‘Game of Thrones’ Cast Won’t Get Scripts for Final Season, Says Star

“Game of Thrones” is going to great lengths to protect leaks for its upcoming eighth and final season.

Following the HBO hack earlier this year, the cast will not receive scripts and will instead wear earpieces and listen to the lines that they are to deliver, according to cast member Nikolaj Coster-Waldau (Jaime Lannister).

“We’re not even going to get the script,” he said on Scandinavian show “Skavlan.”

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Coster-Waldau explained that the actors in the first few seasons would typically receive a hard copy of scripts before shooting episodes. In more recent seasons, scripts were made available on digital files.

The show has gotten even tighter with plot details in light of hackers breaching HBO’s system this year and demanding a seven-figure ransom to prevent data leaks.

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HBO did not immediately respond to a request for comment. The network has not yet announced a Season 8 premiere date.

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“Game of Thrones” is going to great lengths to protect leaks for its upcoming eighth and final season.

Following the HBO hack earlier this year, the cast will not receive scripts and will instead wear earpieces and listen to the lines that they are to deliver, according to cast member Nikolaj Coster-Waldau (Jaime Lannister).

“We’re not even going to get the script,” he said on Scandinavian show “Skavlan.”

Coster-Waldau explained that the actors in the first few seasons would typically receive a hard copy of scripts before shooting episodes. In more recent seasons, scripts were made available on digital files.

The show has gotten even tighter with plot details in light of hackers breaching HBO’s system this year and demanding a seven-figure ransom to prevent data leaks.

HBO did not immediately respond to a request for comment. The network has not yet announced a Season 8 premiere date.

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Shooting Multiple ‘Game of Thrones’ Endings Would Be ‘Really Stupid,’ Nikolaj Coster-Waldau Says

Contrary to reports, HBO’s dragons-and-swords drama “Game of Thrones” won’t be filming multiple series endings to thwart spoilers — at least, that’s the word from series star Nikolaj Coster-Waldau.

Coster-Waldau, who plays Jaime Lannister on the series, also thinks that it would be “really stupid” to do so.

In an interview with Marie Claire, the actor weighed in on reports that the series will film multiple endings, saying that it’s unlikely to happen.

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“Do you think that’s true? It seems really stupid to me,” Coster-Waldau said. “I mean if it’s true I don’t believe it, but I don’t know, maybe.”

The actor went on to posit that shooting multiple endings would be too costly to be worth it.

“I mean, I haven’t read the script, so unless they will show several endings that could be a twist, they’re not going to waste that money,” the actor said. “They know how expensive it is to shoot. You’re not going to waste $100,000 a day to shoot something you’re not going to use. It’s not going to happen.”

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Earlier this month, Pennsylvania newspaper The Morning Call reported that HBO programming president Casey Bloys said that even the show’s cast will be kept in the dark until the finale airs as an extra precaution.

“I know in ‘Game of Thrones,’ the ending, they’re going to shoot multiple versions so that nobody really know what happens,” the paper reported Bloys as saying. “You have to do that on a long show. Because when you’re shooting something, people know. So they’re going to shoot multiple versions so that there’s no real definitive answer until the end.”

HBO has battled spoilers surrounding “Game of Thrones” for years.In one prominent example, two episodes of Season 7 made their way online before air via international distribution partners. And a draft script of an upcoming episode was among the 1.5 terabytes of data stole when hackers breached HBO’s system earlier this year.

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Contrary to reports, HBO’s dragons-and-swords drama “Game of Thrones” won’t be filming multiple series endings to thwart spoilers — at least, that’s the word from series star Nikolaj Coster-Waldau.

Coster-Waldau, who plays Jaime Lannister on the series, also thinks that it would be “really stupid” to do so.

In an interview with Marie Claire, the actor weighed in on reports that the series will film multiple endings, saying that it’s unlikely to happen.

“Do you think that’s true? It seems really stupid to me,” Coster-Waldau said. “I mean if it’s true I don’t believe it, but I don’t know, maybe.”

The actor went on to posit that shooting multiple endings would be too costly to be worth it.

“I mean, I haven’t read the script, so unless they will show several endings that could be a twist, they’re not going to waste that money,” the actor said. “They know how expensive it is to shoot. You’re not going to waste $100,000 a day to shoot something you’re not going to use. It’s not going to happen.”

Earlier this month, Pennsylvania newspaper The Morning Call reported that HBO programming president Casey Bloys said that even the show’s cast will be kept in the dark until the finale airs as an extra precaution.

“I know in ‘Game of Thrones,’ the ending, they’re going to shoot multiple versions so that nobody really know what happens,” the paper reported Bloys as saying. “You have to do that on a long show. Because when you’re shooting something, people know. So they’re going to shoot multiple versions so that there’s no real definitive answer until the end.”

HBO has battled spoilers surrounding “Game of Thrones” for years.In one prominent example, two episodes of Season 7 made their way online before air via international distribution partners. And a draft script of an upcoming episode was among the 1.5 terabytes of data stole when hackers breached HBO’s system earlier this year.

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‘Game of Thrones’: Nikolaj Coster-Waldau on Jaime’s Next Steps and Season 8 Hopes and Fears

Plus, check out which couple the actor is rooting for.

[Editor’s Note: The following review contains spoilers for “Game of Thrones” Season 7, Episode 7, “The Dragon and the Wolf.”]

Jaime Lannister finally declared his independence, and it only took him seven seasons to do so. In the Season 7 finale of “Game of Thrones” on Sunday, Jaime (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau) outwardly defied his Cersei (Lena Headey) to join the forces meeting with the undead enemy in the North.

The series has played out Jaime’s twisted love affair with his own twin sister since the very first episode, and over time, it’s become clear that he’s far more invested in their relationship than she is. Even when she’s done terrible things that go against his moral code, he’s stuck by her. This time is different though. When she reveals that she had lied about sending her own forces to help Daenerys Targaryen (Emilia Clarke) and Jon Snow (Kit Harington) fight White Walkers, Jaime decides he won’t stick by her side anymore.

Coster-Waldau spoke to IndieWire about what set Jaime off, what’s next and what he hopes for Season 8:

“It’s built up obviously over for some time. I think that it’s that whole thing of seeing is believing, and he kind of got the fact that this was bigger than any of them, this threat,” said Coster-Waldau. “There’s only one answer to this conundrum we all face… Obviously he’s called The Oathbreaker [before] but he’s still a man of his word, and the fact that he promised and he gave his word [to fight] means something to him. He’s had enough at this point. This is just too much. If you’re not willing to do the right thing, then I will. He left. He’s gone.”

Nikolaj Coster-Waldau and Lena Headey, "Game of Thrones"

Nikolaj Coster-Waldau and Lena Headey, “Game of Thrones”

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That Cersei is pregnant with their child emphasizes how important Jaime sees the upcoming war.

Coster-Waldau said, “She has so little interest or regard for the rest of humanity. It’s all about just her power… He is truly disgusted by the way she acts. At this point, the threat is clearly real. He believes what he sees, he believes his brother, he believes Jon Snow, he believes Daenerys when she says there’s an army of 100,000 marching. That is so much bigger than anything they’ve ever faced… I think that at this point, even the fact that she’s pregnant, there are bigger things at stake because it’s true what he says,’“No matter what, if the dead wins, there will be no child.’ There is no choice.”

Jaime’s confrontation with Cersei mirrors a conversation she has with Tyrion (Peter Dinklage) earlier, in that both scenes include moments when she threatens to have her zombie guard The Mountain (Hafþór Júlíus Björnsson) kill her brothers. Neither Jaime nor Tyrion back down though, call her bluff and she spares them.

“Obviously she doesn’t kill Tyrion there for different reasons because she’s setting him up for this big cheat if you will, a defeat,” said Coster-Waldau. “For Jaime, when he says that he’s all that she has left, then it is the truth. She must know that deep inside somewhere. I think that’s why she couldn’t kill him.”

Jaime’s Next Moves

Now that he’s left the Red Keep, Jaime has a couple of choices. He could go directly to the Wall to tangle with some wights or he could inform Jon and Dany about Cersei’s perfidy.

“I think he’s going to try to get up there,” said Coster-Waldau. “We see him covering up his golden hand because once he’s heading North, he’s in enemy territory, and it’s difficult to hide who he is when he has that golden hand. So I think he’s going to try to get up to some commander whether it’s Jon Snow or Daenerys Targaryen. We’ll see.”

If Jaime survives, it remains to be seen if he’d ever return to Cersei after their last blowup, but Coster-Waldau thinks there’s more story there.

“I think that you never finish with your family even if you want to,” he said. “It’s the thing that Tyrion says that there’s not a day that he doesn’t think about the fact that he killed his father even though he hated him… I’m sure for Jaime it’ll be the same. He’ll never be able to not have Cersei be a part of what makes him what he is.”

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‘Game of Thrones’: So Are Jaime and Cersei Done?

(Spoilers ahead for the “Game of Thrones” Season 7 finale.)

Throughout Season 7, a break between Queen Cersei (Lena Headey) and her brother Jaime (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau) has been brewing. In the finale episode, “The Wolf and the Dragon,” their growing rift finally tore completely, with Jaime leaving King’s Landing and his sister.

Does that mean Cersei and Jaime are done for good, their relationship completely ruined? It seems likely, given what we know about Cersei — even if her love for Jaime has been a driving force in her life up to now.

A lot of the distance growing between Jaime and Cersei can be attributed to their pasts. As Jaime revealed to Brienne of Tarth (Gwendoline Christie) way back in Season 3, Jaime hates being called “Kingslayer” and treated as an oathbreaker. He’s leaned into the role of a dishonorable person largely because it was thrust upon him, but his time spent with Brienne helped convince him that he didn’t have to be the arrogant bad guy that he was during the first and part of the second season.

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That’s been playing out in Jaime’s character ever since. He helped Brienne on more than one occasion, even when they were technically enemies. Though he threatened to kill Edmure Tully’s (Tobias Menzies) baby in order to get him to surrender Riverrun, that actually seemed like a smart ploy to save lives rather than a real threat at infanticide. And finally, there’s Jaime’s departure from King’s Landing itself — he gave his word that he would help fight the White Walkers, and that’s what he plans to do. His honor means something to him.

Cersei, on the other hand, has lost just about everything. People have controlled her life and her body, and murdered her children. Her response to what she’s suffered is to demand absolute loyalty and destroy anyone who opposes her. She values her children more than anything, and now that Jaime is gone, she just about has nothing to lose. That one last thing — the baby in her belly — possible being the thing that keeps her from being too torn up about Jaime leaving. Remember what she said as he was leaving, after he said that if all she cares about is her family then she needs to care about him, the last of her family members on her side: “There’s one more yet to come.”

Cersei has hardened to the world throughout the course of “Game of Thrones,” but more than just looking out for the child in her womb there are signs she still has a chance to soften. She easily could have had both Tyrion and Jaime killed in the finale  — Tyrion even dared her to give the order, but she couldn’t bring herself to do it. For as much as she’s raged about Tyrion over the years, there’s still something holding her back. And there will likely always be something holding her back from truly going after Jaime.

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But while we know Jaime and Cersei have an intense bond and love for each other, it seems doubtful either would go back to the other despite that. But one thing we know about Cersei is she doesn’t take betrayal, or even moderate disloyalty, very well. She told Jaime earlier in Season 7 not to ever betray her again — the previous “betrayal” to which she referred being a clandestine meeting with Tyrion under King’s Landing, which is a pretty harsh way to describe that. Knowing how tough Cersei is about dealing with people she perceives as enemies, it seems possible that even if Jaime did come back, Cersei may just have the Mountain waiting for him. But given that she didn’t take the opportunity with Tyrion or Jaime this week, she certainly comes off as a wild card moving forward.

So is that the end for the Lannister twins? On “Game of Thrones,” you should never say never, but the evidence is stacked pretty highly in favor of the break being permanent.

What’s really going to shake things up is when Cersei’s war for Westeros meets the one Jaime is riding north to fight. Eventually, it seems, they’ll have to grapple with being on opposite sides for the first time ever.

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‘Game of Thrones’ 101: Who’s Left in House Lannister?

(Spoilers ahead for the “Game of Thrones” Season 7 finale.)

Throughout Season 7, a break between Queen Cersei (Lena Headey) and her brother Jaime (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau) has been brewing. In the finale episode, “The Wolf and the Dragon,” their growing rift finally tore completely, with Jaime leaving King’s Landing and his sister.

Does that mean Cersei and Jaime are done for good, their relationship completely ruined? It seems likely, given what we know about Cersei — even if her love for Jaime has been a driving force in her life up to now.

A lot of the distance growing between Jaime and Cersei can be attributed to their pasts. As Jaime revealed to Brienne of Tarth (Gwendoline Christie) way back in Season 3, Jaime hates being called “Kingslayer” and treated as an oathbreaker. He’s leaned into the role of a dishonorable person largely because it was thrust upon him, but his time spent with Brienne helped convince him that he didn’t have to be the arrogant bad guy that he was during the first and part of the second season.

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That’s been playing out in Jaime’s character ever since. He helped Brienne on more than one occasion, even when they were technically enemies. Though he threatened to kill Edmure Tully’s (Tobias Menzies) baby in order to get him to surrender Riverrun, that actually seemed like a smart ploy to save lives rather than a real threat at infanticide. And finally, there’s Jaime’s departure from King’s Landing itself — he gave his word that he would help fight the White Walkers, and that’s what he plans to do. His honor means something to him.

Cersei, on the other hand, has lost just about everything. People have controlled her life and her body, and murdered her children. Her response to what she’s suffered is to demand absolute loyalty and destroy anyone who opposes her. She values her children more than anything, and now that Jaime is gone, she just about has nothing to lose. That one last thing — the baby in her belly — possible being the thing that keeps her from being too torn up about Jaime leaving. Remember what she said as he was leaving, after he said that if all she cares about is her family then she needs to care about him, the last of her family members on her side: “There’s one more yet to come.”

Cersei has hardened to the world throughout the course of “Game of Thrones,” but more than just looking out for the child in her womb there are signs she still has a chance to soften. She easily could have had both Tyrion and Jaime killed in the finale  — Tyrion even dared her to give the order, but she couldn’t bring herself to do it. For as much as she’s raged about Tyrion over the years, there’s still something holding her back. And there will likely always be something holding her back from truly going after Jaime.

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But while we know Jaime and Cersei have an intense bond and love for each other, it seems doubtful either would go back to the other despite that. But one thing we know about Cersei is she doesn’t take betrayal, or even moderate disloyalty, very well. She told Jaime earlier in Season 7 not to ever betray her again — the previous “betrayal” to which she referred being a clandestine meeting with Tyrion under King’s Landing, which is a pretty harsh way to describe that. Knowing how tough Cersei is about dealing with people she perceives as enemies, it seems possible that even if Jaime did come back, Cersei may just have the Mountain waiting for him. But given that she didn’t take the opportunity with Tyrion or Jaime this week, she certainly comes off as a wild card moving forward.

So is that the end for the Lannister twins? On “Game of Thrones,” you should never say never, but the evidence is stacked pretty highly in favor of the break being permanent.

What’s really going to shake things up is when Cersei’s war for Westeros meets the one Jaime is riding north to fight. Eventually, it seems, they’ll have to grapple with being on opposite sides for the first time ever.

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‘Game of Thrones’ Finale Recap: Who Will Be Queen of the Ashes?

(Obviously, since this is a recap, there are a lot of spoilers for the “Game of Thrones” Season 7 finale.)

Season 7 of “Game of Thrones” saw the war between Daenerys (Emilia Clarke) and Cersei (Lena Headey) heat up, while Jon Snow (Kit Harington) desperately begged everyone to care about White Walkers. In the finale of the season, everybody cares about White Walkers, but maybe they should be worried about Cersei.

She proved it in the big meeting between the powers in Westeros that has become the central focus of Season 7. After Jon and his company went beyond the Wall to capture an undead wight to prove the White Walkers are a thing are real, he finally has a way of proving his big fear to the other major leaders of the country. But Jon and Daenerys don’t yet know what trying to get everyone to work together to survive the winter has cost them.

The episode opens with the meeting at King’s Landing, finally. Everybody in Daenerearys’ forces shows up, including the Unsullied and the Dothraki. Bronn and Jaime, meanwhile, are setting up in case there’s a siege. But Bronn doesn’t seem to think it’s going to go well. He has a quick discussion with Jaime about how if he were a eunuch like the Unsullied, he wouldn’t be fighting for an army. It’s all down to what’s between his legs. And while Jaime notes that Tyrion has always been the champion of the downtrodden, Bronn says that the Lannister forces are probably about to become the downtrodden.

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On Daenerys’ flagship, we check in with all her various allies — basically, everyone cool who’s still alive in Westeros. Jon Snow (Kit Harington), who’s never been to the capital, wonders why a million people would live in one cramped place. Tyrion has an explanation: more work, and better brothels. Meanwhile, belowdecks, the Hound (Rory McCann) makes sure his undead monster is still undead and monstrous. All seems okay.

Everyone heads to the Dragon Pit, an arena built to house the dragons of the Targaryens, Podrick (Daniel Portman) and Tyrion (Peter Dinklage) get to have a quick meetup. Pod’s happy to see Tyrion alive, even if he is on the other side. And then Bronn shows up to make fun of everyone.

Brienne (Gwendoline Christie) gets a chance to meet up with the Hound on the way back in, too. Last time they saw each other, Brienne knocked him off a cliff and assumed he was dead. She notes that she was just trying to protect Arya, and the Hound says, he was too.

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“The only one who needs protecting is the one who gets in her way,” Brienne says.

“Won’t be me,” the Hound puts back. Aw, everyone loves Arya even though she’s a scarier assassin.

As they walk into the pit, Tyrion gets a moment with Bronn, too. Tyrion renews his offer from the first time they met — whatever they’re paying Bronn, Tyrion will double it. But Bronn says he’s doing all right for himself.

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“I’m marching two traitors into King’s Landing,” Bronn says, about Tyrion and Varys. Cersei will be very happy with him, he imagines.

“It’s good to see you again,” Tyrion says. Bronn agrees.

Finally, everybody shows up in the Dragon Pit, a huge old structure that has since fallen into disrepair. As Cersei marches in, the Hound has a moment with the Mountain (Hafþór Júlíus Björnsson). He’s happy the Mountain isn’t dead, because he still wants to kill him. Since the Mountain is a Frankenstein creature, though, he doesn’t have much to say about it.

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Finally Daenerys shows up on Drogon, giving everybody a sense of how scary she is. But before anyone can have much a discussion, Euron calls out Theon. He says that his sister, Yara (Gemma Whelan) is still alive, and if he submits, Euron won’t kill her. Cersei calls an end to Euron’s BS before he can get much further, though.

Tyrion attempts to start the meeting. He notes that everyone hates each other in the meeting, but they’ve got something bigger to deal with.

“We’ve suffered at each other’s hands,” Tyrion says. “We’ve lost people we loved at each other’s hands. If wanted to that to stay the same we wouldn’t need to have this meeting.”

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Jon takes the baton a second later.

“This isn’t about living in harmony. It’s just about living,” Jon explains. “The same thing is coming for all of us. A general you can’t negotiate with. An army that doesn’t leave corpses behind on the battlefield.”

Cersei still doesn’t believe anyone.

“I don’t think it’s serious at all,” she returns. “I think it’s another bad joke.” She refuses to pull back her armies for whatever nonsense everyone is talking about, especially because she mostly believes that Daenerys will take the lands that the Lannisters control if she backs down.

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And then the Hound comes out carrying a crate on his back. He opens it up, and guess what’s inside? A real-life zombie.

The wight goes straight for Cersei, but the Hound holds it back with a chain around its neck. Then he cuts it in half, but that doesn’t do much but slow it down. When he slices off an arm, the arm keeps going, too — Qyburn takes the opportunity to check out the gross undead hand, as he very much enjoys dead things. Jon explains how to kill wights: burning them, and dragonglass.

“If we don’t stop them, then that is the fate of every person in the world,” Jon says. “There is only one war that matters: the Great War. And that war is here.”

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After seeing the wight, which has obviously affected everyone pretty distinctly, Euron takes the opportunity to ask a question: Can they swim? Jon tells him they can’t. He tells Cersei he’s headed back to the Iron Islands with the Iron Fleet, then, to wait out the winter. Euron openly bails on his alliance with Cersei, and as he goes, she calls him a coward.

Cersei says she’ll agree to the truce, but only if Jon Snow remains neutral in the war after the dead are stopped. Daenerys asks why she doesn’t ask for that truce

“I know Ned Stark’s son will be true to his word,” she tells them.

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But Jon reveals he’s already bent the knee to Daenerys. Since he’s an ally of the dragon queen and therefore rebellion against Cersei, she calls an end to the meeting and leaves.

As the Lannisters turn to leave, Brienne goes after Jaime. This whole “undead army” thing is a serious problem.

“This goes beyond honor and houses and oaths. Talk to the queen,” she tells

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“And tell her what?” Jaime shoots back. But re clear he’s freaked out by this whole undead army situation too.

Meanwhile, Tyrion’s not super thrilled that Jon just publicly pledged himself to Daenerys.

“Have you ever considered learning how to lie every now and then? Just a bit?” Tyrion asks Jon.

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Tyrion says he’ll go talk to Cersei, basically because she’ll definitely murder anyone else who goes, despite the fact that she really wants to murder Tyrion. He meets Jaime on his way in, and they discuss their idiot attempts to convince Cersei of things. They both kind of expect Tyrion to be killed in the next few minutes.

Tyrion heads into Cersei’s chamber, and it’s pretty eerie. Inside, Cersei claims Tyrion has been trying to destroy the Lannisters his whole life. He rebukes that claim, saying that he’s the reason Daenerys hasn’t attacked King’s Landing with dragons already. But by killing Lord Tywin, Cersei says, he got her children killed.

“You left us open,” Cersei says. “You laid us bare for the vultures and the vultures came.”

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Tyrion goes hard on her line of thinking, imploring her to kill him for all her crimes. And Cersei looks like she’s about to order the Mountain to do it — but doesn’t. In response, Tyrion goes to the wine, and drains a drink. Then he offers one to Cersei.

Tyrion claims that he’s more sorry about what happened to the children than anything else. But Cersei doesn’t care. Finally, Tyrion explains why he supports Daenerys: He thinks she will make the world a better place. But as Cersei explains that only her family matters to her, she touches her stomach, and Tyrion immediately intuits that she’s pregnant again.

Meanwhile, back in the dragon pit, Daenerys goes to talk to Jon. He apologizes again for accidentally ruining everything by saying he’s already pledged to Daenerys, and she says she’s at least appreciates it. She laments how the Targaryens pretty much ruins the dragons by enslaving them, and it stopped their dynasty from being extraordinary.

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Daenerys also mentions that she can’t have children, which Jon asks her to explain. Dany says the witch who killed her husband, Mirri Maaz Durr, told her she couldn’t have more kids, but Jon asks if she’d ever wondered if the witch might have been lying.

As everyone is feeling generally pretty bad, Tyrion comes back, followed by Cersei. She says her armies won’t stand down — instead, they’ll go north and fight the Great War.

“And when the Great War is over, perhaps you’ll remember that I chose to help, with no promises or assurances from any of you,” Cersei says. “Perhaps not.”

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Next, we see a raven struggling to get through a storm to Winterfell. We find Sansa (Sophie Turner) talking with Littlefinger (Aidan Gillen) about the raven they just received, in which Jon brought them up to speed, including about his pledging for Daenerys, without consulting with Sansa.

Littlefinger notes that maybe the Jon can be unnamed the King in the North, but Sansa says that even if she wanted to, Arya (Maisie Williams) would never go for it. Sansa thinks Arya would kill her if she thought Sanda would betray Jon.

Littlefinger sees an opening — he’s still trying to get Sansa to get rid of Arya.

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“Sometimes, when I try to understand a person’s motives, I play a little game,” he tells Sansa. “I assume the worst. What’s the worst reason they could possibly have for saying what they say and doing what they do? And then I ask myself, how well does that reason explain what they say, and what they do.”

Littlefinger walks Sansa through Arya’s worst possible motives. And it seems that Sansa believes Arya might be trying to get rid of her, to take revenge for perceiving Sansa turning on her family. She ends on the idea that Arya could kill her, use the letter she found as evidence against her, and take her place as the Lady of Winterfell.

Back at Dragonstone, during a meeting of the war council, Jon convinces Daenerys to sail to the north with him, instead of fly there on a dragon. It sends a better message of Daenerys as an ally. Jorah is definitely not happy about it.

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After the meeting, Theon (Alfie Allen) takes a moment with Jon. Theon talks about how Jon risked everything rather than tell a lie to an enemy. Theon says he always struggled with being a Greyjoy or Stark, and that he’s done horrible things. Jon returns that Ned Stark was more of a father to him than Theon’s real father, and he betrayed him. He can’t forgive everything, Jon says, but what he can forgive, he does. It’s a huge moment for poor Theon. He ends the conversation by bringing up Yara, the only person who tried to save him. He owes her one.

“Then why are you still talking to me?” Jon asks.

Out on the beach, Theon approaches the Ironborn as they’re getting ready to leave. He tries to rally them to go after Yara, but they’re not thrilled about following the cowardly Theon. It turns into a fight with the leader of the Ironborn, who beats the hell out of Theon. He knocks Theon down, but despite being told over and over again to stay down or he’ll kill him, Theon doesn’t stay down. When the Ironborn tries to kick Theon in the balls, it doesn’t work — he has no balls — and that gives Theon the chance to knock him down and beat the hell out of him.\

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“Not for me,” Theon shouts to the other Ironborn. “For Yara!” He’s proved that he’s Ironborn for real.

Back at Winterfell, Sansa makes her final decision. She calls Arya to the Great Hall, where she’s waiting with Stark soldiers and some of the Lords of the Vale, as well as Bran.

“Are you sure you want to do this?” Arya asks.

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“It’s not what I want, it’s what honor demands,” Sansa replies.

“All right then, get on with it,” Arya says.

“You stand accused of murder. You stand accused of treason. How do you answer, Lord Baelish?”

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Littlefinger is not prepared for this turn of events.

Sansa starts rattling off accusations, including about how Littlefinger killed Sansa aunt, Lysa Arryn (Kate Dickie), and Jon Arryn. She also accuses him of turning on Ned Stark. Littlefinger denies the charges, but Bran’s there with his Three-Eyed Raven sight. He knows what Littlefinger really did.

Littlefinger asks Sansa to let him defend himself, but she reminds him how he sold her to the Boltons. Turning family against each other is what he always does. Littlefinger tries to beg for his life, but Sansa isn’t having. And before he knows what’s happening, Arya slits his throat. Finally, the guy who’s responsible for more deaths than maybe anyone in Westeros finally else gets his.

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Back at King’s Landing, Jaime is readying the Lannister forces to head north, but Cersei stops him. She explains that she doesn’t intend to help anyone with their war against the Night King.

“I always knew you were the stupidest Lannister,” Cersei says. “I’ll say whatever I need to say to ensure the survival of our house.”

“Our child will never be born if the dead come south,” Jaime tells her.

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“If the dead win, they march south, and kill us all. If the living win, and we betrayed them, they march south and kill us all!”

But Cersei notes that there are only two dragons left. And she tells him how she paid attention to her father’s lessons. Euron didn’t leave the meeting to run back to the Iron Islands, he went to collect the Golden Company mercenaries from Essos. Cersei has an entire army headed her way.

“No one walks away from me,” Cersei says. And when Jaime says that the two of them are the last Lannisters saving their family, she mentions her pregnancy, saying, “There’s one more yet to come.”

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Jaime tells Cersei he gave his word he’d go north to help against the Night King, and that’s what he’s going to do. As he tries to leave, the Mountain moves to stop him. Jaime asks if Cersei is going to kill him, and for a second, it seems like she might. But Jaime says, “I don’t believe you.” He walks out of the room as Cersei watches him go — apparently, the Lannister twins are broken up.

We watch as Jaime rides out of King’s Landing alone, without an army or any other backup, and head’s north. As he goes, he notes that it’s snowing in King’s Landing — a thing that doesn’t usually happen. And that’s pretty scary.

Back at Winterfell, Sam arrives at Winterfell with Gilly and Little Sam. He goes to talk to Bran, who tells him about being the Three-Eyed Raven. Still, nobody knows what that means. Bran explains that he can see things in the past and things happening now, all over the world.

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Bran drops a bomb on Sam: He needs to tell Jon the truth about himself, that he’s the son of Rhaegar Targaryen and Lyanna Stark. Bran says his last name isn’t Snow, it’s Sand, because he’s a Dornish bastard. But Sam corrects him — Rhaegar and Lyanna were married in a secret ceremony, making him a trueborn Targaryen.

Bran checks it against a vision, and finds out that it’s true: Robert’s Rebellion was built on a lie, and Rhaegar and Lyanna were in love. Meanwhile, Jon and Daenerys meet in the boat to get it on.

The vision also tells Bran a key bit of info about Jon: His real name is Aegon Targaryen, and he’s the heir to the Iron Throne.

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Back at Winterfell, Arya and Sansa have a moment on the battlements. Sansa says that in her own horrible way, Littlefinger actually did love her. But the two of them did what they had to do. Arya says she never could have survived what Sansa survived, but Sansa answers that she could have, because Arya is the strongest person she knows.

“In winter we must protect ourselves, and look after one another,” Arya says, quoting their father.

Sansa answers: “When the snows fall and the white winds blow, the lone wolf dies, but the pack survives.”

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Over in the godswood, Bran is having a vision, sending his ravens out. He goes to Eastwatch, where Tormund and Beric are manning the Wall. As they check the battlements, they see a rider, and then soldiers, and then realize they’re looking at the entire army of the dead, fully 100,000 strong.

As they’re watching, they see the scariest thing: the undead dragon Viserion, flying past the wall, with the Night King riding. The dragon breathes blue fire, but not at the Night’s Watch, at the Wall itself. As he blasts away, the Wall starts to crumble, leaving a massive hole in the center of it. It seems getting one of Daenerys’ dragons was the Night King’s plan all along.

The good news is, the dead didn’t immediately kill everyone at Eastwatch. The bad news is, they’re headed south.

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(Obviously, since this is a recap, there are a lot of spoilers for the “Game of Thrones” Season 7 finale.)

Season 7 of “Game of Thrones” saw the war between Daenerys (Emilia Clarke) and Cersei (Lena Headey) heat up, while Jon Snow (Kit Harington) desperately begged everyone to care about White Walkers. In the finale of the season, everybody cares about White Walkers, but maybe they should be worried about Cersei.

She proved it in the big meeting between the powers in Westeros that has become the central focus of Season 7. After Jon and his company went beyond the Wall to capture an undead wight to prove the White Walkers are a thing are real, he finally has a way of proving his big fear to the other major leaders of the country. But Jon and Daenerys don’t yet know what trying to get everyone to work together to survive the winter has cost them.

The episode opens with the meeting at King’s Landing, finally. Everybody in Daenerearys’ forces shows up, including the Unsullied and the Dothraki. Bronn and Jaime, meanwhile, are setting up in case there’s a siege. But Bronn doesn’t seem to think it’s going to go well. He has a quick discussion with Jaime about how if he were a eunuch like the Unsullied, he wouldn’t be fighting for an army. It’s all down to what’s between his legs. And while Jaime notes that Tyrion has always been the champion of the downtrodden, Bronn says that the Lannister forces are probably about to become the downtrodden.

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On Daenerys’ flagship, we check in with all her various allies — basically, everyone cool who’s still alive in Westeros. Jon Snow (Kit Harington), who’s never been to the capital, wonders why a million people would live in one cramped place. Tyrion has an explanation: more work, and better brothels. Meanwhile, belowdecks, the Hound (Rory McCann) makes sure his undead monster is still undead and monstrous. All seems okay.

Everyone heads to the Dragon Pit, an arena built to house the dragons of the Targaryens, Podrick (Daniel Portman) and Tyrion (Peter Dinklage) get to have a quick meetup. Pod’s happy to see Tyrion alive, even if he is on the other side. And then Bronn shows up to make fun of everyone.

Brienne (Gwendoline Christie) gets a chance to meet up with the Hound on the way back in, too. Last time they saw each other, Brienne knocked him off a cliff and assumed he was dead. She notes that she was just trying to protect Arya, and the Hound says, he was too.

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“The only one who needs protecting is the one who gets in her way,” Brienne says.

“Won’t be me,” the Hound puts back. Aw, everyone loves Arya even though she’s a scarier assassin.

As they walk into the pit, Tyrion gets a moment with Bronn, too. Tyrion renews his offer from the first time they met — whatever they’re paying Bronn, Tyrion will double it. But Bronn says he’s doing all right for himself.

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“I’m marching two traitors into King’s Landing,” Bronn says, about Tyrion and Varys. Cersei will be very happy with him, he imagines.

“It’s good to see you again,” Tyrion says. Bronn agrees.

Finally, everybody shows up in the Dragon Pit, a huge old structure that has since fallen into disrepair. As Cersei marches in, the Hound has a moment with the Mountain (Hafþór Júlíus Björnsson). He’s happy the Mountain isn’t dead, because he still wants to kill him. Since the Mountain is a Frankenstein creature, though, he doesn’t have much to say about it.

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Finally Daenerys shows up on Drogon, giving everybody a sense of how scary she is. But before anyone can have much a discussion, Euron calls out Theon. He says that his sister, Yara (Gemma Whelan) is still alive, and if he submits, Euron won’t kill her. Cersei calls an end to Euron’s BS before he can get much further, though.

Tyrion attempts to start the meeting. He notes that everyone hates each other in the meeting, but they’ve got something bigger to deal with.

“We’ve suffered at each other’s hands,” Tyrion says. “We’ve lost people we loved at each other’s hands. If wanted to that to stay the same we wouldn’t need to have this meeting.”

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Jon takes the baton a second later.

“This isn’t about living in harmony. It’s just about living,” Jon explains. “The same thing is coming for all of us. A general you can’t negotiate with. An army that doesn’t leave corpses behind on the battlefield.”

Cersei still doesn’t believe anyone.

“I don’t think it’s serious at all,” she returns. “I think it’s another bad joke.” She refuses to pull back her armies for whatever nonsense everyone is talking about, especially because she mostly believes that Daenerys will take the lands that the Lannisters control if she backs down.

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And then the Hound comes out carrying a crate on his back. He opens it up, and guess what’s inside? A real-life zombie.

The wight goes straight for Cersei, but the Hound holds it back with a chain around its neck. Then he cuts it in half, but that doesn’t do much but slow it down. When he slices off an arm, the arm keeps going, too — Qyburn takes the opportunity to check out the gross undead hand, as he very much enjoys dead things. Jon explains how to kill wights: burning them, and dragonglass.

“If we don’t stop them, then that is the fate of every person in the world,” Jon says. “There is only one war that matters: the Great War. And that war is here.”

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After seeing the wight, which has obviously affected everyone pretty distinctly, Euron takes the opportunity to ask a question: Can they swim? Jon tells him they can’t. He tells Cersei he’s headed back to the Iron Islands with the Iron Fleet, then, to wait out the winter. Euron openly bails on his alliance with Cersei, and as he goes, she calls him a coward.

Cersei says she’ll agree to the truce, but only if Jon Snow remains neutral in the war after the dead are stopped. Daenerys asks why she doesn’t ask for that truce

“I know Ned Stark’s son will be true to his word,” she tells them.

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But Jon reveals he’s already bent the knee to Daenerys. Since he’s an ally of the dragon queen and therefore rebellion against Cersei, she calls an end to the meeting and leaves.

As the Lannisters turn to leave, Brienne goes after Jaime. This whole “undead army” thing is a serious problem.

“This goes beyond honor and houses and oaths. Talk to the queen,” she tells

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“And tell her what?” Jaime shoots back. But re clear he’s freaked out by this whole undead army situation too.

Meanwhile, Tyrion’s not super thrilled that Jon just publicly pledged himself to Daenerys.

“Have you ever considered learning how to lie every now and then? Just a bit?” Tyrion asks Jon.

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Tyrion says he’ll go talk to Cersei, basically because she’ll definitely murder anyone else who goes, despite the fact that she really wants to murder Tyrion. He meets Jaime on his way in, and they discuss their idiot attempts to convince Cersei of things. They both kind of expect Tyrion to be killed in the next few minutes.

Tyrion heads into Cersei’s chamber, and it’s pretty eerie. Inside, Cersei claims Tyrion has been trying to destroy the Lannisters his whole life. He rebukes that claim, saying that he’s the reason Daenerys hasn’t attacked King’s Landing with dragons already. But by killing Lord Tywin, Cersei says, he got her children killed.

“You left us open,” Cersei says. “You laid us bare for the vultures and the vultures came.”

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Tyrion goes hard on her line of thinking, imploring her to kill him for all her crimes. And Cersei looks like she’s about to order the Mountain to do it — but doesn’t. In response, Tyrion goes to the wine, and drains a drink. Then he offers one to Cersei.

Tyrion claims that he’s more sorry about what happened to the children than anything else. But Cersei doesn’t care. Finally, Tyrion explains why he supports Daenerys: He thinks she will make the world a better place. But as Cersei explains that only her family matters to her, she touches her stomach, and Tyrion immediately intuits that she’s pregnant again.

Meanwhile, back in the dragon pit, Daenerys goes to talk to Jon. He apologizes again for accidentally ruining everything by saying he’s already pledged to Daenerys, and she says she’s at least appreciates it. She laments how the Targaryens pretty much ruins the dragons by enslaving them, and it stopped their dynasty from being extraordinary.

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Daenerys also mentions that she can’t have children, which Jon asks her to explain. Dany says the witch who killed her husband, Mirri Maaz Durr, told her she couldn’t have more kids, but Jon asks if she’d ever wondered if the witch might have been lying.

As everyone is feeling generally pretty bad, Tyrion comes back, followed by Cersei. She says her armies won’t stand down — instead, they’ll go north and fight the Great War.

“And when the Great War is over, perhaps you’ll remember that I chose to help, with no promises or assurances from any of you,” Cersei says. “Perhaps not.”

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Next, we see a raven struggling to get through a storm to Winterfell. We find Sansa (Sophie Turner) talking with Littlefinger (Aidan Gillen) about the raven they just received, in which Jon brought them up to speed, including about his pledging for Daenerys, without consulting with Sansa.

Littlefinger notes that maybe the Jon can be unnamed the King in the North, but Sansa says that even if she wanted to, Arya (Maisie Williams) would never go for it. Sansa thinks Arya would kill her if she thought Sanda would betray Jon.

Littlefinger sees an opening — he’s still trying to get Sansa to get rid of Arya.

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“Sometimes, when I try to understand a person’s motives, I play a little game,” he tells Sansa. “I assume the worst. What’s the worst reason they could possibly have for saying what they say and doing what they do? And then I ask myself, how well does that reason explain what they say, and what they do.”

Littlefinger walks Sansa through Arya’s worst possible motives. And it seems that Sansa believes Arya might be trying to get rid of her, to take revenge for perceiving Sansa turning on her family. She ends on the idea that Arya could kill her, use the letter she found as evidence against her, and take her place as the Lady of Winterfell.

Back at Dragonstone, during a meeting of the war council, Jon convinces Daenerys to sail to the north with him, instead of fly there on a dragon. It sends a better message of Daenerys as an ally. Jorah is definitely not happy about it.

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After the meeting, Theon (Alfie Allen) takes a moment with Jon. Theon talks about how Jon risked everything rather than tell a lie to an enemy. Theon says he always struggled with being a Greyjoy or Stark, and that he’s done horrible things. Jon returns that Ned Stark was more of a father to him than Theon’s real father, and he betrayed him. He can’t forgive everything, Jon says, but what he can forgive, he does. It’s a huge moment for poor Theon. He ends the conversation by bringing up Yara, the only person who tried to save him. He owes her one.

“Then why are you still talking to me?” Jon asks.

Out on the beach, Theon approaches the Ironborn as they’re getting ready to leave. He tries to rally them to go after Yara, but they’re not thrilled about following the cowardly Theon. It turns into a fight with the leader of the Ironborn, who beats the hell out of Theon. He knocks Theon down, but despite being told over and over again to stay down or he’ll kill him, Theon doesn’t stay down. When the Ironborn tries to kick Theon in the balls, it doesn’t work — he has no balls — and that gives Theon the chance to knock him down and beat the hell out of him.\

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“Not for me,” Theon shouts to the other Ironborn. “For Yara!” He’s proved that he’s Ironborn for real.

Back at Winterfell, Sansa makes her final decision. She calls Arya to the Great Hall, where she’s waiting with Stark soldiers and some of the Lords of the Vale, as well as Bran.

“Are you sure you want to do this?” Arya asks.

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“It’s not what I want, it’s what honor demands,” Sansa replies.

“All right then, get on with it,” Arya says.

“You stand accused of murder. You stand accused of treason. How do you answer, Lord Baelish?”

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Littlefinger is not prepared for this turn of events.

Sansa starts rattling off accusations, including about how Littlefinger killed Sansa aunt, Lysa Arryn (Kate Dickie), and Jon Arryn. She also accuses him of turning on Ned Stark. Littlefinger denies the charges, but Bran’s there with his Three-Eyed Raven sight. He knows what Littlefinger really did.

Littlefinger asks Sansa to let him defend himself, but she reminds him how he sold her to the Boltons. Turning family against each other is what he always does. Littlefinger tries to beg for his life, but Sansa isn’t having. And before he knows what’s happening, Arya slits his throat. Finally, the guy who’s responsible for more deaths than maybe anyone in Westeros finally else gets his.

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Back at King’s Landing, Jaime is readying the Lannister forces to head north, but Cersei stops him. She explains that she doesn’t intend to help anyone with their war against the Night King.

“I always knew you were the stupidest Lannister,” Cersei says. “I’ll say whatever I need to say to ensure the survival of our house.”

“Our child will never be born if the dead come south,” Jaime tells her.

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“If the dead win, they march south, and kill us all. If the living win, and we betrayed them, they march south and kill us all!”

But Cersei notes that there are only two dragons left. And she tells him how she paid attention to her father’s lessons. Euron didn’t leave the meeting to run back to the Iron Islands, he went to collect the Golden Company mercenaries from Essos. Cersei has an entire army headed her way.

“No one walks away from me,” Cersei says. And when Jaime says that the two of them are the last Lannisters saving their family, she mentions her pregnancy, saying, “There’s one more yet to come.”

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Jaime tells Cersei he gave his word he’d go north to help against the Night King, and that’s what he’s going to do. As he tries to leave, the Mountain moves to stop him. Jaime asks if Cersei is going to kill him, and for a second, it seems like she might. But Jaime says, “I don’t believe you.” He walks out of the room as Cersei watches him go — apparently, the Lannister twins are broken up.

We watch as Jaime rides out of King’s Landing alone, without an army or any other backup, and head’s north. As he goes, he notes that it’s snowing in King’s Landing — a thing that doesn’t usually happen. And that’s pretty scary.

Back at Winterfell, Sam arrives at Winterfell with Gilly and Little Sam. He goes to talk to Bran, who tells him about being the Three-Eyed Raven. Still, nobody knows what that means. Bran explains that he can see things in the past and things happening now, all over the world.

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Bran drops a bomb on Sam: He needs to tell Jon the truth about himself, that he’s the son of Rhaegar Targaryen and Lyanna Stark. Bran says his last name isn’t Snow, it’s Sand, because he’s a Dornish bastard. But Sam corrects him — Rhaegar and Lyanna were married in a secret ceremony, making him a trueborn Targaryen.

Bran checks it against a vision, and finds out that it’s true: Robert’s Rebellion was built on a lie, and Rhaegar and Lyanna were in love. Meanwhile, Jon and Daenerys meet in the boat to get it on.

The vision also tells Bran a key bit of info about Jon: His real name is Aegon Targaryen, and he’s the heir to the Iron Throne.

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Back at Winterfell, Arya and Sansa have a moment on the battlements. Sansa says that in her own horrible way, Littlefinger actually did love her. But the two of them did what they had to do. Arya says she never could have survived what Sansa survived, but Sansa answers that she could have, because Arya is the strongest person she knows.

“In winter we must protect ourselves, and look after one another,” Arya says, quoting their father.

Sansa answers: “When the snows fall and the white winds blow, the lone wolf dies, but the pack survives.”

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Over in the godswood, Bran is having a vision, sending his ravens out. He goes to Eastwatch, where Tormund and Beric are manning the Wall. As they check the battlements, they see a rider, and then soldiers, and then realize they’re looking at the entire army of the dead, fully 100,000 strong.

As they’re watching, they see the scariest thing: the undead dragon Viserion, flying past the wall, with the Night King riding. The dragon breathes blue fire, but not at the Night’s Watch, at the Wall itself. As he blasts away, the Wall starts to crumble, leaving a massive hole in the center of it. It seems getting one of Daenerys’ dragons was the Night King’s plan all along.

The good news is, the dead didn’t immediately kill everyone at Eastwatch. The bad news is, they’re headed south.

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