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7 Characters who may die in Game of Thrones Season 8

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Game of Thrones Season 8 returns in 2019 with the promise of a bittersweet ending and multiple character deaths.  We have already predicted 6 things which are obviously happening in the final season. With six months left in the series to air, we still have a lot to predict for the final season, especially the characters that are going to die. Let’s begin with the most obvious ones, or at least with what the last season left us with.

1. Lord Varys

7 Characters who may die in Game of Thrones Season 8

After the demise of Littlefinger and Lady Olenna Tyrell, Lord Varys is the only power player alive in the series, who has played the Game of Thrones since the first season. He has served many rulers including Daenerys, her father, Robert Baratheon, and briefly Joffrey Baratheon. But, if you’ve been a book nerd, you might very well know what his actual intentions are (backing Young Griff instead of Daenerys).

Also, the last two seasons have definitely hinted at his demise. Firstly, it was when the Red Priestess Kinvara threatens him in the sixth season by saying, “As long as you are her [Dany’s] true friend, you have nothing to fear from me.” And, obviously, in the seventh season, Dany too threatened him of burning him alive if he ever betrays her. Melisandre too prophesized his death by saying, “Oh, I will return, dear spider…one last time…I have to die in this strange country, just like you.”

2. Melisandre

7 Characters who may die in Game of Thrones Season 8Melisandre has committed many atrocities in the past – worst of which is burning people alive just in the name of her religion. In the books, she has even burnt the sacred weirwood trees and the idols of the Seven. We have no idea what her real identity is, yet for the past two seasons she has done a lot to redeem herself.

She has brought the two key players Jon and Dany together to join forces in order to defeat the common enemy and still has a bigger role to play in the final season. Yet her death is inevitable as she herself prophesized it in the last season, maybe at the hands of Arya Stark.

3. Beric Dondarrion

New set of photos from Game of Thrones season 7 feature Bran, Samwell, Daenerys, Lyanna and others - Beric DondarrionBeric Dondarrion is the third in our list. He is already dead in the books (brings back Lady Stoneheart) but I believe he has a role to play in the final season of giving his life to bring back another from the dead. No clues on who that person would be but I have a strong feeling that he’ll go down in the show in a similar fashion by saving someone important maybe Dany or Arya if they die in the great war.

4. Cersei Lannister

7 "Revenge Moments" we want to see in Game of Thrones Season 7 - Cersei Iron ThroneCersei Lannister has been full of power-lust, like her father Tywin since the first season. She has done unpredictable things to serve her and her children’s interest. She has turned out to be the ultimate human villain in the series. If the Valonqar prophecy is to be believed she will surely meet her demise of a Valonqar – meaning ‘little brother’ in High Valyrian. But, Arya Stark killing her and striking one of the names of her list would feel like a poetic justice.

5. The Mountain

Hafþór Júlíus Björnsson (The Mountain) says he could have killed Conor McGregor in MMA sessionI wish Oberyn Martell should have finished off this guy while he still had the chance! We don’t actually get to know what bizarre experiment Qyburn performed on him. We don’t know what Gregor Clegane A.K.A. the Mountain is now? Is he even alive or is he actually the zombie mountain? But the thing that we know is what he can do. Fans who are a great fan of the Clegane Bowl theory still believe that he will die at the hands of his brother Sandor Clegane – well, at least the latest episode teased it!

6. Euron Greyjoy

When Euron Greyjoy was introduced to the series in the sixth season, some fans who loved the book version of Euron more were totally disappointed. But the role of the character gained more importance in the last season, especially his brutal killing of two of the Sand Snakes (nobody actually misses them!). Now that he has Yara Greyjoy as a prisoner and Theon has finally redeemed himself, we can’t wait for a duel between him and his uncle. Moreover, Euron probably won’t have an important role to play in the Great War.

7. Theon or Yara Greyjoy

We all saw how Theon Greyjoy finally redeemed himself in front of the Ironborn and convinced them to join forces in order to rescue Yara.  But, what do you think will be the consequence of this venture; will Theon be able to rescue his sister?

Well, what I inferred here is that Euron is laying a trap for his nephew and as Harrag said about Yara, “Even if Euron hasn’t cut her throat yet, she is dead.” I have a strong feeling that either or both of the Greyjoy siblings will die in this mission.

Other characters that I didn’t include in this list are Jaime Lannister, Davos Seaworth, Grey Worm, Brienne of Tarth, Bran/Sansa Stark, and lastly Daenerys Targaryen. These characters have a lesser chance to die in the final season in comparison to the above seven. Still, we can’t bet for the same because of the ‘bittersweet’ ending that was promised by the writer George R. R. Martin.

What were your thoughts on this article and who do you think will survive the events of the final season? Tell us in the comments.






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A detailed analysis of the Game Of Thrones Season 8 trailer

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A detailed analysis of the Game Of Thrones Season 8 trailer

HBO finally released the Game Of Thrones Season 8 trailer and everyone just went crazy. As expected, the trailer just blew everyone’s mind and I had goosebumps after watching it! So far I have watched the trailer hundreds of times and I just can’t wait for the season 8 premiere to see what finally happens in the final season of Game Of Thrones and how the show ends. The trailer mostly focuses on episode 3 of the final season, as the Battle of Winterfell will happen in that episode. We can expect something on an epic scale as the episode has been directed by Miguel Sapochnik, who has directed episodes like Hardhome and Battle of Bastards, which are one of the best episodes in the show.

As usual, I am back after analyzing the entire trailer and here are the things that I observed in the trailer. I would like to clarify that some things that are mentioned below might be obvious to many fans but there will be some fans who might not understand the references in the trailer. So this article takes into consideration all the fans who watch the show.

The White Walkers enter Winterfell

The trailer makes it clear that the White Walkers have arrived at Winterfell and we can see everyone fighting, but there’s one thing that seems very odd. We see an injured and scared Arya Stark running through the hallways in Winterfell. Yes, we have already seen Arya injured and running away from the Waif but she never seemed as scared as we can see her in the trailer. This might indicate that she faces a formidable enemy like a White Walker or Wights and is unable to kill it and hence running away. I know that she has a Valyrian Steel dagger but it’s possible that she drops it during the fight and eventually has to run to save herself. Later in the trailer, we can see that the fighting is happening on the Winterfell battlements. So there’s a high chance that the army of the dead has entered Winterfell. Take a look at the scene from the video which further proves my point.

A detailed analysis of the Game Of Thrones Season 8 trailer

Watch the trailer again and you will see someone is chasing Arya in this scene and it does look like a Wight.

 

Women, children and Lord Varys hide in the Crypts

A detailed analysis of the Game Of Thrones Season 8 trailer

We know that Lord Varys isn’t a fighter and we see Varys, Gilly, baby Sam and others sitting in the Crypts while the battle is going on. We don’t know if the entrance has been sealed or not but there’s a possibility that some Wights enter the crypts and maybe even kill Lord Varys. After all, Melisandre has told him that he will die in the final season.

 

Theon is on his way to save Yara

A detailed analysis of the Game Of Thrones Season 8 trailer

It might appear that the Greyjoy’s are missing from the trailer but that’s not the case. We can see 3 ships from Yara Greyjoy’s fleet sailing and I can confidently say that it’s not Euron’s fleet because the sigils on their ships are different. You can see Euron’s ship in the below picture and can see the difference in the sigils in both the pictures.

A detailed analysis of the Game Of Thrones Season 8 trailer

It’s possible that Theon is on his way to save his sister in this scene.

 

Harry Strickland and The Golden Company

A detailed analysis of the Game Of Thrones Season 8 trailer

In season 7, Cersei told Tycho Nestoris that she intended to hire the Golden Company to fight against Daenerys and we soon came to know that she was serious when she revealed to Jaime that Euron hadn’t really abandoned her. It was her plan that Euron would sail to Essos “to ferry the Golden Company back here to help us win the war for Westeros.” In the trailer we can see Euron Greyjoy’s ship, Silence with sellswords from the Golden Company. In the trailer we can also Harry Strickland, who is the captain-general of the Golden Company. German actor Marc Rissmann was roped in to play the role of Harry Strickland in Game of Thrones Season 8.

If you want to know more details about the Golden Company, read the following article: What do we know about the Golden Company?

 

Tormund and Beric Dondarrion are alive

A detailed analysis of the Game Of Thrones Season 8 trailer

During the season 7 finale, the Night King attacked the Wall at Eastwatch using the undead Viserion and was able to destroy it. We saw the Wall collapsing and Tormund and Beric Dondarrion were present over there when this happened. Naturally fans were wondering if they survived the attack on the Wall. The trailer has finally made things clear for us as we can see Edd Tollett, Tormund and Beric Dondarrion walking together in what appears like Winterfell. It’s possible that they must have travelled to the Castle Black to warn others about the attack and then travelled to Winterfell where everyone must be assembling to fight against the White Walkers.

 

Gendry is making Dragonglass weapons

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Gendry was working as a Blacksmith in King’s Landing in season 7 and he must be using his skills to create more Dragonglass weapons. We have already seen Dragonglass weapons when Jon and others travelled beyond the Wall to capture a Wight. Now that the White Walkers are marching South, Gendry must be working harder to ensure that they have enough Dragonglass weapons. We can even see a lot of Dragonglass on the floor in the above picture.

 

Callback to Game Of Thrones pilot episode

A detailed analysis of the Game Of Thrones Season 8 trailer

In the first episode of season 1, Robert Baratheon arrived at Winterfell and during the season 8 premiere, there will be a callback to that scene as we already know that season 8 will open with Jon Snow and Daenerys Targaryen arriving at Winterfell.

“Season 8 opens at Winterfell with an episode that contains plenty of callbacks to the show’s pilot. Instead of King Robert’s procession arriving, it’s Daenerys and her army. What follows is a thrilling and tense intermingling of characters — some of whom have never previously met, many who have messy histories — as they all prepare to face the inevitable invasion of the Army of the Dead.”

The trailer includes another callback to the show’s pilot. We can see a young boy climbing on the wall of a house to get a better view of Jon and Daenerys’ procession arriving at Winterfell. Bran Stark who could still walk in the first episode of season 1, had climbed the walls of Winterfell to get a better view of Robert’s procession that was arriving at Winterfell.

 

Sansa sees a Dragon for the first time

A detailed analysis of the Game Of Thrones Season 8 trailer

We have already seen Arya Stark’s reaction after seeing a Dragon for the first time and now it’s Sansa’s turn to see a Dragon. Like most normal people (not you Cersei), Sansa is amazed after seeing the Dragons.

 

Callback to the Battle of Blackwater

A detailed analysis of the Game Of Thrones Season 8 trailer

During the Battle of Blackwater, Tyrion made use of Wildfire to burn Stannis’ ships but it resulted in the Hound abandoning the battle. We know that the Hound is scared of fire and he had abandoned the battle because he was afraid of the fire. However, things have started changing a bit after the Hound joined the Brotherhood Without Banners, who worship the Lord of Light and during the season 7 premiere he said, “it’s my fucking luck that I end up with a band of fire worshipers.”

In the trailer we can see that during the Battle of Winterfell, there’s fire everywhere and it’s a callback to the Battle of Blackwater and the Hound will again be put in the same situation. I hope he overcomes his fear of fire and fights against the army of the dead rather than abandoning the battle.

 

Callback to the scene where Jon meets Mance Rayder for the first time

A detailed analysis of the Game Of Thrones Season 8 trailer

During the trailer Jaime Lannister says, “I promised to fight for the living. I intend to keep that promise.” Jaime must be speaking with Jon Snow in this scene and it must be really surprising for Jon Snow, Sansa and others to see Jaime arriving at Winterfell to join them and they must have doubts regarding his intentions. However, this line by Jaime might convince Jon Snow as way back in season 3, Jon told Mance Rayder something similar to convince Mance that he really wanted to join the Wildlings. Here’s what Jon Snow had told Mance:

“Thousands of years ago, the First Men battled the White Walkers and defeated them. I want to fight for the side that fights for the living.”

 

Harry Strickland meets Cersei

A detailed analysis of the Game Of Thrones Season 8 trailer

At the start trailer we are introduced to the Golden Company and later we can see Harry Strickland meeting Cersei in the Throne Room in the Red Keep. Many people must’ve missed this part as it’s not clearly visible and the scene hardly lasts for a second. In the same scene, Euron Greyjoy is standing next to Strickland and it does seem similar to the scene where Euron first arrived in the Throne Room to meet Cersei.

 

Still no Ghost

Almost everyone must’ve noticed this but I still want to include it in the list. Were is Ghost and why wasn’t he present in this trailer?!!! We know that Ghost will be back in season 8 but I hoped to see him in the trailer and was a bit disappointed when he as nowhere to be seen.

 

Speculations

Here are some speculations that I have made after watching the video. I might be completely wrong about these assumptions but do after watching the video countless times, I do feel that these assumptions might be true.

Jon and Daenerys find out about Lyanna and Rhaegar

A detailed analysis of the Game Of Thrones Season 8 trailer

We can see that Jon and Daenerys are in the crypts under Winterfell and it seems that Jon is standing in front of Lyanna Stark’s tomb. I compared a lot of pictures of Ned and Lyanna’s tombs with the scene in the trailer and even though it’s difficult to be completely sure, it does seem closer to Lyanna’s statue in the crypts. If that’s the case, Bran Stark must’ve told Jon the truth about his parents and looking at Jon’s expressions, it does feel the same.

 

Jon and Daenerys fly to Eastwatch

A detailed analysis of the Game Of Thrones Season 8 trailer

This is one point where people might not agree with me and I agree that I can be wrong but I strongly believe that in the trailer Jon and Daenerys fly to Eastwatch to take a look the damaged section of Wall. If you look carefully on the right side of the picture, you can see something that resembles the Wall. It’s possible that it might be a mountain but it does looks like a wall with what appears like the collapsed section towards the right side and if that’s really the Wall and there are 2 Dragons in the scene, it means that Jon travelled to the Wall on Rhaegal.

If you think that I might have missed any details or if you don’t agree with my analysis, please let me know in the comments section below. Game Of Thrones Season 8 airs on April 14.






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Game of Thrones Season 8: What’s next-in-line for Bran Stark?

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Game of Thrones Season 8 is airing on April 14. Since it is less than 50 days away, it’s time to place our bets on who will win the Game of Thrones. While the central characters like Jon and Daenerys may have their own roles in defeating the Night King and at last vouching for the Iron Throne – other main characters seem to have a faded character arc. While this may not be entirely true yet some characters in George R.R. Martin’s fictional world have a complex storyline like Arya Stark. Similar is the case with Bran Stark.

In this article, we will talk in detail about the journey of Bran so far and what role he can play in the final season. While you may be curious to know, what role Bran may play in the next season, let’s start off with Bran’s journey so far.

Bran’s journey so far:

Bran’s journey starts off a young boy of ten who dreams of becoming a knight one day and often likes climbing high walls and towers of Winterfell. But, upon witnessing a huge secret – of Jaime and Cersei having an incestuous relation, he is pushed out of a high tower that ultimately leads to him becomes a cripple for life. This happens at the end of the very first episode of Game of Thrones. And, eventually, he wakes up an episode later right at the moment his father Eddard Stark is forced to execute Sansa’s direwolf Lady.

Bran is then shown being depressed, lying down on his bed, and being narrated old legends and stories by Hodor’s Great Grandmother Old Nan. This is the moment where we are first introduced to White Walkers and their threat. He then has many dreams of a three-eyed-raven showing him visions, often leading him to the Crypts of Winterfell. In the final episode of the first season, we are shown the power of all the dreams Bran has when his dream of metaphorically seeing his father in the crypts comes true with his own father’s execution.

Bran in Season 2 has another vision of the Sea coming for Winterfell which again metaphorically turns out to be true with Theon Greyjoy attacking and taking on Winterfell. While Theon takes Winterfell, kills Ser Rodrick, Bran is shown escaping Winterfell with his younger brother Rickon, Osha, Hodor, and the two direwolves Summer and Shaggydog.

A turning point in Bran’s journey comes when he meets Jojen and Meera Reed, who influence him to go beyond the Wall, seeking the Three-Eyed-Raven (Blood Raven). While Jon Snow is on his mission to learn the plans of Mance Rayder and the Wildlings, Bran and others are shown in a tower where he narrates the Rat Cook story which we’ve seen playing out in the last episode of Season 6 with Arya making Frey pies. When this story ends, Bran meets Sam and we learn about a secret passage beyond the Wall which they use to travel beyond the Wall.

In Season 4, Bran finally reaches Blood Raven’s cave but they suffer a major casualty with Jojen’s death. In Season 6, Bran is shown in training with Blood Raven who teaches him to use Weirwood Net to go beyond time and learn the secrets now lost to men. He is warned that if he stays too long, he may never get back. During that phase sees various events of the past like Ned and Benjen as children training and along with young Lyanna and Hodor (Wyllis).

But his curiosity leads him being marked by the Night King. The Blood Raven then asks them to leave the cave soon as now the Night King can sense Bran easily and may come for him. When the Night King ultimately comes for him, Bran is forced to warg into a younger Hodor that explains the ‘Hold-the-Hodor = Hodor’ proposition. Hodor and Summer are killed and Bran and Meera barely escape the cave. Season 6 ends with Bran discovering that Jon Snow is the son of Rhaegar and Lyanna.

In Season 7 Bran returns to Winterfell and reunites with his two sisters – Sansa and Arya and propels the execution of Petyr Baelish who had betrayed their father Ned Stark in Season 1. Bran and Sam then team-up to discover the true heritage of Jon and that his true name isn’t ‘Jon Snow’ but ‘Aegon Targaryen’. And, more is expected from the duo in Season 8.

What will be Bran’s Role in Season 8?

The very last scene that we saw from Season 7 was the breaching of the Wall, and Bran being a witness to it. The first thing that comes to mind when thinking about Bran in Season 8 is him watching the aftermath of the closing scene.

But, the confirmed opening scene is said to bring us callbacks from Season 1, especially with the arrival of the King (Jon Snow) and Queen (Daenerys Targaryen). It would be interesting to see Bran keeping an eye on them, not by climbing a tower of Winterfell this time but with a flock of ravens. The second thing will be him and Sam revealing Jon’s parentage to him.

Bran will surely use his warging abilities to learn more about the origin of the Night King and his motivation. This knowledge can then be leveraged by Sam to understand the secret to defeating the others. The role of the Valyrian steel dagger will also be revealed especially with it now coming back to the show and being in possession of Arya. This will further explain the grim look on Bran’s face while handing the dagger to Arya.

While George has promised a bittersweet ending for Game of Thrones with many characters dying – we won’t want Bran to be one of them and obviously not being the Night King as many fans and YouTubers believe. But, what do you expect from Bran in Season 8? Tell us in the comments.






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Top 10 reunions we are excited for in Game of Thrones Season 8

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Game of Thrones Season 8 is just over the horizon with the first episode airing on April 14, which is only around two months away. So far we have got two teasers, the first promotional photos of the new season, and of course, the cast interviews which are enough to pace up the hype!

When we talk about the predictions for the new season, the first thing that comes to the mind is the major reunions of the characters that have been away for a long time in the series. Take for example Arya and Jon or Bran and Jon – they’ve been away for like six seasons. Entertainment Weekly’s cover story has already confirmed that we are getting a bunch of reunions and call-backs from the first season in the very first scene. So, without much delay, let’s discuss some of them in detail.

#1. Sansa and Sandor Clegane

I know there are way too many “San-San” shippers out there yet diverting from that route; I believe a reunion between these two characters would be really exciting to see. Both these characters weren’t seen together since the second season when Sandor had done being ‘the Hound’ in King’s Landing and had offered Sansa to go with him. It would be really interesting to see how Sandor would react upon seeing his ‘little bird’.

#2. Arya and Sandor Clegane

Looking back at Arya Stark’s journey so far, she has been with three mentors – learning not only how to avenge the atrocities committed against her family but also how cruel the world really was! One of her prime mentors was Sandor Clegane who initially had kidnapped her – trying to make money from the Starks by getting her back home. But, slowly the two had become companions and we even got to see fighting side-by-side.

Initially being on her kill-list, Arya had left him to die while he was injured fighting Brienne of Tarth. Not sure, how Arya will react when she sees him again? Even in the last episode of the seventh season, the much-awaited reunion was teased where Sandor smirked at Brienne upon knowing that she’s alive and well at Winterfell.

#3. Arya and Gendry

Arya had befriended Gendry while on her journey to the Wall in Season 1. They had become good travelling companions until they met the Brotherhood without Banners and eventually the Red Priestess – Melisandre. The two ended up parting their ways when Mel took Gendry away for some bizarre leech ritual and Arya ended up with the Hound. It would be really interesting to see their reunion and should we ship the idea of both ending up together?

#4. Arya and Jon

Parting their ways in Season 1, these two siblings/cousins haven’t been seen together since they shared a scene together. This was the same scene where Jon had come to wish Arya a farewell and had gifted her ‘needle’.  And, if you’ve read the books, you’ll find needle the only humanising factor left in Arya after the trauma she had suffered as a child.

In the books, when she is asked to abandon her belongings before her training with the faceless men, a very emotional thought goes on in Arya’s head while she’s in a dilemma of whether to abandon needle or not.

You’ll find her connecting Needle to every family member of hers and especially Jon. We’ve already seen a heart-warming reunion between Jon and Sansa back in Season 6 and we can’t wait any longer to see these two reunite – can we?

#5. Bran and Jon

Bran, like Arya, has been close to Jon Snow. They’ve been separate since the first season and Jon’s journey to the wall. Yet, a reunion between the two was teased while Bran witnessed Jon betraying the Wildlings while warging Summer and while being a captive of the mutineers at Craster’s keep. And, now that Bran along with Samwell Tarly has known the real heritage of Jon – we are all excited to watch how the secret is disclosed!

#6. Sam and Jon

Samwell Tarly and Jon Snow – both being the outcasts of their family – have shared a long-standing friendship and trust.  While we can expect Sam to breakdown upon knowing that his father and brother were executed by Daenerys, we still have hopes for him and the former Lord Commander of the Night’s Watch this season.

They both have been away for a while since Sam was sent to the Citadel to become a maester. With Bran and him figuring out the true parentage of Jon – we can’t wait for the interaction between them.

#7. Tyrion and Sansa

Once being husband and wife – Sansa and Tyrion haven’t been together since ‘the Purple Wedding’ in Season 4. Tyrion, for the most part, has been kind towards Sansa. Even when Tywin Lannister had him wed her, Tyrion has always been kind towards Sansa and never did he force himself upon her.

But, Joffrey’s death and Sansa’s wedding to Ramsay kept them both miles apart. Though Tyrion briefly talked to Jon about Sansa in Season 7, the first reunion between these two characters since Season 4, would be interesting to watch.

#8. Bran and Tyrion

These two characters only had a brief meeting in Season 1, where Tyrion gifted Bran with a saddle design that could help him ride a horse. But, what will happen when they reunite in Season 8? Will Bran thank him and show him generosity or would he continue being the ‘Three-Eyed-Raven’?

#9. Bran and Jaime

The very first episode of Season 1 ended with the viewers learning about the truth of Jaime and his sister Cersei Lannister and Bran being pushed out of a high tower. Jaime Lannister has undergone a drastic change in his character, undergoing redemption. Yet, will this redemption of his be enough? Will Bran forgive Jaime for trying to kill him after their reunion?

#10. Bran and Theon

While Theon may be on an expedition to save his sister Yara Greyjoy, yet if our wishful thinking turns into a reality with him arriving safely back to Winterfell, his reunion with the Starks would be worth watching. Though I haven’t given a good thought to his interaction with Sansa or Arya – I’m really looking forward to watching Theon meeting Bran.

Theon had betrayed Robb Stark in Season 2 and has now paid for it especially with the kind of treatment Ramsay gave him. Will Bran forgive Theon having a hand in killing Ser Rodrik Cassel and his treason to the Starks?

So, these were our top 10 reunions expected in Season 8. What were your thoughts on these reunions and did we miss out any other reunion? Tell us in the comments.






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