It was only a short wait of 595 days since we last laid eyes on Game of Thrones, but it was well worth it as HBO’s harrowing epic was back with a bang. Warning: Game of Thrones spoilers ahead.
So, after that big Winterfell reunion, what’s coming next? From the first teaser of Season 8’s second episode, it looks like Daenerys Targaryen is going to give Jaime Lannister a ‘frosty’ reception in the North.
The season premiere rounded off with Nikolaj Coster-Waldau’s Jaime Lannister making it to Winterfell and straight into the viper’s nest. Considering the Kingslayer was the one who shoved Bran Stark from that Winterfell tower AND quite literally stabbed Dany’s daddy in the back, he’s crossed some pretty formidable forces currently residing at the Stark homestead.
It’s doubtful, but Jaime could be thrown to the ‘wolves’. After all, let’s remember there’s been plenty of blood spilled in that room recently (RIP Littlefinger). Most likely, Dany will show the same Lannister forgiveness she gave Tyrion and recruit the golden-handed swordsman to her growing ranks — well, before they’re decimated by White Walkers.
Elsewhere, there’s some creepy narration from Arya Stark. Reminding us all, “death has got many faces… I look forward to seeing this one”, it harks back to her time with the Faceless Men. Again doubtful, but could we see the return of those shifty assassins and Jaqen H’ghar? Well, there was the theory that Littlefinger was one of them and might’ve somehow dodged death in Season 7.
Finally, it looks like Gendry has been hard at work with his dragonglass. Echoing Tyrion on the battlements of King’s Landing from Season 2’s “Blackwater”, the little lord is seen pensively staring out into the darkness toward the army of the dead that is surely heading their way.
There may only be five episodes left *welp*, but expect Game of Thrones to pick up the pace from here on out. As the teaser trailer shows, the Winterfell army is already getting ready for THAT dramatic showdown set to take up all of Episode 3.
Taking a monumental 55 days to film, fans have been warned the Battle of Winterfell will be the biggest action episode a TV show has ever seen.
Rounding off the tales of bastards, cripples, and broken things, showrunners David Benioff and D.B. Weiss set the wheels of Bran Stark’s wheelchair in motion for the final season of slaughter and Starks.
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