The wait for season 7 of HBO’s Game of Thrones is finally over with episode 1 “Dragonstone” airing last night but did you notice all these important parts?
WARNING SPOILERS AHEAD (obviously)
Ed Sheeran plays a brief cameo as a Lannister soldier singing round a camp fire. OK, maybe not important but still pretty cool. But did you know that the song he sings is from “Storm of Swords” (the third book) and is written by Symon silver-tongue about Shae and Tyrion’s relationship.
The Citadel in Oldtown is now in the opening credits! Remember, this is where Jon sent Sam to learn how to defeat the white-walkers.
In the scene with Sam reading, he turns the page and we see a familiar looking dagger. Don’t recognise it? That’s “Catspaw” the Valyrian steel dagger given to the assassin in season 1 that tried to finish Bran off and nearly killed Catlin Stark.
Some people believe that we next see it in Littlefinger’s possession when he betrays Ned Stark but I’m not convinced its the same blade. Either way, the current location of the significant dagger is not clear but in some recent promotional photos of Maisie Williams (Arya Stark) shows her with Catspaw tucked into her belt with its dragon-glass decorated handle. I’m not sure how she will get the dagger but the anti white-walker weapon seems to be very important in season 7 and I’mm glad to see it in stark hands. #TeamStark
So, I think it’s pretty obvious that this Greyscale ridden arm belongs to Jorah Mormont but why bring Sam and Jorah together in the same scene? Well go back to Sams book featuring Catspaw and it also has text mentioning that dragon-glass can not only kill white-walkers but also could cure Greyscale.
So I think Sam will end up curing Jorah landing him in Sam’s debt and binding the two together, they will then most likely end up leaving the Citadel together and could ultimately be what brings Jon Snow and Daenerys Targaryen together to fight the army of the dead.
We see the hound with the Brotherhood Without Banners arrive at a familiar looking farm/house. This is a huge callback for the Hound to season 4 when he and Arya Stark seek shelter at the same house before Sandor Clegane robs the farm owner telling Arya “they will be dead by winter”. Sure enough, when they enter, the Hound sees the farmer and his daughter’s bodies in the corner. As clear evidence of his character journey/transformation, he digs a grave and buries the bodies later that night. This could also be a nod to the books as in them after The hound is left for dead by Arya he is only ever seen again working as a gravedigger.