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'Game of Thrones': Everything you need to remember for season 8

Make sure you're armed with essential 'Game of Thrones' knowledge ahead of the final series premiere

Kit Harington as Jon Snow and Emilia Clarke as Daenerys Targaryen in season eight of 'Game of Thrones'. Courtesy HBO / OSN
Kit Harington as Jon Snow and Emilia Clarke as Daenerys Targaryen in season eight of 'Game of Thrones'. Courtesy HBO / OSN

Game of Thrones returns to screens for its eighth and final season internationally on April 14 (on April 15 in the UAE). But season seven wrapped in summer 2017, almost two years ago, so understandably you may have a few gaps in your memory. If you have left it a little too late to re-watch the previous series and brush up on your Westeros trivia, allow us to fill you in.

This should go without saying, but, spoilers ahead, proceed with caution...

What actually happens in the final season of Game of Thrones is probably the most closely guarded secret in television. Even if we knew, we wouldn’t want to spoil it for you. But here are three key storylines from series seven that surely need a resolution once and for all:

Winter is definitely coming

The end of the last series saw the huge Wall between the Seven Kingdoms and the wild North brought down by the White Walkers and their zombie dragon, and one of the episodes this year features a massive battle between the Army of the Dead and the army of the living – which one producer said is unprecedented in movies or television. But who will triumph – and which characters will perish in the stand-off?

This image released by HBO shows Vladimir Furdik as The Night King on the season finale of "Game of Thrones." The final season premieres on Sunday. (HBO via AP)
Vladimir Furdik as The Night King on the season finale of 'Game of Thrones.' AP

Is Snow settling?

What we know, but Jon Snow doesn’t yet, is that he and his lover Daenerys, Mother Of The Dragons, are related. He’s getting very friendly with his auntie, even though they’re basically the same age. But this is GoT so incest is, ahem, not exactly unsurprising. Neither of them know, yet, that Jon Snow is also the rightful heir to the Iron Throne. How Daenerys will cope with that given she thinks she’s the queen-in-waiting is likely to define the ending of the show.

Emilia Clarke as Daenerys Targaryen and Kit Harington as Jon Snow in a scene from HBO's 'Game of Thrones' seventh season. AP
Emilia Clarke as Daenerys Targaryen and Kit Harington as Jon Snow in a scene from HBO's 'Game of Thrones'. AP

How will Cersei’s scheme play out?

The devious politicking in season 7 came from Cersei, who promised Jon Snow and Daenerys help with her armies to defeat the Night King, while at the same time recruiting a mercenary army to smash her supposed allies. Will such double-crossing be rewarded? It’s not as if Game Of Thrones has ever been particularly moral…

 Lena Headey as Cersei Lannister in a scene from 'Game of Thrones.' HBO via AP
Lena Headey as Cersei Lannister in a scene from 'Game of Thrones.' AP

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Updated: April 15, 2019 03:25 PM

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