Major GoT clue hiding in plain sight
This story discusses the most recent episode of Game of Thrones - you've been warned.
Just when it seemed like the Battle of Winterfell outcome meant Cersei was the only enemy left, Monday's episode of Game of Thrones has hinted at more unrest closer to home.
The biggest clue as to what will happen to the Starks may have been hiding in plain sight, with the series credits appearing to provide a pointed hint as to what will happen to the family.
Unlike previous Game of Thrones seasons this year the opening credits have changed with every episode.
While episode one featured a generic shot of Winterfell, the credits for episodes two and three showed the northern castle surrounded by fire and spikes, a clear reference to the battle against the white walkers.
But in episode four's credits, even with the Battle of Winterfell won, the protection surrounding the castle hasn't completely disappeared.
While the fire is extinguished the spikes around Winterfell are still present, hinting that the threat is far from over - but where will it come from?
Having spikes up around Winterfell could be hinting at the threat from Cersei's forces in the south, but given what happened during this week's episode, it makes more sense that it was referring to the tensions at Winterfell.
Despite celebrating a victory over the Night King, the division between the Starks and Daenerys Targaryen have become even more pronounced.
Tension ruled at a planning meeting when Jon Snow backed Dany's plans to head straight to King's Landing over Sansa's wishes to let their armies rest.
Jon also went against Dany's pleas for him to keep his true parentage a secret and he told his sisters Arya and Sansa that he was not their half-brother but the true-born son of Lyanna Stark and Rhaegar Targaryen.
Sansa's decision not to keep Jon's parentage to herself and to tell Tyrion Lannister now hints at rancour for the Stark clan, with a growing contingent now in support of Jon becoming ruler of the Seven Kingdoms instead of Dany.
In a behind the scenes clip posted to Youtube, creator D.B Weiss said Sansa's decision to share who Jon's real parents are was a deliberate decision from the Lady of Winterfell.
" (Sansa) knows what will happen if she gives Tyrion this information," Weiss said.
"She's a student of Littlefinger, and she knows how information travels, and she can think many steps into the game, the way Littlefinger did."
Sansa telling Tyrion sets in motion his conversation with Varys, in which they both discuss that maybe Dany isn't the right person to sit on the Iron Throne, but Jon is.
The fifth episode of Game of Thrones will air next Monday on Foxtel at 11am and 8:30pm. Keep an eye out for news.com.au's recap and podcast analysing the episode.
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