Season 7 Episode 2 Is Full of Callbacks
If there's anything more Game of Thrones than incest and death, it's easter eggs and callbacks. Sunday's episode held plenty of little gems reminiscent of earlier seasons; we're here to break them down for you.
Daenerys Echos The Mad King
Despite her valiant efforts to convince herself (among others) that she is is not her father, with three dragon's worth of fire at her disposal, Dany can't seem to help threatening to burn people alive.
With Varys as her advisor, Daenerys has him promise that he will tell her if he thinks she is not doing right by her people rather than conspire against her.
She threatens that if he ever betrays her, she will burn him alive.
This seems only too similar to the way her father the Mad King was shown to be fond of yelling "BURN THEM ALL!"
Jon Learns From Ned
We were all hoping that Littlefinger was done with the Starks, and apparently so was Jon.
On Sunday we saw Jon grab Littlefinger by the neck and slam him up against the wall, a scene nearly identical that of Season 1, in which Ned Stark does the same outside of a brothel in King's Landing.
Sam Forbids Jorah to Die
When Archmaester Ebrose determined that Jorah's greyscale is incurable, Sam Tarly took it upon himself to attempt to cure Jeor Mormont's son with an experimental procedure.
"I knew your father, I was with him when he died," Sam says. "You're not dying today, Ser Jorah."
Whether this is out of pure medical curiosity or loyalty to his first Lord Commander, it mirrors a scene from the retreat back to the the Wall after the Battle of the Fist of the First Men, in which Jeor Mormont instated a sort of buddy system to make sure Sam stayed alive.
"Tarly," he told him, "you're forbidden to die."
Arya Reunites with Nymeria
Arya hasn't seen her direwolf since Season 1, but this season is chock full of long-awaited reunions.
When the two reunited in Sunday's episode, Arya's goodbye puzzled many viewers.
"That's not you," she told the direwolf before departing.
Benioff and Weiss explained that the line is pulled straight from the first season, in which Ned tells his daughter that she'd be lady of a castle someday, marry a Lord and wear a frilly dress, to which she responds, "No, that's not me."
As much as Arya yearns to have her friend back, she recognizes that Nymeria's true nature is that of a wild direwolf.
These moments may clarify some questions we had, but they allow for a slew of new predictions.
Episode 3 of Game of Thrones airs Sunday, July 30th.