The 8th and final season of Game of Thrones is upon us. If you have time for a quick refresher, we’ll recap Season 7 of Thrones so you’re well prepared for the final 7 episodes. Look out for the white walkers, because Winter Is Coming.
All the shows mini-threats begin to converge as Season 7 opens. Queen Cersei faces enemies from all sides as the combined might of the Mother of Dragons, the Unsullied, the Second Sons the Dothraki, High Garden and Dorne arrive at Dragonstone and prepare for their journey to King’s Landing.
But if we’ve learned anything about the Lannister’s by now, it’s that they’re not to be underestimated. Cersei has at least one Ace up her sleeve in the form of a blood-thirsty Euron Greyjoy. Euron scores several early victories as he decimated the Dornish fleet and distracts the Unsullied long enough for Jamie to sack High Garden. Yara, the Sand Snakes and lady-Olena are all taken off the board, but Olena has the last laugh.
Revealing that she was the one that poisoned Geoffrey even as she commits suicide. While Theon flees rather than face death or capture, he eventually gets in touch with his inner Iron-Born and pledges to save his sister.
At this point, Danny is fed up with her mounting losses. She leads the Dothraki in an attack on the Lannister army, reminding everyone in Westeros how deadly a dragon can be in the right hands. Unfortunately one of the Dragon’s are wounded by one of the Lannister’s inventions aka ‘a big ass arrow’.
Things aren’t going swimmingly in Winterfell either. Even as Arya and Brand finally make their way home for a family reunion. Jon & Sansa bicker over how to lead the North. Jon decides to travel to Dragonstone and form an alliance with Daenerys, while Sansa watches over the North. This is where the sneaky Little Finger comes in.
He nearly succeeds in turning the Stark’s against each other but he finally pushes his luck too far. With the odds against him, Arya adds Little Finger to her increasingly long kill list.
Jon & Danny don’t get along at first. Mostly because Jon is intimidated by the White Walkers to listen to the latest Wanna-Be-King in Westeros sales pitches. Luckily Tyrion convinces Danny to gift Jon with Dragon Glass as a good gesture.
Tyrion then goes back into King’s Landing to convince Jamie to stop fighting. To Jamie’s surprise, Cersei agrees. To her even bigger surprise, Cersei reveals that she’s pregnant. Jon decides the only way to make Cersei see reason is to travel north of the wall and bring back a walker as proof.
To do so, he assembles the ultimate badasses of Westeros. Even with all that muscle, Jon’s team barely accomplished their mission. Thoros dies. Jon is narrowly saved by his Uncle Benjen and Danny uses the 3rd dragon to save Jon. In the process, the Knight King kills the dragon and the dragon falls into the sea.
Regardless, Jon & Danny are able to bring a white walker into King’s Landing and prove to Cersei that these walkers are not to be messed with.
The peace talks fall-short as Jon declines to be neutral as he’s already pled full allegiance to the mother of dragons. Jon also pledges his full ‘something else’ to Danny as well.
Tyrion pleads with Cersei to see reason and believes he’s finally convinced her to abandon the War. But Cersei reveals her plans to Jamie, claiming that she will use the war of the White Walkers to her advantage, hiring the golden company to wipe out Danny’s army when the time is right. This turns out to be the final straw for Jamie as he leaves to do his part in defending his country.
Through it all, Sam has kept himself very busy at the Citadel. Hearing Jora’s greystone infection and studying all sorts of forbidden texts. When he makes it back to Winterfell, he and Bran make a startling discovery. Jon is actually the son of a Targaryan, making him the rightful king of Westeros and Danny’s Nephew.
That discovery might not matter that much in the end though. The season ends with the Knight King vast army marching on East-watch and with a newly minted zombie Dragon that breathes out ice.
The Knight King is able to shatter the wall and finally begin his quest to take over all of Westeros itself.
Winter has arrived.