32 savage Game of Thrones memes that sum up season 8, episode 1 (Recap)

15 April 2019, 12:53 | Updated: 18 April 2019, 12:37

By Katie Louise Smith

This article contains spoilers for Game of Thrones season 8, episode 1. Read at your own risk!

It's back, baby! Game of Thrones has finally returned to our screens and the final season is upon us.

Episode one, which was more of a set up than a big action blockbuster, was an episode of realising things. Sansa realised that everyone is stupid, Cersei realised that she really can trust no one, Daenerys realised that everyone low-key hates her and Jon realised that he can ride dragons AND that he is the actual heir to the Iron Throne. Big week for Jon!

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There was long awaited reunions, big juicy reveals and most importantly, the return of the savage Lady Lyanna Mormont.

Of course, the internet had a lot to say about the episode, almost breaking Twitter in the process. From the hilarious moment Dany pulls up to Winterfell and greets a suspicious Sansa, to the reunions between Arya and Gendry and Jaime and Bran, here is your season 8, episode 1 recap, as told by Twitter.

What happened in Game of Thrones 8x01? Here are all the best memes and tweets from the season premiere...

Game of Thrones season 8, episode 1: The best memes
Game of Thrones season 8, episode 1: The best memes. Picture: HBO

The episode opened with Jon, Daenerys, Tyrion, Brienne and the whole gang finally arriving back at Winterfell to greet Arya, Bran and a less than thrilled Sansa. The Lady of Winterfell is not here for Jon's recent romantic developments nor the fact that he, the King in the North, bent his knee for someone else. Not today! Not ever!

After attempting to woo Sansa with pleasantries, dragon flexes and battle plans, Daenerys ultimately fails, because Lady Stark trusts no bitch. Especially not one with the house name Targaryen.

A meeting is held at Winterfell with all the houses of the North to find out what the ever loving fuck is going on beyond the wall. The Umbers are in attendance (more on lil' ol Ned Umber in a sec) and of course, House Mormont, led by living legend Lady Lyanna Mormont. The last time Lady Mormont came in contact with Jon was when she pledged her house's support to him as King. So imagine her surprise to hear he has returned naught but a tragic Lord again.


Sansa and Tyrion who a) are STILL MARRIED and b) who haven't seen each other since Joffrey and Margaery's wedding, reunite in Sansa's favourite location in Winterfell: on a balcony, overlooking the courtyard where she eviscerates her male elders on the regular.

She basically calls him Boo Boo the fool and calls him out on his naivety in believing Cersei would help their cause. They have a chuckle over the oh so tragic death of Joffrey. It's cute. And it's clear that Tyrion is a Sansa warrior.

THE MOST IMPORTANT REUNION OF ALL: Arya and Gendry. They last saw each other in season 3 after escaping the Lannisters and just before Gendry left with the Brotherhood without Banners. So it's been a hot minute.

After wandering down to where all the weapons are being crafted, Arya comes face to face with Gendry for the first time in forever. She asks him to whip up a special weapon for her, one that's made of dragon glass by the looks of things, BUT IMPORTANT PLOT POINTS ASIDE, their reunion wasn't without heavy underlining (and unresolved) flirtations.

Arya also reunites with The Hound, who she left for dead in season 4. A frosty reception to say the least, but also, one of the utmost respect from The Hound. #ColdLittleBitch

Meanwhile, amidst all the drama and the reunions and the flirting down at the weapon shop, Bran Stark who is, of course, the Three Eyed Raven, has been clocking every single person who dares to walk through those gates. You got a secret? BRAN KNOWS IT. You hiding your true parentage? BRAN ABOUT TO EXPOSE YOU.

Back in King's Landing, Cersei gets news that the ice dragon hath risen and has destroyed the wall. Her reply? "Good!"

The Lannister legend is still holed up further south and is plotting to build an army to fight back. Euron Greyjoy returns with the Golden Company, one of the largest and most skilled sellsword companies in the Free Cities, consisting of 20,000 infantry... but he does not return with their famous war elephants.


Cersei also bangs Euron (she's a grown woman, she can do what she wants!) and later tells Bronn (via Qyburn as the messenger) to kill both of her brothers, Jaime and Tyrion. She has HAD IT!

Guys, the dragons are not eating! They do not like the North! 'Tis too cold for them! So, to cheer them up, Dany and Jon take them out for a joyride (read: romantic date) around the snowy mountains of the North. JON SNOW RIDES A DRAGON FOR THE FIRST TIME AND BY THE WAY, HE ABSOLUTELY SHIT AT IT.

Alas, they arrive at their destination: a nice icy waterfall where Daenerys says they could live for a thousand years and never be found. Jon is into it, conversation flows, one things leads to another and they have a smooch. The dragons are VERY into this public display of affection and begin to watch Jonerys like an annoying little pet in the corner of the room. Nice to know that the dragons ship incest. COOL!

Later, wholesome prince Samwell Tarly learns that his father and brother were killed by Daenerys and he's devastated about it! As one would be!

He also decides to let Jon know about his true identity. He spills the absolute tea and tells him everything. His mother is Lyanna Stark and his father is Rhaegar Targaryen! Ned Stark - not his dad! - protected him all these years by hiding him in plain sight! Jon is shook! He's the heir to the Iron Throne! This is brand new information to him!

While out on a late night jaunt, Tormund and Beric stumble across a devastated castle and begin to explore. The bump into Edd and the Night's Watch and discover that the occupants of said castle have all been wiped out by the Night King.

They discover the body of young Ned Umber pinned to the wall with a weird swirly pattern surrounding him. After getting closer, the body jump starts awake and the gang discover that he's actually been turned into a wight. SO THEY BURN IT! RIP, LORD UMBER!

In the final scene of the episode, a hooded figure rides into Winterfell on horse back - it's Jaime Lannister, bitch. He looks concerned and he's clearly here on business. But as he turns around, he immediately locks eyes with Bran Stark, who it appears has been sat outside waiting for him this WHOLE time. It's been DAYS at this point.

Jaime is SHOOK. He totally thought Bran was dead! What will become of him now!? B knows that J tried to kill him AND he also knows that J and C are engaging in incest of the highest order...

Here's hoping the Three Eyed Raven doesn't hold a grudge! xoxo Gossip Bran

The next episode of Game Of Thrones will air on HBO at 9pm on Sunday 21st April.