What an episode it was on Monday night. In true Game of Thrones style, ‘The Spoils of War’ provided brutal murders, a Roman-like battle scene and best of all there were Drogon the dragon, but there were also some subtleties you may not have spotted right away. The directors of Game of Thrones are very good at leading you in one direction and then BAM! Shock twist, deception, underhandedness, murder…Here’s six things you may not have noticed right away but are sure to blow your mind.
1) Bran and Littlefinger’s confrontation
Bran’s response to Littlefinger’s plotting “Chaos is a ladder” is a reference from season three where Little Finger and Varys privately discussed sowing doubt and mistrust so that he can use the aforementioned uncertainty to rise in the ranks in Westeros (i.e summing up Baelish’s entire life philosophy). This opens up the suggestion that Bran has heard the other terrible things Lord Baelish has said in private, most damningly admitting to Varys that he ruined Sansa’s plans to marry Loras Tyrell – we don’t think she will take that very well if Bran were to spill the beans.
Let’s just say we don’t expect Little Finger to last much longer at Winterfell, but that being said, as Aidan Gillen confirmed, “Littlefinger’s one of the most determined characters – ruthless and rigorous”
2) Could Jon Snow find out his true parentage?
From the promo for episode five, ‘Eastwatch’, we could find out once and for all if Jon Snow is a Targaryen (i.e the son of Lyanna Stark and Rhaegar Targaryen) and not the illegitimate son of Ned Stark. Until now, Jon has not really interacted much with Daenerys’ dragons but a shot from the next episode shows that is all going to change. It appears that Drogon, despite receiving a dagger from Bron via Cersei’s latest dragon killing contraption, returns back to Dragonstone with Dany in tow. Fans on Reddit have speculated that it could be “the first big moment where Dany realises something is up with Jon, Drogon perhaps acting submissive or something like that to indicate he’s special in some way.”
This is backed up by the George R.R Martin’s original Song of Ice and Fire series on which the show is based that explains that dragons will always know a Targaryen. What’s more, that could mean that Jon, like Dany, would be able to ride one of the dragons- the White Walkers/Cersei won’t know what’s hit them.
You may know something soon Jon Snow, we can’t wait.
3) The question of everybody’s lips- has the Kingslayer been killed?
Surely they can’t just kill of Jaime Lannister. But then again, lest we forget the Red Wedding. No one is safe.
Whilst making a last ditch attempt to kill Daenerys, Jaime was met with Drogon’s fiery breath, only to be pushed out the way, we think by Bron but could be Dickon, maybe Tyrion even? Will Jamie be saved for the depths of that inconveniently placed river? Episode Director, Matt Shakman may have given us a clue. He explained to Entertainment Weekly, “I wanted to tell the story of what it would be like to be on the ground in the middle of a dragon attack, to see what it’s like – to be in a napalm attack, to see the birth of a new weapon.
“And all of a sudden the Lannister army – which is a Roman army in a way, an army of order and precision, who can handle pretty much any obstacle – they encounter something they cannot handle and realise that war has changed forever. Jaime, especially, is a great soldier and realises this is going to be a new era.”
We may be reading too much into it but notice that last line. “Jaime realises” i.e *present* tense implying that he will have to change his strategy NEXT TIME! That must mean he’s still alive, right?! A girl can dream.
After all, if Jaime dies, who will pass on Olenna Tyrell’s dying words that it was her, Lady of Highgarden and all-round legend that in fact killed Joffrey and not Tyrion…
4) The hidden symbolism
Some eagle-eyed fans have also pointed out the symbolism of this final shot. Jamie, who has tried to be a good person for a while, since his kidnapping and possible romance with Brienne of Tarth (we would love that to happen!) but bloodthirsty Cersei, hell-bent on revenge, keeps holding him back, much like his Lion Plate armour. One Reddit user explained, “The weight of the lion is both physically and metaphorically drowning him. If I recall it was gifted to him by his sister, wasn’t it?” OMG.
5) Sansa has had a costume change
You might not have noticed the subtle change of costume for the new Lady of Winterfell, Sansa Stark and the addition of a new belt, but costume designer Michele Clapton has revealed its hidden meaning in an interview on HBO. The designer explains, “This is her taking back control of her body. I designed it to wrap around over her side-laced dress to represent the absolute removal of any possible physical touch. Her dresses are also tightly-laced on, incredibly difficult to remove; it’s a message to Littlefinger.” This is obviously in reference to the horrific Ramsay Bolton rape scenes. Her latest costume is a symbolic rejection of male advances in particular Littlefinger who arranged her marriage to the sadistic b*stard.
6) A surprising cameo
After GoT fans were treated to a cameo from Ed Sheeran, the directors subtly included another celebrity but this one may not have caught your eye, especially for a UK audience. Mets pitcher Noah Syndergaard was one of the men in the Lannister army defending against the Dothraki. The professional baseball player was no match against the Dothraki/dragon combo and his short-lived acting career was over in a flash (a literal dragon fire flash).
7) An unlikely costume addition
Believe it or not, costume designers over at the Game of Thrones set have revealed that they use IKEA sheepskin rugs to protect the Men of the Nights Watch against the cold. Despite that the show reportedly costs around $10 million an episode, the finishing touch to the outfits are a £10-40 rug that you can find at your local IKEA. Winter is here after all…
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