The first time I saw the first episode of Season 8 I instantly assumed that Bran's remark to Sam about 'waiting for an old friend' referred to Sam himself as it was said immediately prior to his insistence that the time had come to break the news to Jon about his 'special heritage'.
Yet, after rewatching all 3 episodes yesterday, I am now convinced that he was in fact referring to the imminent arrival of Ser Jaime, due to the fact that Bran could most likely see him travelling north with the inclusion that he appeared to still be in the same place by daybreak when Jaime arrived.
I know it is only a minor concern but with the attempts to unpick every second of these last important episodes, who is the 'old friend' that Bran was referring to - was it:
- Sam, in order to send him to Jon
- Ser Jaime, Bran reuniting with his attempted killer since the first time since S1E1 or;
- If playing a slightly longer game was it the first reference to the Night King specifically seeking out the Three Eyed Raven?
Or was it someone else entirely?