Bran Stark's old friend is not who you think before Jaime's confrontation


The Game of Thrones fans seem to have misinterpreted a line in the eighth season premiere, which aired Sunday night.

A moment in the new edition, which featured a scene that was essentially eight years under construction, saw Bran Stark (Isaac Hempstead-Wright) tell Sam Tarly (John Bradley) that he was "waiting for an old friend."

In the final scene, Bran is watching as Jaime Lannister (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau) arrives in Winterfell, his first encounter since he pushed him from a window in the first episode of the HBO series.

Fans who think about this to whom Bran was referring, however, might be incorrect. Some viewers believe that Bran's remark was made about Theon Greyjoy (Alfie Allen), who we know is coming back to Winterfell to fight the White Walkers, hoping to repair their past sins.

This theory is apparently corroborated by a line spoken by Bran in the trailer for the second episode of the eighth season: "Whatever you did brought you to where you are now. Where you belong. House."

Although it is not verified that Bran is saying this to Theon, it certainly sounds like something he would say as the Three-Eyed Crow to someone who has harmed him in the past. In the second season, Theon took control of Winterfell in the absence of Robb Stark.

You can find a compilation of the 13 callbacks, book references and Easter Eggs featured at the premiere of the eighth season here.

The opening also included a hilarious reference to the controversial Ed Sheeran layer last season, as well as a terrible death in the hands of Night King who has people theorizing about their true identity (no, not Bran Stark).

Viewers in China were furious after six minutes of the episode – which broke the HBO albums – was censored by technology company Tencent.

The final season of The Game of Thrones continues every Sunday and you can watch the new season eight by opening the title sequence here.

You can find our extensive ranking of all the characters – from worst to best – below.

The show will be available on Sky Atlantic and NOW TV in the UK.


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