Who Is This Guy on the Greyjoy Ship in the ‘Game of Thrones’ Trailer?

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We’re a little over a month away from the eighth and final season of “Game of Thrones,” and we just got our first real trailer for the upcoming season. Those hoping to glean some major insight into what’s going to go down this season will come away disappointed because this carefully assembled trailer avoids anything that appears to be a major spoiler. It’s just lots of shots of nearly every surviving major character, and some hype shots of folks getting ready to do battle with the Night King and his Army of the Dead.

So there’s not much here in the way of new information — or at least not that we can tell until we see the context. But the trailer does appear to introduce us to at least one new “Game of Thrones” character. We just aren’t sure who it is yet.

The person in question you can see in the header image above. At first glance, we thought that was probably Jaime Lannister, until we remembered that Jaime doesn’t do his hair that way anymore, and also noticed this guy doesn’t have a gold hand. And he’s carrying a sword that doesn’t look like the one Jaime wields.

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So we’re left to speculate. The most logical guesses would be Euron Greyjoy or Theon Greyjoy, but it’s not either of them. So who else might be sporting that hairstyle and hanging out on a Greyjoy ship? There’s no logical answer among the characters we already know. But there is a logical guess we can make based on the other people on that ship and something Cersei mentioned at the end of Season 7.

Aside from the guy who looks an awful lot like Jaime did in earlier seasons of “Game of Thrones,” the most notable aspect of that shot is what the soldiers on the ship are wearing — golden helmets that are unlike any we’ve seen previously on the show. Which reminds us that at the end of last season Cersei mentioned to Jaime that Euron was heading back to Essos to hire the mercenary Golden Company to fight for the Lannisters in whatever war they were about to get involved in.

So it makes sense that what we’re looking at here is a Greyjoy ship ferrying members of the Golden Company across the Narrow Sea back to Westeros. This does not tell us whether that guy in the front of the ship is going to be a new major character, but it’s safe to assume that he’s a Golden Company leader.

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And to find out anything more about this we’re likely just going to have to wait until the final season of “Game of Thrones” actually airs beginning on April 14.

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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.

Lena Headey Shares ‘Game of Thrones’ Behind-the-Scenes Videos of ‘Best Bro’ Nikolaj Coster-Waldau

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“Game of Thrones” fans are starved for new content, as we creep closer and closer to winter — and to the April 2019 debut of the HBO series’ eighth and final season.

Luckily, Cersei Lannister — er, Lena Headey — made it her personal mission Monday to offer you something super sweet to help tide you over until the trailer drops: adorable family photos and videos.

First she posted this cute pic of her and Nikolaj Coster-Waldau a.k.a. her on-screen brother, Jaime Lannister, labeling it “Best Bro,” with a heart emoji. (Can you feel the twincest?)

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Then, she posted three videos from the set, showing Coster-Waldau, co-star Pilou Asbæk (Euron Greyjoy), and herself, blowing raspberries while in full Westeros attire. See below:

Her indications that this special footage is made up of “Oldies… but goodies…,” combined with the fact it’s very clear the antics are taking place while shooting one of the most famous scenes from Season 7 (when Dany and Jon bring a White Walker to King’s Landing), has us sighing over yet another tease.

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But at least it’s something, and hopefully HBO gets around to dropping that Season 8 trailer soon.

The eighth and final season of “Game of Thrones” premieres in April 2019.

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This story about Nikolaj Coster-Waldau first appeared in the Down to the Wire issue of TheWrap’s Emmy magazine.

Among the four acting nominations that helped make “Game of Thrones” the most-nominated program at the 2018 Emmys, the supporting-actor nom for Nikolaj Coster-Waldau was the longest in coming.

While Peter Dinklage, Lena Headey and Diana Rigg had all been nominated before, Coster-Waldau was overlooked for the HBO series’ first six seasons, despite his audience-favorite performance as the initially evil but increasingly sympathetic Jaime Lannister. But with Kit Harington moving from the supporting to the lead category, where he wasn’t nominated, Coster-Waldau was finally recognized for a season in which Jaime regained some power.

And one of the Danish actor’s favorite scenes from Season 7 is a standout for many viewers: the death of Lady Olenna Tyrell (Rigg). The pivotal moment comes after Jaime has led the Lannister army to sack the Tyrell family home, Highgarden, and offers its matriarch a quick and painless death with poison.

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“Finally, when everyone thought the Lannisters were just about to be crushed completely, [Jaime] turned the whole thing around,” Coster-Waldau said. “He’d done a perfect maneuver from a military standpoint and a tactical standpoint. And still he came in and treated her with respect and grace.

“He did everything right and obviously he had what he thought was complete control of the situation. He was going to be gracious and give her an easy way out if, you will, with the poison. And at the very last moment, she flips the whole power dynamic and takes control.”

Olenna decides to go out with a bang, draining the spiked goblet Jaime gives her and then telling him she is responsible for the death of his and his sister Cersei’s son Joffrey — and insisting that he let his sister know she was behind it.

“It was just beautifully written,” Coster-Waldau said. “To work with an actress like Diana Rigg is very exciting and she is brilliant, as you would expect. It was definitely a high point not just of the season, but the whole show, for me.”

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Coster-Waldau can say that now, as “Game of Thrones” wrapped filming of its final season in July. And though the season isn’t set to premiere until sometime in the first half of 2019, the actor is already feeling nostalgic about saying goodbye to the man they call the Kingslayer.

“It’s a very satisfying feeling,” he said. “I’m sure there are a lot of financial reasons to extend ‘Game of Thrones’ for another two, three years. But that was never what [creators David Benioff and D.B. Weiss] wanted. It just feels like we go out the right way.

“But, yes, I’m going to miss the words.” He laughed. “I’m not going to miss the armor. The costumes were very heavy. But beautiful.”

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‘Game of Thrones’ Series Finale: Nikolaj Coster-Waldau Promises Us ‘All the Pieces Fit’ in the End

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Nikolaj Coster-Waldau is just as tight-lipped about the final season of “Game of Thrones” as every other star who has been asked to dish on the last six episodes. But although he couldn’t tell TheWrap pretty much anything about the upcoming eighth installment in the hit HBO fantasy series (because then he’d “get a bunch of angry calls”) he did tease the heck out of the very last script.

And don’t worry, because Coster-Waldau says “all the pieces fit” in the end.

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“I read it, and I wrote [creators] Dan [“D.B.” Weiss] and David [Benioff] and said I don’t think they could have done a better job,” Colster-Waldau, who plays Jaime Lannister told TheWrap, while discussing his recent Emmy nomination for the role. “I mean, when I read it — I’ve spent so many years working on this and been guessing and trying to figure out how this will end — and when I read it, some of the parts of it I’d get, and other parts of it were just completely shocking and surprising.”

“And it wasn’t, there were none of those horrible — you know shows where it’s a murder mystery and at the very last minute you find out it doesn’t make sense?” he said. “But here all the pieces fit into this massive jigsaw puzzle.”

As for where Jaime’s relationship with his twin sister/lover Cersei (Lena Headey) is going in Season 8, Colster-Waldau isn’t so optimistic after the queen betrayed him in last year’s finale — while supposedly carrying their unborn child. Betrayed as in almost had him killed.

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“His whole life has been about, ‘How can I accommodate my sister? How can I navigate this world so I can be close to her, so I can protect her?’” Coster-Waldau said. “And then the last couple of years, she’s been in constant danger. I mean, he’s tried his best, and he thought, I think, in Season 7 he finally had her complete trust and the fact that she revealed she’d made quite different plans when Theon Greyjoy, that Qyburn is now her closest ally. I think it shocked him.”

“But also more the fact that it didn’t make sense,” he added. “They have a future, potentially another shot at having a child, and she’s willing to risk everything for something to him that just doesn’t make sense. And on top of that, they just gave their word to the world, to everyone. And she just sees this crazy thing tried to kill her … And I think he sees her for a second the way the rest of the world sees her. And it shocked him and also the fact for a second she seemed as if she was ready to have the Mountain kill him — I think it broke his heart.”

After that, there wasn’t much more Coster-Waldau could say, except the final season of “Game of Thrones” — which wrapped production last month — was filled with “a lot of parties and get-togethers” behind the scenes.

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“It’s been wonderful to do this last season,” he said. “Almost all of it was shot in Belfast, so that means even though you haven’t been in the same scenes with them [the entire cast], you’ve seen a lot more people.”

“Game of Thrones” eighth and final season will air in the first half of 2019 on HBO.

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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’ Final Season’s Most-Likely Deaths Predicted by Complex Algorithm

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Want to know who is going to die in the final season of “Game of Thrones” before it even premieres? You might be able to. We have the technology.

Well, we have the technology to tell you who is most likely to be killed off in the eighth installment of the HBO fantasy series.

Taylor Larkin, a data scientist working for Boston-based company DataRobot, recently wrote a complex algorithm in an attempt to predict which fan favorites won’t make it to the end of the final six episodes.

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Larkin used automated machine learning to figure out the remaining cast’s fates after studying 2,000 living and dead characters from George R.R. Martin’s “A Song of Ice and Fire” franchise as detailed on a Wiki fanbase.

After analyzing traits like gender, age, nobility status, house, and the mortality rates of families, Larkin calculated who is most likely to meet their maker (cough, Daenerys Targaryen, cough) based on Westeros’ previous deaths.

See the results below. And we’re not going to say spoiler alert, cause, well, this is just a prediction, right?

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  • Daenerys Targaryen – 83.77% chance of death
  • Jaime Lannister – 72.91% chance of death
  • Tyrion Lannister – 70.76% chance of death
  • Bran Stark – 66.02% chance of death
  • Cersei Lannister – 60.39% chance of death
  • Jon Snow – 58.99% chance of death
  • Euron Greyjoy – 54.95% chance of death
  • Sansa Stark – 50.28% chance of death
  • Arya Stark – 49.04% chance of death
  • Gendry – 39.87% chance of death
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‘Game of Thrones’ Cast Won’t Get Scripts for Final Season, Says Star

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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.”

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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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The Simpsons gets pointlessly medieval all over its season 29 premiere

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

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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.

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

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(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?

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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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