After almost two whole years of waiting, the final season of HBO's (opens in new tab)Game of Thrones (opens in new tab) premiered last night, and let me tell you...it was worth the wait. From beginning to end, I could barely tear my eyes away from the screen unless I was checking Twitter. And the star of the first episode was, without a doubt, Bran Stark.
As is the case for most shows, one of the best parts of watching Game of Thrones is being able to be part of the online conversation about the show. I binge-watched the first six seasons on my couch 2017—your girl had a lot of time on her hands—and couldn't join the conversation online because I was avoiding the inevitable spoilers (opens in new tab). While I personally enjoyed screaming at characters who couldn't hear me ("Hold the freaking DOOR!!"), I only truly felt included in the fandom when I was all caught up and could finally tweet alongside my brethren when the seventh season aired two summers ago. Game of Thrones is an intense show, but you know what makes dealing with the blood and gore and incest and ice zombies much easier? Irreverent memes. Let the jokes fly—word to Drogon!
The Three-Eyed Raven was featured quite a bit in the season 8 premiere, and by "quite a bit," I mean that Bran was literally everywhere. Just staring. And the internet was beyond perturbed by his omnipresence.
Nobody:Not a SOUL:Absolutely NO ONE: Bran Stark: pic.twitter.com/ySCwEIQCVZApril 15, 2019
bran on his way to make eye contact with another character #GamefThrones pic.twitter.com/gT41co6ehzApril 15, 2019
Me: *grabs glass of water at 3 am*Bran:#GameofThrones pic.twitter.com/wClSKEZn2eApril 15, 2019
While the mere mortals in Winterfell were exchanging pleasantries (or shade, à la Sansa and Danaerys), the Three-Eyed Raven had no such time—he was quick to remind everyone that the Night King was on his way north. Tearful family reunions? A romantic baecation to a waterfall in the mountains? Ain't nobody got time for that.
Bran did, however, have a some time (literally an entire night) to spend waiting on "an old friend." You know, the friend who pushed him out of a window in the first episode of the first season. That's right: Jaime Lannister.
#Bran waiting for Jaime like: #GamefThrones pic.twitter.com/4MpSKuVyTtApril 15, 2019
The reunion Bran was waiting for#GameofThrones pic.twitter.com/MMqo84d4m0April 15, 2019
Bran Stark to Jamie Lannister #GOT pic.twitter.com/NfEhGjwI5YApril 15, 2019
Bran was waiting for Jamie outside this whole episode like #DemThrones pic.twitter.com/sblxyD2SVkApril 15, 2019
#DemThrones #GameofThronesJaime:*gets off horse, takes breath of fresh air*Bran: pic.twitter.com/MJ53pUi5DjApril 15, 2019
Now, if only Bran would use some of his time helping Westeros figure out to defeat the Night King or telling us who will survive (opens in new tab) the game of thrones...
The final season of Game of Thrones airs every Sunday night on HBO.
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