Game of Thrones S8E01 Explained

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  • Alt Shift X
    Alt Shift X  Month ago +579

    Thanks for watching!
    We're holding livestreams after each episode of Season 8, at ~10pm ET Sundays:

    • Tim C
      Tim C 23 days ago

      Alt Shift X so no more video wrap ups? Just live feed of Q and A? Why? It’s impossible to participate. This is the single greatest web-site, but you’re turning it into a podcast. Am I out of line or do others feel the same? Peace, and many blessings.

    • Tim C
      Tim C 23 days ago

      Fine, but for the rest of us, please leave your superior wrap ups. These live streams are too confusing. Way too many people raising their hands at once. And the other half fooling around. In the meantime, please get Jamie a dragon stone hand for the battle. Peace

    • Sara Rasty
      Sara Rasty 26 days ago

      when u make a break down video for ep 2 let us know what u think about bran's words "he tried before with many other three-eyed ravens "

    • Ayisha Suzuci
      Ayisha Suzuci 28 days ago

      Flöru Höud chirh

    • Zain Abedin
      Zain Abedin 28 days ago

      @Alt Shift X what are the chances that girl Davos gave food to was Mellisandre?

  • Anna Castro
    Anna Castro 3 hours ago

    The spiral motif is lost on everyone tbh

  • Gareth Dowling
    Gareth Dowling 2 days ago

    Season spoilers - Dany goes mad.

  • JamieCurrant
    JamieCurrant 2 days ago +2

    Some really optimistic predictions in this one. Big summer child vibes :(

  • APC
    APC 2 days ago +1

    not only targaryens can ride dragons. come on alt shift x, youre better than that.

  • Luri Ley
    Luri Ley 3 days ago

    the most seamless sponsorship yoooo

  • Hanker6969
    Hanker6969 4 days ago +1

    I love how you imply that Ed Sheeran isn't a good innocent person lmao

  • Alua Sugralimova
    Alua Sugralimova 4 days ago +1

    Tyrion never proved himself to Dany, why is he even still the queen hand?😅

  • Felix Kamolz
    Felix Kamolz 6 days ago

    1:05 "if anyone survives the white walkers" .........

  • madmadameminx
    madmadameminx 8 days ago

    The war is hurting good, innocent people. And Ed Sheeran.

  • Endless Void Studios
    Endless Void Studios 10 days ago

    great vid i know your trying not to be to critical in these but I have to admit it seems a little weird when you take the time to point out Sansa mentioning food as a problem but not that they don't ever bring it up again or that deanery's says the dragons aren't doing well and can't get enough to eat despite clearly having just eaten and showing no sign's of any issues outside of her comment . Or the fact that you even talk about how in the lore of the book dragon's can't go beyond the wall a plot point the show totally shit on by having Dany save jhon with her dragons beyond the wall. There is a lot wrong with this season and I'm sure you know what I'm talking about don't be afraid to bring it up

  • Alexander Neil
    Alexander Neil 11 days ago

    Fuck it, burn the city to the ground, civilisation rise and they fall you see them rise again, just ânother human trait, slaughter the innocents Dany you go girl... its been happening since the dawn of time! İt"ll be worth it to get rid of evil İncarnate Cersei!

  • Tavish N.Competent
    Tavish N.Competent 12 days ago +2

    I actually come closer to believing the show will end with the story being told, by probably Sam, like some have guessed, because the intro reflects this device suspended above in the citadel, whose maesters write down and keep history. The device displays history, which indicates each episode is a chapter of the story being told. That story could be told by anyone, but I think it will be Sam, because he mentions writing down history, while at the citadel, in the scene where he responds to the grand maesters work not being poetic. Game of Thrones as a title, is rather poetic. Something Sam would most likely title his book of history.

  • Carbon2861996
    Carbon2861996 13 days ago

    The writers don't realize the upside-down cross is the symbol of St. Peter?

  • theusernameicoodfind
    theusernameicoodfind 14 days ago

    Who is Tyrion? A plot device for Danny!

  • Alxs End
    Alxs End 15 days ago +1

    "It’s hurting good and innocent people … and Ed Sheeran."

  • Leandro Bareiro
    Leandro Bareiro 15 days ago

    Antes le ponías subtitulos en español 😞

  • glitch
    glitch 15 days ago +8

    years of fear of the white walkers...
    who will survive? who won't?

    aaaaand everyone survived.

  • captain clary
    captain clary 15 days ago

    Didn't Bran have a vision about his fall? In season 6 episode 6, before Benjen saves Mera and Bran.

  • Flying Penguin
    Flying Penguin 16 days ago +5

    "If anyone survives the White Walkers" ༼ノ° ͜ʖ °༽︵ ┻━┻

  • John von Shepard
    John von Shepard 16 days ago

    Jon isn't King no more.........

  • LukyBalboa
    LukyBalboa 17 days ago

    It was the most gentle advert i ever saw. Congrats bro

  • Johnny Alfonso
    Johnny Alfonso 19 days ago

    Thank you for not repeating yourself so much in this video.

  • ooshalia
    ooshalia 19 days ago

    i can see him choosing stark and handing the throne over

  • Paawan Patel
    Paawan Patel 19 days ago +1

    Watching this with hindsight having seen ep 3 is interesting

  • thecrazyhamster
    thecrazyhamster 20 days ago

    Game of thrones: friendship is magic 🦄

  • Mike Anetsberger
    Mike Anetsberger 20 days ago

    My favorite parts are the parts where you go back to older episodes or book history, otherwise its just kinda.. the play by play..

  • Mike Anetsberger
    Mike Anetsberger 20 days ago

    My theory is that the crystal that turned the Night King into the Night King is still around and will play a role in the next 3 episodes. I don't see why it wouldn't still exist, kind of a plot hole if it doesn't.

  • Lily Slipcast
    Lily Slipcast 20 days ago

    So many stupid dick jokes 😤

  • Neptune Joo
    Neptune Joo 20 days ago +1

    After episode 3, we reach the point when fans theories are more interesting than the show.

  • David Moore
    David Moore 20 days ago

    Is theon now becoming an unsullied warrior

  • K T
    K T 21 day ago

    That sponsor ad transition was so smooth

  • Edward Lapine
    Edward Lapine 21 day ago

    Dragon glass is not obsidian.
    You cannot cast obsidian the way they do in the show.
    Dragon glass also appears to be far more durable and less brittle than obsidian.

  • iSiragxl
    iSiragxl 21 day ago

    Good video like always, and damn that was a nice segway to your ad.

  • Lina Gromyak
    Lina Gromyak 21 day ago +3

    He is giving so much meaning to the new season and proposing so many good theories... I came here after episode 3 and yeah... the show is not that intelligent anymore...

    • Lina Gromyak
      Lina Gromyak 13 days ago

      Brian Scalabrine definitely!!! And it makes me so mad!!! I can’t even fully enjoy the earlier seasons!

    • Brian Scalabrine
      Brian Scalabrine 14 days ago

      Lina Gromyak it’s pain me how the show turned out, so many amazing theories and depth just flushed down the shitter.

  • Amazatastic
    Amazatastic 22 days ago

    "theres been a lot of jokes about dicks since they ran out of book material" THE SHADE IM HERE FOR IT

  • Pat W
    Pat W 22 days ago +1

    I could hear you smiling as you made that SUPER smooth transition into the audible plug. That was slick as hell dude.

  • Grimoire666
    Grimoire666 22 days ago

    12:17- Or the true head of the Iron Bank is actually a dwarf like Tyrion- having heard of Cersei's own mistreatment of her brother and the execution of dwarfs in general; thus denies her out of justified anger.
    Cersei could ask the Night King for undead mammoths, but that's not as likely- though it is the closest that she'll ever get to having pachyderms.

  • Skull Greymon
    Skull Greymon 22 days ago

    Bran is just DR Strange GOT

  • brandonmoves
    brandonmoves 22 days ago +1

    you are the reason I've made it this far in Game of Thrones. Thank you for laying out the stakes so clearly, every time.

  • Jaded Joker
    Jaded Joker 23 days ago

    As a kid we always welcomed tomboys. This was in the 90's. We never looked at them as much different from the other girls other than maybe they were cooler because they like the things we like. It was just one more body for any teams that we were putting together. The people that gave them the hardest time were OTHER FEMALES and they could be brutal. It's just like the myth that all men talk about are boobs and sex. I've never had a conversation with any male friend about either of those that lasted longer than a couple of minutes. Women on the other hand obsess over those things and project that obsession onto males. This narrative that's been out there for so long is bogus and old.

  • Belinda Wilson
    Belinda Wilson 23 days ago +1

    "It hurting good people and ed sheeran" 😂 😂 😂

  • KJH 12
    KJH 12 23 days ago


  • LeftEyeless
    LeftEyeless 23 days ago

    This is high quality content. Holy shit.

  • Resistance Commander
    Resistance Commander 23 days ago

    Hey what will the Dreadfort have to do with this, as I think it hasn’t been consumed by the walkers.

  • Steven Young
    Steven Young 23 days ago +3

    I just realized something everyone who King Robert embraced died... What it that's the same for Jon or Dany in that episode now??

  • unit03
    unit03 23 days ago +1

    I love listening to audiobooks on dragon back

  • ricen0odle
    ricen0odle 23 days ago

    guys check his twitter this is what he said

  • Chris Fontaine
    Chris Fontaine 23 days ago +1

    the comments are hysterical....
    NOW: where is episode two review... you take longer than GRRM does to write the last two books.....
    RIGHT AFTER VIDEO UPLOADS: your videos are the absolute best!!!! hands down!! Best quality!!!

  • Horia Galitianu
    Horia Galitianu 23 days ago +1

    14:02 lol

  • Amirichi
    Amirichi 23 days ago +8

    Brooo we need episode 2 asap!

  • OneHourShower
    OneHourShower 23 days ago +6

    Damn dude I’ve been looking for your new video every day this week. This sucks.

  • diljin shaji
    diljin shaji 23 days ago +5

    Where is episode 2 review?

  • 2Corfive17
    2Corfive17 23 days ago +10

    Can you provide a breakdown on your video making process so we know why it takes so long?

  • Tim C
    Tim C 23 days ago +3

    Where’s our episode two wrap up? It’s Saturday and the live Q and A isn’t enough. I have to work and not around. Boo Hoo. Why do they have to upgrade everything?

  • Andrew Austin
    Andrew Austin 23 days ago

    they ruined most of the characters at this point. i'll be waiting for the real story if they ever get finished.

  • Rhonda Wright
    Rhonda Wright 23 days ago +8

    Will e2 breakdown be out before episode 3?

  • Cansu K
    Cansu K 23 days ago +8


    • Cansu K
      Cansu K 23 days ago

      +OneHourShower I know but last week on live stream he said it will come soon this week. It is always worth to wait but since i am done with all the possible videos i can see 😂

    • OneHourShower
      OneHourShower 23 days ago +1

      Cansu Kaya this dude takes forever.

  • John Doe
    John Doe 23 days ago +2

    Really hope the little finger theory holds out

    • John Doe
      John Doe 21 day ago

      ​+Julia these ones

    • Julia
      Julia 21 day ago

      what theory do you mean?

  • Budza
    Budza 24 days ago

    You are obligated to tell if this video, contains sponsored content.

    • Budza
      Budza 19 days ago +1

      +Chris Fontaine HAHA xD

    • Chris Fontaine
      Chris Fontaine 20 days ago

      @budza true story

    • Budza
      Budza 20 days ago

      +Chris Fontaine Cool story

    • Chris Fontaine
      Chris Fontaine 23 days ago

      someone should burn you to death with dragon fire........

  • QuickClips Art
    QuickClips Art 24 days ago +4

    Episode 3 tommorow so when is this new video

  • Akua Hope
    Akua Hope 24 days ago

    Thanks for the insights! Great to listen to and consider as i await the next episode.

  • Tom Wiech
    Tom Wiech 24 days ago +4

    Way to slack on season 8!

  • brimac1011
    brimac1011 24 days ago +3

    ok y’all gonna get episode 2 out before episode 3???

  • wittysankalp1
    wittysankalp1 24 days ago +5

    Dude.. it's Saturday.... and u still haven't come out with the 2nd episode review... ??

    • TheJapanCodeGuitar
      TheJapanCodeGuitar 23 days ago

      Yeah, Im with you now haha honestly by now my interest on a video about last episode has gone done drastically

    • smittyP
      smittyP 23 days ago

      +TheJapanCodeGuitar now he is hahs

    • TheJapanCodeGuitar
      TheJapanCodeGuitar 23 days ago

      The first one came out at the end of saturday... so he's not any later than on the first one

  • Brian Harries
    Brian Harries 24 days ago

    Brooooo you da best but wheres episode 2 man?!??!

  • Lustrous Angels
    Lustrous Angels 24 days ago

    I love how Sansa makes a witty comment asking how they plan to feed the greatest army ever.
    It's like she forgot that that was EXACTLY what Jon left Winterfell to go bring back...

  • sweetpea
    sweetpea 24 days ago +1

    Where is your Episode 2 analysis??

  • Patrick Moreira
    Patrick Moreira 24 days ago +5

    Damn you take so long

  • Arash Rashid
    Arash Rashid 24 days ago +1

    how jemmy lanister hair changed to black and not white

  • Nobody Special
    Nobody Special 24 days ago

    That's a real slick segue into your sponsor.

  • Killian Senteno
    Killian Senteno 24 days ago +3

    Dude, love all your videos. Episode 3 is out this Sunday, how come we haven't see the episode 2 breakdown, yet?

  • Damian P
    Damian P 24 days ago +15

    Dude, I love your videos, but if Jon is half Stark half Targaryen, doesn't that mean that Sansa and Arya are Half Stark and Half Tully? No one is a full Stark, they don't do incest.

    • AC4X
      AC4X 13 days ago +2

      You clearly missed the point, which was about bloodlines, not surnames. Jon has Stark and Targaryen blood, binding him to both families/houses. Just like Sansa has Stark and Tully blood, as you pointed out, which is why the Vale came to her aid at the Battle of the Bastards.

    • Nico Meins
      Nico Meins 23 days ago +9

      Damian P this is about marriage and not incest as far as i know. Ned and Catelyn married before they had their kids, as it was meant to be back then. Sex or child’s before marriage where a great dishonor. With the marriage, Cate gets to be a official Stark since the wife takes on the name/house of the her husband (that’s why ppl tried to get their daughters married into great houses, bc they take the name then).
      That’s why Arya (

  • Tio Caiman
    Tio Caiman 24 days ago

    What is the Futurama reference?

  • big strong boss
    big strong boss 24 days ago

    why the fuck would I need a 20 minute video to "explain" a 50 minute episode in which nothing even happened

    you guys are just milking ad money from retards who can't follow a narrative at this point

    • Aumnipresence
      Aumnipresence 24 days ago +1

      because it's an 8 season series aired over ten years that involves untold number of charecters, locations and plots....
      that why....
      game of thrones is whats called a cash cow, and @altshiftx can milk that bitch for however much he pleases........

  • Matthew Talbot-Paine
    Matthew Talbot-Paine 24 days ago

    I may have chosen a poor time to start watching "upstart crow" which features yara as one of it's actors only she is a sweet bookish sort of girl in it.

  • Matthew Talbot-Paine
    Matthew Talbot-Paine 24 days ago

    Star Crossed? More like Stark crossed

  • Goose McBruce
    Goose McBruce 24 days ago

    bronn won't kill them just because the queen told him to, he'll kill them because the queen paid him to

  • Goose McBruce
    Goose McBruce 24 days ago

    Tyrion's problem is that he's lost one of the core pillars of his identity. he drinks and he knows things. and depending on how you read that, it could very well be interpreted as "he drinks therefore he knows things"

  • Tajuan James
    Tajuan James 24 days ago +2

    Episode 2 Explained please, your channel is the best😭😭😭😭😭🙏🏽

  • DohShinobi
    DohShinobi 24 days ago

    May I point out, that Khal Drogo (Jason Momoa), shaved his beard and ponytail, 1 week ago.
    Even after 7 years his last appearance in the show.
    Maybe, Danerys will die, and meet him in the after life?
    Edit: insta link ->

  • burak gani öztürk
    burak gani öztürk 24 days ago +2


  • NoiseCannon
    NoiseCannon 25 days ago +1

    STOP THE PRESSES, Bradley Cooper said in an interview "Arya could be a white walker, she could steal a face" AND IT MAKES SENSE

  • Michael Hawkins
    Michael Hawkins 25 days ago +9

    Time to wait a year before he uploads Episode 2 of game of Thrones

  • Fonza Relly
    Fonza Relly 25 days ago

    Whwrw is Holland Reed?

  • Devilsfan118x
    Devilsfan118x 25 days ago +3

    Man this dude is slowwww with the videos.

  • Lívia Vasconcellos
    Lívia Vasconcellos 25 days ago +37

    it is mind boggling how people are not talking about any of the magic shit is going down. It was this huge build up in earlier seasons how we the audience could see magic and the characters kept on saying it was all folclore and long gone.
    And here we are, where no one gives a wink to any of the news.
    Resurrection, meh, the wall has fallen, meh, bran can see the past, meh, Dragons in the north, meh, one dragon is a zombie, meh. - we are way more affected by any of this than any of the people living it in the series.

    • nd4spd
      nd4spd 6 days ago

      Fair enough

    • Lívia Vasconcellos
      Lívia Vasconcellos 8 days ago +1

      +nd4spd admiring the accomplishments of the episode as 1 single thing does not erase having standards and a bit of memory.

    • nd4spd
      nd4spd 8 days ago

      Sounds entitled af. And I salute the all the grueling hard work that went into the riveting battles.

    • Lívia Vasconcellos
      Lívia Vasconcellos 8 days ago

      +nd4spd is 6 eps because they didnt want to do 10. The "complainers" are people that invested themselves into a project that is now rushing towards the end and the show runners accumulated the biggest budget in the world fpr a tv series get to just shrug everythin off at the conclusion. Its funny how they had no issues in collecting all those awards because the "complainers" bought merch, promotes the show, voted for them. I feel cheated of a great ending cause mainstream consumers just don't care about plot and love watching "Transformers" style """epic""" battles, and "Fast and Furious" dragon riding and the writes just wanna collect them checks and fuck off.

    • nd4spd
      nd4spd 8 days ago

      They've got 6 eps, they don't have time for that. Honestly, I have no idea what 99% of complainers were expecting. More whole seasons of complex and detailed plotting?! Get real, the show is over, just enjoy it for what it is.

  • Nabil Kramer
    Nabil Kramer 25 days ago

    who was the reader from that audiobook

  • Andrew Christian
    Andrew Christian 25 days ago +3

    That is by far the best ad spot I have ever heard. You had be hooked and listening to it at the end of the episode, then BAM! You need to be paid at least double for this one.

  • jorge gaitan
    jorge gaitan 26 days ago

    I'm really hoping this show doesn't somehow normalize incest🤯

  • BrutalTurtle
    BrutalTurtle 26 days ago

    tyrion will betray dany

  • Lewis Macleod
    Lewis Macleod 26 days ago

    its not a dragon its a wyvern

  • Emily Keel
    Emily Keel 26 days ago

    Can you do a deep dive on Jenny's Song x PTWP theory video please please pleaseeeeeee

  • Zero Ninety
    Zero Ninety 26 days ago

    Ed Sheeran got his eyelids burned off? WHY DIDN'T WE GET TO SEE THAT?!?!

  • Michael Clark
    Michael Clark 26 days ago +1

    waiting any amount of time for the next ALT+SHIFT X video is both torture and worth the wait.

  • Shawn Boudreau
    Shawn Boudreau 26 days ago

    Cersei choosing Bronn to kill Tyrion and Jaime is probably one of the worst cases of the show making characters dumb for the sake of Drama. First of all, his relationships with the two majorly compromises the mission. Second, Bronn is a sellsword not an assassin, there would be better people for the job. He could maybe get close to Tyrion but that wouldn't be worth the risk of him just switching sides.

  • Meaghan McLellan
    Meaghan McLellan 26 days ago

    I feel like everyone is going to die. All of the foreshadowing about how the long night won't end and death always wins and also George r r Martin is a fucking crazy genius sociopath he probably told them the end I he wanted, and if they are true to him that will be the ending

  • 1SPQR2
    1SPQR2 26 days ago

    Drinking game: take a shot every time he says "reunites" and die of alcohol poisoning

  • Isak Jawo
    Isak Jawo 26 days ago +4

    Can you please make a list of the Main characters and guess if they are going to die or not, when got is finished you can make another video where you react to youre answers. I think that would be great content!

  • Scott K
    Scott K 26 days ago

    Don't scroll down. It's just 1,000,000 of the Person1: Person2: comments. That shit was clever for about a week. Then the internet fucking smothered it to death. Just like everything else.