What happens next in ‘Game of Thrones’? Episode 2 photos clue us in
MANILA, Philippines – Game of Thrones returned to the screens on Monday, April 15, and after a two-year wait, the 54-minute premiere left fans with a lot of unanswered questions still and not much satisfaction. (Though to be fair, it’s only the first episode.) (READ: This is how long each episode of 'Game of Thrones' season 8 is going to be)
A recap (spoilers are coming from here on out, so turn back if you haven’t seen it!):
Jon Snow and Daenerys Targaryen arrive in Winterfell, stressing out Sansa Stark who needs to worry about how to feed her people, plus the Targaryen army and two full-grown dragons in the dead of winter. Daenerys expresses a rather Mad King-like distaste for Sansa’s less-than-warm welcome as she and Jon go on a dragon date and she commands him to “warm his queen” (to the cringes of everyone who knows the truth that she is, in fact, his aunt).
The sworn men of Winterfell – particularly young Lyanna Mormont – are disappointed in Jon for bending the knee. Cersei screws Euron Greyjoy, and her Maester Qyburn has offered the mercenary Bronn to kill Cersei's brothers Tyrion and Jamie. The Night King and his White Walker army ravage House Umber’s stronghold, Last Hearth, pinning poor young Ned Umber’s body to a wall making him a centerpiece in their spiral symbol made of human limbs.
Reunions happen all throughout the episode too – Bran and Jon, Jon and Arya, Sansa and Tyrion, Arya and the Hound, Arya and Gendry, and, at the very end of the episode, Bran and the man who crippled him, Jamie Lannister.
Also, Jon snow finally learns from Samwell Tarly about his true parentage: that he is both a Stark, and a Targaryen, making him the true heir to the Iron Throne, but also an incestuous nephew who has been getting it on with his aunt.
The second episode is set to air on April 22, and the story could go any which way at this point. Based on these images from the second season, here’s what we can expect:
Bran/Three-Eyed Raven will be spending some alone time at the Godswood – ruminating on a new vision perhaps?
Gilly is returning to Winterfell.
And she, Sam, and little Sam are spending some family time together – though Gilly and Sam look a little too worried for comfort.
Daenerys almost looks like she's dressed for King's Landing.
Jamie Lannister is going to face Daenerys – and answer for killing her father.
What are Jon and Arya staring so menacingly at?
Sam looks like he's convincing Jon of something.
Is that...an actual human expression on Bran's face?
Tyrion will be doing more of what Tyrion does: drinking, and knowing things.
It looks like Grey Worm and Missandei are saying goodbye.
Ser Davos Seaworth seems to be cooking something up.
Sansa Stark seems to be holding a bowl of...something?
And young Lyanna Mormont – the most bad-ass Northern lady we've seen – seems all suited up for war, and is giving off her signature scowl.
And if you want more footage from the episode, check out the trailer:
Game of Thrones season 8 episode 2 is returning on April 22, at 9 am. – Rappler.com