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Bran is watching, and everyone feels seen

Photo: Helen Sloane (HBO)

Bran, the near-comatose, ever-creepy Three-Eyed Raven, did little more than ominously doomsay in Game Of Thrones’ season eight premiere, dead-assing his reunion with Jon Snow before retreating to a little corner of the Winterfell courtyard that we’re sure everyone gave an extra-wide berth.

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His presence was nevertheless felt, and not just because nobody seemed all that concerned about the motherfucking ice dragon he said was on the way. Hey, it’s easy to overlook such things when you know this little monster has graduated from stoned musings to piercing the veil of your soul, and it’s safe to say everybody, including the viewers, felt seen.

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Nobody, though, crumbled beneath Bran’s gaze like Jaime Lannister, who, before losing his hand and finding his heart, crippled Bran by pushing him out of a window. It’s an anticipated reunion, one we’ve been waiting for since the pilot episode, and last night’s outing ended on a cliffhanger that, as the below reactions show, could go a couple different ways.

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Alas, a warm welcome is not in the cards for Jaime, as next week’s teaser finds the Kingslayer standing before Daenerys, who fantasizes about all the things she’d like to do to the man who killed her father. As for Bran...

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Randall Colburn

Randall Colburn is The A.V. Club's Internet Culture Editor. He lives in Chicago, occasionally writes plays, and was a talking head in Best Worst Movie, the documentary about Troll 2.