Episode 1: "Winterfell"
In the Season 8 premiere, Game of Thrones wasted no time letting Jon (Kit Harington) in on the worst kept secret in Westeros: you know, the one regarding his true parentage and what it actually means for the Iron Throne. And although the moment Sam (John Bradley) dropped that particular bomb on Jon in the crypts wasn't an earth-shattering moment for viewers, it likely will put things in perspective for Jon, who's going to wake up any day now realize why Daenerys' (Emilia Clarke) dragons were staring at them while they kissed by a waterfall.
That's not all that was revealed in the premiere; the show finally revealed it was on the same page as the rest of us when Arya (Maisie Williams) told Jon that Sansa (Sophie Turner) is the smartest person in the entire Seven Kingdoms...
Jon was a bit shocked. Of course, he was also shocked by another Stark earlier in the episode. You can see here the exact moment Jon realized his little brother Bran (Isaac Hempstead Wright) was a weirdo now.
Game of Thrones also remembered in the Season 8 premiere that it has a really great sense of humor (when it wants to, anyway)! Just try not to laugh every time you think of Cersei (Lena Headey) lamenting not getting her hands on the Golden Company's elephants...
Perhaps the funniest moment of the season premiere, though, came when it looked as if Lady Lyanna Mormont (Bella Ramsey) was about to out Jon as a little bitch but stopped herself just in time...
Of course, there was a sweet and tender moment in the premiere, too — one that made us remember just how far we've all come on this ridiculously long journey together. That's right, we're talking about the long-awaited reunion between Jon and Arya, the Stark siblings who loved and appreciated each other before this journey began and before we knew one would rise from the dead and the other would become a murderer. Look how happy they were to see each other again!
If you didn't tear up a bit when they hugged, you don't have a heart.
Episode 2: "A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms"
The second episode of the season was the calm before the storm, as they say. The emotionally resonant hour was filled with some powerful, intimate moments between characters.
First, it was a joy to have Tyrion (Peter Dinklage) and Jaime (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau) back together again, once Brienne (Gwendoline Christie) vouched for the latter to Daenerys and Sansa anyway. But it wasn't all hugs and fireside chats. Tyrion dropped some harsh truth bombs on his older brother after Jaime tried to say Cersei had fooled him more than anyone.
Elsewhere, Sansa was dropping pearls of wisdom of her own.
And then the show's favorite humor generator returned to bring us all joy by tackling Jon like he was trying out for Winterfell's football team. Even Samwell (John Bradley) felt it.
Don't worry. He soon got his priorities in order.
Honestly, the episode's best moments all involved Brienne. Whether it was Brienne vouching for Jaime or this heated exchange between Jaime and Brienne in the yard....
Or when he offered his services to her...
Or maybe when the two exchanged a knowing look as Tormund was talking about how he got the name Giantsbane...
Or maybe this one, when Jaime knighted her.
You can keep your incest and Arya and Gendry (Joe Dempsie) sex; this is the only relationship that matters on Game of Thrones.
Game of Thrones airs Sundays at 9/8c on HBO.