The epic conclusion of Game of Thrones is just hours away, and fans are eagerly awaiting the series finale. Season eight so far has been action-packed, with twists, turns and heartbreaking deaths in typical Game of Thrones style. If you’d like a quick refresher on what’s happened in the series so far, check out Express.co.uk’s guide below.
WARNING: The night is dark and full of spoilers – this article contains major spoilers from Game of Thrones season 8
Jon Snow is, in fact, Aegon Targaryen
Jon Snow’s (played by Kit Harington) true parentage was revealed to him by Samwell Tarly (John Bradley), as the son of Ned Stark’s (Sean Bean) sister Lyanna Stark (Aisling Franciosi ) and Daenerys Targaryen’s (Emilia Clarke) brother Rhaegar Targaryen (Wilf Scolding), who had married in a secret ceremony before Jon’s birth.
It was revealed that Jon’s true name is Aegon Targaryen, and he has a legitimate claim to the Iron Throne ahead of Daenerys – much to her dismay.
Jon professed several times that he did not want to rule, but has Daenerys’ sudden madness changed his mind?
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The Night King has been defeated
After much anticipation and the preparation of armies and weapons, the Night King (Vladimír Furdík) and his army of White Walkers were defeated.
Northmen, Dothraki, Wildlings and Unsullied took on the seemingly impossible to defeat the army of the dead as the Night King marched on Winterfell.
It was revealed the Night King was in search of Bran Stark (Isaac Hempstead Wright) and a plan to lure him into the open near the Weirwood tree was hatched.
As our favourite characters were seemingly overwhelmed, and the Night King did indeed find Bran – it seemed all was lost.
That was until Arya Stark (Maisie Williams) burst through the darkness and stabbed the Night King, ending his reign of terror and destroying his White Walker army in the process.
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This seemed to prove Melisandre’s (Carice van Houten) prophecy, who told Arya in series three: “I see a darkness in you. And in that darkness, eyes staring back at me: brown eyes, blue eyes, green eyes. Eyes you’ll shut forever.”
Arya had already killed Walder Frey (David Bradley) who had brown eyes, and then the Night King who had icy blue eyes – so this begs the question, who will she kill who has green eyes?
Notable deaths in the Battle of Winterfell
- Ser Jorah Mormont (Iain Glen)
- Beric Dondarrion (Richard Dormer)
- Eddison Tollett (Ben Crompton)
- Lyanna Mormont (Bella Ramsey)
- Theon Greyjoy (Alfie Allen)
Gendry was legitimised by Daenerys
After the Battle of Winterfell, the survivors were celebrating the end of the Night King and his White Walker army when Daenerys addressed the fact Gendry (Joe Dempsie) was the bastard son of now deceased King Robert Baratheon (Mark Addy).
To thank him for his role in the battle, Daenerys legitimised Gendry, dubbing him Gendry Baratheon and granting him the title Lord of Storm’s End.
Could this backfire on Daenerys and grant Gendry a claim to the Iron Throne?
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Daenerys becomes the Mad Queen
Daenerys has seemingly followed in her father’s footsteps and gone mad, and her grip on power is slipping
As the North and Daenerys marched on to King’s Landing to support the Mother of Dragons’ claim to the throne, cracks in her power appeared.
Lord Varys (Conleth Hill) was conspiring against her, seeming to be attempting to poison her in one scene.
With the truth of Jon’s claim to the throne in the open, Varys spoke with Tyrion Lannister (Peter Dinklage) about Jon being a better ruler than Daenerys.
Tyrion ultimately told Daenerys about Varys betrayal, and he was burnt alive by Drogon.
However, in episode five, The Bells, yet more cracks appeared as her brutality shocked both Jon and Tyrion.
Tyrion had told Daenerys that bells sounding in King’s Landing signalled the city’s surrender.
Despite this, Daenerys and Drogon flew across the capital and ignored the bells, setting the city alight and killing hundreds of innocent men, women and children in the process.
Both Jon and Tyrion looked on in obvious shock at the brutality with which their supposed Queen killed innocent civilians.
As most of her allies have died including Ser Jorah and Missandei (Nathalie Emmanuel) as well as many of her army Dothraki and Unsullied – she may no longer have such a strong claim to the throne.
She has Drogon and the leader of her Dothraki army Greyworm (Jacob Anderson) – but is that enough?
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Cersei and Jaime perished at the hands of Daenerys
As Daenerys flew her dragon over King’s Landing and destroyed much of the city, she also set her sights on the Red Keep.
The Red Keep is the home of the Iron Throne and is where Cersei Lannister (Lena Headey) was waiting during the battle.
However, with Drogon’s fire, the castle fell and in the process crushed both Cersei and her twin brother Jaime Lannister (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau).
Arya and the white horse
At the end of the battle at King’s Landing, a white horse appeared seemingly out of nowhere and carried Arya to safety.
Many fans have been speculating as to what this means, but all is sure to become clear in the series finale.
Notable deaths in King’s Landing
- Jaime Lannister
- Cersei Lannister
- The Hound aka Sandor Clegane (Rory McCann)
- The Mountain aka Gregor Clegane (Hafþór Júlíus Björnsson)
- Harry Strickland (leader of the Golden Company)
- Euron Greyjoy (Pilou Asbaek)
- Maester Qyburn (Anton Lesser)
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