It’s hard to believe it’s been more than eight years, but that’s how long it’s been since HBO premiered Game of Thrones on April 17, 2011. In the near-decade since the show launched—it was during President Obama’s first term—a lot has happened in the world of Westeros. Yet if we put on our Three-Eyed Raven goggles, it’s possible we might be able to see where all of this is going by returning to that very first episode.
“Winter Is Coming” begins by setting the stage for the Army of the Dead, which was marching down from the north to end all life in the Seven Kingdoms. The White Walkers are no longer a threat—Arya squashed that when she stabbed the Night King earlier this season—but a lot of what unfolded in that premiere is still very relevant. In anticipation [...]