Spoilers forward for “Winterfell,” episode 1 of Recreation of Thrones, season 8, and for season 7.
Recreation of Thrones is again for its long-awaited eighth season. After an brisk recap sequence, the season premiere, “Winterfell,” introduced an entire new opening-credits sequence, which departs from the title sequences in earlier seasons. The title section, which flies a point-of-view digital camera round a map of the fictional nation of Westeros, used to often change to mirror places that is likely to be important that episode or season. However within the season Eight intro, the motion begins outdoors Westeros, within the furthest north, clueing the viewers into the trail taken by the undead military of White Walkers that threatens Westeros.
First, the digital camera pans over the damaged Wall, which was partially destroyed by the Night time King and the zombiefied dragon Viserion final season. From there, the intro circles the Final Fireplace, Westeros’ furthest Northern settlement, and the final outpost earlier than the Wall. The Final Fireplace was residence to Home Umber earlier than the military of the lifeless reached it. Off-camera, someday throughout the episode, it seems that the military sacked the citadel simply as its younger lord, Ned Umber, was returning to collect his banners. It is a location that hasn’t been of a lot curiosity in Recreation of Thrones to this point, but it surely all of the sudden turns into related to the intro, as Ned’s physique was left there, pinned to a wall, together with a foreboding image.
Often, the present intro hovers over Winterfell and King’s Touchdown, plus places Daenerys is visiting that specific season, or places the place important characters are enterprise vital duties. Now, nevertheless, because the characters are reuniting and gathering in just a few locations in hopes of warding off the Night time King’s military, the opening credit are taking a brand new tack. As a substitute of flying from metropolis to metropolis, the digital camera is taking us deeper into acquainted places, hinting on the locations we’re more likely to spend time this season.
After the Final Fireplace, the digital camera strikes additional south to Winterfell, transferring contained in the citadel to see a Weirwood tree with its signature purple leaves. The realm round one Weirwood was additionally proven to have the ability to destroy wights, and whereas the best way that magic works is unclear, it’s doable the bushes might turn out to be useful within the upcoming battle, as the military of the lifeless continues to march south.
The digital camera pans over the assembly corridor inside the citadel, then all the way down to the Home Stark crypts. That is the place Jon Snow has his fateful dialog with Samwell Tarly this episode about Jon’s true id and his declare to the Iron Throne. It’s in entrance of Ned Stark’s statue that they discuss Jon’s true father. That’s additionally the place Home Stark retains its lifeless, however hopefully, that isn’t what the present is foreshadowing right here.
Subsequent, the digital camera turns to King’s Touchdown, touring down into the basement, the place all of the dragon skulls are stored. Then we enter the Nice Corridor, the place the Iron Throne stands. It’s the primary time the Iron Throne has been proven throughout the opening-credits sequence, which feels notably important, as presumably Westeros’ final ruler will likely be decided on this last season. Though a Lannister sigil stays atop the Iron Throne, that might change, with two Targaryens vying for rulership.
Additionally notable on this up to date intro: the carved imagery on the golden bands rotating across the solar above Westeros have modified considerably. Whereas prior to now, the showrunners used these reliefs as an opportunity to discuss with nice historic moments, like Robert’s Revolt and his subsequent victory, the brand new pictures seize way more current historical past from earlier seasons of the present. One picture portrays Viserion destroying the Wall. One other exhibits the beheading of a direwolf in entrance of a citadel representing the Home Frey seat of energy The Twins, as a Lannister lion appears on. It is a reference to the Pink Wedding ceremony in season 2, when Robb Stark and his household and direwolf are murdered by the Freys, co-conspirators with the Lannisters. And the ultimate picture exhibits a bigger dragon flying alongside three smaller ones, whereas a comet falls from the sky. The digital camera lingers on this picture because the Recreation of Thrones title card seems.
That image is a nod to the Pink Comet, which predicts when dragons would return to the world, as prophesied by many soothsayers. (Possibly that fan concept about dragon eggs hidden underneath Winterfell isn’t as wild because it appeared in any case?) General, there’s an enormous emphasis on dragons within the new intro, which isn’t shocking, given how a lot of the present has centered on them because the seasons have progressed — and the way their firepower appears seemingly to assist resolve the destiny of the world this season. The brand new bands additionally recommend that new occasions to come back will eclipse previous historic occasions of their affect, and form an entire new Westeros in consequence.