GoT Season 8

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GoT Season 8

Rachel Nelson, Sports Editor

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WARNING: SPOILERS

For those of you that like Game of Thrones, this is the time of year for you. Season 8 is started and the biggest battle is about to happen.

In each of the seven seasons, there is important information that is vital to the eighth and final season. Things come back from very early on in season 1 that are very important. *if you don’t want a recap, skip to the end*

The audience is first introduced to the White Walkers in season one when the Night’s Watchmen encounter them. We also get introduced to the many houses that are present throughout the series, such as the Starks, the Lannsiters, and the Baratheons. Ned Stark takes the job as the king’s hand in Kings Landing and takes with him his daughters, Sansa and Arya, leaving behind his wife Catelyn, his sons Robert, Bran and Rickon, and his bastard Jon Snow. This was the start of the downfall of house Stark. Jon Snow becomes part of the Night’s Watch, which becomes very important as the seasons go on. The king gets killed in a hunting accident and Ned Stark becomes Protector of the Realm until Joffrey, the king’s supposed son, is of age. Ned plans for something else to happen, and ends up decapitated on Joffrey’s orders. Robb gets named King of Winterfell, or King in the North, and rallies the North against the Lannisters. Danaerys Stormborn, the true heir to the Iron Throne, marries Dothraki leader Khal Drogo, who dies after being hexed by a witch. She was given three dragon eggs as a wedding gift, and hatches the three of them becoming the Mother of Dragons.

Season 2 opens with Tyrion, the dwarf Lannister, becoming the Hand in the hopes of reining in Joffrey. Stannis Baratheon falls under the spell of the Red Woman and publicly lays claim to the Iron Throne. Robb’s armies head south with Jaime Lannister as their prisoner of war. He sends Theon Grayjoy to make an alliance with his father, instead Theon reunites with his family and captures Winterfell. Bran and Rickon are forced to escape to the wilderness. Catelyn is accused of assassinating Renly Baratheon alongside Brienne of Tarth and they are both forced to flee. The women then make it back to Robb and conspire to bring Jaime back to King’s Landing in hopes of exchanging him for Sansa, who was taken prisoner in the castle. Jon Snow defects from the Night’s Watch and joins the Wildlings. Arya is captured by Lannister soldiers and taken to Harrenhal where she is made the servant by the patriarch Tywin Lannister, who believes her to be a boy. She escapes with the help of one of the Faceless Men of Essos. Stannis attempts to attack King’s Landing, but he is defeated in a naval battle by Tyrion’s use of wildfire. Danaerys arrives at Qarth, hoping to gain support for her invasion of Westeros. She ends up imprisoned in the House of the Undying, along with her dragons. She escapes and pillages the city.

Now we get to season three. Tyrion gets demoted from Hand by Tywin and forces him to marry Sansa. Joffrey is engaged to marry Margaery Tyrell in the hopes of establishing a Lannister-Tyrell alliance. Beyond the wall, Jon encounters the Wilding leader Mance Rayder, who anticipates a battle with the White Walkers. Robb denies marriage to Roslin Frey, but still gets invited to her wedding to another. This turns out to be a trap created by Lord Walder Frey. Robb, Catelyn, Robb’s pregnant fiance, and their bannermen are all butchered at the reception. This becomes known as the Red Wedding. Arya witnesses the killings and is taken under the protection of The Hound. Roose Bolton is made Warden of the North. Bran discovers he can project himself into the body of his dire wolf. Brienne and Jaime continue their journey south,n and Danaerys gathers an army of 8000 Unsullies in the east.

Season four begins with Joffrey being killed at his wedding to Margeary, to the delight of everyone who watches. Sansa gets smuggled to freedom with the help of Littlefinger, who takes her to her aunt, Lysa Arryn. Arryn gets killed by Littlefinger when she tries to push Sansa through the Moon Door at The Vale. Jaime, who lost his hand, and Brienne arrive at King’s Landing to find that Sansa is gone. Brienne is tasked with tracking down the missing Stark princess. Cersei blames Tyrion for Joffrey’s death. Tyrion gets imprisoned when his champion gets killed in trial by combat. He then gets freed by Jaime and kills his father with a crossbow before leaving King’s Landing and going to meet Danaerys, whom he believes can defeat Cersei. Roose Bolton returns to Winterfell after the Red Wedding to find that his son Ramsay has tortured Theon to the point of madness. Theon now only answers to the name Reek. Jon returns from the Wildling camp to warn the Night’s Watch of Mance’s army coming. Stannis’ remaining men ride to the rescue. Arya and The Hound are found by Brienne and Brienne defeats The Hound. Arya then runs away to Braavos to study under Jaqan H’ghar at the House of Black and White.

Stannis burns Mance Rayder at the stake and Jon is elected Lord Commander of the Night’s Watch at the beginning of Season five. Stannis is later convinced by the Red Woman to sacrifice his own daughter, he burns her alive and loses the respect of his troops. Littlefinger leads Sansa to Ramsay Bolton in the hopes of marrying them, which would mean the return of the Starks to Winterfell. Stannis tries to fight the Boltons, but is killed by Brienne who followed Sansa to Winterfell. Sansa escapes Ramsay. Cersei is conspiring against Margaery, who has now married her other son Tommen, the new king. She weaponizes the High Sparrow, and her sexual hypocrisy is exposed. She has to go through a humiliating naked walk through King’s Landing back to the Red Keep. Danaerys takes over Mereen with her Unsullied, but she struggles when the Sons of the Harpy try to make slavery a thing again. One of her dragons takes her to a horde of Dothraki. Tyrion finally meets Danaerys, is made her hand, and is left in charge while she is gone. Jon takes a group of Night’s Watchmen to meet with the Wildlings. The Night King breaks up the meeting of alliance and gains a devastating victory over the living. Jon is stabbed multiple times by Watchmen who don’t think he is fit to be Lord Commander.

Jon is raised from the dead by the Red Woman and takes back control of the Night’s Watch. He plans to take back Winterfell from the Boltons. He gets reunited with Sansa at the Wall. Ramsay is finally overcome when the Knights of The Vale come to the rescue of Jon during the Battle of the Bastards. Ramsay is fed to his own dogs. Cersei faces trial for her misdemeanors but doesn’t show up to her own trial. She blows up the Sept with the last of the wildfire, killing Margeary and the High Sparrow. Tommen kills himself right after seeing the Sept blow up. Danaerys is now a prisoner of the Dothraki. She walked unharmed through fire and returns to Mereen as the Dothraki leader. Theon returns to the Iron Islands, where he conspires with his sister to steal the Iron Fleet from their uncle. They sail for Essos and join forces with Danaerys. Arya leaves the House of the Black and White as an elite assassin. She avenges her brother and her mother by killing Walder Frey and all of his sons. Bran has been training with the Three-Eyed Raven and encounters the Night King. The Night King kills the master, which makes Bran the new Three-Eyed Raven.

In season 7, Danaerys heads to Dragonstone with her Unsullied and Dothraki armies aboard the Frey ships. Jon gets an invitation from Danaerys and goes to meet her at Dragonstone. They grow close and plan to defeat the Lannisters and White Walkers. They send Yaya and the Unsullied to King’s Landing. Cersei considers a marriage proposal from Euron Grayjoy. Yara and her army are defeated at sea by Euron. Battles erupt between the Dothraki and Lannister battalions, led by Jaime. Drogon is injured by a weapon specially designed by Cersei. Jaime warns Cersei of Danaerys’ power. Jon and Danerys call a truce with Cersei and go North of the wall to capture a White Walker. Jon falls into the Night King’s trap and gets saved by Danaerys. They capture a Walker but lose Viserion, one of Danaerys’ dragons, and it falls into the grasp of the Night King. Jon and Danaerys head to King’s Landing to discuss the army of the dead with Cersei. They bring their captured Walker to convince her. Jon, Danaerys, and Tyrion head back to Winterfell. Jon and Danaerys become intimate with each other. Arya and Sansa are reunited with Bran at Winterfell, but tensions between the sisters emerge and are exploited by Littlefinger. Bran reveals that Littlefinger killed their uncle, Jon Arryn. Sansa has him executed and Arya kills him. Bran learns of Jon’s true heritage- he is not the son of Ned Stark, but is actually a Targaryen with a legitimate claim to the Iron Throne. The Night King and the White Walkers make it through the Wall with the help of Viserion, now an undead dragon of ice. Winter has finally come.

*RECAP OVER*

Season eight picks back up right where it left off. Episode one was released on April 14 and a new episode will be released each Sunday until May 27. There are going to be six episodes this season, which means we are already almost halfway done with the final season. The first two episodes of season eight are all about leading up to the battle. This battle is supposed to be the biggest in T.V. and movie history. Fans all around the world are anxiously waiting for April 28 to come around. Episode two covers the final moments before the battle starts. All the little farewells, the small things that people do before a big battle. We see heartfelt moments between a few characters and some interesting things that happen between a couple others. Episode two left many fans in shock, humor, happiness, and angst as they awaited episode three.

It’s been a long road, and fans aren’t ready to say goodbye to some of their favorite characters, but it is getting to the point where you don’t know who is going to live. The author has no problem killing off favorites, which means the audience has no idea what to expect when episode three hits.

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