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DAVID MAHER: No, Jon. I'm your father: 'Game of Thrones', Season 8: Episode 1

The big reveal of Game of Thrones’ penultimate season (a twist that fan communities had seen coming from before the television adaptation even aired) was the truth of Jon Snow’s parentage, namely that he is not the bastard son of Ned Stark but the legitimate spawn of Lyanna Stark and Rhaegar Targaryan.
The big reveal of Game of Thrones’ penultimate season (a twist that fan communities had seen coming from before the television adaptation even aired) was the truth of Jon Snow’s parentage, namely that he is not the bastard son of Ned Stark but the legitimate spawn of Lyanna Stark and Rhaegar Targaryan. - Contributed

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Welcome to #GoTpoli, a weekly recap and quick analysis of the eight season of Game of Thrones, from your friends at SaltWire Network.

So, where do we start on this one? Needless to say, there's been, uh, some drama getting the series to this point. I won't do a major context piece leading us here, but safe to say there's one throne and at least seven people who have some reason to believe their butt is the one to sit there.



The marketing of the series finale season seems to imply that one of those people will ultimately get to plant the aforementioned butt, so while there's plenty of reason to think there could be a sharing of power at the end of this all, I'm going to operate under the assumption that there is indeed one final winner here.

So, who are the players and how are their claims progressed because of the first episode of the final season of "Game of Thrones"?



Well, first off Daenerys Stormborn of House Targaryen, the First of Her Name, Queen of the Andals and the First Men, Protector of the Seven Kingdoms, the Mother of Dragons, the Khaleesi of the Great Grass Sea, the Unburnt, the Breaker of Chains (DSHTFHNQAFMPSKMDKGGSUBC, for short) makes her way to Winterfell, aside her nephew, Jon Snow. They don't know they're related yet, but, well stay tuned.

They're here fresh off a not-at-all-untrustworthy meeting with Darth Cersei Lannister who, fresh off the death/murder of all her friends/enemies in King's Landing, was betrayed by her brother/lover/father-of-her-chidren Jamie Lannister, who will later arrive north to aide Danerys and Jon.

Cersei also is currently sitting on the Throne, so, uh, her claim is kind of important. But for now, a truce she does not-at-all intend to muck about it reigns in Westeros because of the impending doom faced by the White Walkers descending through a big ol' hole in the Wall.

Meanwhile, Daenrys' claim doesn't really progress a whole lot in this episode, but the producers of the show's only notes for their time on screen together was “make it more obvious they're into each other.” So it's a firm reminder of a strengthening alliance with Jon Snow. So far, so good for the Mother of Dragons.



Tyrion Lannister is next with some claim for the throne, technically being a Lannister son who, while disgraced in countless ways, sure is still a Lannister, so that always matters. Tyrion gets in some good gossip this episode, but it's less what he does and more what could happen to him to change the power dynamic.

His sister, Darth Cersei, is still really mad about the whole killed-both-my-parents drama and immediately hires Bronn to kill Jamie and Tyiron. Bronn has shown himself to be very loyal to people, but ultimately loyal to the coin. So, uh, that's a situation. Big move by Cersi.

Also Darth Cersei bangs Euron Greyjoy because Euron wants to become king by giving the Queen a Prince. Monarchy through mating. Bold strategy.

Meanwhile, Jon Snow meets with Sam (who just learned that Dany burnt his father and brother alive), casually tells Jon Snow that Lyanna Stark and Rhaegar Targaryen are his real parents. So, in one moment of drama that reaches higher than anything thought of in the golden years of soap opera television, Jon Snow learns that a) Ned Stark isn't his father b) he has the most legitimate claim to the throne (having not only Stark but Targaryen blood) c) His claim trumps Danys' d) He's really into Dany and e) He's banging his aunt. It may take him a while to get to d) or e) on that list, but boy it'll be something when he gets there.

So, needless to say, things are complicated for Jon Snow, which also complicates the Vs. Everyone side of the eventual Cersi Vs. Everyone fight.



If you twisted my arm and asked for an opinion: I think Cersei gained the most from the first episode. Things got reaaaaaally complicated on the Jon/Dany side of the coin. Meanwhile, Cersei is up to her dirty tricks (the most fun to love and hate character in the series) again.

But, we didn't get a lot of action from the White Walkers in this episode aside from one horrifying image, but boy, oh boy, they sure are coming.

So that's where we are in "Game of Thrones" Episode 1. What was your favourite moment? Who would you like to see take the Iron Throne?

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