It’s been almost two years since we had been final in Westeros, however the wait is lastly over: Sport of Thrones is again for its closing season on HBO. Some will win; some will die; some will die, come again to life, win, rinse, repeat. However first, the present has to do some organising for the epic showdown to return! Right here’s the rundown from the eighth, and closing, season premiere on Sunday, April 14.
Solely two cities seem within the title credit this time round, and shortly we discover out why: everybody who’s anybody is coming to Winterfell to arrange for the nice struggle towards the Evening King’s undead military. Marching by means of the gates comes the Unsullied military, with Jon Snow (Equipment Harington) and Daenerys Targaryen (Emilia Clarke) wanting scorching on horseback in his-and-hers furs. Within the crowd, Arya Stark (Maisie Williams) smiles on the look of her brother — in addition to The Hound (Rory McCann) and Gendry (Joe Dempsie). The dragons do a fly-by. The Northerners are, usually, freaked out and mistrustful of all these newcomers.
Subsequent comes the reunions, which vary from touching (Jon and Arya, collectively ultimately!) to satisfying (Sophie Turner‘s Sansa and Peter Dinklage‘s Tyrion, seeing one another for the primary time since their transient marriage), to super-weird, as a result of Bran (Isaac Hempstead-Wright) is incapable of being in any other case now that he’s extra mystical raven than man. Tensions abound because the armies settle in, and never simply because the North dislikes outsiders. It’s going to be a tough winter with all these further mouths to feed, and no one is comfortable that Jon swore fealty to Daenerys, giving up his title of King within the North.
In the meantime, the one particular person not in Winterfell is Cersei (Lena Headey), who’s delighted to study that the white walkers have breached the wall within the North. Having damaged her promise to ship her personal armies north, she waits in King’s Touchdown for Euron Greyjoy (Pilou Asbæk) to reach with the Golden Firm of Essos — and thanks him with an invitation into her mattress. That is most likely as a result of taking Euron as a lover will likely be cowl story when she offers beginning to yet one more twincest child in nonetheless many months, but it surely additionally offers Theon Greyjoy (Alfie Allen) a golden alternative to raid Euron’s ships and rescue his sister Yara (Gemma Whelan), in what may be the perfect reunion this episode.
Again at Winterfell, Jon and Daenerys proceed their courtship, taking a magic tandem dragon journey that ends at a picturesque waterfall. The dragons preserve a detailed eye on Jon as the 2 share a kiss (you know the way bizarre it’s when your canine watches you’ve got intercourse? Now image that, besides one million occasions extra awkward and doubtlessly deadly.)
However because the episode winds down, it appears just like the honeymoon may be over for these two loopy youngsters. Evening King’s military has superior past the Wall and left a ugly message (a pinwheel of severed limbs with a crucified wight at its middle) for any males who come calling. Sam Tarley (John Bradley-West) learns that Daenerys executed his father and brother once they wouldn’t bend the knee to her, leaving him with no household. And Jon learns, to his shock, that he’s the trueborn son of Rhaegar Targaryen, which throws a giant ol’ wrench into his romance with the Mom of Dragons. Not solely is he Daenerys’ nephew (euugh!), however he’s the rightful inheritor to the throne she needs.
Issues are getting messy in Westeros! And within the closing moments of the premiere, one final participant arrives on the scene, simply to make it messier: a hooded determine dismounts from his horse within the Winterfell courtyard. He appears round: it’s Jaime Lannister (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau) — and watching him from a number of yards away is Bran, often known as the child he pushed out a window within the present’s very first episode. Most awkward reunion ever, or most awkward reunion ever?
Sport of Thrones airs on HBO Sundays at 9 p.m. ET.
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