The final watch has begun.
The premiere of Game of Thrones Season eight has lastly arrived, and in it, there is a lot to absorb.
From Daenerys’ (Emilia Clarke) dramatic arrival to Winterfell to the Stark sisters’ icy reception of her to Cersei (Lena Headey)’s NSFW alliance with the swashbuckling Euron Greyjoy (Pilou Asbæk) to Jon-slash-Aegon (Kit Harington) lastly getting out he’s no Snow, the starting of the finish was an occasion of an episode.
Ahead of we got to any of that, although, the HBO epic opened with a brand new bit of title art that served as a sort of status verify for our all our favored areas .. nicely, some of them anyway.
1st, we see the Wall tattered at Eastwatch as ice starts to make its way south previous the Final Hearth (RIP tiny Umber) and on towards Winterfell. Alternatively of coasting appropriate by Residence Stark’s property, although, we then take a visual trip by way of the Wonderful Hall and under to the household crypt (which, cryptically appears to be reassembling itself from pieces along the way). This deep dive into our favored castle is quickly followed by a journey by way of a fancier rendition of King’s Landing, match with a sword-by-sword fanning of the Iron Throne. Annnd, that is it, people.
There is no additional trips across the Narrow Sea. No additional visual reminders of the whereabouts of the Iron Islands or the Cost-free Cities or even the Riverlands. We’re at the finish of the game now, and the board is considerably, considerably smaller sized.
Revisit the new intro in the video above.
Game of Thrones airs on Sundays at 9/8c on HBO.