Game of Thrones managed to surprise viewers right from the jump in its final season when it revealed a new intro sequence. Like the old sequence, it revealed the major places visited in that specific episode, but unlike the previous animation it also managed to sneak in hints and references to past seasons. The most obvious was the way the titles tracked the progress of the White Walkers as they move south of the Wall, but eagle-eyed viewers spotted many more Easter eggs contained in that familiar map.
After combing over the new intro, these are the most interesting insights from the Season 8 title sequence.
The astrolabe in the intro now includes an image of a dragon destroying a structure. At first glance it looks almost like the beast is setting fire to a city, but according to Angus Wall and Kirk Shintani, two of the creatives behind the title animation, that's Viserion taking down the Wall. The White Walkers and an accompanying icy wind can be seen beneath the dragon.
In Season 8, episode 1, the crypt beneath Winterfell is the setting for Sam's bombshell revelation to Jon: he is Aegon Targaryen, the true heir to the Iron Throne. However, there's likely more to their appearance than that. The Night King is coming and he's got the ability to raise the dead. The placement of the crypt in the opening credits could be a subtle reminder that Winterfell, where everyone plans to take their stand against the White Walkers, is built on top of a Stark graveyard.
The final astrolabe symbols show the birth of Dany's dragons and the Red Comet that streaked through the sky in the second season. Many Westerosi were afriad of the comet, and some were convinced it appeared because of Ned Stark's death, but it was Osha's words that rang true: "Stars don't fall for men. But the comet means one thing, boy. Dragons."
The flipped blue tiles eventually reach Last Hearth, the home of the Umbers and the furthest settlement north before the Wall, showed atop a spiral-shaped hill. Near the end of Season 8, episode 1, Tormund, Beric, and a team of Free Folk and men of the Night's Watch arrive at Last Hearth to convince the residents to head to Winterfell. They instead find a bloody message left by the Night King.
Thanks to the blue tiles and the ominous spiraling topography, the intro had already told us that Last Hearth was going to fall before we even saw it happen.