8 Sneaky Lil’ References & Hints You Probably Missed In Ep 3 Of ‘Game Of Thrones’


Honestly – what an episode. Daenerys and Jon finally met, Bran Stark returned to Winterfell, the Lannisters sacrificed Casterly Rock for Highgarden, and Lady Olenna went out with an absolute mic drop of a death.


Damn, I miss her already.

Anyway, here’s a bunch of things you might’ve missed from ‘The Queen’s Justice‘.

1. Jon said “I’m not a Stark” and a immediately a dragon flew overheard.

Coincidence, much??? No, not even a little bit. It’s still not yet been confirmed that Jon is the son of Rhaegar Targaryen, but the show is dropping some damn strong hints.

“I’m not a Stark.”


“Did I just witness a bit of foreshadowing fly by?”

Nothing in this show is there by accident. Jon is a Targaryen. Daenerys is his aunt. They’re gonna fuck anyway, and we’re all going to cheer.

2. Yes, Tyrion has used that ‘quoting himself as a wise old saying’ trick once before.

And if you’re trying to place when it happened and to whom, it was to Missandei during last season.

“A wise man once said the true history of the world is the history of great conversations in elegant rooms,” he tells Missandei, standing in an elegant room, of course.

“Who said this?” she replies.

“Me. Just now.”

Of course, he didn’t quite have the nerve to pull the same trick off to Daenerys. Wise.

3. And yes, you’ve heard that quote about people following a leader because “they believed in him” before.

Last night, Davos says it about Jon to Daenerys, during that enthralling first meeting. (Honestly: put Davos Seaworth in charge of everything.)

“He was named Lord Commander of the Night’s Watch, he was named King in the North. Not because of his birthright. He has no birthright, he’s a damn bastard. All those hard sons of bitches chose him as their leader because they believe in him.”

That was actually said once before to Daenerys – by Ser Barriston Selmy, about her brother Rhaegar in Season 3.

“When your brother Rhaegar led his army into battle at the Trident, men died for him because they believed in him, because they loved him, not because they’d been bought at a slaver’s auction.”

Of course, these theme comes up later in the episode, when Tyrion is explaining the machinations of her army’s storming of Casterly Rock. He tells Daenerys that the Lannister army fight for his sister out of fear, but that her army fights for her out of love.

4. Tyrion has explained his knowledge of Casterly Rock’s pipes and sewers once before.

It was to Varys, in Season 2, shortly before the Battle of Blackwater.

It’s why hardcore super fans were expecting Tyrion to use this trick, which Daenerys has used successfully once before (when taking Mereen).

5. Daenerys and Jon’s dialogue was filled with hints and nods to Jon’s true parentage.

That entire scene was just pure joy to watch, tbh. We could go through every single line of dialogue and just bask in its glory, but this line was a particularly hidden zinger:

Daenerys looks at Jon: “I am the last Targaryen, Jon Snow.”

ARE YOU NOW????? Now flip that line around so Jon’s saying it. Still works. Honestly, someone just give these writers (another) Emmy.

6. Something will be discovered in the old raven letters, and Littlefinger absolutely gives a shit.

When Sansa asks how long the longest winter has been, the new Maester of Winterfell Wolkan says he doesn’t know, but that he’ll check the records because the old Maester Luwin kept a copy of every raven letter for the last 100 years.

Littlefinger gives this look.

It might be that Littlefinger is worried there is a copy of the letter from Lysa Arryn to Catelyn Stark that claims the Lannisters murdered her husband Jon Arryn. (It was Season 1. How long ago is THAT.) However – that letter came by rider, and was immediately burned by Catelyn. Luwin never read the letter (it was sealed when he presented it) but he was in the room to hear its contents.

But Littlefinger doesn’t know that. He might be so worried that someone will connect the dots between him and Jon Arryn’s death that he’ll inadvertently reveal something to allow this connection in the first place.

He might have bragged to Sansa that he’s so goddamn smart he’s already thought out all eventual possibilities for all situations, but only Bran as the Three Eyed Raven can actually managed this. Littlefinger better be getting comeuppance this season or I’ll personally bash the showrunners.

7. Bran Stark told his sister Sansa that she looked “so pretty” on the night she was raped.

Just kidding, NO ONE MISSED THIS. I hope, anyway. But can we just pause for a minute and talk about how fucking creepy Bran was just then? Not just because he brought up his sister’s rape as some kind of welcome home story, but that by talking about “how pretty” she was that night, he’s kind of implying she’s not pretty, or at least, less pretty now. She’s a ruined woman because she was raped. Honest-t0-god, NOBODY give these showrunners a show about slavery, okay?

8. Lady Olenna is predicting Jaime and Cersei’s mutual destruction.

Nobody steals a scene quite like Lady Olenna, even while she’s dying.

In her final conversation with Jaime, she warns him of the “disease” that Cersei is, telling him, “she’ll be the end of you.” It absolutely plays into the Valonqar theory that Cersei will die at the hands of her little brother, which in all likelihood is Jaime. The showrunners have been dropping enough hints, after all.

If I’ve missed anything crucial – and I absolute have, this show is a monster – then see you in the comments.