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Game of Thrones Season 8: What We can Expect

Updated on August 28, 2017

Season 7 Overview

It's crazy that the finale of season 7 is over and done with. It seems like we waited forever to see it, but a lot did happen. Most of our favorite main characters finally met up, something lots of fans had waited a long time to see happen. Some characters died, (of course, it's Game of Thrones'), and new relationships have been formed. Here are the major events that occurred in Season 7:

Arya avenges The Red Wedding

In the premiere, we see Walder Frey - who we know is dead. It quickly becomes clear that Arya is putting her Faceless Men skills to work as Walder continues to speak. She wears his face, stages a feast and poisons every single person responsible for the events that killed her mother and brother, along with a lot of Stark bannermen. She ends by saying, "Winter has come for House Frey". It was totally epic and Walder and his men got exactly what they had coming.

Daenerys FINALLY arrives in Westeros

Also in the premiere, The Mother of Dragons finally returns to her homeland at Dragonstone, where she was born. It was a truly wonderful sight to see her touch the land she had desperately been trying to return to throughout the entire series.

Daenerys has alliances with Dorne, Olenna Tyrell & Yara & Theon Greyjoy

The group meets up at Dragonstone and begins discussing their takeover of Westeros - all with a common goal: Defeat the Lannisters. It doesn't go as planned as Euron's fleet blindsides the Sand Snakes and Yara. Ellaria, Tyrene and Yara are all taken hostage while the others are killed. Theon, flashing back to his PTSD from his time with Ramsay, jumps ship. Most of their fleet is taken out and the majority of Daenerys alliance is destroyed in one epic battle.

Arya learns that Jon is at Winterfell & also sees an old friend

At an inn, Arya sees her old pal Hot Pie, who tells her about "The Battle of the Bastards", and that her half-brother, Jon Snow, holds Winterfell. Instead of heading to King's Landing to take out Cersei, she returns home but not before seeing a friend she hadn't seen since season 1: her Dire Wolf Nymeria. They meet for a but a moment and Arya quickly sees that Nymeria is no pet and is destined to run wild. She does return to Winterfell and meets up with her sister.

Bran returns to Winterfell

Of all the things the new 'Three-eyed Raven' has seen, he chooses to tell Sansa that she looked beautiful the night she married Ramsay and then was brutally raped - what a weirdo. He seems to have really settled in to his role but doesn't seem that eager to share pertinent information. Instead, he kind of acts a little creepy.

Dany & Jon FINALLY met up

At first, their meeting was tense. The Mother of Dragons was introduced with all of her titles, while Davos simply said, "This is Jon Snow". Dany wanted Jon to immediately bend the knee but The King in the North was at first hesitant. Jon needed Dany's help to defeat the Night King and at first, she wasn't buying what he was selling. That quickly changed when Jon Snow and a band of others decide to go north of the wall to bring back a living White Walker to show everyone, beyond the shadow of a doubt, that the threat is real. Of course, that went bad really quick. Gendry was able to run back to Eastwatch and get a raven to Daenerys who flew to their rescue with her dragons in a pretty epic scene. After Jon reunites with them, staying behind to get as many white walkers away from them as possible, they have a sweet moment together. Eventually, like all the fans wanted - they hook up. It seems to be love at first sight, even though they are unaware they are actually related.

Samwell heals Jorah

He wasn't supposed to attempt it, but he did it anyway. Samwell uses the books about curing Greyscale to actually cure Jorah Mormont, proving that he should just be a Maester already, considering none of the others were going to attempt the process.

Jaime takes Highgarden & kills Lady Olenna

Strategically, Jaime takes the majority of his forces to Highgarden to take it over. The Unsullied had taken Casterly Rock just a little too easily and quickly becomes clear why. He wanted Highgarden. He finds Lady Olenna in her chambers, ready to meet her end but not before telling him that it was her that had Joffrey killed. She was a badass until the end.

Dany takes action

Riding Drogon, (against Tyrion's wishes), Daenerys ambushes the Lannister army, causing massive devastation. She burns most of their army but Drogon is wounded in the process. While removing the spear from her beloved Dragon, Jaime tries to attack her and is quickly saved by Bronn. After the battle, she demands that everyone else there bend the knee and declare her their queen. She burns the remaining Tarly's alive when they refuse.

Gendry returns

No one knew what to make of this character disappearing. Davos finds him in King's Landing when he smuggles Tyrion in to meet up with Jaime, where he talks him into meeting with their forces. Gendry immediately agrees to leave with Davos, taking with him a Warhammer, similar to the one his father, Robert Baratheon was famous for using. Against the wishes of Davos, he tells Jon exactly who he is and then agrees to join the 'Suicide Squad' that heads north.

The Suicide Squad: Beyond the Wall

To prove to everyone that The White Walkers do exist, a lackluster team is assembled through fate to head north and attempt the impossible. Jon Snow, Jorah Mormont, The Hound, Thoros of Myr, Bedric Dondarrion, Gendry and Tormond head north on a mission that was bound to fail. It did and it didn't. They did successfully capture a wight but Thoros dies and they end up trapped. Dany rides in with her dragons and saves the day.

Viserion is killed & turned into an Ice Dragon

There had been a lot of talk about who the 3 Dragon riders will be. The Night King ends up being one of them. During Dany's rescue of Jon and his squad, the Night King throws a spear that takes down Viserion. Later, he pulls the dead dragon from the water and we see his eyes open blue. The Night King uses the Dragon to burn the wall and make a pathway for his army of the dead.

Littlefinger finally dies

Sansa is a slow learner, she admits, but that doesn't mean she is unaware of exactly what Littlefinger is trying to do. He's trying to turn her and Arya against each other. She calls him out on all of his plots and then Arya slits his throat, finally removing him from the Game forever.

TONS happened in Season 7, but scroll down to see what we can expect when we finally get to see the final season.

Daenerys and a young Drogon
Daenerys and a young Drogon | Source

Season 7 Finale

I will take what is mine with fire and blood.

— Daenerys Targaryen

What to Expect in Season 8

There has been a lot of rumors that the final season of Game of Thrones won't premiere until 2019. There is no definite date but it appears that we can expect to see the final season in July 2018, (hopefully).

But, what can we expect? I mean there's a lot of loose ends to tie up and not really a lot of screen time to see it all done. Who will end up on the iron thrones? Will the armies be able to defeat the Night King? Since Jon Snow is really a Targaryen, will he ultimately claim the throne? So many questions and so little time for them to be answered!

What did Tyrion promise Cersei to get her to come back out?

At the end of the finale, Tyrion spots Jon heading into Daenerys room and he knows what's going on in there. Question is - why did he look so unhappy about it? Could it be because he promised Cersei he would intervene on their alliance? Or was it something else? We all know Cersei wouldn't come out without a promise that would benefit her... Maybe Tyrion knows that his sister isn't going to hold up her end of the truce. He does know her better than anyone.

Bran will tell Jon his true heritage

This is going to happen, but when? Bran doesn't seem to have the best timing when it comes to revealing important facts but he did say that he's going to tell Jon. The question is, what will Jon do with the information? Robert's entire rebellion was built on a lie. Rhaegar didn't abduct Lyanna Stark - they were in love and married at the time of Jon's birth. What will this do for his newly found romance with Daenerys who is actually his aunt? There's a lot of possibilities but this revelation will certainly shake things up for all the characters - especially Jon, who went through his entire life being mocked because everyone believed he was a bastard.

Jaime might be the one to Kill Cersei

The valonqar theory has been hugely popular among Game of Thrones fans. Maggie the witch had prophesied that the younger sibling will 'wrap their hands around Cersei's pale white throat' killing her. At the end of season 7, we saw that Jaime was less than happy with his sister's lack of honor, leaving her. Perhaps he will finally see that she is indeed, 'a mad queen', and be not only the King Slayer, but a Queen Slayer as well.

Redemption for Theon?

At the end of season 7, we see Theon grow some major balls, facing off against one of his own after declaring they should go attempt to rescue his sister. It actually was his 'lack of balls' that enabled him to defeat his opponent - ironically. Maybe he will redeem himself by not only saving Yara from his uncle, but also by killing him, making him a champion of 'The Drowned God' and maybe even King of the Iron Islands or, at the very least, hand to his sister.

Bran Ruins everything

A lot of people think Bran himself is the Night King. It's a theory that he keeps trying to go back in time to stop everything from happening but always fails. He goes back as 'Bran the Builder' to construct the wall but as we saw at the end of season 7, that fails because the Night King has a dragon to destroy the wall. It's possible that Bran keeps going back, attempting many methods to stop the Night King but in fact, becomes it himself.

Dany and Jon have a baby

The witch that killed Daenerys son to Drogo told her, "Only death can pay for life". Perhaps the death of Viserion will buy life for a new child - one she has with Jon Snow. She believes that she cannot have children by the word of the witch but it just may be that she and Jon's child will be the heir to the iron throne - even though they're related.

The Hound & The Mountain will face off

The Clegane brothers will most likely fight. There are a couple of ways this could happen. The Hound has taken the side of Daenerys along with the Brotherhood without Banners and The Mountain is basically a zombie who does whatever Cersei says. There has been a lot of hatred between the two, especially on The Hound's side, as it was his own brother who forced his face into the fire when they were children. They could face off at another meeting or The Hound could seek him out after it's clear that Cersei never intended to honor the truce and help fight the dead alongside the Targaryen supporters. Either way, it will be one hell of a fight.

Sam will discover how to beat the White Walkers

Sam has already done so many impossible things - he's cured greyscale, he was one of the first person to kill a White using Dragonglass and he learned that Jon's heritage makes him a true Targaryen. It's pretty likely that he will read something in one of his old books that will help him create a strategy to defeat the Night King.

Arya Stark, played by Maisie Williams
Arya Stark, played by Maisie Williams | Source

Who will Win The Iron Throne?

There are a few possibilities here and most of it revolves around whether or not The Night King can be defeated. However, Ramsay put it perfectly when he said, "If you think this has a happy ending, you haven't been paying attention". This is SO TRUE in the world of Game of Thrones. No character is safe and there are a lot of possibilities. However, some have a better advantage than others when it comes to who will sit on the Iron Throne at the end.

Daenerys Targaryen

She is probably in the top running considering she has the most resources, and those resources have been growing since she arrived in Westeros, even though she's also lost a bit as well. She has the alliance/romance with Jon Snow, (who is really a Targaryen & rightful heir to the throne). Tyrion, probably the most intelligent character on the show is her hand. She now has The Hound & the support of The Brotherhood without banners - as they know who the real enemy is: The Night King & his army. There are still two dragons in her corner, an army of Unsullied & a hoard of Dothraki Screamers. Compared to the others in the running for the throne - Daenerys has the best odds to be the one to sit on it. If she uses all of her many resources and does, with the help of Jon Snow/Targaryen, defeat the Night King and his armies, she will also gain support of the people, especially the Northerners. It would be even better if she and Jon Snow sat on the throne together as husband and wife, after defeating The Night King and saving Westeros. They would be beloved by the people and would justly rule the seven kingdoms. However - Game of Thrones isn't known for everything to go smoothly, it could be that she dies trying to save Westeros - or does save it but regrets being viewed as a conqueror and dies in some other tragic way.

Aegon "Jon Snow" Targaryen

He also has a righteous claim on the throne and is potentially "The Prince who was Promised". There are a lot of things he has going for him as well to rise him up to that seat: He was brought back from the dead. He has the support of The Freefolk and the respect of The North. He has a strong alliance/romance with Daenerys. He is honorable and sticks to his word, even when it doesn't suite his cause. Ser Davos is his hand. He has the support of Brienne of Tarth and his bad-ass sister Arya (a faceless man).& his strongest claim for the throne is that he is the true heir, being the son of Rhaegar Targaryen and Lyanna Stark. & His BFF Samwell is really good at figuring out solutions to the big problems, giving him a huge advantage.

Cersei Lannister

Although she's nobody's favorite ruler, there are few lines she won't cross to remain in that seat. The main thing she has going for her is her brutality and lack of concern for anything or anyone other than holding on that power. Personally, I think she will die in the final season somehow, (probably killed by either Jaime or Arya), but she does have some resources as well: Qyburn and his witty ways to defeat people, The Mountain and his sheer physical power and the support of The Iron Bank. Tywin always did say that "Gold wins wars" and Cersei took that knowledge to heart and follows it strongly. But she has a lot of enemies and will gain even more when the people see that she isn't going to do a damn thing about the army of the dead as she promised she would. She is less likely to stay in The Iron Throne than the others but isn't afraid to be cruel to stay there so we will see.

Nobody gets the Throne

This outcome is a lot more likely than many people think. For one, nothing goes as you think it would in the world of GOT and usually the sad endings are more likely than not. The Iron Throne could remain vacant for many reasons including: The Night King defeats the armies and everyone dies. Or, after the war with the Night King, so many people die that Westeros would take years to re-develop. Or Maybe at the end of The Great War, they decide against having anyone sit on the throne and instead implement a council of people that acts more like a democracy than a monarchy. Maybe the counsel would consist of all those who were essential to defeating the Night King such as: Daenerys, Jon Snow, Varys, Tyrion, Tormond ect. It would be a sad ending in deed to see the throne remain empty but there are many ways that finale could go down.

Who do you think will Win the Iron Throne?

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      16 months ago

      I like this article. I finished watching season 7 and I will say I laughed or chuckled more through that season more than the rest. I loved the ending and can't wait for season 8. I'm so glad there are so many article out there to read to tide me over till the new shows come back on.

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      Louise Powles 

      17 months ago from Norfolk, England

      I know Game of Thrones has a huge following. I've never seen a single episode though!


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