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Tonight, Game of Thrones finally returns to HBO to kick off its 6-episode final season. As the season 7 came to a close, Jon Snow was worried about the approaching army of White Walkers. He headed to Dragonstone, hoping to convince Daenerys to allow him to mine the dragonglass in order to make weapons to defeat the Night King. In exchange, she asked for this King of the North to bend the knee and proclaim her the true Queen of the Seven Kingdoms, which he eventually did. However, Jon also needed to convince Cersei that the Night Army was real and a bigger threat than her current battle over the Seven Kingdoms. So Jon and some men went on a mission to capture a White Walker “alive.” They ended up getting surrounded by the Night Army, and all looked hopeless until Daenerys showed up with her dragons to save them. But in the process, the Night King managed to kill one of the dragons with his spear and later resurrected it for his army. The Night King and his army then finally made their way to The Wall and easily broke through thanks to the new dragon.
There was a big meeting of all of those vying for the crown in Kings Landing. After seeing the undead White Walker, and thanks to some pleading by Tyrion, Cersei agreed to supply her army for the fight against the Night Army. However, after everyone left, she revealed to Jamie that she had lied and had no intentions of helping Daenerys and the others in their fight against the White Walkers. Jamie was upset that his sister didn’t see the more important matter at hand and disobeyed her orders, fleeing to join the fight against the Night King. Meanwhile, Sam made his way to Winterfell and met with Bran. When the two compared their information, they discovered that Jon Snow was not the bastard they believed him to be – his real name was Aegon Targaryen, and he is the true heir to the Iron Throne. This would also make Daenerys his aunt…news that might be a bit awkward since the two were currently having sex on their ship back from the meeting with Cersei!
So with only 6 episodes left, there’s a lot of ground to cover. First and foremost, how will this group defeat the fast-approaching Night King and his Night Army? And once that is resolved, who will ultimately sit in the Iron Throne? How will Jon and Daenerys react to the news of Jon’s true identity and their familial relation? Not just because they are knocking boots, but also, it seems like Daenerys really wants the throne and may not be willing to bend the knee to her nephew. Also, what will Cersei be planning while the others are distracted fighting the White Walkers, so that she can ensure she remains on the throne?
I’m excited to see how the series comes to an end, but at the same time, it’s sad to think that there are only 6 episodes left! A couple weeks ago, I had the amazing opportunity to attend HBO’s world premiere for the final season in New York City, where I got to meet and shake hands with many of the cast members and got an early look at tonight’s episode! You can check out my write-up of the event at NoReruns.net.
Don’t miss tonight’s 54-minute premiere on HBO at 9/8c.
I’ll also be watching/recording Good Girls, Killing Eve, A Discovery of Witches, Barry, and Veep.
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