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Warning: Big spoilers for Game of Thrones below! Despite spending weeks pouring over the official trailer and photos from the set, nothing could prepare us for the eighth season premiere of Game of Thrones. The episode opens with an eerily familiar sequence. Soldiers march along a road lined with curious faces. A child, young Lord Umber, scurries through the crowd in an attempt to get a better glimpse of the royal procession that follows the fearsome army. The camera swoops down and captures the face of Ayra Stark who smiles at the boy. Only then do we begin to understand that the scene parallels Ayra’s own introduction to us from the first episode of the series when King Robert Baratheon’s family first arrived at Winterfell. In a way, the entire sequence is a subtle nod to how this episode is the beginning of the end to the series. However, the opener isn’t the only place this episode ties the past to the present, so let’s review a few other points in the episode to see if we can find other parallels.A Message From the Night KingIn the first episode, three rangers of the Night’s Watch go beyond the Wall to investigate reports of wildlings in the Haunted Forest. They soon discover a number of wildling corpses dismembered and arranged in a ritualistic fashion on the ground. They also find a dead wildling girl pinned to a tree.This parallels Tormund, Dolorous Edd, and Beric Dondarrion’s journey to the Last Hearth, a location just south of the Wall near Castle Black. The trio finds Lord Umber pinned to the wall of the castle amid a series of severed limbs placed in a spiral around his body. An echo to the beginning and a reminder that a threat is nigh.Coitus InterruptusDuring the first episode, Tyrion Lannister bypasses the Lannister trip to Winterfell in favor of visiting a brothel where his brother Jaime interrupts him mid-romp on Queen Cersei’s orders.In the season eight premiere, Qyburn interrupts Bronn’s sexual escapades by order of Queen Cersei with an offer to kill Jamie Lannister. POPSUGAR

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