described.


13. And when he gave this warning to Arya, was he thinking of anyone in particular?


We learn in Season 4 that his brother, the Mountain, killed Rhaegar Targaryen's children, and then in Season 5 we find that Meryn Trant likes young girls. These are both people who the Hound has spent a lot of time with during his time in King's Landing.

14. Though there are occasional examples of obvious foreshadowing, there are also a number of carefully designed shots.


Here you can see Ned struggling to choose between the two most important things in his life – his family is on one shoulder, whilst his honour is on the other.

He obviously chose honour, and that turned out really well for him.


18. As Tyrion's trial approaches, this conversation hits closer to home for Jaime than you probably realised.

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Back when Jaime was held captive by the Starks, he killed his cousin Alton Lannister in order to escape. Maybe he's still hanging onto some guilt?

In the same conversation, Tyrion mentions both matricide and patricide – killing one's mother and father respectively. Tyrion has always been blamed (by Tywin and Cersei, at least) for the death of his mother, and soon after this brotherly chat he would go on to kill his father.