1. The stone direwolves in front of the Winterfell crypts have suffered a very Stark-y fate (noticed by Lardt)


The seat of House Stark - Winterfell - has been through a lot over the course of the series, which makes sense because anything associated with the Starks must be put through hell because no one has worse luck than them. Heck, you'd almost think their home was built on an ancient burial ground or something!


Oh right it is. The crypts.

And the crypts are guarded by a pair of stone direwolves - or, at least, WERE, back before Winterfell began getting taken over by a few underestimated, insecure sons of noble houses (Theon Greyjoy, Ramsay Bolton). And in a subtle nod to the harrowing path Winterfell has followed through the course of the show so far, we see the stone direwolves have both...had their heads removed.

And it looks like it was done intentionally.


On the one hand, it symbolizes the pain and loss House Stark has suffered, but more literally WOW Starks seem to get beheaded an awful lot, huh?

2. Jon Snow is becoming more like his dad uncle every day! (noticed by Vault_94)


While visiting the crypts of Winterfell, Jon Snow (now the Main Dude at Winterfell and King in the North) is joined by Westeros' official Creepy Uncle mascot, Petyr "Littlefinger" Baelish. After a few untoward comments about Catelyn Stark and Jon's sister Sansa, Snow grabs Littlefinger by the neck and slams him up against the wall...a move Littlefinger is all too familiar with, since that was Ned Stark's go-to move back in season 1 (well, except when Ned did it to him, he didn't actually deserve it - Littlefinger was trying to tell Ned that his wife Catelyn was in King's Landing and Ned thought Littlefinger was messing with him).

Littlefinger, I've got some advice for you - there is no good time to tell a dude you want to bang his sister (who you sold to a sadistic rapist, like, a couple months ago), but ESPECIALLY not when he's visiting a bunch of family graves.

3. Euron's attack on Yara's fleet included a sneaky nod towards the books (noticed by BrySighz)


Euron Greyjoy is a very different character than he is in the books - or, at least, was until we finally saw the bloodthirsty, swaggering pirate maniac in action this week. But still, the character has had a very limited amount of screentime, so obviously the character lacks the depth and detail present in George RR Martin's definitely-gonna-be-completed-some-day book series, A Song of Ice and Fire. Bits about his history of exile, his relationship with his men, his missing eye, etc. all color a very clear picture of the scariest Greyjoy known to the Seven Kingdoms (and a respectable replacement for Ramsay as the show's resident psychopath).

But one cool detail from the books is what Euron does to the men who crew his ship, the Silence. See, that's not only a badass name for a ship, but also entirely appropriate given Euron makes sure to tear out the tongues of many of its crewmembers - references in a few passages in A Feast For Crows:

"There you have it, from the mouths of three brave men," Euron said. "The Silence was at sea when Balon died. If you doubt an uncle's word, I give you leave to ask my crew."

"A crew of mutes? Aye, that would serve me well."

The men upon the shore had spied their sails. Shouts echoed across the bay as friends and kin called out greetings. But not from Silence. On her decks a motley crew of mutes and mongrels spoke no word as the Iron Victory drew nigh. 

The reason Euron does this is that most of his crew is comprised of men taken in raids and attacks on other ships or villages - Euron makes sure to remove their tongues so they won't be able to question him, talk back to him, or conspire against him. Because that's just the kind of nice fella Euron is.


And this was explicitly referenced in the show - as Theon watched in horror as Euron's men tore the tongues from Yara's crew. At first, it may have just appeared to be sadistic butchery, but it was actually EVEN DARKER.

If you want to get even further into Euron's propensity for tearing out tongues, look to one of the early-released chapters from The Winds of Winter (told from the perspective of Aeron "Damphair" Greyjoy, Euron's brother): Euron has impregnated a bastard daughter from the Reach, and having grown bored or her (or maybe displeased with her pregnancy), has torn out her tongue and TIED HER TO THE BOW OF HIS SHIP RIGHT BEFORE AN ATTACK.


In other words, Theon going full-Reek and abandoning ship was the absolute right move, cowardly or not. Swim, Theon, swim!

4. Theirs is a song of ice and fire... (noticed by BlondieTVJunkie)



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Both Daenerys Targaryen and Jon Snow are described as "sound[ing] like quite a man/woman" by characters when their actions from afar are described (Aemon Targaryen and Daenerys, respectively). Just another in a long line of parallels between the two natural-born leaders who found their path to leadership over the course of a long, obstacle-filled lifetime...and are totally gonna bang at some point probably, even though they're technically cousins.

5. Cersei and Joffrey share a proclivity for crossbows (noticed by deathjokerz)


Joffrey's descent into wanton cruelty was symbolically represented by him taking up the crossbow - which he would use to torment Sansa, threaten prostitutes, and ultimately even murder Ros - the northern prostitute under Littlefinger's employ in King's Landing.

And now, several seasons later, his mother Cersei is getting a crossbow of her own - except bigger, more powerful, and specifically designed to shoot dragons in the face (the same weapon was used to kill the dragon Meraxes - one of Aegon the Conqueror's three dragons upon his conquest of Westeros - in the First Dornish War).

Of course, being able to mess up a 200 year old stationary skull is a lot different than hitting a living, breathing, flying dragon that is hurling fire at your face.