If Lots of Moments on the Game of Thrones Premiere Looked Familiar, It Wasn't Just You

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If Lots of Moments on the Game of Thrones Premiere Looked Familiar, It Wasn't Just You
Warning: big spoilers for Game of Thrones ahead!

Despite spending weeks poring over the official trailer and photos from the set, nothing could prepare us for the eighth season premiere of Game of Thrones. The episode opens with an eerily familiar sequence. Soldiers march along a road lined with curious faces. A child, young Lord Umber, scurries through the crowd in an attempt to get a better glimpse of the royal procession that follows the fearsome army. The camera swoops down and captures the face of Ayra Stark who smiles at the boy. Only then do we begin to understand that the scene parallels Ayra's own introduction to us from the first episode of the series when King Robert Baratheon's family first arrived at Winterfell. In a way, the entire sequence is a subtle nod to how this episode is the beginning of the end to the series. However, the
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