Denying that Game of Thrones is one of the most watched series on television right now is pure foolishness. The endless parade of throat slitting, incest, bloody battles and family feuds has ensnared the minds of the world for 7 action packed seasons, and kept them glued to their televisions throughout.
Be it your cup of tea or not, you are probably aware that Season 8 has officially started as there is barely a social media platform in the world that hasn’t been trumpeting it from the mountaintops. Yes; the final season of Game of Thrones is underway, and already fans are throwing predictions at one another about how the final episodes will play out. Who will die? Who will end up together? And who will ultimately rule?
But we’re not there yet. The first 5 episodes have aired so far, which means that there is still plenty of time for a bit more throat slitting and incest to get through. In the meantime, take a look at what has happened so far in the first 2 episodes of Season 8…
Episode 1 – Winterfell
Those who have been keeping up to speed will know that Jon Snow and Daenerys had met in the previous season, and officially joined forces.
The first episode sees them finally arrive at Winterfell where they are reunited with Sansa Stark and Arya Stark. Upon arriving, they learn that the White Walkers have managed to breach the Wall, which comes as no small shocking revelation. They also learn that the Night King, the scary leader of the White Walkers, controls the undead Viserion.
The attack from the White Walkers, now clearly a real and present danger, is responded to by the Northern Lords in the only fashion that makes sense. They rally around Winterfell. But all is not well among the readying armies. There is mutterings of mistrust of Daenerys, and rightly so, given the path of violence she has carved in the previous seasons. Mutterings are also heard in equal about Cersei, who is likewise mistrusted. Speculation is that she will not live up to her promise to send reinforcements, and will fail in her promise to provide aid in the fight against the White Walkers.
Meanwhile, at King’s Landing, Euron returns from his journey to Essos, bringing with him the Golden Army he was sent to gather. Qyburn, having been given orders by Cersei, hires Bronn, who is sent to end the lives of Jaime and Tyrion.
Theon saves the life of Yara, who immediately sets off on a mission to take back the Iron Islands, while Theon heads off to Winterfell to join the battle against the White Walkers. Back at Winterfell, Jon is taught to ride Rhaegal, one of the dragons. Sam, who discovers that Daenerys executed his parents, reveals his identity to Jon.
Rounding off the episode, it is revealed that Tormund and Beric have survived the destruction of The Wall, and they quickly reunite with other survivors at the castle of House Umber. The new troop discover that the occupants of the castle are dead, and come across a mysterious twisting fire message left by the Night King. The meaning of the message is unclear.
In the last moments of the episode, Jaime arrives at Winterfell.
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Episode 2 – A Knight Of The Seven Kingdoms
Jaime makes quick moves to gain trust, informing the new alliance between Jon and Daenerys of Cersei’s plans for betrayal. He asks to join the alliance, but is not met with any trust from Sansa or Daenerys. Brienne, however, vouches for him and he is allowed to join, but under protest.
Jaime then approaches Bran, and apologises for being responsible for crippling him way back at the very start of the saga. Bran indirectly accepts the apology, and states that he is not angry about being crippled.
Tyrion meanwhile conflicts with Daenerys about previous mistakes he has made. Jorah, however, requests that Daenerys forgive the mistakes, and turn attention instead to the future conflict. No resolve is found, and Daenerys instead attempts to win Sansa over, focusing on their mutual love for Jon Snow. The attempt fails though, when Daenerys cannot give Sansa assurance that the North can be kept safe from the White Walkers.
Tormund, Theon, Edd and Beric arrive at Winterfell, bringing news of the slaughter at Umber Castle, and mention the message left by the Night King. This prompts Bran to insist that he be used as bait for the Night King, a plan that is met with reluctant agreement.
Jaime knights Brienne, Arya receives a new special made weapon from Gendry, and Jorah is given the House Tarley sword by Sam. In the final moments of the episode, with the Army of the Dead seen to be marching to Winterfell, Jon finally reveals to Daenerys that he is in line to be crowned king, and has an official claim to the Iron Throne.
If you really can’t get enough, read about what the cast has said about season 8. Spoiler alert!