Warning: Spoilers ahead for “Game of Thrones” season seven, episode six, “Beyond the Wall.”
The second-to-last episode of “Game of Thrones” season seven packed a lot of drama into its 70 minutes. From Daenerys and Jon turning up the heat to the Night King resurrecting Viserion, there were a lot of emotional and divisive moments. As usual, we’ve gathered all the smaller details that might have slipped through the cracks amidst the glorious dragonfire and sword fighting.
Keep reading for a look at the seven moments you might have missed.
- The Hound pointed out a mountain shaped like an arrowhead he’d seen in a fire-vision.
On the premiere of season seven, Beric and Thoros told the Hound to look into the flames. When he did, he saw a vision of a mountain where the dead were marching past.
Turns out we’d already seen that location before, back on the sixth season.
- Here’s the other side of that same mountain as seen by Bran in season six.
We saw this same location when Bran had a vision of the Children of the Forest creating the Night King, as Redditor Smurph269 pointed out. There was a rock formation in a spiral pattern — the pattern the White Walkers now often repeat.
It’s interesting to think Jon and company might have been heading straight for an area beyond the Wall with immense ritualistic meaning. Perhaps the Night King even led them there on purpose somehow? Then again, it’s also possible the “Game of Thrones” showrunners re-used a set in Iceland without realizing it.
- When Jorah was trying to bolster Thoros’ spirits, he mentioned a historic battle known to book readers.
Jorah and Thoros were both present at the Siege of Pyke — the final battle of Robert’s Rebellion all those years ago. As Jorah said, Thoros was the first man through the walls, an act Jorah had taken for bravery but it turns out Thoros was black-out drunk.
That battle was where Jorah earned his knighthood, and it was also the fight in which Theon Greyjoy’s father, Balon, was defeated yet again. At the battle’s end, Balon was forced to give Theon to Ned Stark as a ward, setting in motion the eventual betrayal of Theon to the Stark family.
- Though it was hard to see them, Jon’s dream team was using newly created dragonglass weapons.
What’s interesting about the various daggers and axes wielded by our group of heroes is that previously it wasn’t established that dragonglass kills wights. We knew it killed White Walkers, but there’s a difference between the two.
However, in “Beyond the Wall” everyone from the Hound to Tormund was using dragonglass weapons against the horde of wights.
- When Daenerys finally took flight to head north, she was wearing a majestic snow-tiger-esque coat that mirrored Viserion’s coloring.
Her new look was mostly white, black, and golden-orange. Viserion, her dragon who was killed, had cream and gold scales.
- You could see Viserion’s different colors more clearly when he was younger.
Fitting that Daenerys inadvertently wore the colors representing Viserion into the battle where he was killed. Viserion’s death also seemed to hold larger meaning when Jon Snow later accidentally referenced his namesake.
- Jon called Daenerys “Dany” — a name she last heard from her dying brother, Viserys.
“Thank you, Dany,” Jon said.
“Dany? Who was the last person who called me that?” Daenerys asked. “I’m not sure, was it my brother? Hmm. Not the company you want to keep.”
- Viserys screamed “Dany please!” right before Khal Drogo killed him with a pot of molten gold.
Interesting that Daenerys is either pretending not to remember or actually forgot about her brother’s final words. It’s likely not a coincidence that the last time Daenerys heard someone call her “Dany,” it was another Targaryen.
Jon is really Daenerys’ nephew, and if the show keeps heading in the same direction, he might even be her future husband. When they were younger, Viserys also told Daenerys they would marry — keeping in tradition with the Targaryen culture so as to preserve their bloodline.
- Another important moment was when Daenerys once again said that her dragons will be the only children she has.
“The dragons are my children,” Daenerys told Jon. “They’re the only children I’ll ever have — do you understand?”
And though he nodded yes, some viewers may be in the dark about this. Daenerys believes she’s infertile after Mirri Maz Duur “saved” Khal Drogo on the first season.
- Mirri Maz Duur told Daenerys she’d save Khal Drogo’s life — but there was a terrible price.
When Daenerys awoke and realized Duur had killed her unborn son, she asked to see Drogo. But the great Khal was effectively in a vegetative state — alive but without life. Daenerys asked Duur when he would return to her.
Here, the show omitted a significant portion of Duur’s reply. But this is what she said in the books:
When the sun rises in the west and sets in the east
When the seas go dry and mountains blow in the wind like leaves
When your womb quickens again and you bear a living child
Then he will return, and not before.
- Overall, Arya’s actions in this episode were bizarre and confusing. But one detail might explain at least part of her attitude.
When Arya confronted Sansa about the letter she sent, they were standing in front of butchered meat carcasses hanging from the rafters.
This might have been a nod to the first time Sansa betrayed Arya on the show — when she refused to tell the truth about Mycah, the butcher’s boy, and what happened to Joffrey.
“I didn’t betray our entire family for my beloved Joffrey,” Arya said to Sansa.
Maybe she was thinking back to Mycah in this moment.
- Mycah was a friend of Arya’s, and was helping her pretend to sword fight on the first season.
But Sansa and Joffrey found them, and Joffrey began tormenting Mycah. When Arya intervened and Joffrey turned on her, Arya’s direwolf Nymeria jumped in to protect her.
This led to a huge rift between Arya and Sansa, because Sansa refused to tell the truth when commanded so by King Robert. As a result, Arya’s direwolf Nymeria had to run away into hiding, while Sansa’s direwolf Lady was killed in Nymeria’s stead.
But worst of all, Mycah was murdered by the Hound on Lannister orders.
So while we still have a lot of concern about why Arya’s storyline seems so off-kilter, this one part of it — Arya being upset with Sansa over siding with Joffrey — makes a bit more sense.