The wait is over: winter has arrived.
The Wall has been breached and the Night King’s legion of the dead march on Westeros as the hit-HBO series, Game of Thrones, enters its final season. In case you haven’t quite caught up yet, for context’s sake, there will be spoilers ahead.
While the fates of characters in Game of Thrones are unpredictable at the best of times, it has been confirmed that a number of major players are set to return for at least a part of the final season. Lena Headey continues to plot in the throne room of Kings Landing as Queen Cersei, who welcomes a lavish army of mercenary to her ranks this season.
Her opposition in the north, led by Kit Harington’s John Snow and Emilia Clarke’s Daenerys Targaryen, will be focused on stemming the tides of undead that threaten the continent and are joined by Cersei’s brother – and lover – Jaime, played by Nikolaj Coster-Waldau. Sophie Turner and Maisie Williams reprise their roles as the Stark sisters, Sansa and Arya, while Peter Dinklage, Liam Cunningham and Iain Glenn make up the numbers in the Targaryen camp. Gwendoline Christie, Rory McCann and Jerome Flynn also stand to play a big part in the season to come.
We left off last season with Beric and Tormund – along with the members of the Night’s Watch over in Eastwatch – in mortal danger, with the Night King’s newly resurrected dragon blasting a hole through the 8000-year-old Wall. Theon began his quest for redemption as he led his men over the seas to rescue his sister, Yara, whom he deserted earlier in the season, while John was revealed to actually be a Targaryen and the true heir to the iron – unfortunately no one told him that before he’d done the dirty with his Aunt Daenerys. Jaime and Cersei fell out and the former left for the North to fight alongside the Starks.
Tonight, The Night King, astride a fearsome ice-dragon and accompanied by his army of the dead, has broken through the Wall and advances south. The only thing standing in their path is an extremely fragile alliance drawn between King in the North Jon Snow, Dragon Queen Daenerys Targaryen and reigning Queen of the Seven Kingdoms Cersei Lannister. Will our heroes be able to stop the army of the dead, and who will weather the winter to sit atop the iron throne?
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