Five Secrets and/or Easter Eggs you TOTALLY MISSED from The Game of Thrones S07E02.torrent

Events certainly took place in last Sunday’s Game of Thrones: Sam did nervous disposition twelve times, Petyr got a licking at the hands of Jon the Broody Mood Dude, and we witnessed the spectacular return of one of the show’s most memorable, thought-provoking and impactful characters: pie guy.

But hidden behind the things that were happening are five totally deep and meaningful Easter eggs the producers of the show totally didn’t want you to dig around for and discuss all over the internet over the six-day lead up to the next episode. Allow me to expedite this process of crowd-sourced marketing by revealing to you, right here and now, those BIG, PROPER THINGS YOU MISSED:

Who is standing behind Daenerys?

In the opening scene in which Daenerys and Varys talk about the Throne Game, a figure can be seen standing behind the Mother of Dragons, but his face is blurred due to the intentional depth of field.

Just who is this guy, and what does he want? Why is he there? Can the other characters see him? This isn’t the first time the blurry man has stood unnoticed in the background of a scene — in fact, the same thing has happened in every single episode of the show since its inception.

The producers are obviously trying to tell us something here, but as to what, we will likely have to wait until it is spelled out for us.

The BIG DOG

Later in the episode, the BIG DOG appears after Arya unwittingly enters its yard. Surprisingly, Arya attempts to converse with the BIG DOG, even uttering what she clearly believes to be its name. What does this mean? Find out below.

Gotcha! Perceptive viewers will note that the events of this scene aren’t actually happening, and are all part of Davos Seaworth’s dream sequence. So really, it means nothing, since Arya has no connection, direct or metaphorical, to anything happening in this sequence.

It all serves to remind viewers of that famous Eddard Stark quote from the first season: “It’s all random.”

Why didn’t Jorah slaughter Sam and the Archmaester with his bare hands when he had the chance?

After the incurability of Jorah Mormont’s grayscale is confirmed, the Archmaester informs the world’s unluckiest virgin that he is to be dragged off to Old Valyria to live out the rest of his days with the clinically-insane mole people. Jorah, for some reason, does not immediately attempt to murder the Archmaester and Sam in a fit of rage before making his escape and infecting random people with grayscale as a form of repulsive and selfish revenge against a sick world that has, for Jorah’s entire life, shown him nothing but complete contempt.

I mean, they’re right there, so the question remains — why didn’t Jorah do it, even though they, and everybody else in Westeros, deserves it?

Well, I hate to disappoint, but there is no secret here. This is simply a narrative misstep on the parts of the writers. Game of Thrones tells us an incredibly human tale of real people and stuff, and an instance wherein one depressed and downtrodden man does not take out his problems on the world around him even though it would be wildly satisfying to do so, is just something we’re going to have to power on through without letting it disrupt our suspension of disbelief.

Who is this guy?

Who is he? Has he been in this show before? I think I’ve seen him. Maybe it was something else, like Doctor Who or some BBC shit. You can never tell with English actors like this, you see them everywhere, they all look the same, and they each have one of only three available English accents.

Wasn’t he in it before, when Robb was KotN? I swear I can remember him having a conversation with Catelyn or something like that. Christ, maybe he was even in the previous episode and all these lords are just congealing into a big, flesh-coloured thespian pool. Do I need to remember him? Is it going to matter? It’s definitely mattered before, like that time when Robb beheaded that guy I’d only seen once or twice and didn’t really care about or pay attention to even though the whole shabangle ended up being really significant.

What’s with the big table in Daenerys’ base?

All throughout season two we were shown characters like Stannis and Melisandre interacting with and/or being near the big table with the things on it — however, it’s never been clear what the purpose of this table is, or what the things on it actually are, and importantly, what this all means.

Think of it this way: does it perhaps look like some kind of game to you? More specifically, does it resemble a board game that represents something larger than itself? Could the pieces on the board represent the multiple moving parts of this larger thing? Have you ever thought to yourself that this game might be a metaphor for a different game entirely?

If you’ve ever noticed these similarities, you’d be absolutely right, and the multiple close-up shots of the table this episode confirm a fan theory over five years old.

Over the course of six seasons, the characters of GAME of Thrones have been playing the popular 2007 board game, Agricola.

In this game, players take the role of farmers who are seeking to expand their farms and feed their growing families. They can spend their turns ploughing fields, building stables, buying animals, and anything else you might imagine farmers doing. At the end of the game, the winner is declared based on the size and prosperity of their household.

Agricola ranks 14 amongst all board games on the popular boardgamegeek forums, cementing its place as one of the best titles available today. You can find it at all good game or hobby stores.

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