- Warning: Spoilers ahead for HBO’s “Game of Thrones” season eight, episode one, “Winterfell.”
- Many major characters had emotional or meaningful reunions on the eighth season premiere.
- Here’s a complete guide to all those relationships, including the last time those characters had seen each other.
HBO’s “Game of Thrones” returned Sunday night with a dramatic and very sentimental season eight premiere.
Many major characters were reunited for the first time in many years – and, for fans, many seasons. Family members embraced and old friends bantered playfully.
Keep reading to understand the relationships, why they matter, and see the last time those characters had seen each other onscreen.
Jon Snow has a tender moment with his supposed half-brother, Bran Stark.
The newest episode begins with Jon Snow’s arrival back home in Winterfell, riding alongside Daenerys Targaryen and her army.
As soon as Jon passes through Winterfell’s familiar gates, he rushes over to Bran Stark and plants a protective, brotherly kiss on his forehead.
“Look at you,” Jon says. “You’re a man.”
“Almost,” Bran replies.
Jon hadn’t seen Bran since the beginning of season one, when the little lord was in a coma.
Jon said goodbye to Bran – who was in a coma after Jaime Lannister pushed him out a window – before Jon left to join the Night’s Watch.
“I know we always talked about seeing the Wall together. But you’ll be able to visit me at Castle Black when you’re better,” he said to Bran, unsure of whether Bran would even survive his fall. “We can go out walking beyond the Wall, if you’re not afraid.”
In a strikingly similar moment, Jon even gave Bran a kiss on the forehead.
Jon also has a sweet moment with Sansa Stark — before tensions flare.
Though they’re happy to see each other, Jon and Sansa go on to have some disagreements on this episode.
Jon hadn’t seen his supposed half-sister since he went to meet Daenerys, leaving Sansa in charge of Winterfell.
Jon and Sansa have been close allies since he helped her reclaim Winterfell from the Boltons. They have great mutual respect and trust, but haven’t seen each other since early season seven – and Jon has made a lot of controversial decisions in that time.
Sansa and Tyrion Lannister reminisce on their time together in King’s Landing.
After a tense meeting with the leaders and lords of Winterfell, Tyrion Lannister approaches his former wife.
They exchange some banter about the last time they saw each other, Tyrion praises Sansa’s survival skills, and Sansa even lectures Tyrion on his strategic blind spots: “I used to think you were the cleverest man alive.”
They last saw each other just before Sansa fled King’s Landing, fearing repercussion for Joffrey Baratheon’s death.
Tyrion and Sansa had an arranged marriage, but as he refused to force himself on her, it was never consummated. They had mutual respect for one another, but never love or lust.
Next, Jon reunites with Arya Stark, his favourite sibling.
“You used to be taller,” Arya tells Jon after sneaking up on him.
Their reunion echoes their last encounter on season one. The two embrace while Jon lifts Arya off the ground; Jon then praises Arya for still having the sword he gave her.
Like with Bran, Jon hadn’t seen Arya since he left for the Wall on season one.
“I’m going to miss you,” Jon told Arya, right before he left to join the Night’s Watch.
During their emotional goodbye, he gifted Arya with her beloved sword and gave her some iconic advice: “Stick them with the pointy end.”
Theon Greyjoy manages to rescue his sister, Yara.
Much of Theon’s storyline on season seven revolved around his desire to rescue Yara from their sadistic uncle.
Theon watched his sister get captured early on season seven.
Daenerys’s fleet was attacked by Euron Greyjoy on season seven, episode two, with Theon and Yara on board.
Thanks to Theon’s experiences with extreme trauma, he was triggered by the violence and fled, instead of attempting to rescue his sister.
Arya runs into the Hound in the armory.
When Arya goes to request a personalised weapon, she finds the Hound (aka Sandor Clegane), with whom she has a deep yet complicated connection.
“I heard you were here,” the Hound says when he sees Arya. “You left me to die.”
“First I robbed you,” she replies.
“You’re a cold little bitch, aren’t you?” he says, in a way that sounds like a compliment. “I guess that’s why you’re still alive.”
Arya refused to kill the Hound at the end of season four.
While Arya was travelling with the Hound, Brienne of Tarth challenged him to a duel. She defeated him and left him for dead.
Even though the Hound was one of the first names on Arya’s list of targets, she refused to finish him off. He tried to provoke her into ending his suffering – even tried begging her – but she had clearly come to care for him. She took his gold and left him instead.
Soon after, Arya recreates some classic banter with her old friend, Gendry.
When Arya tells Gendry that he’s gotten better at his craft, he replies, “So have you. I mean, you look – good.”
Arya then suggests that Gendry stay close to the forge for warmth, and he counters with, “Is that a command, Lady Stark?”
“Don’t call me that,” Arya replies.
“As you wish, m’lady,” he says.
Their whole exchange mirrors former conversations they have had and jokes they have shared.
Arya and Gendry were forced to separate when he was sold to Melisandre on season three.
The two spent a lot of time together throughout seasons two and three. After travelling together, the two developed a close bond. Gendry would tease her about her high-born status and call her “m’lady.”
Arya even saved Gendry’s life a few times – when she tricked Lannister soldiers into sparing his life and helped her friends escape Harrenhal – and told him that she considers them family.
They last saw each other near the end of season three, when the Brotherhood Without Banners sold Gendry to Melisandre, who used him for blood magic. Arya desperately tried to stop them; she even temporarily added Melisandre, Beric Dondarrion, and Thoros of Myr to her list of targets out of anger.
Jorah Mormont seeks out his saviour, Samwell Tarly.
Jorah brings Daenerys to the Winterfell library to introduce her to Samwell, who saved his life at the Citadel.
Sam had previously saved Jorah’s life early on season seven.
During his time at the Citadel, Sam discovered a cure for Jorah’s hypothetically incurable illness: Greyscale. He risked his life and reputation to attempt curing Jorah – and it worked.
They said goodbye on the following episode and Jorah returned to Daenerys’s side.
“Perhaps our paths will cross again,” Jorah said.
“I hope they do,” Sam replied.
Sam goes on to find and reunite with Jon, his best friend.
Sam seeks Jon out in order to tell him some shocking information. Jon is shocked right off the bat anyway, because he had no idea that Sam had made his way to Winterfell.
The two friends hadn’t seen each other since Jon sent Sam to the Citadel in the season five finale.
Sam left the Wall to study with the Maesters of the Citadel. He told Jon that he could help the war efforts by researching the Long Night – and that he needed to leave in order to protect Gilly and her baby.
While they have been in contact since their separation, they have both been through a lot since they said their goodbyes.
The end of the episode teased a tense reunion between Jaime Lannister and Bran Stark.
When Jaime arrives in Winterfell at the end of the premiere, he catches sight of Bran in his wheelchair.
The ensuing eye contact is extremely tense. Bran’s fateful encounter with Jaime on the show’s pilot was arguably the catalyst for the entire series: “If he tells the rest of the clan the truth, I’m done. I’m dead,” Nikolaj Coster-Waldau said of their silent reunion in a behind-the-scenes interview.
Jaime pushed Bran out a window, nearly killing him, on the very first episode of “Game of Thrones.”
On the series premiere, Bran stumbled upon Jaime having sex with his twin sister, Cersei.
In order to prevent their incestuous secret from getting out, Jaime pushed Bran out a high window in hopes of killing him. Bran survived, but lost the use of his legs.
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