With only six episodes in this season of Game of Thrones, we’re in both a) analyzing mode and b) nostalgia mode. Sunday’s season premiere gave us ample excuses for both. We were promised plenty of callbacks to the very first season in the show’s return episode, and you had to be very tuned in (or have recently rewatched the whole darn thing) to have noticed them all.
Did you catch all the season 1 callbacks? If not, here they are.
A child running through the crowd to see the procession at Winterfell.
Season 8 callback: The season premiere began with a small child running through the people gathered at Winterfell to greet (or grumble about) Jon Snow and Daenerys Targaryen and their entourage, climbing a tree to get a better view.
Season 1 original: Bran Stark scampered up the Winterfell ramparts to take a look at Robert Baratheon’s royal procession, arriving to make Ned Stark the Hand of the King.
Arya watches the procession at Winterfell—and sees the Hound.
Season 8 callback: Arya Stark, now much older, watches the incoming crowd, and sees the Hound. He was once on her kill list, but then they spent a long time together, building a strange kind of companionship. But then she left him for dead way back in season 4 (and she robbed him, too, as she reminds him when they finally meet again at the forge in the season 8 premiere).
Season 1 original: A much younger Arya is also excited to see who’s coming to visit Winterfell and tries to see who’s arrived. She sees The Hound on his horse, then, too.
A Stark greets a royal with a very familiar phrase.
Season 8 callback: When Dany and Jon arrive at Winterfell, a stiff Sansa says, “Winterfell is yours, your Grace.”
Season 1 original: This one has people freaking out for Sansa because it’s almost exactly what her father, Ned Stark, said to King Robert when he arrived at Winterfell in the first ever episode…and we all know what happened to him.
Arya and Jon have an emotional hug.
Season 8 callback: Arya sneaks up on Jon at the Starks’ weirwood tree. They haven’t seen each other for almost the entirety of the show—the last time they shared a scene was back in season 1, episode 2. Lost in thought, Jon’s shocked that she’s been able to creep up on him so quietly, but Arya quickly leaps into his arms and they share a fierce embrace.
Season 1 original: Jon is leaving to join the Night’s Watch. Arya is devastated, and hugs him in the exact same manner as she later does in season 8. This is also when Jon gives Arya her sword, Needle, which she has kept all these years.
Bran sees Jaime Lannister.
Season 8 callback: This isn’t so much a callback as a full-circle moment, but Bran tells Sam he’s “waiting for an old friend.” It seems like he could mean Sam himself, but as it turns out…
Season 1 original: …he’s actually waiting for Jaime Lannister, who pushed him out a window all the way back in the very first episode, and caused his injuries.