The most up-to-date episode of Game of Thrones aired almost two years in the past, so it is probably you’ve loads of burning questions earlier than the ultimate season begins April 14. We actually did, so we compiled all of them right here.
In the HBO drama’s closing six episodes, the military of the undead will probably conflict with the residents of Westeros, as a separate battle for energy unfolds for the Iron Throne. This record of questions might be up to date because the present goes on. Please share your questions with us within the feedback.
This submit comprises a large number of spoilers. Otherwise, it might be very brief.
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Where are the most important characters?
We final noticed Yara Greyjoy in King’s Landing, the place she was delivered to Cersei Lannister’s armed guards as a prisoner after Euron Greyjoy, her uncle, ambushed Yara’s fleet. Euron, who noticed the wight Jon Snow and Daenerys Targaryen delivered to King’s Landing, stated he was on his manner again to the Iron Islands to attend out the undead’s land invasion, however Cersei later stated he is truly en path to Essos to escort a mercenary military to combat on her behalf. Theon Greyjoy managed to drag himself collectively sufficient to set off for King’s Landing to rescue Yara.
Sisters Sansa and Arya Stark lastly had a heart-to-heart in Winterfell and stopped feuding. Bran Stark can be again house, flexing his all-seeing powers. We’re throwing Jon Snow in right here as a Stark, whom we final noticed on a ship en path to the North and, nicely, having intercourse together with his aunt.
She is heading north to combat the lifeless and, nicely, see above. Both she and Jon are beneath the impression that Cersei will assist them combat the approaching invasion from north of the Wall.
Jaime Lannister observed snow falling as he rode north to hitch the combat towards the lifeless, staying true to his oath and, in doing so, abandoning his sister/lover. Cersei revealed that she had no plan to assist in the combat for humanity and stays in King’s Landing, the place she’s apparently pregnant. Tyrion Lannister is crusing north, however all shouldn’t be nicely: He appeared very involved that Jon and Daenerys connected.
As Jon Snow’s right-hand man, he is probably on the ship, too.
He unsuccessfully tried to persuade Daenerys to fly to Winterfell, since she has many enemies within the North. Instead, she took Jon’s recommendation that arriving on ships as a united entrance can be good PR to the folks of the North. He’s probably northbound.
He’s additionally crusing with the remainder of the Unsullied, with plans to reunite with the Dothraki crew on Kings Road as they journey to Winterfell. (The trailer for Season Eight exhibits that he’ll reunite with Missandei.)
Brienne of Tarth
We final noticed her within the Dragonpit at King’s Landing, the place she served as Sansa’s consultant. She’s probably on her manner again to the North.
He’s gabbing about Jon Snow’s true parentage with Bran Stark in Winterfell.
The man with the little birdies whispering secrets and techniques aligned himself with Daenerys. He was on the Dragonpit however did not say a lot, so he is probably northbound as nicely.
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What’s the Iron Throne, and why does everybody need it?
Game of Thrones is ready on a map not vastly in contrast to our personal. Most of the motion takes place on the principle continent of Westeros. The unified realm consisting of a lot of the continent and its small islands is named the Seven Kingdoms, which have been established by Aegon the Conqueror, the primary king of the Targaryen dynasty, some 300 years in the past.
The complete shebang is dominated over by the king or queen of the Andals and the First Men, which is the flowery title for whoever sits on the Iron Throne.
So, very like the sphere of potential Democratic nominees for the 2020 election, everybody needs energy – and the Iron Throne is the epitome of that.
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What is R+L=J?
Anyone born a bastard on this world is giving a final title primarily based on the area of their start. A bastard born within the icy North would obtain the final title “Snow.” Jon Snow, one of many present’s most important characters, is offered as simply that: the bastard youngster of Ned Stark.
From the leap, one thing about this state of affairs appears off. The elder Stark was offered as a virtuous dude, however the viewers is led to suppose that he strayed in a time of conflict. Not everybody was fooled, nonetheless, and the idea identified merely at “R+L=J” started circulating. In the Season 7 finale, it was proved to be true.
The concept facilities on Jon Snow’s true parentage, which, because it seems, doesn’t contain Ned Stark. He’s truly the son of Rhaegar Targaryen (son of the Mad King and brother to Daenerys) and Lyanna Stark (Ned’s sister).
Part of the rationale for Robert’s Rebellion was Rhaegar kidnapping Lyanna when she was engaged to Robert Baratheon – or no less than that is how most individuals on the present have described what went down. This ultimately led to Robert killing Rhaegar and Jaime killing Aerys Targaryen II, i.e. the Mad King.
But, as we found in final season’s finale, Lyanna and Rhaegar have been truly in love, and so they secretly married earlier than Lyanna grew to become pregnant with Rhaegar’s youngster and died giving start to the newborn.
In the present, Bran Stark has a imaginative and prescient of Lyanna lined in blood within the Tower of Joy, telling her brother, “Promise me, Ned.” That promise was to boost Jon Snow as his personal and to maintain his identification a secret to save lots of the kid from then-King Robert, who would have executed any Targaryen inheritor.
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How are Jon Snow and Daenerys Targaryen associated?
Daenerys is the daughter of the Mad King and brother to Viserys and Rhaegar. Given “R+L=J,” that makes Daenerys the aunt of Jon Snow. Unfortunately, the one characters who know this are Bran Stark and Samwell Tarly – and information did not attain Jon and Daenerys earlier than that they had intercourse within the Season 7 finale.
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What occurred to the six direwolves?
In the collection premiere, Ned Stark occurred upon two lifeless animals: a stag and an older direwolf. Among them have been six little direwolf puppies. Ned gave one to every Stark youngster, together with an albino runt for Jon Snow.
Time, although, has not been sort to the litter. At this level, solely two stay alive.
The loyal direwolf attacked then-Prince Joffrey Baratheon whereas defending Arya early in Season 1. To defend the pup, Arya chased her away. In Season 7, nonetheless, she noticed Nymeria for the primary time in years. The grown direwolf is now main an enormous wolf pack within the Riverlands, one of many first direwolves to ever be seen to this point south.
Ghost and Jon, two outcasts, share an extremely robust bond. Ghost, who adopted Jon to the Wall and past, is hanging round Winterfell.
Since Ayra spared Nymeria’s life, Cersei had no direwolf to punish. So she ordered Ned Stark to place Lady down as a substitute, which he did by his personal hand.
Grey Wind (Robb’s)
Poor Grey Wind bought it dangerous. Robb took the teethy pup with the Stark military because it marched towards King’s Landing, the place Ned was being held. But on the Red Wedding, each Robb and Grey Wind have been decapitated. The direwolf’s head was then sewn onto Robb’s physique, which was put atop a horse.
Summer, who as soon as saved Bran from an murderer, trekked with the boy past the Wall. They have been attacked by a bunch of wights. Summer gave his life to the icy creatures, permitting Bran to flee.
This jet-black direwolf joined Rickon and Bran as they fled from Winterfell. Eventually, Bran despatched Rickon and the cleverly named Shaggydog to hang around on the Last Hearth with the Umbers, who supposedly provided them safety. Instead, they gave Rickon as much as Ramsay Bolton, who skinned Shaggydog to make use of as a carpet. Ramsay later killed Rickon on the Battle of the Bastards.
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What do I must learn about Bran, and what is the three-eyed raven?
In Season 2, Bran launched into a protracted journey, throughout which he realized he is perhaps a Warg, somebody who can management the minds of animals and see by way of their eyes. He additionally started dreaming about and seeing a three-eyed raven, which he sought past the Wall. That was the place he discovered the three-eyed raven, who turned out to be a really outdated man in a cave. The three-eyed raven has many talents, together with seeing issues which have occurred again in time, and he educated Bran use these powers for himself.
During a visit by way of time, Bran witnessed a dying Lyanna Stark asking Ned to look at after her youngster, who Ned named Jon Snow. Later, Samwell Tarly confirmed this account after studying concerning the youngster on the Citadel.
Eventually, Bran tried to see by way of the eyes of the Night King, which created a psychic bond between them, permitting the Night King to enter Bran’s thoughts and vice-versa. The Night King introduced white walkers to the cave, the place they killed the three-eyed raven. Bran escaped and, in doing so, grew to become the three-eyed raven himself.
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What’s that inexperienced hearth, and the place does it come from?
It’s referred to as Wildfire. Made by the Alchemists’ Guild, an outdated group of pyromancers who declare it is magical, it is a particularly highly effective substance that, as soon as lit on hearth, can burn till it is all however disappeared or smothered with sand. It may be utilized on any substance, together with water. Think of it like uberpowerful lighter fluid utilized by troopers.
Tyrion used it to destroy most of Stannis Baratheon’s fleet in the course of the Battle of Blackwater. And, way back, the Mad King saved barrels of it beneath King’s Landing with plans to destroy town throughout Robert’s Rebellion, however he was killed earlier than he bought the possibility. Years later, Cersei used it to explode the Great Sept of Baelor with a lot of the Sparrows and House of Tyrell inside.
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Where do the dragons come into play?
Remember Aegon the Conqueror, who conquered most of Westeros and arrange the Iron Throne some 300 years earlier than the present story? He was capable of do all that as a result of he was using with three principally indestructible dragons. They had lengthy been a staple of the Targaryen family. These have been the ultimate three in existence, nonetheless; a lot of the others died in an enormous volcanic eruption referred to as the Doom of Valyria about 150 years in the past, at which level dragons have been regarded as extinct.
Fast-forward roughly a century and a half to Season 1, when Daenerys was given three petrified dragon eggs as a present to have a good time her betrothal to Khal Drogo. She was drawn to the eggs, starting to consider they may very well be hatched. But then a witch betrayed her, destroyed the newborn in her womb, took away her potential to bear youngsters and turned Khal Drogo right into a vegetable (who Daenerys then killed mercifully).
When Daenerys constructed a funeral pyre for Drogo, she tossed the eggs (and that witch) on prime for good measure. After lighting it, she walked into the flames, as a result of, why not? Everyone thought she died, however as a substitute, the following morning she awoke to 3 dragon pups hanging onto her. She named them Drogon, Rhaegal and Viserion.
Long story brief, these are extremely highly effective creatures who bonded with Daenerys and can most likely decide the conflict to come back.
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But what concerning the zombie dragon?
OK, OK, we have been attending to this. So, Daenerys realized to fly the scaly monsters – and used them in just a few battles, which terrified her enemies, as they feared she may conquer Westeros as Aegon did.
In Season 7, although, the Night King threw an ice spear at Viserion, killing him. The Night King then reanimated the fallen dragon’s corpse, which was fairly dangerous information for everybody, significantly because the dragons can break by way of the Wall – which was precisely what zombie Viserion did, permitting the Army of the Dead to enter Westeros correct, organising the present for the large conflict to come back.
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Who is the Night King?
That icy, blue-eyed fellow was the primary White Walker, who was created when the Children of the Forest, a nonhuman race who initially inhabited Westeros, stabbed one of many First Men with dragonglass hundreds of years in the past. He now serves because the chief of the White Walkers and their wights.
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What’s the distinction between wights and White Walkers?
Not all icy creatures are created equal. White Walkers have the vital superpower of reanimating human and animal corpses by turning them into wights. While we all know the Children of the Forest turned some First Men into White Walkers, we do not know if all the White Walkers could make extra of their very own sort. We do know that the Night King can change human infants into White Walkers with merely a contact.
Wights haven’t any such energy to show corpses and dwelling folks into different issues, and so they make up a lot of the “army of the dead.”
It seems that the White Walkers merely wish to conquer the world, and that is smart given their origins as principally being the weapons of the Children of the Forest. They’ve attacked earlier than, hundreds of years in the past, and regardless of that “long winter,” they have been ultimately defeated, pushed north and stored there by a newly constructed Wall.
But we’ve not gotten their aspect of the story but, so who is aware of? Maybe they really have some form of simply trigger other than whole domination.
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What weapons are wanted to kill them?
We know of two substances that may take down the White Walkers: dragonglass and Valyrian metal.
The former is a volcanic glass that is common into such weapons as spears and daggers. Samwell Tarly learns of its effectiveness after touring past the Wall, when he stabbed a White Walker within the shoulder, and the White Walker shattered. Sam later realized there’s a large retailer of the fabric in a mountain on Dragonstone. It’s vital to notice, nonetheless, that dragonglass can be used to show males into White Walkers, making it one heck of a double-edged substance.
Valyrian metal, in the meantime, is steel that was cast within the period of the traditional Valyrian civilization. Myth has it that the items have been cast with magic and dragonfire, although nobody is aware of for positive. All we do know is that the weapons can’t be cast any longer, and there’s a finite quantity left on the planet.
We know of some Valyrian metal swords floating around the globe. There’s Oathkeeper, which Jaime gave to Brienne (who presently possesses it), and Widow’s Wail, which Jaime carries. Jon Snow carries Longclaw, and Sam took Heartsbane from his household house earlier than setting out for the Citadel. Meanwhile, Arya, carries a dragonglass dagger.
Stabbing and chopping up wights with common weapons will not do a lot, however they’re flammable, do not appear to have the ability to cross water and may be felled by the 2 substances that kills White Walkers. The best solution to do away with a bunch of wights appears to be destroying the White Walker that had reworked them.
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Arya’s coaching as a faceless killer felt everlasting; what was the purpose?
You could keep in mind two full seasons of Arya hanging out with the Faceless Men to learn to grow to be an murderer. She acquired the best abilities however refused to surrender her identification, inflicting her to be primarily disavowed by the opposite Faceless Men. Somehow, although, she retained her new powers.
In brief, Arya can remodel into totally different folks. The guidelines surrounding this aren’t precisely clear, nevertheless it’s implied that she will be able to solely grow to be individuals who have died.
It’s a fairly helpful talent to have for those who occur to have a revenge record, crammed with enemies you wish to kill (together with Queen Cersei) – like Arya does. The first folks she took down after leaving the House of Black and White have been the lads beneath the tutelage of the now-late Walder Frey as revenge for the Red Wedding. It was on this second that she uttered the instant-classic phrase, “Leave one wolf alive, and the sheep are not safe.”
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Is Littlefinger gone gone?
Yes, we noticed Arya reduce the throat of Petyr Baelish aka Littlefinger aka Mr. Chaos Is a Ladder. For what it is price, actor Aidan Gillen has stated he will not be showing in Season 8.
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What particular powers does Melisandre even have?
Be a Lord of Light skeptic all you need, however we have seen a number of situations wherein Melisandre (“the Red Woman”) has labored some critical magic. The most important one: She resurrected Jon Snow from the lifeless. It’s price noting that she’s not the one one to wield this potential. Remember Thoros, who introduced his buddy Beric again no less than a half-dozen instances?
The Red Woman additionally gave start to some shadow demon that killed Renly, has wonderful pores and skin regardless of being just a few hundred years outdated and foresaw that Jon Snow and Daenerys wanted to come back collectively, saying that they “have a role to play” within the “long night to come,” which, presumably, refers back to the White Walker invasion.
Still, the Red Priestess is way from infallible. She backed Stannis because the one who can be victorious over all different rulers, and she or he inspired him to sacrifice his daughter, Shireen, within the course of. She’s admitted to creating errors.
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How highly effective is Euron Greyjoy?
Unless he has much more methods up his sleeve, Euron is completely in Cersei’s nook. He has plans to marry the queen as soon as all this warring enterprise settles down, and he even introduced a few presents to seal the deal: Ellaria and Tyene Sand, whom he captured throughout his assault on his niece Yara’s fleet. Euron delivered the remaining Sand Snake and her mom to Cersei, who was itching for some revenge after the Dorne crew poisoned Cersei’s daughter, Myrcella.
And revenge did Cersei actual: Mother and daughter have been chained aside, as Tyene was poisoned with the identical substance that killed Myrcella, so mom Ellaria has to spend her remaining days watching her daughter slowly die in entrance of her eyes.
And, as acknowledged above, Euron did not truly flee to the Iron Islands however went to ferry Cersei’s paid fighters.
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When are we seeing the Cleganebowl?
The closest we got here to a closing showdown between rival brothers Gregor Clegane (The Mountain) and Sandor Clegane (The Hound) was in Season 7, when the 2 lastly met within the Dragonpit (though, by this level, The Mountain is principally a zombie).
“Remember me? Yeah, you do,” the Hound advised Zombie Mountain, who is not speaking a lot lately. “What did they do to you? Doesn’t matter. It’s not how it ends for you, brother. You know who’s coming for you. You’ve always known.”
Now, keep in mind that the Hound advised Arya that he bought his scars as a baby when his brother burned his face over a toy. The Hound has averted hearth ever since. But when pushed to look into a hearth in Season 7, the Hound noticed a imaginative and prescient of a lifeless military, ice and a wall. He talked about seeing a mountain, as nicely – main some followers to posit that this may very well be a reference to his brother/nemesis. And, as one concept goes, the Hound did not get his scars over a toy, however after seeing a hearth imaginative and prescient of his brother’s finish, which then brought on the Mountain to attempt to burn the Hound’s face off.
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