Winter Has Come!

Game of Thrones Season 8 Premieres

by Joshua Oguntan

Winter Has Come!

Game of Thrones season 8 kicked off with a bang on Sunday and episode one was everything we hoped for. And because this show is more complicated than the Dewey Decimal system at the Citadel library, we've got everything you need to know from episode one in a handy recap.

Jon Snow has been mumbling about the coming cold for seven seasons, the citizens of King's Landing have been pulling their winter woollies out of the back closet and now it's finally time. Winter is here! 

Unsurprisingly, the Northmen don't take it well that Jon has bent the knee to Daenerys and her fancy coat, and Sansa and Arya make it abundantly clear that they aren't down with a Targaryen coming in and acting like she owns the place. Jon hears this and, yes, he understands, but counterpoint: She has dragons and they are extremely fun to ride.

He and Dany pull a "Whole New World" moment on Drogon and Rhaegal, and while it's beautiful and romantic, you may have gotten a twinge of foreboding when Dany looked at a frozen waterfall and said, "We could live here a thousand years and no one would know."

The last time Jon canoodled with a woman in the craggy splendours of the north, he heard something similar: "I don't ever want to leave this cave, Jon Snow. Not ever," Ygritte told him in Season 3. "Let's not go back." But they did, and things went terribly.

Fans have been frothing at the mouth for a Jon and Arya reunion for SIX SEASONS NOW. Are you happy? You should be happy. Tempered but tender. Stern but loving. And what better way for brother and sister to show their true affection than by comparing swords?

It was a perfect illustration of their respective accomplishments and how far they've come to find their true selves. Jon is on the cusp of discovering his royal potential, shining in the Valyrian steel of his sword. And despite facing her facelessness, Arya has managed to hold on to Needle, and with it, her truest identity: A Stark of Winterfell.

We anticipate Episode two next Sunday!