7 talking points from Game of Thrones S8E01

Game of Thrones is back! Some of you will have stayed up until 2am on Monday morning like us while the more sensible people among us waited until last night.

Just in case it's not abundantly clear, this post is full of spoilers so if you're not completely up to date with Game of Thrones, it's time to look away.

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The first episode of the final season was simply entitle 'Winterfell', an apt title as it went back to where the story all started.

It was very much a scene setting episode but there was still lots to enjoy.

Now it's time to pick it apart!

"We dont have time for this. The Night King has your dragon. The Wall has fallen. The dead march south"

Bran The Three-Eyed Raven summed everything up pren tty well with this line.

This episode was very much concerned with reunions, but there won't be much more time for that with the army of the dead looming.

There were some very significant reunions, many involving Jon Snow.

The Three-Eyed Ravens line hints at what's to come though, death. And lots of it!

Sansa is going to be a major player

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If there were any doubts about Sansa Stark's importance to how Game of Thrones will pan out, they're all gone now.

She was arguably the most impressive character in this episode.

She's been subjected to torture at the hands of tyrants like Joffrey and Ramsey and seen her family dismantled.

However, Sansa has learnt her lessons and emerged as one of the most shrewd operators in Westeros.

Episode one showed us she's more than capable of dealing with Daenerys.

Arya summed it up best when she told Jon: "She's the smartest person I've ever met."

There's no time to mess around

The Three-Eyed Raven was spot on.

With just five episodes to go, even feature-length ones, things need to be tied up quickly to make room for the great war that's on the way.

In past seasons of Game of Thrones, revelations like Jon's true parentage were carefully teased and drawn out.

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Not anymore though! It was straight out with it and that's definitely a good thing for viewers.

Jon becoming a dragon rider was also done well, and one of the highlights of the episode.

Arya and Gendry

This was another big reunion in the season eight opener.

Arya and Gendry have a lot of history and there was more than a subtle hint of flirtation between the pair.

Some fans were complaining about this but why begrudge Arya a love interest!

Whether romance blossoms or not, the children of Robert Barateheon and Ned Stark will have a huge influence on how Game of Thrones pans out.

Arya has Needle, and a Valyrian steel dagger, but she asked Gendry to make her a spear out of Dragonglass.

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This could be crucial to her in the upcoming fight with the White Walkers.

It'll help her get at them without getting in too much proximity to the wights.

Arya has already proven that she can adapt too different weapons too.

The Night King's 'message'

Beric Dondarrion described the grotesque symbol the Night King made from the body of Ned Umber as a 'message'.

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There's little doubt that this is the case. What the symbol means is unclear, like the White Walkers' intentions, but it's one we've seen before.

They've made it before with the bodies of people and horses while the symbols appeared in the carvings in Dragonstone in season seven.

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Trouble in Paradise?

Jon and Daenerys' romance was just blossoming, and Varys, Davos and Tyrioneven expressed hopes that pair could rule the Seven Kingdoms together.

However, the reunion could be over before it started.

The fact that Jon has just discovered he's Aegon Targaryen puts everything under doubt.

It's not the incest, that's hardly taboo in Game of Thrones, but the fact that JonAegon is the rightful heir to the Iron Throne.

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Jon doesn't crave power, unlike Daenerys, but as Sam pointed out, that's what makes him a better ruler.

He's the one the people of the North want to follow too.

The conflict that this revelation is likely to cause will split the ranks of the living even more, playing into the Night King's hands ahead of the Battle of Winterfell.

That look!

The episode ended on the perfect cliffhanger as Jaime and Bran locked eyes.

It'll be interesting to see how this one plays out given the fact that Jaime has been on somewhat of a redemption story.

Luckily for him, there doesn't appear to be much of Bran left in the Three-Eyed Raven.

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While he's likely to come up with a suitably creepy line for the Kingslayer, we doubt he'll hold a grudge.

The rest of the Starks are unlikely to feel that way, ironically however, The Three-Eyed Raven could be Jaime's biggest supporter in Winterfell, barring his brother of course.

If Jaime has a big role to play in the upcoming battle, which is almost certain, The Three-Eyed Raven will urge his family to forget what the Lannister did to the boy formerly known as Bran.