1. Let’s start at the very beginning. Remember the dead direwolf that had been killed by a stag in the first episode?
This was, though you may not have spotted it at the time, a pretty good analogy for the first few seasons of the show. The direwolf (Ned) was killed by the stag (Joffrey Baratheon). Not only that, but the direwolf left six pups behind – as did Ned.
2. And the whole thing didn’t end too well for the stag, either.
Whether you take the stag to be Robert or Joffrey, the analogy works either way. Both the Starks and the Baratheons have a rather tough time of it, while the Lannister lions are there to take advantage.
3. And whilst we’re on the always depressing topic of the Red Wedding, take a closer look at this war map Robb and Catelyn were studying.
At first glance it would appear that the Starks were facing off against the Lannisters, with the Freys and Boltons behind them in support. Looking at it now, we know that in actual fact they were surrounded.
4. Who knew these words from Yara would go on to have quite so much significance?
Well, people who’d read the books, I suppose.
5. And whilst we’re on the subject of Theon’s manhood, or lack thereof…
In Season 3 episode “And Now His Watch Has Ended” Lord Varys tells the story of how he became a eunuch, during which he describes the instrument that was used. Three episodes later, Theon is butchered by Ramsey Snow with a knife that looks rather similar to the one Varys described.
6. And it would seem Jaime knew all along, you can take the boy out of the Iron Islands…
…but you can’t take the Iron Islands out of the boy. If only Robb had been a little more skeptical.
7. Back in the first season we see Arya snap a pigeon’s neck just moments before her father is beheaded.
8. It seems the Hound had someone in mind when he gave this perfectly delivered response.
Joffrey really was a cunt though.
9. And when he gave this warning to Arya, was he thinking of anyone in particular?
We learn in Season 4 that his brother, the Mountain, killed Rhaegar Targaryen’s children, and then in Season 5 we find that Meryn Trant likes young girls. These are both people who the Hound has spent a lot of time with during his time in King’s Landing.
10. Sansa has always been something of a chameleon – her hairstyles changing as regularly as her alliances.
That is, until she became a badass toward the end of Season 4, of course.
11. If only Prince Oberyn had benefitted from a pep talk from Bronn.
Things may have ended up very differently, for a whole host of characters.
12. As Tyrion’s trial approaches, this conversation hits closer to home for Jaime than you probably realised.
Back when Jaime was held captive by the Starks, he killed his cousin Alton Lannister in order to escape. Maybe he’s still hanging onto some guilt?
In the same conversation, Tyrion mentions both matricide and patricide – killing one’s mother and father respectively. Tyrion has always been blamed (by Tywin and Cersei, at least) for the death of his mother, and soon after this brotherly chat he would go on to kill his father.
13. When Meryn Trant arrives in Braavos in Season 5, Mace Tyrell breaks into song in the middle of a square. But did you notice what he was singing?
And what happened next?
All men must die.