Warning: Spoilers ahead for “Game of Thrones,” including speculation of future events.
The seventh season of “Game of Thrones” continues to accelerate towards its finale with the latest instalment: “Eastwatch.” In this jam-packed hour fans received an explosive reveal about Jon Snow’s parents and their possibly legitimized marriage, plus fan favourite Gendry returned and Cersei told Jaime she’s pregnant with his twincest baby. So, we’re here to round up the biggest details tucked among all that excitement.
Keep reading for a look at the nine biggest moments you might have overlooked.
Daenerys made her case to the defeated Lannister and Tarly army by echoing her 'break the wheel' speech.
Daenerys tried to convince the lords and men brought before her to bend the knee or die. She warned them that Cersei was the real danger, not her.
'All I want to destroy is the wheel that has rolled over rich and poor to the benefit of no one but the Cersei Lannisters of the world,' Daenerys said.
'Lannister, Baratheon, Stark, Tyrell -- they're all just spokes on a wheel,' Daenerys said. 'This one's on top and that one's on top and on and on it spins, crushing those on the ground. I'm not going to stop the wheel. I'm going to break the wheel.'
Daenerys wants to be a revolutionary, which will mean steering clear of the mistakes her father made and approaching war differently than Cersei.
While going through an old maester's records, Gilly found a telling note.
'He issued an annulment for Prince Rhaegar and remarried him to someone else at the same time in a secret ceremony in Dorne,' Gilly read.
Prince Rhaegar Targaryen was Daenerys' older brother and next in line for the throne after the Mad King Aerys. Fans have long known Rhaegar and Lyanna Stark (Ned's sister) were the parents of Jon Snow, but this new information suggesting they were married adds a whole new twist.
This would make Jon the legitimized heir to the Targaryen dynasty, and place him ahead of Daenerys in the line of succession. For an expanded look at this development, read our full explanation of its meaning.
Gilly asked Sam if he was really ready to leave. After all, becoming a maester was Sam's greatest wish when he was back at Castle Black.
'I'm tired of reading about the achievements of better men,' Sam said.
He was repeating what his now-dead father, Randyll Tarly, had sneeringly told him on the sixth season.
'I thought the Night's Watch might make a man of you,' Randyll told Sam. 'Something resembling a man at least. You've managed to stay soft and fat; your nose buried in books. Spending your life reading about the achievements of better men. I'd wager you still can't sit a horse, or wield a sword.'
Randyll was a cruel and emotionally abusive father to Sam. Clearly those cutting words are still weighing on Sam, even though he's grown much more confident and brave over the years.
The revelation Gilly found was well-timed in an episode where Jon had a telling encounter with a dragon.
Targaryens are known to have a special connection with dragons, and given Jon's half-Targaryen, half-Stark bloodline it was no surprise when Drogon seemed to warm to Jon's touch pretty quickly.
Even Daenerys looked both impressed and possibly attracted to Jon (yes, as previously established we know she's his aunt) when she saw him petting Drogon. It's not out of the realm of possibility to think we might see Jon ride a dragon before the series ends.
We also believe we picked up on another piece of hidden symbolism -- a wolf outline hidden in Drogon's pupil.
A wolf's head, with two pointed ears, white eyes, and a reddish white snout seems visible inside Drogon's eye. This could be a pointed reference to Jon being part 'wolf' (the House Stark direwolf sigil) and part dragon (House Targaryen).
Though Jon knows nothing about his parentage -- as far as he's concerns Ned Stark was his father and nobody knew his mother. But costume designer Michele Clapton often imbues a character's mental journey into their garments.
Jon's leather armour, which has typically been brown over a navy gambison (the Stark uniform), has grown progressively darker. This might be a nod to his Targaryen side, the colours of which are red and black.
When Gendry reappeared in the series after a years-long absence, fans noticed that he was repping his father King Robert Baratheon in more ways than one.
Gendry's tunic was likely a nod to the Baratheon colours, yellow and black. Plus the name Davos was giving him, 'Clovis,' could be a reference to King Clovis I -- a young French monarch who united the Frankish tribes under one kingdom. We doubt Gendry will make a claim to the throne, but there's no denying his royal blood.
The biggest deal was Gendry's new warhammer.
Gendry even crafted a Baratheon stag sigil to wrap around the center of the warhammer. Now Gendry is putting his sentimental/badass weapon to use -- and he started with two Gold Cloaks.
One of the two Gold Cloaks killed by Gendry might have looked familiar. That's actor and comedian Kevin Eldon -- and he's appeared on the show before.
Eldon's brief appearance on 'Eastwatch' consisted mainly of him accepting a bribe of aphrodisiac crab, but he had a more significant cameo last season.
Arya was sent to watch this play several times on the sixth season. Eldron was playing an actor who was playing a rather offensive version of Ned Stark on stage.
In the North, Arya uncovered a copy of the letter Sansa wrote to Robb on the first season, asking him to swear fealty to Joffrey.
Unbeknownst to Arya, Littlefinger was purposefully luring her into his room. He wanted her to find this message, likely as a way to drive a wedge between the two Stark sisters.
The letter doesn't make Sansa look great, given that its contents read as a very pro-Lannister argument.
Here's what the scroll says:
'Robb, I write to you with a heavy heart. Our good king Robert is dead, killed from wounds he took in a boar hunt. Father has been charged with treason. He conspired with Robert's brothers against my beloved Joffrey and tried to steal his throne. The Lannisters are treating me very well and provide me with every comfort. I beg you: come to King's Landing, swear fealty to King Joffrey and prevent any strife between the great houses of Lannister and Stark.'
But it's important to remember that those weren't Sansa's words -- they were Queen Cersei's. Sansa only wrote those letters because she had virtually no other option, and truly wanted her family to remain safe.
When Maester Luwin, Robb, and Catelyn all saw the letter they immediately knew it was a message from Cersei and Joffrey, not Sansa. Will Arya be able to realise the same thing?
The Azor Ahai or Prince That Was Promised prophecy has long been theorised to apply to either Jon Snow or Daenerys Targaryen.
Jon just set off past the Wall with Tormund, Jorah, Gendry, Thoros, Beric, and the Hound. There was also a group of Free Folk with them. This might echo another legend sometimes likened to Azor Ahai called the Last Hero.
There is a legend of the Last Hero, and in the tale there's a reference to a courageous man and his dog.
Old Nan tells the tale of the Last Hero to Bran in both the books and on the show, though the TV version of her tale is cut short. Here's how it goes in the book series:
'As cold and death filled the earth, the Last Hero determined to seek out the (Children of the Forest), in the hopes that their ancient magics could win back what the armies of men had lost. He set out into the dead lands with a sword, a horse, a dog, and a dozen companions.
For years he searched until he despaired of ever finding the Children of the Forest in their secret cities. One by one his friends died, and his horse, and finally even his dog, and his sword froze so hard the blade snapped when he tried to use it. And the (White Walkers) smelled the hot blood in him and came silent on his trail, stalking him with packs of pale white spiders big as hounds -- .'
Old Nan is interrupted, but you get the gist. What if Sandor 'The Hound' Clegane is a symbolic stand in for the Last Hero's dog? If Jon is recreating the Last Hero's journey, it means bad news for the men alongside him. Read more about how Jon fits the Prince That Was Promised prophecy here.
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