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Well, it's finally happened. The first episode of the eighth and final season of Game of Thrones has landed.
Before we kick off, if you couldn't get up in the middle of last night to watch it, there are going to be a couple of spoilers in this article, so maybe wait until later.
Also, we know it says what this article is about in the headline, but the real spoilers are yet to come. Seriously.
Right, on we go.
Obviously, there was a lot to catch up with. Actually, as an episode, the whole thing was an exercise in building. Everything is ramping up towards the final conclusion in just five more episodes.
To be fair, that's often what Game of Thrones does best - creating almost unbearable suspense and intrigue across such a huge number of important characters.
One thing the show is not exactly known for is fan appeasement. In fact, it's a damn sight more likely that your favourite character will get his head crushed in by a gigantic Icelandic man than actually get what they want.
However, in this first episode, something happened that finally gave a large group of fans what they wanted. Jon Snow rode a dragon.
Yes, there it is. People have been asking for that to happen for years now, but he finally did it.
It's not a spoiler for this season that Jon Snow has the blood of the dragon in him - he's the son of Rhaegar Targaryen and Lyanna Stark after all. Both the king in the North, and the rightful heir to the Iron Throne.
That's a lot to live up to. Sometimes, a perk of the job is that you can ping about on the back of a gigantic, terrifying fire-breathing beast.
Is that a perk? Well, maybe.
Anyway, naturally fans of the show are really happy to see their dreams come true.
Me when Jon Snow and Daenerys ride dragons together #GameofThrones pic.twitter.com/1MAgz6Vl55
- Faisal Johnson (@seaportslim) April 15, 2019
We can now only wonder how the showrunners and scriptwriters have managed to tear them down in coming episodes.
One fan said: "Jon Snow and Dany riding dragons together is the cutest shit I've seen on tv."
I'm sorry did Jon Snow just ride a MF dragon... pic.twitter.com/kfkLeXYrj8
- A ♡ є ℓ ι α (@_AmeliaRose) April 15, 2019
Another added: "Just survived the morning without any spoilers and was able to watch. #GameofThrones
"The scene in which Jon snow riding dragon is lit."
A third added: "WHEN JON SNOW IS NOT ONLY RIDING A DRAGON BUT RIDING RHAEGAL."
Jon Snow's first dragon ride :dragon::raised_hands:
- Dos (@iAmFeliXXX) April 15, 2019
Well, it's nice that everyone is happy. At the end of the episode, Jon Snow sure wasn't. Not only had he discovered his true fate, he'd also realised that he'd been copping off with his auntie this whole time.
He should have figured that out when the dragons were staring at him, for sure. Oh well.
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Game of Thrones will air on Sky Atlantic at 2am each Monday morning and again at 9pm GMT the following evening.
Get ready, it's going to get messy.
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