The eighth and final season of Game of Thrones is upon us, so now is the perfect time to look back on where we last left Westeros and what we can expect in the season premiere. Over the past year, we’ve seen set photos, heard from the cast and uncovered additional season eight clues. Here, we’re piecing it all together with a brief refresher on what Jon and the gang were up to during the season seven finale.
Winter Is Coming—Here's a Season 7 ‘Game of Thrones’ Refresher Before Season 8 Drops
Jon Snow And Daenerys Targaryen
The last time we saw these two, they finally got it on. Yes, it’s weird to say “finally” when we (the audience) know they’re actually aunt and nephew, but a season’s worth of sexual tension and brooding stares will do that to you. Emilia Clarke recently revealed that Daenerys will find out about this intriguing bit of family history at some point during season eight and that “she ends up in an incredibly fragile place.” Watch this space.
But back to the throne—the pair left the meeting of the minds at the Dragon Pit in King’s Landing thinking they secured a truce with the Lannisters, and are on a boat heading to White Harbor, the massive port in the north. From there, the plan is to ride to Winterfell for a reunion between Jon and his three remaining cousin-siblings: Sansa Stark, Arya Stark and Bran “The Three-Eyed Raven” Stark.
The Stark Sisters
Speaking of Jon’s cousin-siblings, Sansa and Arya are back on good terms, having proven that the tension between them throughout season seven was a complete farce.
They masterfully put on a show to disarm Littlefinger and ended up exposing his slimy ways in front of all the Lords of the North and the Vale. You’ll recall this is when the Sisters Stark went HAM and slit his throat in front of the crowded room of people. A death all too similar to that of their mother, Catelyn Stark (Littlefinger’s long-lost love).
The Three-Eyed Raven was last seen holding court with Samwell Tarly, discussing the truth of Jon Snow’s parentage. Bran knows from his visions in the Tower of Joy that Jon is actually his cousin, the son of his aunt Lyanna Stark, but Bran still thinks Jon is a bastard child.
That’s where Sam comes in to shed light on Jon’s legitimate claim to the Iron Throne, explaining to Bran he found documents during his Maester training at the Citadel that prove the marriage between Jon’s parents Rhaegar Targaryen and Lyanna Stark.
The Lannister Twins
In King’s Landing, Cersei explains to Jaime that she has no intention of actually sticking to her word. (She promised Jon and Dany that she’d send the Lannister forces up North to help defend Westeros from the Night King.)
Her plan is to let them think the Lannisters will aid them in their defense, but in the end she is just hoping that the Stark/Targaryen forces and the White Walkers end up killing or weakening each other so the Lannisters can slide in and easily kill whoever’s left standing. Jaime is disgusted by this and decides to finally abandon his twin sister and ride north to help Jon, Dany and Tyrion.
Which leads us to “The Imp.” At the meeting in King’s Landing, Tyrion went alone to the Red Keep to negotiate with his sister Cersei. We never see what exactly it is that Tyrion says to convince her to return to the Dragon Pit and pledge her allegiance to Jon and Dany.
It’s also worth noting that in the scene between Cersei and Jaime, when she tells him she has no intention of sending the Lannister troops up North, she says to her twin brother, “I always knew you were the stupidest Lannister.” Could this mean that Cersei and Tyrion worked together to plot out this plan of deception and treason?
At the end of the final episode of season seven, we see Tyrion on the boat with Jon and Dany sailing to White Harbor. Much has been made of the look on his face as he watches Jon enter Dany’s bedroom on the boat. Is he jealous of Jon? Is he fearful their romance might complicate things? Or, could he simply be feeling remorse for betraying these two pure of heart lovers that have stood by his side?