We’ve waited almost a decade to see how Game of Thrones will end, which means that the final season is all about payoff. True to form, season 8 began Sunday night with a plethora of cathartic reunions and introductions that sent the Game of Thrones fandom into a frenzy.
Arya Stark and Jon Snow finally saw each other again. Everyone in the North got to meet Daenerys and her dragons. But the best reveal came right at the end of the episode, when Bran Stark came face to face with Jaime Lannister, the man who changed his life forever.
As longtime fans know, the first episode of Game of Thrones ends with Bran accidentally catching Jaime Lannister and his sister, Cersei, having sex in a tower at Winterfell. Looking to keep their affair a secret — it is incest, after all — Jaime pushes poor Bran out of a window. Bran somehow survives the fall but is paralyzed, and this revelation sets a major part of Game of Thrones into motion. The tower incident ends up sending Bran beyond the Wall, where he ends up becoming the Three-Eyed Raven.
The thing about the Three-Eyed Raven is that he has visions, and can see any event in the history of the world — which is how we get confirmation that Jon Snow is the true heir to the Iron Throne. Turning into a seer changes Bran completely, however, making him one of the most unsettling characters in the show. Bran’s dead-eyed stare is something else, and we got to see plenty of it during the season 8 premiere.
Bran spends the majority of the episode waiting in the Winterfell courtyard, watching as friends new and old come together to fight the dead. At one point, it becomes obvious that Bran is waiting for someone — an “old friend,” he says. At first we think he’s referring to Samwell Tarly, but the big reveal happens at the end, when Jaime Lannister walks into Winterfell.
That moment, when Bran locked eyes with Jaime — the man who tried to kill him — was perfect. You can tell that Jaime feels a little scared; Bran awaits him with a subtle smirk and his trademark heavy gaze. You’re left wondering: Oh snap, what’s going to happen next week? Will Bran tell anyone what he knows about Jaime and Cersei? And if so, how will the Starks take the news, given that things are already pretty tense between the two families?
As far as the internet is concerned, that reunion — along with Bran’s push to tell Jon Snow about his true heritage — stole the entire show in this episode. The discussions of Jaime and Bran’s staring contest, and the jokes about how Bran knows all the dirt in the Seven Kingdoms, are producing out-of-control memes. You can enjoy some of our favorites below.
How Bran is always Navigating the North. pic.twitter.com/r14iHHrFyw— The Geeks Core (@TheGeeksCore) April 15, 2019
Bran just wheeling around Winterfell doing this GIF to everyone pic.twitter.com/gFKLBgEKlI— Joe Caporoso (@JCaporoso) April 15, 2019
Bran when playing a casual game of Mario Kart with his friends... pic.twitter.com/QYfbiN2iww— Tyler | Code WILDCAT (@I_AM_WILDCAT) April 15, 2019
bran observing any and all mess in the seven kingdoms pic.twitter.com/M3sg4Vwu1S— Bim Adewunmi (@bimadew) April 15, 2019
Bran really knew all these hoes were gathering at the same castle for the same party knowing all the tea and he ain’t warn nary a one of them we love a messy bitch who lives for drama— Jahkara J Smith✨ (@SlaylerJ) April 15, 2019