Games of Thrones season 8 episode 1 begins with a boy running through a snowy forest back to Winterfell. He sees Daenerys’s army arriving and Arya is in the crowd awaiting Jon Snow’s return as well. The boy climbs a tree and sees the thousands of soldiers marching in unison. Jon Snow and Daenerys ride side-by-side, which is surprising since Jon Snow bent the knee to Daenerys. Arya sees Jon Snow for the first time in years but doesn’t say anything as he rides by. She also spots The Hound riding horseback, along with Gendry. Tyrion and Varys are riding in a carriage, and Tyrion is keeping the mood light with eunuch jokes. The northerners are a little hesitant to trust any and all newcomers. When the dragons fly over Winterfell, Arya and Sansa are in awe.
The episode ends with Jaime arriving back in Winterfell. When he climbs off his horse, the first person he sees is Bran, the boy he pushed out the window and crippled all those years ago. This isn’t going to be Jaime’s first awkward reunion in the north. Jaime’s also going to have to come face-to-face with Daenerys, the daughter of the Mad King he famously killed, which earned him the name Kingslayer.