Last night during the Golden Globes, our gracious HBO overlords gifted us with five whole seconds of Game of Thrones Season Eight footage. Though brief, the clip shared by HBO is not inconsequential. In fact it shows the pivotal first meeting between Sansa Stark and Daenerys Targaryen that essentially this entire series has been building up to.
The only lines we hear spoken in the footage are Sansa saying to (presumably) Daenerys: "Winterfell is yours, your grace."
If those words sound familiar it's because we heard them spoken in a similar situation back in Season One.
Game of Thrones fans pointed out on Reddit that when King Robert Baratheon visited Winterfell in Season One, Ned Stark gave him an identical greeting. Watch the interaction below:
Now, as fans have pointed out, this is probably a standard greeting for this type of situation and holds no real significance.
But since when is anything in Game of Thrones meaningless? Could these meetings foreshadow what's in store for Sansa and Daenerys, which ended in tragedy for Robert and Ned?
If anything, this parallel greeting provides a nice bookend of the first and final seasons of Game of Thrones. As we know from the little bit of news about the upcoming season, it "opens at Winterfell with an episode that contains plenty of callbacks to the show’s pilot. Instead of King Robert’s procession arriving, it’s Daenerys and her army." Certainly this little moment in the above clip is another one of those callbacks.
But, beyond a simple reference to Season One, this clip shows the completion of Sansa's character arc throughout the series. She began the show as a naive child—one who dreamed of marrying a prince and a happily ever after. She concerned herself with the traditional duties of females in their society, and worried very little about politics. Since then, she's been thrust into a key political role as the oldest surviving Stark left alive in Winterfell. Along the way, she's learned the nuances of politics—how to manipulate, how to survive, how to kill. Plus, considering fans are also theorizing that Sansa is in position to take the Iron Throne, her recently developed skill as a politician will hopefully serve her better than her father.
So, for what it's worth, HBO didn't give fans a throwaway line in the first clip. It's a nice little gem that at least provides some depth to Sansa's character and the show as a whole.
From: Esquire US