Warning: There are spoilers ahead if you have not watched Sunday’s episode of “Game of Thrones.”
The eighth episode of “Game of Thrones” was a bloody and brutal hour, with epic chase scenes and a tense showdown in King’s Landing.
As usual, the showrunners slipped in references and throwback lines that may have gone unnoticed by some fans. We’ve got you covered, though.
Scroll down for a look at the six things you probably missed.
Tyrion has told that joke about a jackal and honeycomb before.
In Sunday’s episode, Tyrion began to tell Missandei and Greyworm a joke. He starts saying: “I once walked into a brothel with a honeycomb and a jack-_-. The madame says — ” and then Tyrion is cut off by the arrival of the Sons of the Harpy.
This isn’t the first time Tyrion was interrupted while telling that story.
Back in season one, Tyrion said the same opening line.
When Tyrion was captured by Catelyn Tully for the attempted murder of Bran, he was taken to the Eyrie. There he was forced to confess his crimes. But instead of talking about Bran, Tyrion chose to admit to silly instances of pranks he pulled as a child. The last thing he says, before getting cut off by Lysa Arryn, was: “I once brought a jacka– and a honeycomb into a brothel.”
If you’re wondering what Tyrion’s second joke of the episode was all about (flies? ale?), Phil Owen at The Wrap has an explanation.
Jaime also repeated an iconic line from the first season.
When speaking with Edmure Tully in his tent, Jaime explained how he admired Catelyn Stark when she was alive. He compared Catelyn’s love for her children to Cersei’s fierce protectiveness of her kids. “They’d do anything to protect their babies,” Jaime said. “Start a war. Burn cities to ash. Free their worst enemies … The things we do for love.”
Does that sound familiar? It should …
The last line echoes the exact same thing Jaime said right before he pushed Bran Stark out of a window in the pilot episode of “Game of Thrones.”
Bran caught Jaime and Cersei having incestuous sex in season one. Cersei was frantic when she realized Bran had seen them, and Jaime seemed to believe he had no choice but to silence the 10-year-old boy. Right before shoving him out of the tower window, Jaime turned to Cersei and said “The things I do for love.”
A comedian who does “Game of Thrones” impressions made a cameo appearance.
Steve Love is a Canadian comedian with a knack for doing impressions. More specifically, “Game of Thrones” impressions. Apparently, Love’s work is so well known that he was given a guest appearance on the show. He played “Steve,” a member of the Brotherhood without Banners whose head was sliced off by the Hound in a brutal murder scene.
A hyped fan theory was just majorly delayed in coming true.
In Sunday’s episode, King Tommen formally declared there will be no more trials by combat in the Seven Kingdoms. This means Cersei’s plan to have the Mountain win her freedom for her is totally ruined. But it also means the fandom won’t be seeing the Cleganebowl theory come true anytime soon. This theory rested on the idea of the Mountain and the Hound fighting to the death in a trial by combat. Now, we have to wait and see if there’s another death-battle circumstance in store for the brothers.
The “rumor” Qyburn mentions to Cersei has dark implications.
After Tommen drops the hammer about trial by combats, Qyburn seems to attempt at comforting Cersei with information. “Your grace, that old rumor you told me about … my little birds investigated,” Qyburn told Cersei in Sunday’s episode. “And? Is it just a rumor or something more?” Cersei asked.
“More, much more,” Qyburn replied.
The last time Qyburn and Cersei spoke onscreen, she asked him to find out if anyone was gaining from House Lannister’s demise. But this “rumor” doesn’t seem related to that conversation.
Our best guess is that a different discussion took place offscreen — one concerning wildfire. Cersei may have heard a rumor (one that is spoken of in the books) that the former Mad King Aerys Targaryen had caches of wildfire placed all throughout King’s Landing. Jaime mentioned this back in season three, too. If Qyburn found out that wildfire is hidden in the city, Cersei may be able to use it as a weapon against the High Sparrow. This, tied with Jaime’s reminder in the episode that Cersei would “burn cities” for her children, is a scary foreshadowing of events to come. And remember, we’ve seen wildfire exploding in what seemed to be a flash-forward from Bran’s vision.
Lady Crane took Arya’s advice for her monologue.
In season six episode six, “Blood of My Blood,” Arya came face to face with Lady Crane. When discussing the play’s writing, Arya offered up a change for the Lady Crane’s final monologue about Joffrey’s death.
“The queen loves her son more than anything, and he was taken from her before she could say goodbye,” Arya said. “She wouldn’t just cry, she would be angry. She would want to kill the person who did this to her.”
Lo and behold, episode eight opened with Lady Crane’s adapted speech. After mourning Joffrey’s death, she became angry and spoke of revenge. “But now I seek vengeance on Sansa the whore, and my brother the Imp who killed his own king. Born amongst lions our curse from within him. I will slay him I swear.”