This post contains spoilers for Game of Thrones Season 8, Episode 2.
Those shiny new credits have already had an update: as expected, the dark blue tiles symbolising the army of the dead are making their way towards Winterfell.
The Winterfell model is also surrounded by trenches and new dragonglass defenses.
You see these defences in real life, so to speak, in several shots during the episode.
The scene of Jaime’s “trial” had a lot of references to the past, but two in particular stuck out: Bran quoting Jaime back at him as a way to let him know HE SEES HIM. He remembers everything.
There was also the moment Jaime directly acknowledged Brienne’s part in getting him to ride North.
The moment when Arya watches Gendry smithing calls back to when she did so in Season 2, reminding the audience he’s long been an object of desire for Arya.
And, of course, her mention of the “many faces” of Death is a reference to her time with the Faceless Men, who worship the Many-Faced God.
When Bran and Jaime chat in the godswood, Bran seems to foreshadow that Jaime won’t survive the Battle of Winterfell.
Tyrion’s conversation with Jaime isn’t the first time he’s talked about his ideal death – we first heard him mention it back in Season 1. Jaime wasn’t present at the time, so he obviously told the story more than once.
During her conversation with Daenerys, Sansa mentions that she worries about Jon’s love for Dany, as “men do stupid things” when they’re in love. It’s a reminder that, from Sansa’s point of view, Jon is repeating the exact same mistakes as Robb.
Davos meeting the brave little girl with a scarred face was a reminder of his relationship with Shireen. The music associated with Shireen is even playing over the scene.
The war council scene is the first hint we really get of the Night King’s actual motive. Which is…nothing but destruction? RIP all those fan theories.
And this is a small moment but worth noting – this is the first time we’ve seen the Stark siblings in the same scene, in the same frame, all together since they were reunited.
Plus, can we just take note of how badass Sansa’s armour is?
Here’s a shot of their battle plan if you’re wondering about it:
You probably noticed this, but it was a blink-and-you’ll miss it moment: GHOST IS BACK!
The scene with Jon, Sam and Edd has them reminiscing about their time in the Night’s Watch, and especially about their lost brothers like Grenn and Pyp. It’s fitting that they’re standing looking off the top of a wall while doing it.
If you’re trying to remember why Beric Dondarrion was on Arya’s list – it was because he sold Gendry to Melisandre.
Speaking of which, when Gendry mentions Arya wanting him to come to Winterfell, he’s talking about their farewell scene in which she asked him to be her “family” at Winterfell.
When Jaime knights Brienne, he calls her “a knight of the Seven Kingdoms”, which is also the title of the episode – as well as the name for the combined Tales of Dunk and Egg, George R. R. Martin’s spin-off series about Brienne’s reported ancestor, Duncan the Tall (it’s also about the last Aegon Targaryen – the “Egg” in Dunk and Egg).
Podrick sings “Jenny’s Song”, which is about Jenny of Oldstones.
Daenerys talks about the nice stories “everyone” told her about Rhaegar – most of her information about what a good guy he was in fact came directly from Ser Barristan Selmy.
Now if you’ll excuse me, I’ll be off trying to cope with the anxiety of the impending death and destruction in next week’s episode.