Why That Game of Thrones Flashback Is Hugely Important

Full spoilers for Game of Thrones through “Oathbreaker” continue below. This article also discusses a major theory that could be considered a spoiler. Read on at your own risk.

History matters on Game of Thrones. The events that took place before Jon Arryn died, before Robert Baratheon asked Eddard Stark to be his Hand of the King and before any Starks left Winterfell cast a heavy shadow over this series. And in Sunday’s episode of Game of Thrones, viewers finally got to witness one unfold.

In “Oathbreaker,” the Three-Eyed Raven takes Bran Stark to a point in his father’s history that he’s heard a lot about. The young warg witnesses first-hand Ned Stark’s fight with Ser Arthur Dayne in front of a location known as the Tower of Joy. Ned is there to rescue his sister Lyanna, who viewers met for the first time in Bran’s flashbacks in last week’s “Home.” After Arthur Dayne is defeated, Ned hears a blood-curdling scream, but the Three-Eyed Raven doesn’t allow Bran to follow and both he and the viewer don’t get to see what happens next.

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