As “Game of Thrones” comes to an end, the remaining cast guesses how many characters they’ve said goodbye to over the last seven seasons.
Friends, Andals, First Men: it’s almost time.
The pop-culture juggernaut “Game of Thrones” returns to HBO Sunday (9 EDT/PDT) for its eighth and final season. The fantasy series concludes its run as the biggest hit in the premium cable network’s history. But no one aside from the cast and crew really knows what’s going to happen when the familiar theme music begins Sunday night. Read on for everything we know about “Game of Thrones” Season 8.
Where did we leave off?
It’s been 20 months since we saw a new episode of “Game of Thrones,” so a refresher on the relevant plot details might be helpful. At the end of Season 7, Jon and Dany have sex; Bran and Sam realize Jon is Aegon Targaryen; Arya and Sansa execute Littlefinger; Cersei lies about helping fight the White Walkers; Jaime abandons Cersei; and the Night King breaks through the Wall. Want something more detailed? We recapped every important event from all seven seasons here. Some of those Season 1 details might just pop up again in Season 8.
Who’s still alive?
For a show with a death count as high as Thrones’, quite a few characters (and dragons and wights and White Walkers) are left standing. Scroll through some of the biggest characters still on the show in the gallery below, featuring all of them taking a turn sitting on the famed Iron Throne.
What can we expect?
There’s much secrecy surrounding the final season, but we know that it’s just six episodes long; that the last four episodes will run longer than an hour; and that there are plenty of unanswered questions to address. But for now we can obsess by watching the trailer over and over again.
Why is ‘Thrones’ such a big deal, anyway?
If you don’t watch the fantasy drama that somehow combines dragons, frozen zombies and incest, you may be wondering what your friends have been yelling about since 2011 (and will keep yelling about for the next six weeks). We break down how the series went from everyday fantasy to bonafide phenomenon here. And if you are clued in enough to recite the Azor Ahai prophecy by heart, take a look at our ranking of all 67 episodes and see if you agree. You can also see if you were keenly observant enough to spot these Easter eggs.
What can I possibly watch (or rewatch) before the Season 8 premiere?
Not even the Three-Eyed-Raven could watch all seven seasons before Sunday’s premiere, but if you want a quick catch-up, we offer important seasons and episodes to check out in the time you have left here.
Any ideas about how it will end?
We’re as clueless as you are, but some of the actors whose characters were killed off in past seasons hazarded a guess.
“Game of Thrones,” actors (no matter if their characters are dead or alive) try to figure out how the epic fantasy series will end.
Josmar Taveras, USA TODAY
I’m just here for the celebrities
The stars of the series turned out in full force for the glitzy red-carpet premiere at New York’s Radio City Music Hall on April 3, looking more Hollywood than Westerosi.
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