Game of Thrones has officially gone on hiatus again — and sadly, for the last time — with “The Dragon and the Wolf” capping off another season of the show, with the final season set to air late next year or possibly as late as 2019. This finale was the longest episode Game of Thrones has produced to date, with approximately 80 minutes of reunions, betrayals, incestuous hookups, and zombie dragons (in case you couldn’t tell, it was an eventful 80 minutes). “The Dragon and the Wolf” gave fans a lot speculate over as they anxiously await the final season, including a number of Easter eggs to pore over. This list by no means covers every hidden detail in the episode, but rather the big ones you may have missed.
Let’s begin, shall we?
10. Podrick Leaving With Bronn
During the big meeting in King’s Landing, we see Bronn conspicuously take his old buddy Podrick aside, asking him “Why don’t you and me go have a drink while the fancy folk talk?” The pair then proceed to exit the Dragon Pit and we don’t end up seeing them again. While it’s difficult to say whether Bronn was plotting to kill Pod or just wanted to take him to the local brothel so that the young squire can demonstrate his prowess with the ladies once more, but there was a very practical reason for this sudden departure. As it turns out, Lena Heady (Cersei) and Jerome Flynn (Bronn) were once a real-life couple, but their relationship allegedly ended so badly that they’re rarely in the same room on set and have only shared one scene together over the course of the series. No wonder Cersei wanted to have Bronn killed just a few episodes ago …
9. Cersei’s Decision To Not Drink Wine
In arguably the finale’s best scene, Tyrion meets with Cersei face-to-face to try and convince her to reconsider her position on the White Walker threat. After calling Cersei’s bluff and realizing that she won’t order the Mountain to kill him, Tyrion drains a big glass of wine and then offers his sister one in kind. Cersei — who typically doesn’t do anything without a glass of wine in hand — doesn’t touch it and instead places her hand on her stomach, which makes Tyrion realize that she’s pregnant.
What’s interesting about this scene is that Cersei’s refusal to drink the wine that Tyrion offers could mean a few different things, as it’s unclear whether or not pregnant women in Westeros abstain from alcohol consumption. If so, kudos to Cersei for caring about her unborn child’s health, but it could also be the case that she simply didn’t want to accept an offer from her brother whom she detests. Of course, even taking this scene into account, it’s still possible that Cersei is faking her pregnancy because that’s exactly the kind of thing she would do.
8. That Winterfell Roof Shot Looks Familiar …
Following Littlefinger’s execution, Sansa and Arya reunite along the Winterfell battlements, where they reminisce about their father and generally reconnect after Littlefinger nearly had them at each other’s throats. What’s interesting is that this scene is a callback of sorts to a very similar scene in the Season 6 finale, in which Sansa and Jon discuss how untrustworthy Littlefinger is (Sansa even tells her brother “Only a fool would trust Littlefinger”). Besides offering a great view of the surrounding lands, the Winterfell roof seems to be the place to go when the Stark siblings want to have a meaningful conversation about how they should trust rather than try and kill one another.
7. Jorah’s Reaction To Dany Sailing With Jon
At this point, Jorah’s love for Daenerys is one that is unconditional, as the Mother of Dragons long ago shot him down when he asked to be more than friends. Still, it’s clear that Jorah still holds a torch for his queen, as evidenced by the sad and defeated look that spreads across his face after Daenerys turns down his suggestion of flying north on dragon in favor of travelling by ship with Jon Snow. As it turns out, Jorah was justified in his dejection, as Dany’s time aboard the love boat with Jon confirmed that she has eyes for a different man whose name starts with the letter “J.”
6. Better Brothels
When Jon first looks upon King’s Landing and asks why anyone would want to live in such a densely populated city, Tyrion responds that one benefit to living in the capital is that the brothels are far superior to the ones found in the north. This is an amusing callback of sorts to the very first episode of Game of Thrones, in which we are introduced to Tyrion enjoying himself in a brothel just outside Winterfell. In that scene, he complains that the brothel simply isn’t as good as the ones back in King’s Landing.
5. Golden Company
This is more of an observation than an Easter egg, but Cersei’s reveal that she’s using money from the Iron Bank to hire the Golden Company to fight for her has interesting implications as we head into the final season. Although the Golden Company are mercenaries and will fight for whoever pays for their services, it seems like no accident that a few of its most prominent members have had close ties to Cersei’s enemy, Daenerys Targaryen.
Jorah Mormont was once a member and Daario Naharis — who, as far as we know, is still in love with Daenerys and protecting the city of Meereen while she’s away — was once their leader. Oh and the company itself was originally founded by a Targaryen bastard. Whether we’ll see Daario pop up again in Season 8 or if the Golden Company will prove to be a bad investment for Cersei is anyone’s guess, but they’re sure to play a vital role in the story ahead.
4. Littlefinger’s Betrayal Callbacks
Littlefinger’s trial in the Winterfell hall is filled with callbacks to events from the first season (and even events prior), as Sansa lists off the many crimes Lord Baelish has committed against her family and the realm. Fittingly, the way that Littlefinger finds himself boxed in is very similar to the scene in the King’s Landing throne room from Season 1, where Ned Stark finds himself betrayed (something that Littlefinger played a big hand in orchestrating). The only difference is that unlike Ned, who only has a knife held to his throat, Littlefinger’s throat is opened for all to see by Ned’s daughter Arya.
3. Bran Can’t See The Future After All
Bran Stark’s abilities as the Three-Eyed Raven are still somewhat ambiguous, given his penchant for seemingly only being able to learn important information when it’s convenient to the plot (seriously, how did Bran not figure out that Rhaegar and Lyanna were married?). Yet, Bran dropped a pretty big reveal in the form of what he didn’t say to Samwell Tarly. Bran tells Sam “I can see things that happen in the past, I can see things happening now all over the world,” but he doesn’t say anything about the future.
This implies that Bran cannot see what’s to come, which suggests that his function in the war to come will be to inform his allies about useful information from the past and what the Night King and his army are up to, but not what will come to pass (which is actually kind of relief from a narrative perspective, as it would be pretty boring to have a character who can tell us everything that’s going to happen).
2. Aegon Targaryen
There’s a lot to unpack here. “The Dragon and the Wolf” not only officially confirmed that Jon Snow is the legitimate son of Rhaegar Targaryen and Lyanna Stark, but that his birth name is Aegon Targaryen. Anyone familiar with Targaryen ancestry knows that that name appears a lot in the family tree, to the point where Rhaegar’s first son was also named Aegon (jeez Rhaegar, you really couldn’t think of anything else to call your other son?).
What’s interesting about this reveal is that it’s left book readers scratching their heads because in George R.R. Martin’s story, Rhaegar’s son Aegon, aka Young Griff, is still alive and actually mounts an invasion of Westeros to try and take the Iron Throne. Unless he appears in the final season, Young Griff has been written out of the show, suggesting that he actually isn’t a very important character in Martin’s books, but what’s unclear is whether his story has been folded into Jon’s on the show, or if Martin’s books will follow a similar trajectory in revealing that Jon is Rhaegar and Lyanna’s son.
In short, it’s all very confusing and could have been avoided if Martin had finished the series years ago, but I digress.
1. Mastadon March Again!
As you may or may not recall, members of the heavy metal band Mastadon appeared as Wildlings during Season 5’s Battle of Hardhome and they reprised their roles in the Season 7 finale … only this time, they’re marching with the army of the dead. Hopefully we’ll see these guys in action next season when the White Walkers launch their long-awaited war on Westeros!