Warning: Spoilers ahead.
Wow wow wow. Game of Thrones ended its watch on Sunday night with an episode that was bound to please nobody—so much going on!—but certainly wrapped up plenty of the show’s crown drama. After Jon Snow killed his aunt/lover Daenerys Targaryen, he was sent back to the Night’s Watch. (A little confusing…is there still a wall? Anyway.) Tyrion Lannister persuaded a council of Westeros’ remaining leaders that Bran “the Broken” should take the throne, and they duly agreed. Sansa Stark declared the North independent, and remains the queen. (She looked great.) Jon’s direwolf Ghost finally got a moment in the sun. Plus, Bronn, Sam, and Ser Davos all get to serve on the king’s council. Imagine!
Amongst all of this, it might be forgiven if you missed a few details. But one eagle-eyed viewer caught something that might interest long-time fans: one character who made an appearance after a long time out of the show. Robin Arryn, best known for loving moon doors and being breastfed for a number of years by his terrifying mother Lysa, was present at the council meeting where the nobles decided who would be the ruler of Westeros. And he looks very different now! All grown up!
Robin is played by Lino Facioli, who has also starred in Get Him to the Greek and, most recently, a short film called Isha. Born in 2000, he would have been just 11 when he first appeared in the first season of Game of Thrones. His last appearance on the show was in episode 4 of season 6. Now he’s big, and voting for kings, and stuff!
Robin’s appearance was a good reminder that while all of this political intrigue has been playing out, the rest of the Seven Kingdoms’ denizens were doing their own thing. But one big question remains, for some: