This April marks ten whole years since Game of Thrones first landed on our screens, and what a whirlwind it's been. What could have been just another fantasy series turned out to be one of the biggest TV franchises ever; gaining tens of millions of viewers, awards and a dedicated fanbase over eight series.
Of course, hindsight's a wonderful thing, so since the series came to an end in 2019 lots of fans have spotted all the hints, details and easter eggs that foreshadowed basically every major event in the show.
Here's our pick of the best, the smartest and the ones we should have spotted.
There was a hint about Bran in episode one
Once you hear this one you'll be absolutely fuming with yourself for not spotting it sooner. For a show that loves complex twists and hidden details they served up a truly obvious hint back in episode one which essentially told us all that Bran was going to become the King of Westeros.
Back in episode one when we first meet the whole gang Jaime is introduced to us as 'The Kingslayer' thanks to the fact that he killed the then-king Aerys Targaryen during Robert Baratheon's rebellion.
Well this theory says that we were told Bran would be King, since Jaime 'The Kingslayer' Lannister tried to kill him by pushing him out of a window all the way back in episode one. I mean, now you see it.
Sansa told us she would be queen
Remember season one Sansa? She wasn't half the legend she turned out to be by the end of series eight. She spent the first few episodes fawning over the idea of marrying Prince Joffrey and being generally quite bratty, or so we thought.
In actual fact Sansa told us way back then that she was going to be a queen, during a scene in season one where she's talking to Catelyn. At the time this was taken to mean as a result of her impending marriage to Joffrey, but since the line itself is just "I'll be Queen someday" many have taken this as a foreshadowing of her eventually becoming Queen in the North.
Danaerys's bath scene foreshadowed her dragons
At the time, Danaerys's bath scene in episode may have seemed perfectly normal - just a Targaryen getting ready to be married off to a war lord, nothing unusual there by GOT standards. Except, this scene actually foreshadows Danaerys's future as the Mother of Dragons.
As she goes to enter the bath a servant tries to stop her, telling her it's too hot, but she goes in anyway and is completely unaffected. Many people now see this as foreshadowing of she will one day be able to walk through flames when her dragons are born.
Tywin's dinner told us the Lannisters would destroy House Baratheon
You'd have had to have been really on it to pick up on this one, but snaps to you if you did. As we know, every house is represented by an animal: a dire wolf for House Stark, a lion for the Lannisters, a dragon for the Targaryens and a stag for House Baratheon.
Back in season one episode seven You Win or You Die, there is a scene at the beginning of the episode in which Tyrion skins a dead stag, symbolising that the Lannisters will destroy House Baratheon.
Of course, that prophecy starts quickly coming true: at the end of that episode Robert returns from the fateful hunt where he was injured and eventually dies.
Season one was full of hints about Jon Snow being a Targaryen
There are so many hints about Jon being a Targaryen in season one you could basically fill an entire episode with them, so we'll just focus on the big ones.
In case you need a refresher, Jon is first introduced to us as Ned Stark's bastard, but by season seven we learn that not only is he not Ned's son, but he's actually the rightful heir to the iron throne. He's actually Rhaegar Targaryen and Lyanna Stark's son, Aegon Targaryen and Ned pretended he was his bastard to protect him from Robert who was pretty keen on getting rid of the Targaryen line. We get a few inklings of this throughout the later seasons but by series seven it's officially confirmed. Although, if we'd been looking closely there are so many hints as early as season one.
First up, one of Jon's favourite line, "I'm not a Stark", crops up in episode one and again in multiple other episodes throughout. Of course the assumption here is that he's not a Stark because he's a bastard, but in reality the constant repetition of line is actually hinting at his Targaryen heritage.
Next, and perhaps most obvious, there is a scene in the kitchen at Castle Black that has attracted a lot of attention on Reddit over the years. While talking to Samwell Tarly you can clearly see the letters 'R' and 'L' carved into the wooden beam behind Jon.
Obviously this could just be pretty weird graffiti or it could be a direct hint at Rhaegar and Lyanna, Jon's parents.
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