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8 Important Details To Ponder Over Game of Thrones Season 8 Episode 2

The backstories behind the second episode's memorable lines are filled with amazing details.
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One of the things that Game of Thrones is quite famous for is the show's habit of dropping killer lines and seemingly simple moments that have some history to them. The second episode had a lot of these, and if you're not familiar with the history or backstory of these characters, you could have easily missed some of these details. Here, some important moments you need to ponder on before moving on to the next episode:

1. When Bran Stark Spoke to Jaime Lannister during the former's trial


When Jaime Lannister was being tried for his crimes at Winterfell, he tried to defend his past actions by telling Sansa Stark, Daenerys Targaryan, and Jon Snow that everything he did before was for the protection of his house and family. This is when Bran Stark told him the memorable one-liner: "The things we do for love..." Jaime's face turned pale upon hearing this because well, he's heard this line before. In fact, it was what he said in Season 1, right before he pushed Bran off the tallest tower in Winterfell: "The things I do for love."

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2. When Jaime Lannister approached Brienne of Tarth on the the training grounds

Brienne's relationship with Jaime started as that of a captor and captive. To viewers' delight, it eventually blossomed into friendship and mutual respect for each other. During those earlier seasons, the then brash and cocky Jaime would always deride or mock Brienne for being a sword-wielding "noblewoman," not believing that she's as good she says with a sword. "We have never had a conversation last this long without you insulting me," Brienne told Jaime. Jaime was quick to dispute that, admitting to Brienne that he isn't the same swordsman he once was, and that he would be very much willing to serve under Brienne's command.

3. When Ser Jorah Mormont appealed to Daenerys Targaryen for Tyrion Lannister


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Daenerys Targaryen has gotten weary of Tyrion Lannister's streak of being outplayed at his own game, especially by his sister Cersei Lannister. But good thing Ser Jorah Mormont was there to remind the Dragon Queen of Tyrion's brilliance and cunning mind, suggesting that she should keep him as her Hand. During their first meeting in Season 5, Jorah got a taste of Tyrion's cleverness when he was able to deduce who Jorah was by just observing his appearance and equipment. He was also able to correctly assume that Jorah was banished by Daenerys because of his crime as Varys' spy.

4. When Daenerys Targaryen held Sansa Stark's hand


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"We have other things in common," said Daenerys to Sansa. "We've both known what it means to lead people who aren't inclined to accept a woman's rule." This a reference to both characters' rise to power. Most notably, they also mirrored each other's struggles. Throughout the series, Sansa and Daenerys were underestimated mostly by men. Sansa had to deal with the likes of Ramsay Bolton and Petyr Baelish, while Daenerys overcame the many tyrannical rulers of Essos. While both women eventually became respected leaders in their own right, their willingness to do what's necessary to reach their goal is a potential source of conflict between the two: Daenerys wants complete subjugation of Westeros, while Sansa wants Winterfell and the entire North to be independent.

5. When Bran told everyone that he wants "to erase this world, and I am its memory."


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When Bran was still training to be the next Three-Eyed Raven, the Night King was able to intercept and physically touch him during one of his visions. This enabled the Night King to have some sort of psychic connection with Bran. Clearly, the Night King plans on 'erasing' the Three-Eyed Raven, together with its knowledge of the past. Another thing is that Bran has also already proven that the present and past can interact with each other. With this knowledge of Bran's true power, the Night King is even more inclined to eliminate the world's and Bran's "memory" so he can re-write it to his own design, which is the endless night.

6. When Jaime Lannister knighted Brienne of Tarth

By Westorosi standards, Brienne is unusually muscular and tall for a woman. In the books, she has always liked martial activities even as a child and dreams of becoming a knight one day. But her journey to knighthood wasn't an easy one. All her life, men mostly mocked her because of her physical appearance. "Women can't be knights. It's tradition," she told Jaime, who was one of those men who had doubted her. So it was emotionally satisfying to finally see Brienne being officially knighted by the same person who used to not believe in her.

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7. When Ser Jorah Mormont told Lady Lyanna that she is the future of their house


You might be wondering why Ser Jorah is not the Lord of House Mormont. Here's a bit of a backstory: Jeor Mormont, the 997th Lord Commander of the Night's Watch (who was murdered in Season 3), was lord of Bear Island till his son, Jorah, inherited his titles. But Jorah disgraced himself by participating in the slave trade and fleeing to the Free Cities of Essos. As a result, Jeor's sister Maege took on the family's titles, which were eventually transferred to Lady Lyanna upon Maege's death.

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8. When Podrick Payne sang "Jenny's Song"

"High in the halls of the kings who are gone, Jenny would dance with her ghosts." These were the first two lines of the song Podrick performed in the last minutes of the second episode. To those who haven't read the book, the history of "Jenny's Song" is quite rich, but is mostly associated with Rhaegar Targaryen, as it was believed this was the song he sang at a feast at the Tourney of Harrenhal that made Lyanna Stark weep, triggering the start of their romantic relationship. As the song plays in the background, we see our heroes spending some quiet time with the people that mattered to them, right before the storm that is the Battle of Winterfell. This is a possible reference to loss and tragedy that's associated with the song, since Rhaegar was slain by Robert Baratheon, and Lyanna died at childbirth. This is also preempts the looming deaths in the next episode.

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