The First Parallel Between Seasons 1 And 8 Of 'Game Of Thrones' Is Revealed In The Teaser

"Winterfell is yours, your Grace".

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Although the story of the Iron Throne will come to an end with Season 8 of Game of Thrones, the universe of the show will live on in the form of the spin-offs currently being prepared by HBO. But that doesn't mean that the series won't look to the past to stir up viewers' emotions. Showrunners D.B. Weiss and David Benioff promised that the final season of GoT would feature several nods to the first season. And we've found a discreet reference hidden in the latest HBO teaser, released to mark the 76th Golden Globes.

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The images only last a few seconds, but are sure to send shivers down fans' spines. Daenerys arrives in Winterfell to meet Sansa and cement the alliance between the Northmen and the Targaryen family, the final bastion in the fight against the White Walkers who are advancing across the continent. During this encounter, the two women exchange a few brief but significant words. "Winterfell is yours, your Grace", Sansa says to the Mother of Dragons to welcome her into her home. And apparently, that's a traditional formula among the Starks. 

Indeed, Ned welcomed King Robert Baratheon with the same polite phrase during the pilot episode. More specifically, the former Lord Stark said to his old friend: "Guarding the North for you, Your Grace. Winterfell is yours." The real question is whether Sansa is really being sincere when she says these words to Daenerys, or whether she will take a darker path in an attempt to maintain control over her territory. The young Stark has really grown and matured over the eight seasons of the series, making the transition from a shy, reserved child to a powerful, perhaps calculating woman who is politically involved in the race for the throne.

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If the showrunners are to be believed, the season premiere for Season 8 will contain the most references to Season 1. That said, we're secretly hoping Arya will finish her list in order to close the cycle, and perhaps even take the throne, as Parris McBride, George R.R. Martin's wife, has said she would like to see happen.

 

Article translated by: Eleanor Staniforth

By Adrien Delage, published on 10/01/2019

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