The idea that "Winter is coming" gained new meaning in the episode. Not only do we, the adoring public, know it, but the talented folks in front of and behind the camera know it, too.
Game of Thrones is available in over 150 countries worldwide, but HBO said viewing data is not easily retrieved in many of those markets, making a global figure impossible to calculate. Though we later found out its relevance to the White Walkers, a similar design popped up again in the Season 8 premiere around the wight Ned Umber. The May cover star of the magazine specifically cited that he wore high heels while filming the episode "Battle of the Bastards" in season six of the wildly popular drama. In the first season, Bran was scared when Jaime looked at him, but now it's Jaime who's scared.
But apart from the main narrative hijinks, the Season 8 premiere contained more than a few easter eggs - including a possible Ed Sheeran shoutout.
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On social media, last night's premiere was the most-Tweeted-about episode of Game of Thrones ever, with more than five million Tweets, and 11 million mentions throughout the course of the weekend. According to Kit Harington, the logistics of being a dragon rider didn't leave too much room for, um, necessary bits and bobbles if you get our drift. The episode, titled Winterfell, was marked by reunions both warm and frosty and clear signs of the struggles ahead.
"When I was a child, my brother would tell me a bedtime story about the man who killed our father", Daenerys informs Jaime as he awaits judgement in Winterfell's Great Hall.