Stephen Colbert Guesses ‘Game of Thrones’ Final Scene; Kit Harrington Mum

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“You’re a great guest,” Stephen Colbert joked at his Game of Thrones star Kit Harrington, who was not allowed to discuss the series final season, launching April 14. That includes not being allowed to float any fabrications, Harringto…

Will There Be a ‘Game of Thrones’ Season 8 Trailer During the Super Bowl?

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Winter is here, both in the real world and in Westeros. And the final season of “Game of Thrones” is just a little over two months away now. But HBO has been relatively low key with its marketing so far, releasing only a smattering of footage — and no true trailer so far.

But that could all change this weekend, if the cable net opts to run an ad for “Game of Thrones” season 8 during the Super Bowl on Sunday. It’s not terribly common, however, for TV shows to advertise during the Super Bowl, unless it’s the network airing the game plugging its own shows.

That said, it was only a year ago that HBO shelled out for a spot during the Super Bowl for “Westworld,” and “Game of Thrones” several measures more popular than that sci-fi drama. So should you expect to finally get a real look at the concluding season of “Game of Thrones” Sunday evening?

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Officially, and unofficially, we know about as much as Jon Snow does. Which is to say that we know nothing. HBO is keeping its plans, or lack of plans, for Super Bowl Sunday under wraps. Which means, in turn, that we can’t draw any conclusions about whether there’s going to be any “Game of Thrones” goodness in store for us during the Big Game.

But the fact that the marketing campaign for “Game of Thrones” season 8 really hasn’t even started yet, and the fact that HBO pushed “Westworld” during the Super Bowl last year, makes us think that we could finally get a proper trailer on Sunday. But we haven’t heard anything concrete either way. But if there was ever a moment to get the hype started in earnest, Sunday is about as good as it gets.

But we’re all going to have to wait until Sunday night to find out for sure. So that’s something to root for even if you don’t care who actually wins the game.

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‘Game of Thrones’: Key Events in the Series So Far

‘Game of Thrones’: Key Events in the Series So Far

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If you hate missing out on the pop culture phenomenon that is “Game of Thrones” but can’t be bothered to watch the whole thing, or you just need a refresher on the past seven seasons of murder and intrigue, check our list of the big events in the series’ history you absolutely have to know.

Ned Stark’s execution

Ned had discovered that King Robert’s kids were actually fathered by Jaime, but the new king Joffrey wouldn’t have any of that talk and took Ned’s head. Robert’s brothers Renly and Stannis, as well as Ned’s son Robb, all went to war in a free for all that kicked off the larger arc of the show in Westeros. This was particularly shocking because Ned was positioned as the protagonist of the series before being killed nine episodes in.

Daenerys gives birth to dragons

After her husband Khal Drogo died, Dany burned his body on a funeral pyre — and then walked into the fire herself with three ancient dragon eggs. She survived, because as a true “dragon” of the Targaryen dynasty is immune to heat and fire. And the dragon eggs hatched.

Renly Baratheon’s murder

Renly was killed by the ghost baby of Stannis and Melisandre. Don’t worry about the specifics. Just know that it happened.

The Battle of the Blackwater

Stannis took a fleet of ships into Blackwater Bay to try to take King’s Landing and the Iron Throne from King Joffrey, but a combination of Tyrion’s superior tactics and the timely intervention of Lannister and Tyrell forces from the Riverlands saved the day.

The Red Wedding

Robb Stark had vowed to Walder Frey to marry one of his daughters in exchange for use of a strategically located bridge, but then broke that vow and married lady Talisa instead. The Starks put forth Robb’s uncle Edmure Tully to wed one ofthe Frey daughters instead, but Walder and Stark supporter Roose Bolton secretly make a pact with the Lannisters. At Edmure’s wedding, the Freys and Boltons murder Robb, his wife Talisa and his mother Catelyn, along with the rest of the Stark forces who were present. Thus ends the Stark threat.

Joffrey’s wedding (Season 4)

King Joffrey weds Margaery Tyrell, but is poisoned at the Purple Wedding feast. It’s hilarious, until Tyrion is arrested for his nephew’s murder.

Daenerys overthrows the Old Masters of Slaver’s Bay

Dany marches into Slaver’s Bay with riches pilfered from the city of Qarth, and arranges to buy a slave army called the Unsullied. But instead of paying, she sacks the city of Astapor with her dragons, freeing the local slaves. She then also takes two other cities, and then settles in the third, Mereen, where she rules.

Tyrion’s trial (Season 4)
Tyrion didn’t poison Joffrey, but he takes the fall. He demands a trial by combat, with the Red Viper Oberyn Martell as his champion — but the Viper is killed fighting a giant man called The Mountain. His brother Jaime and spymaster Varys help him escape execution, and Tyrion then murders his dad Tywin on the way out for good measure.

The Battle of Castle Black (Season 4)
A group of wildlings, including Jon Snow’s lover Ygritte, attempt to take Castle Black at the Wall, but they lose the battle. Ygritte is killed and dies in Jon’s arms.

Hardhome (Season 5)
Jon Snow travels north of the Wall to the wildling city Hardhome, to try to save them from death at the hands of the White Walkers and their undead horde. But those supernatural foes show up when Jon is in town, and a ridiculously awesome battle ensues.

The attempted coup by the Sons of the Harpy in Meereen (Season 5)
Not everybody is happy with Dany’s rule in Slaver’s Bay. A secret society called the Sons of the Harpy attempt to take her out during a gladiator battle, but she escapes on the back of one of her dragons.

The return of the Faith Militant (Season 5)
A man known only as the High Sparrow ascends to the top of the food chain in the Faith of the Seven, and with Cersei’s help reinstitutes an old order called the Faith Militant to clean up the dirty streets of the capital. The plan backfires, though, and over the course of Seasons 5 and 6 the High Sparrow has become the most powerful man in King’s Landing.

Stannis burns his daughter alive, and then dies (Season 5)
In order to ensure his victory in the north and the survival of his men, Stannis sacrifices his daughter Shireen to the Lord of Light. It doesn’t work, though — much of Stannis’ army goes AWOL the next day, his wife hangs herself, and then Stannis himself and the rest of his army is killed at Winterfell. Oops.

Ramsay brutalizes Theon (Season 3) and then, later, brutalizes Sansa (Season 5)
Ramsay Bolton is sadistic as hell, capturing Theon after his shenanigans at Winterfell, and spending an entire season torturing him, including castration. Then, Sansa Stark is forced to marry Ramsay, and he sexually assaults her repeatedly, until Sansa and Theon escape.

Jon Snow is murdered … and is resurrected (Seasons 5 and 6)
Not all of the Night’s Watch is happy with Lord Commander Snow’s decision to ally with wildlings from beyond the wall. A small group of them stab Jon to death. But Melisandre resurrects him, and Jon gets his revenge against the mutineers by hanging them.

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Melisandre is really, really old (Season 6)
The sexy Red Woman, it turns out, is actually an old lady using a magical gem to preserve the appearance of youthfulness.

Daenerys takes control of the Dothraki (season 6)
After escaping the coup in Mereen on her dragon, Dany is stranded in the wilderness and captured by Dothraki, who force her to live among other wives of dead Khals. But she pulls a fast one, killing all the living Khals in a fire and then walking out, taking control of all the Dothraki forces.

Hodor dies (Season 6)
Hodor held the door to the cave of the Three-Eyed Raven so Meera and Bran could escape the White Walkers’ undead horde, dying in the process and causing a social media frenzy as the origin of his name is revealed. There is time travel and a paradoxical time looped involved, awesomely.

King Tommen and Queen Margaery join the church (Season 6)
With Queen Margaery and her brother Loras in church prison for all of season 6 so far, Tommen spent a lot of time with the High Sparrow trying to get him to let them go. The impressionable Tommen ended up instead establishing a partnership between the crown and the Faith of the Seven, thanks to prodding from both Margaery and the High Sparrow, alienating his mother Cersei in the process.

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Euron Greyjoy becomes king of the Ironborn (Season 6)
Pretty much coming out of nowhere is Euron Greyjoy, the raider brother of Theon and Yara’s father, Baelon Greyjoy, who named himself king of the Iron Isles. Euron tosses Baelon off a bridge in the middle of a storm, and then wins the kingsmoot, an election in which a new king is chosen. He then goes on the warpath again, while trying to eliminate Baelon’s kids so they can’t rival his claim to power. The Greyjoy kids wind up teaming up with Danaerys.

The Masters of Slaver’s Bay invade Meereen (Season 6)
Tyrion tried to appease the Masters by allowing them to keep their slaves for seven years while they figured out how to rework their economy into a slaveless one. The Masters responded by sacking Meereen. But Daenerys showed up in the nick of time with her dragons and defeated them soundly, claiming their fleet of ships for her own.

The Battle of the Bastards (Season 6)
Sansa Stark and her half-brother Jon Snow took an army of wildlings to Winterfell to reclaim it from Ramsay Bolton and the rogue House Umber. They succeeded, thanks to the timely intervention of the knights of the Vale, who came at Sansa’s behest.

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Cersei blows up the Sept of Baelor (Season 6)
In the finale, Cersei goes full Mad Queen and in one fell swoop, destroys most of her enemies. Cersei had Qyburn use children to light a cache of wildfire beneath the sept, placed there by order of King Aerys years earlier. The huge explosion wiped out most of the Tyrells, including Margaery, Loras and Lord Mace Tyrell, as well as Cersei’s uncle Kevan Lannister, the High Sparrow, and the Faith Militant. As a result, King Tommen committed suicide by throwing himself out a window, leaving Cersei on the Iron Throne.

Bran Stark heads south, now imbued with the magical abilities of the Three-Eyed Raven
Bran was absent for a season because he was training with the ancient Three-Eyed Raven to hone his “sight” — the ability to see the distant future and the past — for example, when he sees a vision of his father Ned’s fateful visit to the Tower of Joy, where Ned’s sister Lyanna dies after giving birth to Jon Snow, whose true father was Raegar Targaryen. How Bran’s new powers will play into the new war in Westeros is yet unknown.

Jon Snow becomes the King in the North (Season 6)
With Winterfell recaptured, the houses of the Vale and the North pledge themselves to Jon Snow, who they name the King in the North. Meanwhile, Sansa Stark is technically Lady of Winterfell and the rightful Stark heir.

Arya kills Walder Frey (Season 6)
Returning to Westeros, Arya gets her revenge for the Red Wedding by first killing Lord Walder Frey’s sons, then baking them into a pie. She gets Lord Walder to eat the pie before slitting his throat and reveling in it the whole time.

Daenerys sails for Westeros (Season 6)
After six whole seasons of waiting, Danaerys and her dragons finally sail for Westeros with all her allies, a massive fleet, and the biggest army in the world.

Arya gets her revenge on the Freys (Season 7)
With Walder Frey’s face, Arya takes down the rest of House Frey in a beautifully horrific echo of the Red Wedding. She poisons all the remaining Frey men — 51 of them by our count — and leaves Walder’s young wife with the message, “Winter has come for House Frey.”

Cersei courts an alliance with Euron Greyjoy (Season 7)
With no allies left and enemies on all sides, Cersei entertains the possibility of siding with the psychopathic Euron Greyjoy, king of the Iron Isles. She refuses his marriage proposal, but as a show of faith, he promises her a “priceless gift.” Foreshadowing much?

Euron captures Yara Greyjoy and Ellaria Sand (Season 7)
Daenerys sent Ellaria Sand and the Sand Snakes back to Dorne to raise their army, escorted by Yara and the Iron Fleet. Along the way, though, they were intercepted by Euron’s fleet and attacked. Euron killed two of the Sand Snakes, Obara and Nymeria, and captured Ellaria, Yara, and the third Sand Snake, Tyene. Theon Greyjoy managed to escape by (seemingly) selfishly diving overboard.

Jon meets Daenerys (Season 7)
The first meeting between the Mother of Dragons and the King in the North could have gone better, with Daenerys demanding fealty from Jon, who refused. She doesn’t believe him about the Night King, either, which is a major problem. But Dany does allow Jon to mine Dragonstone’s Dragonglass, which will be key in that battle.

Cersei gets her revenge (Season 7)
With Ellaria captured, Cersei uses the same poison that killed her daughter Myrcella to kill Ellaria’s daughter, Tyene. Then Jaime executes a deft strategic move and, while the Unsullied are capturing Casterly Rock, he marches on Highgarden, the seat of House Tyrell. Jaime gets the Tyrell fortress, eliminates Lady Olenna, and nabs the money of the wealthiest family in Westeros. It’s a major blow to Daenerys’ war effort.

The Stark kids reunite (Season 7)
In something of a more subdued moment, Arya Stark returns to Winterfell, where Sansa Stark is the Lady of Winterfell. Brann Stark, now the Three-Eyed Raven (and thoroughly weird) has arrived as well, bringing more Stark kids together in one place than we’ve seen since Season 1. Clearly, the reunion of House Stark is going to have some major consequences going forward.

Daenerys attacks the Lannister line (Season 7)
In response to losing Highgarden and Dorne, Daenerys finally takes warfare into her own hands. She and her Dothraki warriors head for King’s Landing, but they don’t attack the city — they attack the Lannister supply line bringing gold and grain to the city from their victory in Highgarden. Dany uses Drogon to destroy the Lannister supply wagons and the Dothraki decimate at least a part of the Lannister army, but we don’t see the full aftermath of the battle, or Jaime Lannister’s fate.

Daenerys wipes out House Tarly (Season 7)
After defeating the Lannister army last episode, Daenerys has the survivors in her mercy — including Randyll and Dickon Tarly (Samwell’s father and brother). They refused to bend the knee and for keeping their honor, were burned to a crisp by Drogon. That leaves House Tarly without a head… unless Samwell ever leaves the Night’s Watch without being executed for desertion.

Samwell Tarly abandons maester training (Season 7)
Sam has been training to become a maester, but he’s increasingly frustrated by the order’s unwillingness to consider his own experience with the White Walkers, or prepare in a meaningful way for the war to come. So he goes to the library, steals some important books, and bounces along with Gilly and Sam junior.

Cersei is pregnant (Season 7)
All of their children may be dead, but Cersei revealed to Jaime that she’s expecting another baby — and as far as he knows, it’s his. In fact Cersei says she plans to tell everyone Jaime is the father. Whether that’s true remains to be seen.

Jon Snow assembles Westeros’ Magnificent Seven (Season 7)
As far as Jon is concerned, the only important matter is to convince everyone they need to be freaked out about the Night King’s invasion. Which means, he needs to grab a Wight and bring it south. To help, he recruits Gendry, Tormund, Ser Jorah, Thoros of Myr, Ser Berric, and Sandor Clegane (The Hound). Holy crap.

Littlefinger maneuvers Arya and Sansa against each other (Season 7)
Machinations are afoot in Winterfell, where Littlefinger seems to be trying to get Sansa to turn on Jon Snow, and Arya to turn on Sansa, as part of his own plan. But Sansa clearly doesn’t trust him, Arya seemingly has plans of her own, and Bran’s there with his magical Three-Eyed Raven powers. The intrigue is building to a potentially lethal head.

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The expedition beyond the Wall captures a wight (Season 7)
Though they were nearly killed by the army of the dead when they were surrounded, Jon Snow’s expedition beyond the Wall managed to capture a wight to prove the existence of the Night King to everyone in Westeros. Jon was nearly killed in the battle after falling into a frozen lake, however.

Benjen Stark saves Jon Snow (Season 7)
As the army of the dead is closing on Jon after he pulls himself out of the frozen lake, he’s saved from certain doom by Benjen Stark, Jon’s uncle. Benjen was killed by the White Walkers but saved by the Children of the Forest, and had previously saved Bran and Meera Reed at the Three-Eyed Raven’s behest. He gives Jon his horse and save’s the King in the North’s life, but is overwhelmed by wights while Jon escapes.

Jon Snow pledges fealty to Daenerys (Season 7)
After Jon makes it back to Eastwatch, he and Daenerys have a conversation aboard the ship bearing them to Dragonstone. Having seen the Night King, Daenerys pledges to help Jon fight it. He, in turn, tells her he’ll bend the knee and declare her his queen.

The Night King kills and reanimates Viserion (Season 7)
During the battle beyond the Wall, the Night King uses an ice spear to slay one of Daenerys’ dragons, Viserion. After everyone escapes, he uses his army of the dead to drag Viserion’s body out of the frozen lake into which it crashed, and then revives him as an undead wight to add to his forces.

Cersei declares a truce with Daenerys and Jon Snow (Season 7)
In a meeting in King’s Landing, Jon demonstrates the threat the Night King poses, using the wight captured beyond the Wall. Cersei agrees to send her troops north to help fight the dead, but secretly plans to remain in the south and retake the lands she lost to Daenerys while her enemies go north.

Sansa and Arya execute Littlefinger (Season 7)
Throughout Season 7, Littlefinger has tried to pit Sansa Stark against her sister Arya, but didn’t realize the women were actually manipulating him. Once they had the loyalty of the Knights of the Vale guaranteed, they laid out Littlefinger’s crimes in public, and Arya cut his throat.

Jaime leaves Cersei (Season 7)
When Cersei reveals she intends to betray Daenerys, Jaime argues with her. He believes the dead are the greater threat and he intends to honor his word and ride north to fight. When Cersei seemingly threatens to kill him for the betrayal, Jaime storms out, leaving King’s Landing alone.

The Night King breaches the Wall (Season 7)
It appears that Jon Snow’s plan to capture a wight from beyond the Wall played right into the plan of the Night King. When Daenerys arrived with her dragons to save Jon and his companions, the Night King killed one and reanimated it as part of his army. Riding the dragon, he was able to use its magical blue flame to rip a hole in the Wall large enough for the army of the dead to pass through.

‘Game of Thrones’: Here’s How Season 8 of HBO’s Fantasy Epic Opens – With a Ton of Callbacks

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The secrecy around the final season of HBO’s fantasy epic “Game of Thrones” would make even Marvel Studios jealous.

But we finally know at least a few details about how the climactic eighth season will start, courtesy of a massive cover story on the final season in Entertainment Weekly. And it will kick off with a ton of callbacks to the show’s first episode.

The season will open at Winterfell, but this time instead of King Robert’s (Mark Addy) procession arriving, it’s Daenerys (Emilia Clarke) and her army. This leads to an intermingling of many of the show’s main characters, with some reuniting, others meeting for the first time. But they all have one common goal: To prepare for the invasion of the Army of the Dead led by the Night’s King.

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“It’s about all of these disparate characters coming together to face a common enemy, dealing with their own past, and defining the person they want to be in the face of certain death,” co-executive producer Bryan Cogman told EW. “It’s an incredibly emotional, haunting, bittersweet final season, and I think it honors very much what George set out to do — which is flipping this kind of story on its head.”

In case you forgot, the seventh season ended with The Wall being burned down by the Night’s King’s fancy new Ice Dragon (an undead version of one of Daenerys’s three dragons that was killed by a spear last season).  Also, Jon Snow (Kit Harington) bent the knee to Daenerys (and then consummated their partnership more properly — despite viewers learning that Jon and Daenerys are blood related), and Sansa (Sophie Turner) isn’t too pleased, per EW.

Elsewhere, that aforementioned battle against the Army of the Dead will be the show’s biggest and most expansive battle scene ever filmed for TV. One episode, which will be an entire battle sequence, is being helmed by Miguel Sapochnik, who directed season six’s “Battle of the Bastards.” There were earlier reports that the scene took a whopping 55 days to film, but EW’s story said that was only for the outdoor scenes — filming continued for “weeks” after that.

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“It’s brutal,” Dinklage said. “It makes the Battle of the Bastards look like a theme park.”

The one thing we still don’t know about “Game of Thrones” final season is a premiere date, though it’s expected to be sometime in the first half of 2019.

HBO is also at work on a prequel series, which may or may not be called “The Long Night,” having cast Naomi Watts and Josh Whitehouse as lead characters. Ordered to pilot earlier this year, the untitled project from “Game of Thrones” author George R. R. Martin and “Kingsman” screenwriter Jane Goldman is set thousands of years before the events of the current “Game of Thrones” series in the era known as the “Age of Heroes.”

Read the full story in EW here.

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‘Game of Thrones’: Maisie Williams and Richard Madden Embrace in Stark Family Reunion (Photo)

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And who says “Game of Thrones” can’t have some happy endings? Maisie Williams shared a photo to Instagram of her reuniting and embracing with her TV brother, Richard Madden, who played the ill-fated Robb Stark on the HBO saga.

The two met up at the debut of Williams’ new play opening in London Thursday night, “I and You.”

Also spotted at the premiere were her brother from another mother Jon Snow, played by Kit Harrington, and the actor who played Jon’s Night’s Watch partner Samwell Tarly (maybe an honorary Stark brother?), played by John Bradley.

Check out the warm and cuddly photo between the two Stark siblings below:

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You can see the photos of Williams, Harrington, Madden and Bradley via Entertainment Weekly.

Williams has also teased the upcoming finale to “Game of Thrones,” previously saying that she filmed her final scenes with Arya Stark “bloody alone.” More jokingly, she posted a video to her Instagram story on Thursday of her singing in a bathroom selfie with the caption, “This is how the story ends?”

Madden is currently starring on the British Netflix drama “Bodyguard.”

“Game of Thrones” returns to HBO in the first half of 2019.

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Poor, poor Tyrion Lannister.

As every “Game of Thrones” fan knows, when Season 7 ended, Jon Snow (Kit Harrington) and Daenerys Targaryen (Emilia Clarke) were in the middle of a passionate (unbeknownst to them incestuous) sex scene, with Peter Dinklage’s character listening through her cabin door.

Yeah, Tyrion didn’t look good at all, and now the “GoT” star has revealed what he was thinking at that moment. “Keep it down over there, I’m trying to get some sleep!” Dinklage told Entertainment Weekly during a recent interview.

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OK, seriously, Pete, what was going on in Dany’s advisor’s head at that moment?

“No, ah, it’s complicated…” Dinklage added. “A lot of the time with Tyrion, it’s professional and personal. Obviously, he has feelings for Daenerys. He loves her — or thinks he does. She’s awe-inspiring. He’s questioning that because he doesn’t have a good track record for falling in love. There’s jealousy wrapped up in there.”

“And he loves Jon Snow, too,” he continued. “They’re the two people he has the most in common with, in a way — they’re both outsiders in their own families who have refused to follow the path their family has taken, and hopefully for the better. He’s wondering how smart of a move [Jon and Dany getting romantically involved is], because passion and politics don’t mix well. He knows the two of them getting together could be very dangerous.”

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Oh, just you wait until “Game of Thrones,” eighth and final season premieres in the first half of 2019 — then we’ll see how Tyrion, Jon and Dany take it when they find out the lovers are related.

Get your very first look at Season 8 here.

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Thank the Lord of Light!

The very first footage from “Game of Thrones” final season was released Sunday night, as part of a video full of teases for upcoming installments of “True Detective,” “Big Little Lies,” and more HBO programs.

While the trailer included footage from previous episodes of “GoT,” one shot was brand new and showed Jon Snow (Kit Harington) hugging his little sister Sansa Stark (Sophie Turner) at Winterfell. You can see the moment at the 1:10 mark in the video above when “final season” very appropriately flashes across the screen.

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Some fans took this image as an old one, the siblings’ reunion at Castle Black many moons ago, but it is a new scene (TheWrap confirmed the footage was fresh with HBO).

But hold your dragons, “GoT” fans, because while this footage was ready to go Sunday, the final batch of episodes aren’t coming until the first half of 2019. Though it is going to be worth the wait, as star Nikolaj Coster-Waldau recently told TheWrap “all the pieces fit” in the end.

Watch the teaser footage above.

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‘The Death And Life Of John F. Donovan’ World Premiere Set For Toronto

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The Toronto Film Festival has landed the world premiere of The Death and Life of John F. Donovan, Canadian director Xavier Dolan’s drama starring Jacob Tremblay. The pic will screen as part of TIFF’s Special Presentations program.
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‘Game of Thrones’ Has Its Own Royal Wedding: Kit Harington and Rose Leslie Tie the Knot in Scotland

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Move over Harry and Meghan. “Game of Thrones” just threw its own royal wedding, as Kit Harington married former co-star Rose Leslie this morning at the Kirkton of Rayne church in Scotland.

Kit Harrington and Rose Leslie are getting married today in Scotland with other Game of Thrones cast members attending. This is the Royal Wedding I’d want televised. ????????????

— Bruce Burhans (@LocalAlienParty) June 23, 2018

The couple, who announced their engagement last September, met on the set of the hit HBO series, when Leslie joined the show in Season 2 as the wildling, Ygritte. Harington’s Jon Snow and Ygritte also had an on-screen romance over the three seasons that Leslie was on the show, until — in typically grim George R.R. Martin fashion — Ygritte met her tragic end in the fourth season.

At least the two got a real-life happy ending. One Twitter user even poked fun at another, far less successful, wedding on the show. “If Kit Harington doesn’t play Rain of Castamere at his wedding there is no point #GameOfThrones”

If Kit Harrington doesn’t play Rain of Castamere at his wedding there is no point #GameOfThrones

— Katie (@KatieDonoghue4) June 23, 2018

Harington and Leslie were joined by fellow “Game of Thrones” luminaries including Peter Dinklage, Sophie Turner, Maisie Williams and Emilia Clarke. We’re sure it wasn’t too awkward for Clarke, who plays Harington’s now on-screen love, Daenerys.

Game Of Thrones cast at Kit Harrington and Rose Leslie wedding #GOT

— Izzie (@Izzie177) June 23, 2018

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11 Things From ‘Game of Thrones’ History the Prequel Series Will Probably Explore — and Explain

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The Age of Heroes in Westeros history in “Game of Thrones” is rife with myth and legend — it was a time thousands of years before the events of the current series, and one when events weren’t recorded, just handed down as stories.

With the news that HBO is creating a “Game of Thrones” prequel to be set, at least partially, during the Age of Heroes, the question becomes, what will it actually be about? There’s a lot of things that a show set during the Age of Heroes could cover. The description of the show provided by HBO also suggests that everything we think we know and have already seen about the history of Westeros is likely to be Very wrong, which opens a ton of doors.

Here’s what HBO said, exactly: “The series chronicles the world’s descent from the golden Age of Heroes into its darkest hour.  And only one thing is for sure: from the horrifying secrets of Westeros’ history to the true origin of the white walkers, the mysteries of the East to the Starks of legend … it’s not the story we think we know.”

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From the founding of the Great Houses of Westeros, to the building of the Wall and beyond, here’s what we think the “Game of Thrones” prequel show will encompass.

The Long Night

The “darkest hour” mentioned in the series description almost certainly refers to the Long Night, the extra-long winter and period of darkness that is said to have lasted a whole generation, and covered the entire known world. The intense cold and darkness caused ice to push down from the extreme north, and with it, an invasion by the magical and undead Others, also known as the White Walkers.

In “Game of Thrones,” we are shown, through one of Bran Stark’s visions, that the White Walkers were first created by the Children of the Forest as a weapon against the First Men — the description for the prequel show says we’ll see their “true origin,” though, which suggests a lot more context. The Children of the Forest and the First Men united to fight the Others, but they were continually pushed south by their forces. Eventually, First Men, the Children, the nascent Night’s Watch and a mythical figure known as the Last Hero managed to push the Others back to the north in Westeros.

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The war will go East

Because “Game of Thrones” has centered the whole deal with the White Walkers firmly in the upper reaches of Westeros, it can be tempting to assume the war that took place during the Long Night also will be limited to that continent. But considering that the civilizations of Essos, including places that are further east than we’ve ever seen on the show like Yi Ti and Asshai, have their own legends about the Long Night and the war against the White Walkers, it’s reasonable to assume that this winter that supposedly lasted a generation impacted the entire known world.

In particular, the Golden Empire of Yi Ti ties its founding to the Long Night — that probably means those folks will be important to the war.

Azor Ahai

Not only does everyone in the world have their own legends about the Long Night, but they also all have basically the same story about the guy who ended it — the one that Melisandre calls Azor Ahai.

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On Essos, the continent to the east, the battle saw the legendary hero Azor Ahai show up wielding his fiery sword Lightbringer. Azor Ahai factors highly in legends in “Game of Thrones” — he’s the guy the Red Woman, Melisandre (Carice van Houten), talks about a lot. Ahai is a major figure in the Lord of Light religion. The tenants of the religion say he’s supposed to return as the Prince That Was Promised to lead Westeros against the return of the White Walkers.

Like the Prince That Was Promised — who we believe right now is represented by the triumvirate of Jon Snow, Daenerys Targaryen and Tyrion Lannister — Azor Ahai is almost certainly not a single person. The prequel series will likely be, like “Game of Thrones” itself, an ensemble series centered on a small band of heroes who history will consolidate into a single legendary figure.

Asshai will be very important

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This mysterious place has been mentioned many times but never seen on “Game of Thrones,” but it’s obviously a crucial location with regards to the Long Night. For one thing, Asshai is a part of the Shadowlands where Dany’s dragon eggs came from. Those dragons are extremely important to the prophecies regarding the return of the White Walkers — the Night King would still be trapped beyond the Wall without them.

Likewise, the Lord of Light religion, which is obsessed with the prophecies of Azor Ahai and the Prince That Was Promised, originated in Asshai. And Asshai is a place that is described as being perpetually dark and gloomy and having only a small population despite being physically much larger than King’s Landing.

And nobody knows when Asshai was founded or why it is the way it is. It feels like a safe assumption that we’ll learn both of those things in the prequel show.

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The origin of the Lord of Light

Of all the religions on Game of Thrones, only one has given us conclusive evidence that its god is real — that of the Lord of Light. We’ve seen both Melisandre (who is from Asshai!) and Thoros of Myr resurrect people, so they have to be onto something.

However, we also know that those folks are totally wrong about the afterlife, because those resurrected folks, Jon Snow and Beric Dondarrion, have both described death as pure nothingness with no afterlife at all. So whatever this mysterious Lord of Light is, it’s both definitely a real thing but also less than what its followers think it is. So we can’t help but assume that we’ll find out what the hell this strange supernatural thing actually is.

The beginnings of the Valyrian empire

One big element of the history and legends of Westeros by the time “Game of Thrones” rolls around is the empire of Valyria, found on the continent of Essos, which was destroyed a few hundred years before the events of the show. Valyria was where the Targaryen dynasty originated, they’re the folks who used dragons in warfare, and they created the extra-special Valyrian steel — which is said to be a metal forged with magic and dragonglass. At the time of the Age of Heroes, Valyria wasn’t an empire yet. But it’s around that period that Valyria Freehold, what would become a huge empire, was founded, and which conquered another empire at the time, Old Ghis, with the use of dragons.

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Since it’s been established that Valyrian steel can take down White Walkers, it seems likely that Valyrian steel could have been invented with that use in mind, during the Long Night. A cataclysmic event like the Long Night, and the war that went with it, would also be a convenient opportunity for a burgeoning empire with dragons like Valyria to take down a much more established and powerful one like the Ghiscari — or maybe the Long Night did that for them and the Valyrians just jumped in to fill that void afterward.

We also know that dragons are useful for killing off White Walkers, as well, which would be a pretty big public relations win for Valyrians gaining power in the world.

The origin of the world’s weird seasons

Probably the most fundamentally anomalous thing about the world of “Game of Thrones” is its weird seasons, which last for seemingly random amounts of time. Allegedly, the world had normal seasons before the Long Night, and so the legends ascribe that weirdness to the White Walkers initiating the Long Night and throwing the world out of balance.

But we don’t think it will be quite that simple — it would also be reasonable to assume that the Long Night, and the resulting weird seasons happened independently and the White Walkers simply took advantage. Why else would they have waited so many thousands of years to return, if not waiting for the randomness of the seasons to bring about the right conditions?

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There’s a YiTish legend that provides a possible alternative explanation for the weird seasons. It goes that the Long Night began when a person known only as the Bloodstone Emperor usurped the throne of the Great Empire of the Dawn from his sister. The Bloodstone Emperor is known to have worshipped a strange black stone that fell from the sky — material that “A Song of Ice and Fire” lore indicates has popped up in other places. Most notably, it’s likely the same kind of strange black stone that all the buildings in Asshai are made of, which is what gives that city its perpetually gloomy appearance.

A strange black stone likewise has popped up in the construction of isolated buildings all over the known world, from Valyria to Oldtown in Westeros to Pyke in the Iron Islands. This seems important, and there could very well be some link between the weird seasons and this black meteor crashing into the planet

Magic and magical people in general

Though magic has largely passed out of the world by the time “Game of Thrones” starts, during the Age of Heroes, there was a whole lot more fantastical, weird stuff in Westeros and beyond. That includes the Children of the Forest, those elf-like magic creatures the First Men fought when they arrived on the content. Also hanging around are giants and dragons, as well as sorcerers. Expect the “Game of Thrones” prequel to delve deeper into the magical and mystical weirdness the current series discusses or hints at more than shows.

Bran the Builder and the Wall

The prequel show description mentions the ancient Starks, and that has to include the figure known as Bran the Builder, who is founder of House Stark according to legend. He’s the guy who built the castle Winterfell, and more importantly, the Wall, which was meant to hold back the Others if they should ever invade again. Legend has it that giants and the Children of the Forest helped him construct it. At the very least, Bran’s part in the Long Night and the Battle for the Dawn seem like they’ll definitely be a part of what the prequel show covers.

Where the Night King actually came from

So there’s some wonkiness in the old stories of the original situation with the Others/White Walkers in the “A Song of Ice and Fire” books — it isn’t something that’s come up on the show, but it seems important enough that they’ll want to deal with it.

In the stories of the Long Night, there’s nothing about the White Walkers having a leader — the Night’s King is said to have come later, as the 13th lord commander of the Night’s Watch, a Stark, who was seduced by a lady White Walker a while after the Wall was built and the war ended (Jon Snow was the 999th lord commander, for some perspective on how long ago the 13th was). There is almost no way that that’s going to be the case on the show, because they’ll probably want to have the Night King as a character on the prequel but that backstory would seem to preclude his inclusion since the 13th lord commander wouldn’t show up for a couple decades at least after the events the main show depicts.

Plus, the actor who played the man who the Children of the Forest turned into the alleged first White Walker in “Game of Thrones” season 6 also happens to be the guy who plays the Night King on the show, so this alteration to the historical record may already have happened.

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Whether the change in lore will be a “they remembered it wrong because it was so long ago” thing or just a change in lore like how the show turned the Three-Eyed Raven from a random Targaryen dude to a random other person who is thousands of years old is immaterial. But I imagine that while they’re doing “true origins that aren’t what you think they are” this seems like a natural item to include.

Lann the Clever and Casterly Rock

Among the best stories of Westeros is that of the trickster Lann the Clever, the legendary founder of House Lannister. This guy was apparently very smart, and used is intellect to scam people and otherwise skate out of situations that would have probably gotten him killed. The most famous story about him, and the legend the Lannisters tell, is that Lann talked the Casterly family out of their castle, Casterly Rock. Thousands of years later, it’s the ancestral home of the Lannisters, and it seems too fun and interesting a story for an Age of Heroes prequel to pass up.

This story isn’t usually tied to the Long Night or any of that fun stuff, but no reason why they couldn’t make it fit.

‘Game of Thrones’ Is Going to Kill Off Just About Everyone ‘One by One,’ HBO Exec Teases

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The final season of “Game of Thrones” promises to be just as bloody, if not more so, than the past seasons that gave the HBO blockbuster a reputation for bloodletting.

Speaking at the INTV Conference in Israel on a panel called “The Best of HBO,” the premium network’s SVP of drama, Francesca Orsi, promised that a whole bunch of the main cast will be killed off “one by one” during the eighth and final season that will air next year.

During the panel, Orsi discussed the first table read of the scripts for the six episodes that will make up the season — she said that the table read was also the first time any of them had read the season 8 scripts, period. And apparently the room got very emotional.

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“None of the cast had received the scripts prior,” Orsi said, “and one by one they started falling down to their deaths.”

By the end of the read, Orsi said, the whole cast was crying and afterward gave a lengthy ovation.

“It was amazing. By the very end, everyone looked down and looked up and tears were in their eyes,” Orsi said.

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Orsi caught a lot of flack on Tuesday for another comment she made during the panel when discussing negotiations with the cast of “Big Little Lies” for season 2.

HBO had not planned on a second season, and so had not locked any of the A-list cast into multi-season contracts. Given the star power involved, including Nicole Kidman and Reese Witherspoon, those re-negotiations were not cheap — and Orsi said the network was “sort of raped” financially in trying to make the second season work.

Orsi and HBO issued a statement later apologizing for the remark. “Obviously, I am embarrassed by my poor choice of words,” Orsi said.

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HBO Picks Up BBC Mini ‘Gunpowder’ Starring ‘Game Of Thrones’ Kit Harington

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HBO has acquired Gunpowder, BBC’s three-part thriller drama toplined by Game Of Thrones star Kit Harington. The miniseries, based on the real-life 17th century events that led to Guy Fawkes Day, will debut on HBO on Monday, Dec. 18, and will air over three consecutive nights.
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‘Eastwatch’ Leaves ‘Game of Thrones’ Fans Hype AF for Final Two S7 Episodes

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Major spoilers for Game of Thrones, Season 7, episode 5, “Eastwatch.”

Well that was a tense-as-hell 66 minutes of “Game of Thrones.” Kicking off with the unfortunate (and surprising) execution of the remaining non-Night’s Watch Tarlys, we saw Daenerys flirting with both despotism and (seriously) Jon Snow, the possibility of a temporary peace between the remaining warring factions of the seven kingdoms, the return of (SPOILER) Gendry, and so much more.

Of biggest concern is Jon Snow assembling the Magnificent Seven of Westeros to fight, and capture, a white walker.

The Hound, Jon, Jorah, and Tormund have all linked up to go fuck shit up. This shit is like Suicide Squad except it’s gonna actually be good

— Larry Beyince (@DragonflyJonez) August 14, 2017

But don’t forget the meeting of Jon and Gendry, AKA the possibility of Bastard Best Friends.

This episode in a nutshell
“I saw you once.”
“I knew your father.”
“Your father sucked.”
“He’s dead now.”
“Let’s be friends.”#gameofthrones

— Jason Pinter (@jasonpinter) August 14, 2017

Horace Slughorn outchea pulling a Cornelius Fudge in the Order of the Phoenix. #GameOfThrones

— Luis Paez-Pumar (@lppny) August 14, 2017

Hey remember when Gilly discovered a MAJOR plot point and Sam mansplained all over it?

Gilly was finna make a big discovery, Sam, you dunce. #GameOfThrones

— Austin Vesely (@AustinVesely) August 14, 2017

Also Jon is totally going to have a dragon of his own eventually.

Jon snow and the dragon #gameofthrones

— Angelica Spanos (@AngelicaSpanos) August 14, 2017

They’re seriously going north of the wall with like 6 dudes and no supplies? LOL. #GameOfThrones

— Matt Saccaro (@MattSaccaro) August 14, 2017

Bran is basically constantly on Westeros Twitter, but the Arch Maester is all “the Internet is a fad!”

The Archmaester proclaimed thyne messages as Fake News. #GameOfThrones  #ThronesYall #NoConfederate

— Tony Snark (@Latinegro) August 14, 2017

Might as well get your gold back Davos #GameOfThrones #ThronesYall #NoConfederate

— Black Girl Nerds (@BlackGirlNerds) August 14, 2017

???????????? MY BOY #gameofthrones

— A.B. (@AlannaBennett) August 14, 2017

Varys and the haute couture coats, tho. #GameOfThrones

— Nicole Blades (@NicoleBlades) August 14, 2017

Gendry isn’t a punk anymore. He’s gonna be a hammer boy, like his dad. (Fans of “Sid and Nancy” will get that joke.)


— Matt Fowler (@TheMattFowler) August 14, 2017

QOTD “Nothing f*cks you harder than time” – Ser Davos #GameOfThrones #NoConfederate

— Gleana Albritton (@MsGlea) August 14, 2017

Ser Davos selling viagra. #GameOfThrones #Eastwatch

— Winter is Coming (@WiCnet) August 14, 2017

“We’re all in the same side, we’re all breathing” Jon Snow #gameofthrones

— Catalina Ceballos C. (@Catalizate) August 14, 2017

I’ve never been this happy for an annulment. #GameOfThrones

— Jazmyn Simon (@JazmynSimon) August 14, 2017

#gameofthrones is taking on a decidedly “fellowship of the ring” vibe this episode.

— Joy Reid (@JoyAnnReid) August 14, 2017

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‘Game of Thrones’ Season 7 Premiere Recap: Shall We Begin?

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(WARNING: This post is 100-percent spoilers.)

Here we are. After an extra long wait between seasons that lasted about 13 months, “Game of Thrones” is back with its seventh and next-to-last season. Let’s go over everything that went down.

As most of the season openers of “Game of Thrones” do, we get a cold open in the season 7 premiere. It’s a bit of a head scratcher at first, with Walder Frey apparently alive and well and holding a feast for a bunch of members of his family. He talks about how he splurged for the good wine from the Arbor, not the Dornish swill they’re used to. Though Walder won’t let his new young wife sample this good stuff, because, he says, he wouldn’t want to waste it on a woman.

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It’s all a trick, of course. Walder Frey is dead, his throat cut in the season 6 finale by Arya Stark (Maisie Williams). Once Walder begins ranting about how they didn’t kill all the Starks at the Red Wedding, it becomes pretty obvious that that’s actually Arya up there at Walder’s table, doing her Faceless Man thing. She’s there to get revenge on the rest of the Frey’s who were responsible for the Red Wedding massacre back in Season 3.

The wine is poisoned, of course, and before long everyone in the hall is dead aside from Arya, the servant girls who had served the wine, and Walder’s young wife. And it’s to Walder’s wife that Arya delivers her message:

“Tell them the North remembers. Tell them winter came for House Frey.”

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Cue the opening credits.

Now we get a shot of an apparently empty wilderness in the far north beyond the wall. A cloud of ice and snow approaches, and after Hardhome we all know what that means: the army of the dead is on the march, with the White Walkers had the head. The camera pans through the crowd and we see a new, terrifying wrinkle among the undead — the White Walkers now command three giants in addition to all the normal-sized people we’d seen previously. That’s upsetting.

A bit further south, Bran Stark (Isaac Hempstead-Wright) and Meera Reed have finally made it to the Wall — specifically, the part of the Wall where Castle Black is. Good ole Edd comes through the tunnel to greet them, but of course he’s never met them so he’s skeptical when Meera introduces them.

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But Bran uses his cool Three-Eyed Raven psychic vision powers to convince him that he really is Bran Stark, by reminding Edd of the places Edd has seen the White Walkers and the army of the dead. Edd, understandably shaken, lets them in.

From there, we head back to Winterfell for the very first time in season 7. King in the North Jon Snow (Kit Harrington) and Sansa Stark (Sophie Turner) are meeting with the Stark bannermen to discuss their plan for how to deal with both the White Walker threat and the survivors of Houses Umber and Karstark, who supported Ramsay Bolton in the Battle of the Bastards.

Jon instructs the other houses the conscript and train everyone for the war to come — and when he says everyone he means even the women and children. Some of the lords scoff at this, but young Lady Mormont scoffs right back, pointing out that she certainly doesn’t plan to be without a weapon when the White Walkers come calling.

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Next, Jon has Tormund Giantsbane take a group of wildlings up to Eastwatch-by-the-Sea, one of the Night’s Watch castles on the Wall. His logic being that since Eastwatch is the castle closest to Hardhome, it may very well be the one the army of the dead hits first when they come south. “Looks like we’re the Night’s Watch now,” Tormund says, very amused.

The final order of business is the Karstarks and the Umbers. Some, including Sansa, want their keeps given to other, loyal families, but Jon refuses. Jon and Sansa argue about it in front of everybody for a minute, but Jon gets the last word.

So he calls forward Ned Umber, a child, and Alys Karstark, a teenager — both the heads of their houses now. Jon demands they pledge their houses to him, and they emphatically do so. They don’t wanna get murdered any more than you would. Jon then emphasizes the reason for his decision: all the “living north” needs to band together if any of them is going to survive the coming storm.

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Afterward, Jon and Sansa have it out again over their vehement disagreements in public — Jon is mad because he felt she undermined him. Then he clarifies that it’s totally OK for her to disagree with him on stuff and challenge him, but maybe she shouldn’t do it in front of everybody.

She’s just very worried about him and everything else, of course. “You have to be smarter than father,” Sansa says. “You have to be smarter than Robb.”

“And how should I be smarter?” Jon comes back. “By listening to you?”

“Would that be so terrible?” she asks.

Of course, not murdering all the Karstarks and Umbers probably already gives him a leg up on Robb, considering that everything started to go bad for him when he cut off the old Lord Karstark’s head back in Season 3.

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Then they get a raven, with a message from King’s Landing. It’s Cersei, demanding an oath of fealty from the North. Jon chuckles, noting that with winter having arrived there’s no way the Lannister army is gonna go that far north. Sansa, of course, warns that once Cersei has her heart set on destroying somebody she usually carries through. Jon notes what he thinks is admiration in her voice. It’s clear that so much of how Sansa is approaching the current situation is informed by all the time she spent around Cersei back in the day.

Now, to King’s Landing. Cersei (Lena Headey) has had a map of Westeros painted on the floor in a cool-looking room. Jaime (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau) comes in for a chat, and they discuss the impending war between the Lannisters and, well, everybody else on the whole continent, plus Daenerys’ incoming forces from the east — which Jaime suggests will hit up the island of Dragonstone on their way in since that’s Dany’s ancestral home and her birthplace. Traitors on all sides, Cersei notes.

Jaime then brings up that even if they win, it’s not exactly like they’re gonna be able to create a dynasty considering all their kids are dead. Speaking of which, Jaime shifts the conversation to how, umm, they never talked about what happened with Tommen. Cersei, bitterly, says that Tommen betrayed her with his suicide. OK then.

They also discuss the Frey situation, and how the Arya’s massacre (they don’t know it was Arya who did it, to be clear) means they can’t rely on the Freys for help.

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So they need new allies. Substantial allies. Well, guess what, it turns out there’s a certain somebody with a big ole fleet who’s eager to help them out.

That someone is Euron Greyjoy, who has brought a humongous fleet into Blackwater Bay with a proposal for Cersei. Yes, I’m talking about a marriage proposal. Since they both have family members working with Daenerys, Euron thinks it would be fun if they worked together to murder their traitorous family members — Theon and Yara Greyjoy and Tyrion Lannister. And he suggests he’d be a good match for Cersei because he has “a thousand ships and two good hands” — a not-so-veiled joke at Jaime’s expense.

Cersei refuses the proposal though, on the grounds that the last time the Lannisters and Greyjoys had any kind of meaningful interaction it was when the Greyjoys rebelled against the Iron Throne a decade before. So she doesn’t exactly trust Euron. So Euron replies that he will attempt to win her heart by bringing her “a priceless gift.” What that might be we don’t know. Tyrion’s head maybe? Who knows?

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And now we’re reunited with Samwell Tarly (Jon Bradley), who is living the worst life in Oldtown as he trains to become a Maester. He gets to put books back on the shelves in the library but not the part of the library where the good stuff is (i.e. the books that have all the info on the Long Night, the previous time the White Walkers came south).

Also, Sam gets to empty chamber pots and clean out the communal toilets and serve food that looks suspiciously like the stuff in the chamber pots and communal toilets. It’s a funny little montage, with a lot of dry heaving on Sam’s part.

Then we get a normal scene, with Sam chatting with Jim Broadbent’s Archmaester character — which is dissecting a corpse and having Sam weight the organs. Gross.

Sam argues that he should be allowed to check out the part of the library he’s not allowed to go in, because really the whole reason he’s in Oldtown is to study up on how to defeat the White Walkers. The Archmaester replies that he does believe that Sam saw what he saw beyond the Wall, but that the Wall exists for that very purpose and has stood for so long that the White Walker problem will probably just deal with itself. So that’s a no.

But Sam is determined, and he takes matters into his own hands. Late that night he steals a Maester’s library keys and sneaks in a steals the books he needs.

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Now we head back to Winterfell, where Pod is training with Brienne and getting absolutely demolished. Tormund walks by and does that goofy, scary grin at Brienne and tells Pod that he’s a lucky man.

Also in Winterfell, Sansa and Littlefinger are having a little chat. You know, one of those little chats where he tries to convince Sansa to marry him. But she’s still not having it, and she cuts him off when Brienne wanders over.

“No need to seize the last word, Lord Baelish,” Sansa says. “I’ll assume it was something clever.”

Brienne wonders why Sansa humors him, and Sansa says it’s because they would have lost the Battle of the Bastards if he hadn’t shown up with the Knights of the Vale.

Cut back to Arya, who’s riding a horse down the Kingsroad toward King’s Landing when she encounters some Lannister soldiers sitting around a fire singing. Yes, that is Ed Sheeren there, for some reason.

The soldiers invite Arya to eat with them, and after some hesitation and reassurances from the men, agrees. These are just regular folks, not the sort of horrible people we usually encounter in situations like this on “Game of Thrones.” They talk about how much they hate King’s Landing and how sick of fighting they are, and how they wish they could just go home and hang out with their families instead of roaming the land doing war on everyone on the continent.

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They give Arya the first bite of the rabbit they’ve been cooking, and when she asks why they’re being so nice to her on of them says, simply, that his mother taught him that if he’s nice to strangers they’ll be nice to him.

The scene concludes with a question: why is Arya riding alone to King’s Landing? She says, straightfaced: to kill the queen. Everyone laughs and enjoys their dinner.

Cut to the Hound hanging out with Thoros of Myr and Beric Dondarrian and the rest of the Brotherhood Without Banners. They’re riding north — the land is much snowier than it was in the place where we last saw them in season 6. They come upon an old, seemingly abandoned house. A familiar house, in fact — years ago the Hound came here with Arya. The man who lived there offered them supper with him and his daughter, and even gave the Hound a job offer to help out around the house. The Hound being the Hound, though, he instead beat up the man, stole their gold and rolled out, Arya yelling at him about how terrible a person he is.

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The man and his daughter are dead now, their skeletons laying in the bed. The man, Beric says, seems to have killed his daughter so she wouldn’t have to experience the horror of starving to death. The Hound is clearly upset by the whole thing because he feels bad about it, but nobody can tell because he’s always in a bad mood anyway.

The Hound makes a crack about how clearly the Lord of Light has no sense of justice because if he did then he wouldn’t keep bringing Beric back over and over again while letting the family who lived in this house die the way they did. Thoros and Beric don’t know why the Lord does what he does, and they can’t really justify it. But they can at least show the Hound why Thoros and Beric do what they do.

To that end, Thoros lights a fire and tells the Hound to look into it. And the Hound sees a vision of the Wall, and a castle on the Wall that’s next to the sea. He then sees “a mountain shaped like an arrowhead,” with the army of the dead marching past it. That castle, almost certainly Eastwatch-by-the-sea, is their likely destination. So I guess they’ll be meeting Tormund up there soon.

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Later that night, the Hound is outside digging graves for the man and his daughter. Thoros comes out and notes his guilty demeanor. “You knew them,” he says.

“Not really,” the Hound comes back. Then they silently bury the bodies together, and the Hound gives a little dedication. “You deserved better. Both of you.”

Back in Oldtown, Sam is at home with Gilly and Little Sam, reading his stolen books through the night. Gilly tells him that he should sleep. “The dead don’t,” Sam says.

He does make a discovery as he’s reading: it turns out that there’s a big deposit of Dragonglass, or obsidian, at Dragonstone. So he sends a raven to Jon to let him know. Is this setting up Jon and Dany’s first encounter? We’ll find out, I guess.

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The next day, Sam is walking through the Citadel collecting pots from people who are trapped in some kind of cells. A man with greyscale sticks his arm out of the doorhole and asks Sam if Daenerys has come to Westeros. This is Jorah! It appears his search for a greyscale cure has brought him to Oldtown, and now he’s in quarantine.

And now, finally, we get to Daenerys and her fleet. They land at Dragonstone, and Dany has a moment on the beach as she touches the soil. Then she, Varys, Tyrion, Grey Worm and Missandei go into the castle and look around. They come to the extremely cool throne room — which we never saw when Stannis lived there — before hitting up the war room with the large wooden war table shaped like Westeros, where Aegon Targaryen planned his conquest of Westeros centuries before.

Dany takes her place at the head of the table, looks around the room at everybody, and says:

“Shall we begin?”


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Season 7 of “Game of Thrones” will have plenty of battles, including more spats with the Night King and his White Walkers, a group of monster ice people that lead an army of the undead.

White Walkers are pretty close to unkillable, but a few characters on the show have bested them. With the right weapons, the White Walkers go down just like anybody else. Unfortunately, those weapons are pretty rare.

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But there are two known substances that can kill White Walkers: Dragonglass and Valyrian steel. The latter is forged into a handful of swords that are scattered among the Great Houses of Westeros. The former is a tough-to-find rock that not a lot of people know about.

In a flashback in Season 6, we learn that the magical Children of the Forest first used Dragonglass to create the Night King thousands of years ago, when they were at war with the First Men. Due to some confluence of magical consequences, it seems that the stuff that created the White Walkers is also some of the only stuff that can destroy them.

So what exactly is Dragonglass? In the parlance of our world, it’s obsidian, a form of black volcanic glass. In Westeros, where the show takes place, it’s fairly rare. Samwell Tarly (John Bradley-West) first discovered a cache of Dragonglass weapons north of the Wall at the Fist of the First Men, and it was Sam that first managed to, somewhat accidentally, kill a White Walker with an obsidian dagger. Likewise, when the army of the dead assaulted the cave of the Three-Eyed Raven in season 6, Meera Reed jabbed a Walker with an Obsidian-tipped spear and was shocked when that turned him into a million tiny pieces of ice.

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Dragonglass is hard to come by, but as it turns out, there’s one place in Westeros where the stuff is available in large quantities: Dragonstone. The small volcanic island and its castle were previously held by Stannis Baratheon (Stephen Dillane). We know from the trailers for “Game of Thrones” Season 7 that Daenerys will be landing at Dragonstone when she finally makes it across the Narrow Sea to Westeros.

So with Dragonstone in play, there’s at least a possibility that the Seven Kingdoms will be able to get hold of enough Dragonglass weapons to stand a chance against the White Walkers before the big battle.

For a while, it seemed to the Jon Snow (Kit Harrington), Sam and the rest of the Night’s Watch that Dragonglass was the only way to kill a White Walker, and weapons made of the stuff were in extremely short supply. But when the Night’s King attacked Hardhome, the wildling city north of the Wall, Jon discovered that his Valyrian steel sword Longclaw was also capable of killing a White Walker.

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Valyrian steel is extremely rare, mostly because the means of forging it was lost to history. Legend has it that Valyrian steel was made using dragon fire and magic spells — but since Valyria was destroyed by the Doom hundreds of years ago, and there haven’t been any dragons up to now, the secrets of how to make more of the stuff went with the city.

We know of only a few Valyrian steel blades in the Seven Kingdoms. Jon’s Longclaw is one; Brienne of Tarth (Gwendoline Christie) has another called Oathkeeper; Sam stole the Tarly family Valyrian steel sword Heartsbane and took it with him to Oldtown. There’s also Widow’s Wail, the sword Tywin Lannister (Charles Dance) first gave to King Joffrey (Jack Gleeson) and which passed to King Tommen (Dean-Charles Chapman) when Joffrey died. We’re not sure where it is now that Tommen is also dead.

In the “A Song of Ice and Fire” books, there are other Valyrian steel swords, but we haven’t seen them factor into the show yet. It’s still possible they’ll show up, however.

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It’s also worth noting that while Dragonglass is effective against White Walkers, shattering them into ice, they’re useless against the undead army of wights the Walkers are bringing with them. Regular steel swords can handle the dead, as can fire, but the relatively weaker obsidian is actually a liability against them.

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When a premiere attracts non-affiliated celebrity talent – like all the Hollywood premieres of the ’80s and ’90s – it’s the real deal.   Fellow saga storyteller Damon Lindelof (“Lost,” HBO’s “The Leftovers”)  hung with Molly McNearny and Jimmy Kimmel, all big  “Thrones” fan.

There’s a new queen on the scene alongside Gwendoline Christie. This one’s realm is New Jersey. It’s Ms. Dana Owens a.ka. Queen Latifah.

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The highlight of the “Thrones” after-party was a mutating video mural that swallowed the Walt Disney Concert Hall.

Using the architectural “CAD” of the building, a team spent months designing the artwork and multiple days testing it. (The team told The Party Report they previously projected visuals on to the Obama White House.)

Model Steph Thomas did not fear the White Walkers. Perhaps they were more interested in the filet of beef, chicken skewers, lamb chops, and sweet corn ravioli at the buffet stations.

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“Took a trip to the year 3000 and met my husband of 11 years ,” Texas A&M sorority sister Rachel Wright posted of meeting the coolest of the Jo-bros.

Atop a parking lot, this bash had Richard Dormer growing mantlers… … bartenders pouring a special vintage of “Game of Thrones” wine (made by a winery in Paso Robles; where in Westeros is that?)……and while it may always be winter in Westeros, two “It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia” alums, Rob McElhenney and Kaitlin Olson came to see Jon Snow.

Kit Harrington checked in with the HBO leadership: Programming President Casey Bloys (2nd from right), and king of kings Richard Plepler, HBO’s Chairman/CEO.

That crew did not need these hot tickets: A physical ticket and a mylar wristband to gain access to the event. Grand Avenue in downtown L.A. was closed down for blocks.

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The photo booth offered prop wolves and an optional pop-out dragon head.

These guests got in to character a bit too much.The soundtrack: Drake’s “Fake Love” and the classic “R. Kelly Ignition Remix”. Around 11 p.m., HBO’s dancefloor was actually half full — a rarity on the Hollywood event circuit.

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Meredith Salenger and Patton Oswalt got a look at the show four days before the rest of the world.

Earlier in the night, Jay Roach (a “Game of Thrones” premiere regular) hung with the comic.

Arrays of flags like these dressed up the lobby of the Disney Concert Hall before the screening.

Oddly, Hollywood rose to the occasion. Amongst agents, executives, couples out for the night, a ton of media, and a few familiar HFPA faces, most men wore a coat and tie. Very east coast formal.”Game of Thrones” returns to HBO this Sunday, July 16, at 9 p.m. ET/PT.

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Way back in the first episode of “Game of Thrones,” the Stark family came across a direwolf mother that had been killed by a stag. The mom didn’t make it, but the puppies survived. With one direwolf for each of the six Stark children, they all became pets, forming some pretty intense bonds with the young Starks.

All those direwolves turned out to be faithful, sometimes viciously protective companions to the Stark kids. But as “Game of Thrones” has worn on and the bodies have piled up, the direwolves haven’t always survived deadly political machinations — especially when their respective owners didn’t make it out alive either.

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So out of the six direwolves, how many are left? In fact, it’s just two: Ghost, the direwolf belonging to Jon Snow (Kit Harrington), and Nymeria, the one that belonged to Arya Stark (Maisie Williams).

Though she’s still alive, Nymeria hasn’t been part of the show since Season 1. Way back in the second episode, Nymeria defended Arya from Prince Joffrey (Jack Gleeson) on the Kingsroad. Knowing that Nymeria would be killed for attacking the prince, Arya freed her pet, throwing stones at Nymeria until she ran off into the woods.

Queen Cersei (Lena Headey) still wanted a direwolf punished for what happened to Joffrey even though the guilty direwolf was gone. Lady, the well-behaved direwolf belonging to Sansa Stark (Sophie Turner), was the only one that happened to be around. Ned was forced to kill Lady by the queen’s command, taking the total down to five.

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The next direwolf to buy it was Grey Wind, which belonged to Robb Stark (Richard Madden). That happened at the Red Wedding in Season 3, when Robb was betrayed by the Freys and the Boltons, and he and his bannermen were executed. Grey Wind, locked up in a kennel during the feast, died when Frey soldiers shot their crossbows through the kennel bars.

Direwolves did okay for a while after that, until Season 6. The direwolf belonging to Bran Stark (Isaac Hempstead Wright) died when the Three-Eyed Raven’s cave was attacked by the White Walkers. The same “Hold the Door” sequence that claimed the life of Hodor (Kristian Nairn) marked Summer’s end as he defended Bran from the undead.

Shaggydog was next to go in Season 6. The direwolf that belonged to the youngest Stark kid, Rickon (Art Parkinson), died ahead of his owner when Rickon and Osha (Natalia Tena) were captured by the Umbers. Smalljon Umber (Dean S. Jagger) presented Shaggydog’s head to Ramsay Bolton (Iwan Rheon) along with the prisoners as proof of Rickon’s identity. Ramsay then killed Osha, and Rickon died soon after in the Battle of the Bastards.

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Given how Bran was able to use his “warg” ability to take control of Summer’s mind and live “in his skin,” it seems like a pretty good bet that Nymeria might show up again before the show is completed. Throughout the “A Song of Ice and Fire” books on which “Game of Thrones” is based, Arya experiences wolf dreams similar to Bran’s warg dreams with Summer, which further suggest more Nymeria to come. And now that Arya is back in Westeros after spending a couple seasons across the Narrow Sea in Bravos, it feels like only a matter of time until the two are reunited at last.

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There are a lot of characters on “Game of Thrones.” Too many for me to make jokes about all of them here, anyway. 48 will have to satisfy. If you don’t like them, Littlefinger himself, Petyr Baelish, will poison your wedding cake.

We start with Viserys Targaryan, a total ass who had maybe the best death in the whole series: having molten gold dumped on his head.

Also on the list is Theon (I’m still pulling for his post-castration power play. Or for his ass to just get killed already) and Sansa (She named her dog “Lady,” which imo is a huge indictment of her character. But she gets lots of sympathy points for, well, literally everything that happened after she got the dog).

Where is Tyrion Lannister (Peter Dinklage) and Daenerys (Emila Clarke)? And what about the Starks, and the Red Witch, and Arya?

Also on our list is Grey Worm (Jacob Anderson), who is just the best. He’s sad because his life sucks. A badass who kills a lot of his problems. Communicates a lot without saying much. Grey Worm seems like the kind of tragic “Game of Thrones” character who is going to have a brief moment of triumph before getting slaughtered. I hope that triumph is really good.

Read our list to see where everyone winds up. Here are the credited “Game of Thrones” characters, ranked.

48. Viserys Targaryan

A total jackass, Viserys had maybe the best death in the whole series: having molten gold dumped on his head.

47. Rickon
Who? (I feel bad for this joke after season 6, but I’m going to leave it)

46. Theon
I’m still pulling for his post-castration power play. Or for him to just get killed already.

45. Robb Stark
The red wedding was a coming of age for viewers of the show. Rewatching those early seasons knowing that’s gonna happen exposes Robb for the lame dude he really is.

44. Stannis
Basically a stodgy, moralistic Southern Baptist minister. I’m from Alabama, so I was pulling for him.

43. Bran Stark
Needs to work on his pouty face and grow out his hair if he wants to be the new Jon Snow.

42. Roose Bolton
He’s like the Count Dooku of this show, acting like he’s working for himself though he’s really just a pawn who probably will get his head cut off by young Darth Vader.

41. Daario
Was a hot blond dude, but now (after a casting change) is just a regularly attractive brown-haired dude who was banished from Dany’s bed because who cares about love anyway?

40. Ned Stark
The Mark Twain of the show, giving his kids a bunch of advice that wasn’t actually useful before he got murdered. Wait, how did Mark Twain die? This analogy may not track all the way but whatever.


39. Joffrey
Oh man. Remember that time the cake was too dry and it made his eyes bug out and his face turn purple and he spit foamy red drool everywhere? Hilarious.

38. Shae
Did what she needed to survive, until it turned out doing what she needed to do to survive (hook up with Tywin Lannister) got her killed.

37. Tommen
Not the most decisive king, either before or after he had sex. But he’s better than Joffrey, I guess.

36. Khal Drogo
Got fridged for the sake of Daenerys’ character arc. Beautiful.

35. Gendry
Melisandre put a leech on his penis one time. It feels like that’s all I should put here.

34. Jorah Mormont
Really sad because he can’t afford to buy Khaleesi’s love.

33. King Robert15
Probably the most chill and carefree character on the show, drunk most of the time, yelling a lot even though he really didn’t have any problems. Well, until that time he drank too much and got killed by a boar.

32. Ramsey Bolton
Is Ramsey the most demented dude on this show? Well, he’s definitely the funniest demented dude, which isn’t actually funny at all when you think about it.

31. Catelyn Stark
Loses to the Lannisters both in the Game of Thrones and the Game of Angsty Overprotective Moms.

30. The Hound
Killed the butcher’s boy, then spent several seasons saying lots of mean things before being left to die on a rock. Nice.

UPDATE: The Hound is alive, and got religion. Moved up nine spots for perseverance.

29. Talisa Stark
Every joke that comes to mind is far too reprehensible even for a “Game of Thrones” list, so I’m not going to put one here.