As new shows are being put on hold amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, TV enthusiasts have been turning to old faves like Game of Thrones to keep occupied during the quarantine. A first season rewatch of the HBO series has unearthed some intriguing foreshadowing.
Many fans felt the season finale of Game of Thrones served as the biggest disappointment of the show yet, but HBO’s sprawling fantasy remained one of the world’s most popular shows last year.
The first inevitable spin-off series, House of the Dragon, will trace the lineage of the Targaryen family and is on track for a 2022 debut.
Meanwhile, the current lockdown has spurred Thrones author George R. R. Martin’s productivity, hinting publication of his next highly anticipated book in the series, The Winds of Winter, could arrive sooner rather than later.
As fans wait for new GOT content, sometimes rewatching classic episodes is the only thing to do as global TV production moves into standstill.
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Revisiting the second episode of the first ever season of Game of Thrones, The Kingsroad, could uncover some major hints towards the finale, as one observant fan realised.
The viewer took to online forums to suggest how a rare conversation between Jaime Lannister (played by Nikolaj Coster-Waldau) and Jon Snow (Kit Harington) contains some pretty obvious foreshadowing for the finale.
Taking to media discussion site TVTropes, the fan said: “The conversation between Jon Snow and Jaime Lannister in the second episode about Jon joining the Night’s Watch is treated as an oddly significant conversation despite seeming to have little connection to what happens afterwards — until the finale.”
Following the first season, Jon Snow didn’t have much to do with Jaime Lannister, but this post reveals how the two characters’ fates were intertwined in strange ways.
They continued: “Failing to dissuade his love Daenerys from further destruction after she razed a surrendered King’s Landing, Jon reluctantly kills her to stop her carnage and is exiled back to the Night’s Watch as punishment, becoming a ‘Queenslayer’.”
George R. R. Martin has yet to reveal whether his saga of novels will conclude in similar fashion, but, for now, Jon’s merciful killing of the Mad Queen is the only conclusive ending to the series so far.
However, fans who paid attention to this strangely significant chat between Jaime and Jon before he officially swears his oath to the Night’s Watch have noticed some huge links to the eventual finale.
It’s worth remembering Jaime’s own vow to the Kingsguard, the elite group of seven knights formed by the Targaryens to serve under the King of the Andals.
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The fan continued: “Jaime killed Daenerys’s father, Mad King Aerys II, and became the ‘Kingslayer’ as a result. Jon kills Aerys’s daughter Daenerys after she goes mad and commits the very atrocity that Jaime stopped her father from committing.
“The entire conversation is Jaime foreshadowing Jon’s fate after committing the exact same crime that he got away with.”
Although this scene in episode two constitutes the only scene in which Jon and Jaime actually meet, the Lannister reveals the Night Watchman’s destiny and attempts to warn him of the dangers of swearing a vow he can’t take back.
After the scene was posted to YouTube, eagle-eyed Thrones enthusiasts also picked up on this fateful connection between Jaime and Jon.
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One fan said: “It is interesting how similar to Jaime killing Aerys Jon’s actions in the last episode were. They both betrayed their monarchs and ruined their reputations forever for the greater good.”
When he leaves Jon with the blacksmith forging his new sword, Jaime signs off with a foreboding warning Jon evidently chooses to ignore.
Almost cheerfully, he says: “I’m sure it’ll be thrilling to serve in such an elite force. And if not… It’s only for life.”
Game of Thrones seasons 1-8 are available on NOW TV.
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