WARNING: Spoilers for the Game of Thrones season 8 premiere.
The Game of Thrones season 8 premiere began the final six-episode run of the show, and left behind some big questions of the War to Come. "Winterfell" featured long-awaited reunions, table-setting for the Great War against the White Walkers, and Jon Snow finally learning the truth about his birthright.
In "Winterfell", the ex-King in the North brought his lover Daenerys Targaryen, her armies of Unsullied and Dothraki, and her two dragons to the North. The Dragon Queen received a cool reception from Sansa Stark, the Lady in Winterfell, but Jon soon learned that he can ride a dragon himself. Later, Bran Stark, who is now the Three-Eyed Raven, urged Sam Tarly to tell Jon the truth that he's the heir to the Iron Throne, which now threatens to tear the fragile alliance between the North and the Targaryen forces apart - not to mention Jon and Dany's romance.
Meanwhile, Queen Cersei continued to scheme to maintain her control of the Iron Throne, Arya Stark was reunited with her brother Jon, her friend Gendry, and the Hound, while the Night King drew first blood in the Great War by killing one of Jon and Sansa's bannermen. With so much going in Game of Thrones' season 8 premiere, here are the big questions we are left asking.
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Will Sam Force Jon To Press His Claim To The Iron Throne?
Sam finally told Jon that he's the son of Rhaegar Targaryen and Lyanna Stark and he was born Aegon Targaryen, the Sixth of His Name, and the true heir to the Iron Throne. Jon didn't take the news well, although Sam himself received some bad news when he met Daenerys prior to speaking with Jon: the Dragon Queen told Sam she executed his father Randyll and his brother Dickon Tarly by Dragonfire last season. Though his father hated him, Sam did love his brother, so this was a bitter pill to swallow from the woman who now demands to be called his Queen, no matter how pretty and benevolent she appears to be.
The way Sam told Jon the truth reveals what he believes: Sam outright said "she shouldn't be [Queen]", indicating that he considers Daenerys' claim to be false. Sam also pointedly asked Jon, "You gave up your crown to save your people. Would she do the same?" Sam not only holds his family's execution against Dany, but he's also outright advocating for Jon to press his legitimate claim to the Iron Throne over Daenerys'. Even though Jon doesn't want to be King, Sam now considers Jon to have been the uncrowned King all along. Will Sam continue to force the issue, whether Jon wants it or not?
Did Tyrion And Varys Also Figure Out Jon Is A Targaryen?
Tyrion and Varys spent a lot of the episode hanging together, trading dwarf and eunuch jokes, and mulling over the potential of Jon and Daenerys marrying to unify their Houses with Davos. Then the trio of advisers witnessed a remarkable sight: Jon Snow riding a dragon over Winterfell. Perhaps not so ironically, Jon was riding Rhaegal, the dragon named after Daenerys' brother Rhaegar - who is also Jon's true birth father.
Of course, at this point, only Bran and Sam knew the truth about Jon, who found out after his dragon ride. But until now, no one had ever ridden a dragon in hundreds of years except Daenerys. Did the fact that Jon can do the impossible set off any red flags with Varys and Tyrion, even if they don't know the details about Jon (yet)?
Did Jon Admit To Sansa That He Loves Daenerys?
Sansa and Jon spoke privately about Jon's decision to give up being King in the North, a political move that the Northerners - especially Lyanna Mormont and Sansa herself - are having a difficult time accepting. Sansa perceptively noted that how "pretty" Daenerys is has a great deal to do with Jon deciding to bend the knee. Then she asked Jon point blank if he loves her.
The scene ended before Jon could answer - if he even did answer. But regardless of what was or wasn't said, Sansa knows she's right. At their reunion by the heart tree earlier, Arya surprised Jon by defending Sansa, calling her "the smartest person I've ever met." Sansa proved it again and she understands Jon better than he thinks - which is perhaps why she's so disappointed in him.
How Will Daenerys Solve Her Hungry Dragon Problem?
Daenerys was disturbed to learn that her remaining dragons, Rhaegal and Drogon, are "barely eating" - only eighteen goats and eleven sheep, according to their Dothraki minders. This was a problem raised by Sansa upon the Queen's arrival: Winterfell doesn't have enough stores for the Unsullied, Dothraki and two fully-grown dragons. Even though dragons eat "whatever they want", as Dany bit back at Sansa, there simply isn't much available for the creatures to eat.
The Mother of Dragons concluded her children simply don't like the North, and while it's surely too cold for them, the lack of food is a big problem. Dany faced a similar issue in Meereen, where the dragons would end up attacking farms for food, but that isn't an option in the wintery North. The armies better be careful they don't become dragon chow.
What Were The Dragons Thinking About Jon and Dany?
The dragons provided a bit of comic relief in the Game of Thrones season 8 premiere after Jon and Daenerys' ride to the icy waterfall. Rhaegal happily allowed Jon to ride him, no doubt because he sensed Jon's Targaryen blood, but after they landed, and Jon and Dany kissed, the dragons behaved strangely, with Drogon watching Jon incredibly intently.
What were the dragons thinking about Jon and Dany? Were they suspicious? Were they being territorial and protective of their mother? Were they supportive of Jon and Daenerys? One thing is for sure, it was, amusingly, the most personality the dragons have shown to date.
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