Tonight will mark the beginning of the end for HBO’s epically-popular series, Game of Thrones. We’ve survived the Red Wedding, the poisoning of cruel King Joffrey (Olenna did it! Celebratory vodka shots, anyone?!?) and Cersei Lannister’s vengeful destruction of the Great Sept of Baelor by wildfire following her iconic Walk of Shame. What is next?

With time now out to binge-watch all prior seven seasons, here’s a quick recap of where the premiere will pick up tonight:

At the end of last season, the Night King and his White Walkers had gathered en masse at the Wall of Westeros, using Daenerys’ newly-undead dragon Viserion to destroy a huge portion of the wall. Oh citizens of Westeros, things do NOT look good for you!

The destruction of the Wall of Westeros. Courtesy HBO

This bodes particularly worrisome just a little farther north at Winterfell, where the newly-reunited sisters Sansa and Arya Stark just knocked off the universally despised Littlefinger. Also there – Lyanna Mormont, Samwell Tarly, Gilly and their infant. Don’t be surprised if you see White Walkers making their arrival at Winterfell in tonight’s premiere. Even if they take out one or both of the sisters, there is still their brother Bran.

Arya (Maisie Williams) and Sansa Stark (Sophie Turner), reunited at Winterfell… for now. Courtesy HBO

George R.R. Martin’s novels reference the prophecy that the dragon to defeat the darkness has three heads – blood-related (awkward!) new lovebirds Jon Snow (Kit Harrington) and Daenerys Targaryen (Emilia Clarke) are heavily favored to be two of those heads (but don’t be surprised if we get a major twist – it IS Game of Thrones, after all). So who might the third hero be? Well Bran Stark does have the ability to transport his consciousness into other living beings. Perhaps he can pull undead dragon Viserion back to the good side.

Can you feel the love between relatives Daenerys Targaryen (Emilia Clarke) and Jon Snow (Kit Harrington)? Courtesy HBO

Following Daenerys and Jon’s meeting with Cersei to discuss a truce in their battle to present a united front against the White Walkers, a fed up Jaime Lannister freed himself of Cersei after learning she planned to betray Jon and Daenerys. Cersei, meanwhile, is plotting with Euron Greyjoy, who is off to Essos to bolster their forces with mercenaries from The Golden Company.

Who do YOU think will sit atop the Iron Throne when the final episode of Game of Thrones airs on May 19th?

 

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