In the last episode (S06E07), we had this scene before the opening theme.

Did this happen before? I don't really remember.

And is there any special reason that they do this uncommon thing on the show?

  • Do viewers even need the opening credits anymore? I think by now we all know we're watching Game of Thrones. We could squeeze another two minutes of drama into the episodes if they dumped the opening credits sequence.
    – RobertF
    Commented Jul 21, 2017 at 18:00
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    Opening credits is a must in tv shows. It's the show's identity, and GoT opening is not static. The map changes as the story rolls. I don't think they should ever remove it, even to add a few more seconds of scenes, they need the intro.
    – Phiter
    Commented Jul 21, 2017 at 18:21
  • "Opening credits is a must in tv shows." There are shows where they're barely more than a title card and a few music notes. "Lost" was basically one tone and the word "Lost" fading in.
    – BCdotWEB
    Commented Jul 21, 2017 at 19:54
  • I didn't mean they all must have a 3 minute long opening, but they must have something that shows the TV show name.
    – Phiter
    Commented Jul 21, 2017 at 20:26
  • I like the opening of Game of Thrones, and would be sad if it was removed. That said, didn't the pilot also have a cold open... in more that one way? :D
    – Andres F.
    Commented Jul 22, 2017 at 3:15

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Yes this has been done before.

Here are other examples of Game of Thrones cold opens.

  • Season One Episode One began with a scene North of the Wall introducing the White Walkers and the Nights Watch.

  • Season Three Episode One began with Samwell Tarly fleeing the Wights and White Walkers.

  • Season Four Episode One began by showing Ned Stark's greatsword Ice being forged into Oathkeeper and Widow's Wail by Tywin Lannister.

  • Season Five Episode One began with Cersei Lannister meeting Maggie the Frog in the first ever flashback to occur on the show.

  • Season Six Episode Seven begins with the reappearance of the Hound.

    As for why this was done, the producer, Bryan Cogman says this to Entertainment Weekly:

    EW: The episode also started with a cold open, which is obviously very unusual, particularly for midseason. What prompted that?

    Bryan Cogman: We figured it would make [The Hound's] reveal more impactful if the audience hadn’t seen [ McCann's] name in the opening credits first.

  • Season Seven Episode One began with

    Arya poisoning the remaining Frey family.

  • I didn't think about the actor's name in the credits. That was a smart move. I just find it odd that in the previous times that we had "cold openings" they all happened in first episodes of the seasons. All seasons except 2 had one episode with the before credits scene.
    – Phiter
    Commented Jun 10, 2016 at 1:52
  • @PhiterFernandes I know for a fact seasons 2 and 6 didn't begin with a cold open. I can't find any other mid season cold opens, but I could be missing one.
    – kuhl
    Commented Jun 10, 2016 at 1:53
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    "impactful" Ouch. Well, he's a producer, not a writer. (Looks him up on Wikipedia.) Ouch, he's a writer too. Commented Jun 10, 2016 at 7:03
  • They didn't show actor's name before the appearance of Hound, but they showed Kit Harrington in titles before the resurrection :D
    – Schullz
    Commented Jun 10, 2016 at 12:52
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    @Schullz the thing with Kit Harington is that we knew we'd see the actor. The question was whether or not he'd be playing a dead body. If Rory's name was shown it wouldn't be expected and could spoil the episode.
    – kuhl
    Commented Jun 10, 2016 at 12:58

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