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11 Things You Might Have Missed in the 'Game of Thrones' Season 7 Pilot Episode

*Spoiler alert.* Winter has come.
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The long wait is over and winter has finally come in the debut episode of Game of Thrones' seventh season. And like most episodes of the hit HBO TV series, the pilot left us with more questions than answers, leaving even the most well-versed fans scratching their heads. It's also worth noting that from here on, most, if not all of the show's material will no longer be based on the books. So, if you've already watched the first episode, here are the things (and some key details) you might have missed.

Is Arya Stark the new Lady Stoneheart?


Fans have been clamoring for Lady Stoneheart's return ever since the Red Wedding, but it looks like they will be disappointed again this season. For those who didn't read the books, Lady Stoneheart is the reanimated (or zombified) Catelyn Stark, who came back from the dead and went on a killing spree against who wronged her family. In the pre-opening credits scene, it was clear that the showrunners were giving the mantle of Lady Stoneheart to Arya Stark, when she (while being disguised as Walder Frey) systematically killed every last member of House Frey by poisoning them with wine during a feast.

#TeamJon or #TeamSansa?


The pilot episode also gave us a taste of a budding "sibling rivalry" between Sansa Stark and Jon Snow when they were trying to figure out what to do with the castles of Houses Karstark and Umber. Sansa wanted to punish both houses for their betrayal of the Starks by giving away their fortresses to other deserving houses who were loyal to them. Jon Snow, on the other hand, wanted to give them a second chance. If you’re wondering why Petyr Baelish was shown several times during this scene, it’s because he wanted Sansa to challenge Jon Snow’s authority as King of the North. Why? His dream is to have Sansa rule the North with him by her side. 

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Or #TeamLadyMormont?


Who isn’t a fan of Lady Lyanna Mormont? This woman was a born feminist, which is essential if you want to survive the patriarchal world of Game of Thrones.

Why Olenna Tyrell is much of a threat as Daenerys and Jon Snow.


It was clear in this scene that Cersei’s reign as Queen of the Seven Kingdoms wouldn’t be a walk in the park. It’s quite obvious that a united North is a threat, as with Daenery’s Targaryen and her fleet to the east. But Olenna Tyrell in the South? As Sir Jaime put it, the Tyrells are as much of a threat as the other two as they control most, if not all of the crops and livestock in Westeros. So one bad decision in diplomacy can stop the food supply in King’s Landing and its allies. They’re the second richest House for a reason. 

Who is Euron Greyjoy?


After Joffrey Baratheon and Ramsay Bolton, Euron Greyjoy is slated to be the next baddie that every viewer will want to be dead. His psychopathic tendencies and unpredictable nature were on full display during his scene with Queen Cersei. To prove his loyalty, he offered the queen something in return. It will most likely be the head (or any body part) of one of her many enemies. The actor who played him said in an interview that his character will do more sinister acts than Ramsay.

Samwell Tarly at the Citadel


During his "training" at the Citadel, Samwell Tarly came across a book revealing the location of a massive supply of Dragonglass that Jon Snow desperately needs for his army. In case you haven’t heard yet, Dragonglass is the other thing, aside from Valyrian steel, that can kill white walkers. But there’s one problem. All that stash of glass is in an underground mountain in Dragonstone--the ancestral home of Daenery’s Targaryen, which she has recently reclaimed. As to how Jon will negotiate with Daenerys to acquire the precious mineral remains to be seen.

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What’s up with Littlefinger and Sansa?


Petyr Baelish may be a creep, but you have to give it to the guy. He knows how to play the game, and has been a master manipulator since the beginning of the entire series. His fancy for Sansa Stark, however, can be his downfall. Sansa learned a lot from him, and can very well use his teachings to beat him at his own game. When Sansa told Brienne of Tarth that she knows what Littlefinger wants, you know that she’s definitely onto something. 

What the heck is Ed Sheeran doing here?


Little fun fact: Maisie Williams, the actress who plays Arya Stark, is a huge fan of Ed Sheeran. Ed Sheeran, on the other hand, is a fan of the show. So their meeting has been a long time coming. Producer David Benioff has been trying for years to get the British pop star on the show as a “surprise” for Maisie. And luck was finally on the showrunners' side when the “Galway Girl” singer finally agreed to appear on Season 7 as a singing Lannister foot soldier. The reception among fans was mixed at best. Some said his cameo was forced and pointless, while others saw the scene as a welcome break from all the killing and conniving of Game of Thrones.

Who did Sandor Clegane or "the Hound" bury?


If you were wondering who the corpses the Hound buried were, these characters last appeared in the third episode of season four, titled “Breaker of Chains.” At this time, the Hound was traveling toward the Eyrie with Arya, whom he had hoped to hand over to her aunt, Lysa Arryn, in exchange for a ransom. Somewhere along the way, the road-weary pair was offered food and shelter by a kindly farmer who lived in a remote farmhouse with his daughter. Taking advantage of the farmer's kindness and good heart, the Hound beat him and stole his silver. He even told a horrified Arya that the small family wouldn't have survived the winter anyway. True enough, they didn't survive. The Hound's brutality sealed their fate, and he was forced to witness the consequences of his actions.

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Who tried to grab Samwell Tarly?


The hand that tried to grab Samwell Tarly from what looked like one of the Citadel's containment rooms was Ser Jorah Mormont's. The last time we saw him was in the fifth episode of season six when he confessed his greyscale infection to Daenerys Targaryen. He was sent away by the dragon queen to find a cure for his condition. As to what led him to the Citadel remains to be seen. The other major character who contracted the disease was Princess Shireen Baratheon, daughter of Stannis. Because the Baratheons had the resources, they were able to afford and stop the greyscale from spreading, but not before half of the princess' face was permanently scarred. 

What's Daenerys doing in Dragonstone?


The last scene of the pilot episode showed Daenerys Targaryen finally arriving on Dragonstone island, her birthplace. Dragonstone was given to Stannis Baratheon after Robert's Rebellion, and was his base of operations prior to the Battle of the Blackwater. Upon arrival, Daenerys took a tour of what's left of Dragonstone castle. She chanced upon Stannis' former war room showing a diorama of the Westerosi continent on a long table. She then asks, “Shall we begin?”, commencing her plans to conquer the seven kingdoms and ending the first episode.

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