Game of Thrones S8E01 Explained

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    What does the new Game of Thrones intro reveal? How does Game of Thrones Season 8 parallel Season? What is the drama between Jon, Sansa and Daenerys? Who are Jon Snow’s real parents? Is Cersei pregnant? What does the white walker spiral symbol mean?
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  • Alt Shift X
    Alt Shift X  4 months ago +585

    Thanks for watching!
    We're holding livestreams after each episode of Season 8, at ~10pm ET Sundays:

    • Tim C
      Tim C 2 months ago

      Whoever you ARE, YOU'RE A FUCKING genius! No other website holds a candle to your insights and brain power. Who even understood "Westworld" until you were kind enough to explain it to all us cave men. The final episode was beyond disappointing. And I'm sure you felt it deeper than most. But where's our wrap up video? You were professional enough to do your Q and A but it "Wasn't Me". so I'm waiting, alone, in the dark, for the grand exit. I presume you felt it was so bad you said "Fuck It". warmly TLC

    • Tim C
      Tim C 3 months ago

      Alt Shift X so no more video wrap ups? Just live feed of Q and A? Why? It’s impossible to participate. This is the single greatest web-site, but you’re turning it into a podcast. Am I out of line or do others feel the same? Peace, and many blessings.

    • Tim C
      Tim C 3 months ago

      Fine, but for the rest of us, please leave your superior wrap ups. These live streams are too confusing. Way too many people raising their hands at once. And the other half fooling around. In the meantime, please get Jamie a dragon stone hand for the battle. Peace

    • Sara Rasty
      Sara Rasty 4 months ago

      when u make a break down video for ep 2 let us know what u think about bran's words "he tried before with many other three-eyed ravens "

    • Ayisha Suzuci
      Ayisha Suzuci 4 months ago

      Flöru Höud chirh

  • Adam Wilding
    Adam Wilding 29 days ago +1

    Hella smooth sponsorship transition you got there

  • Bendetoma
    Bendetoma Month ago +1

    Boooooy oh boy, this video did not age well. And it's not even that old.

  • SwordBreaker925
    SwordBreaker925 Month ago

    7:32 I'd just like to point out that you cant smelt obsidian. It's just not possible to make sturdy weapons from the stuff and flintknapping is the only real way to make weapons with obsidian.
    But they've had historical inaccuracies with forging before, like when Ice (Ned Stark's sword) was melted down and poured into open-top sword molds, which is not how swords are ever made.

  • King Loser
    King Loser Month ago

    8:23 Ahh, Darling.

  • Quiet Corner
    Quiet Corner 2 months ago

    I want to say one thing to John... Keep it in the family! If you're going to bang an aunt, definitely make it Daenerys!

  • Xavier St-Pierre-Trahan

    The pox part was funny.

    ÖRLOGS KAPTEN 3 months ago

    Bronn will marry Ed Sheeran!

  • papapudding
    papapudding 3 months ago +3

    Both this video and comments are so hopeful and naive.
    Oh sweet summer child.

    • Dark Wizard
      Dark Wizard 2 months ago

      this episode was a good start so that's why we expected it to be good but nope

  • Anna Castro
    Anna Castro 3 months ago

    The spiral motif is lost on everyone tbh

  • Gareth Dowling
    Gareth Dowling 3 months ago

    Season spoilers - Dany goes mad.

  • JamieCurrant
    JamieCurrant 3 months ago +4

    Some really optimistic predictions in this one. Big summer child vibes :(

  • APC
    APC 3 months ago +1

    not only targaryens can ride dragons. come on alt shift x, youre better than that.

  • Luri Ley
    Luri Ley 3 months ago

    the most seamless sponsorship yoooo

  • Hanker6969
    Hanker6969 3 months ago +1

    I love how you imply that Ed Sheeran isn't a good innocent person lmao

  • Alua Sugralimova
    Alua Sugralimova 3 months ago +1

    Tyrion never proved himself to Dany, why is he even still the queen hand?😅

  • Felix Kamolz
    Felix Kamolz 3 months ago

    1:05 "if anyone survives the white walkers" .........

  • madmadameminx
    madmadameminx 3 months ago

    The war is hurting good, innocent people. And Ed Sheeran.

  • Endless Void Studios
    Endless Void Studios 3 months ago

    great vid i know your trying not to be to critical in these but I have to admit it seems a little weird when you take the time to point out Sansa mentioning food as a problem but not that they don't ever bring it up again or that deanery's says the dragons aren't doing well and can't get enough to eat despite clearly having just eaten and showing no sign's of any issues outside of her comment . Or the fact that you even talk about how in the lore of the book dragon's can't go beyond the wall a plot point the show totally shit on by having Dany save jhon with her dragons beyond the wall. There is a lot wrong with this season and I'm sure you know what I'm talking about don't be afraid to bring it up

  • Alexander Neil
    Alexander Neil 3 months ago

    Fuck it, burn the city to the ground, civilisation rise and they fall you see them rise again, just ânother human trait, slaughter the innocents Dany you go girl... its been happening since the dawn of time! İt"ll be worth it to get rid of evil İncarnate Cersei!

  • Tavish N.Competent
    Tavish N.Competent 3 months ago +2

    I actually come closer to believing the show will end with the story being told, by probably Sam, like some have guessed, because the intro reflects this device suspended above in the citadel, whose maesters write down and keep history. The device displays history, which indicates each episode is a chapter of the story being told. That story could be told by anyone, but I think it will be Sam, because he mentions writing down history, while at the citadel, in the scene where he responds to the grand maesters work not being poetic. Game of Thrones as a title, is rather poetic. Something Sam would most likely title his book of history.

  • Carbon2861996
    Carbon2861996 3 months ago

    The writers don't realize the upside-down cross is the symbol of St. Peter?

  • theusernameicoodfind
    theusernameicoodfind 3 months ago +1

    Who is Tyrion? A plot device for Danny!

  • Alxs End
    Alxs End 3 months ago +1

    "It’s hurting good and innocent people … and Ed Sheeran."

  • Leandro Bareiro
    Leandro Bareiro 3 months ago +1

    Antes le ponías subtitulos en español 😞

  • glitch
    glitch 3 months ago +9

    years of fear of the white walkers...
    who will survive? who won't?

    aaaaand everyone survived.

  • captain clary
    captain clary 3 months ago

    Didn't Bran have a vision about his fall? In season 6 episode 6, before Benjen saves Mera and Bran.

  • Flying Penguin
    Flying Penguin 3 months ago +5

    "If anyone survives the White Walkers" ༼ノ° ͜ʖ °༽︵ ┻━┻

  • John von Shepard
    John von Shepard 3 months ago

    Jon isn't King no more.........

  • LukyBalboa
    LukyBalboa 3 months ago

    It was the most gentle advert i ever saw. Congrats bro

  • Johnny Alfonso
    Johnny Alfonso 3 months ago

    Thank you for not repeating yourself so much in this video.

  • ooshalia
    ooshalia 3 months ago

    i can see him choosing stark and handing the throne over

  • Paawan Patel
    Paawan Patel 3 months ago +1

    Watching this with hindsight having seen ep 3 is interesting

  • thecrazyhamster
    thecrazyhamster 3 months ago

    Game of thrones: friendship is magic 🦄

  • Mike Anetsberger
    Mike Anetsberger 3 months ago

    My favorite parts are the parts where you go back to older episodes or book history, otherwise its just kinda.. the play by play..

  • Mike Anetsberger
    Mike Anetsberger 3 months ago

    My theory is that the crystal that turned the Night King into the Night King is still around and will play a role in the next 3 episodes. I don't see why it wouldn't still exist, kind of a plot hole if it doesn't.

  • L1
    L1 3 months ago

    So many stupid dick jokes 😤

  • Neptune Joo
    Neptune Joo 3 months ago +1

    After episode 3, we reach the point when fans theories are more interesting than the show.

  • David Moore
    David Moore 3 months ago

    Is theon now becoming an unsullied warrior

  • K T
    K T 3 months ago

    That sponsor ad transition was so smooth

  • Edward Lapine
    Edward Lapine 3 months ago

    Dragon glass is not obsidian.
    You cannot cast obsidian the way they do in the show.
    Dragon glass also appears to be far more durable and less brittle than obsidian.

  • iSiragxl
    iSiragxl 3 months ago

    Good video like always, and damn that was a nice segway to your ad.

  • Lina Gromyak
    Lina Gromyak 3 months ago +3

    He is giving so much meaning to the new season and proposing so many good theories... I came here after episode 3 and yeah... the show is not that intelligent anymore...

    • Lina Gromyak
      Lina Gromyak 3 months ago

      Brian Scalabrine definitely!!! And it makes me so mad!!! I can’t even fully enjoy the earlier seasons!

    • Brian Scalabrine
      Brian Scalabrine 3 months ago

      Lina Gromyak it’s pain me how the show turned out, so many amazing theories and depth just flushed down the shitter.

  • Amazatastic
    Amazatastic 3 months ago

    "theres been a lot of jokes about dicks since they ran out of book material" THE SHADE IM HERE FOR IT

  • Pat W
    Pat W 3 months ago +1

    I could hear you smiling as you made that SUPER smooth transition into the audible plug. That was slick as hell dude.

  • Grimoire666
    Grimoire666 3 months ago

    12:17- Or the true head of the Iron Bank is actually a dwarf like Tyrion- having heard of Cersei's own mistreatment of her brother and the execution of dwarfs in general; thus denies her out of justified anger.
    Cersei could ask the Night King for undead mammoths, but that's not as likely- though it is the closest that she'll ever get to having pachyderms.

  • Skull Greymon
    Skull Greymon 3 months ago

    Bran is just DR Strange GOT

  • brandonmoves
    brandonmoves 3 months ago +1

    you are the reason I've made it this far in Game of Thrones. Thank you for laying out the stakes so clearly, every time.

  • Jaded Joker
    Jaded Joker 3 months ago

    As a kid we always welcomed tomboys. This was in the 90's. We never looked at them as much different from the other girls other than maybe they were cooler because they like the things we like. It was just one more body for any teams that we were putting together. The people that gave them the hardest time were OTHER FEMALES and they could be brutal. It's just like the myth that all men talk about are boobs and sex. I've never had a conversation with any male friend about either of those that lasted longer than a couple of minutes. Women on the other hand obsess over those things and project that obsession onto males. This narrative that's been out there for so long is bogus and old.

  • Belinda Wilson
    Belinda Wilson 3 months ago +1

    "It hurting good people and ed sheeran" 😂 😂 😂

  • KJH 12
    KJH 12 3 months ago


  • LeftEyeless
    LeftEyeless 3 months ago

    This is high quality content. Holy shit.

  • Ser Arrec of the Dreadfort

    Hey what will the Dreadfort have to do with this, as I think it hasn’t been consumed by the walkers.

  • Steven Young
    Steven Young 3 months ago +3

    I just realized something everyone who King Robert embraced died... What it that's the same for Jon or Dany in that episode now??

  • unit03
    unit03 3 months ago +1

    I love listening to audiobooks on dragon back

  • ricen0odle
    ricen0odle 3 months ago

    guys check his twitter this is what he said

  • Chris Fontaine
    Chris Fontaine 3 months ago +1

    the comments are hysterical....
    NOW: where is episode two review... you take longer than GRRM does to write the last two books.....
    RIGHT AFTER VIDEO UPLOADS: your videos are the absolute best!!!! hands down!! Best quality!!!

  • Horia Galitianu
    Horia Galitianu 3 months ago +1

    14:02 lol

  • Amirichi
    Amirichi 3 months ago +8

    Brooo we need episode 2 asap!

  • OneHourShower
    OneHourShower 3 months ago +6

    Damn dude I’ve been looking for your new video every day this week. This sucks.

  • diljin shaji
    diljin shaji 3 months ago +5

    Where is episode 2 review?

  • 2Corfive17
    2Corfive17 3 months ago +10

    Can you provide a breakdown on your video making process so we know why it takes so long?

  • Tim C
    Tim C 3 months ago +3

    Where’s our episode two wrap up? It’s Saturday and the live Q and A isn’t enough. I have to work and not around. Boo Hoo. Why do they have to upgrade everything?

  • Andrew Austin
    Andrew Austin 3 months ago

    they ruined most of the characters at this point. i'll be waiting for the real story if they ever get finished.

  • RonnieCoco 757
    RonnieCoco 757 3 months ago +8

    Will e2 breakdown be out before episode 3?

  • Cansu K
    Cansu K 3 months ago +8


    • Cansu K
      Cansu K 3 months ago

      @OneHourShower I know but last week on live stream he said it will come soon this week. It is always worth to wait but since i am done with all the possible videos i can see 😂

    • OneHourShower
      OneHourShower 3 months ago +1

      Cansu Kaya this dude takes forever.

  • John Doe
    John Doe 3 months ago +2

    Really hope the little finger theory holds out

    • John Doe
      John Doe 3 months ago

      ​@Julia these ones

    • Julia
      Julia 3 months ago

      what theory do you mean?

  • Budza
    Budza 3 months ago

    You are obligated to tell if this video, contains sponsored content.

    • Budza
      Budza 3 months ago +1

      @Chris Fontaine HAHA xD

    • Chris Fontaine
      Chris Fontaine 3 months ago

      @budza true story

    • Budza
      Budza 3 months ago

      @Chris Fontaine Cool story

    • Chris Fontaine
      Chris Fontaine 3 months ago

      someone should burn you to death with dragon fire........

  • QuickClips Art
    QuickClips Art 3 months ago +4

    Episode 3 tommorow so when is this new video

  • Akua Hope
    Akua Hope 3 months ago

    Thanks for the insights! Great to listen to and consider as i await the next episode.

  • Tom Wiech
    Tom Wiech 3 months ago +4

    Way to slack on season 8!

  • brimac1011
    brimac1011 3 months ago +3

    ok y’all gonna get episode 2 out before episode 3???

  • AVeryHappyFish
    AVeryHappyFish 3 months ago

    I really hope that Jon is not Azor Ahai! Not yet another man being the chosen one, please. I hope that there won't be an Azor Ahai at all and it turns out to be a delusional prophecy borne of false visions, misinterpretation, and confusion. GoT is very realistic, both psychologically and in the ways of its world, that's why we (or at least I) love it. If it degrades itself to an appearance of a reincarnated savior of the world who single-handedly changes the fate of everything and everyone, even that savior being female won't sweeten the bitter pill much. I hope for something very different. There are no destined heroes in real life, no saviors, no chosen ones, no easy solutions. That said, I do expect from the show writers to write the most banal and juvenile ending, so I won't be surprised if that's exactly what they're going to do.

  • wittysank
    wittysank 3 months ago +5

    Dude.. it's Saturday.... and u still haven't come out with the 2nd episode review... ??

    • TheJapanCodeGuitar
      TheJapanCodeGuitar 3 months ago

      Yeah, Im with you now haha honestly by now my interest on a video about last episode has gone done drastically

    • smittyP
      smittyP 3 months ago

      @TheJapanCodeGuitar now he is hahs

    • TheJapanCodeGuitar
      TheJapanCodeGuitar 3 months ago

      The first one came out at the end of saturday... so he's not any later than on the first one

  • BH
    BH 3 months ago

    Brooooo you da best but wheres episode 2 man?!??!