Catch up on the war for Westeros with our Game of Thrones season 8 recap

So Game of Thrones season 8 is making a lot of people very angry right now. Showrunners David Benioff and D.B. Weiss knew they couldn't please everyone when it came to ending the visceral fantasy drama, but I doubt they expect the internet to collectively melt down over a coffee cup. In any case, we're recapping every episode of Game of Thrones season 8 right here, including the latest; The Bells. Meanwhile, the Game of Thrones prequel TV show hits are TVs next year, so don't expect the end of Westeros just yet.

Here is also where you can find every scrap of information we know about Game of Thrones season 8, from the cast to the Game of Thrones season 8 trailers, to posters, to our own predictions for Game of Thrones ending. A word of warning though: if you weren’t ready to wave goodbye to Game of Thrones now, you definitely will be by the end of this article. Unless you’re in deep, deep denial like me. Anyway, just read below for everything we know about Game of Thrones season 8! 

Also, do not go anywhere near the plot section if you want to stay clear of any and all spoilers... you have been warned. Plus, if you want to know exactly how we're dealing with Game of Thrones spoilers, we've got you covered.

Fast Facts:

  • Game of Thrones season 8 release date: April 14, 2019 at 9PM (US)/April 15, 2019 at 9PM (UK), then every Sunday/Monday until May 27
  • Game of Thrones season 8 episodes: 6
  • Game of Thrones season 8 showrunners: David Benioff, D.B. Weiss
  • Game of Thrones season 8 cast: Peter Dinklage, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Lena Headey, Emilia Clarke, Kit Harington, Liam Cunningham, Sophie Turner, Maisie Williams, Alfie Allen, Nathalie Emmanuel, Gwendoline Christie, John Bradley, Isaac Hempstead Wright, Hannah Murray, Rory McCann, Iain Glen, and more
  • Game of Thrones season 8 directors: David Nutter, Miguel Sapochnik, David Benioff, DB Weiss
  • Game of Thrones season 8 writers: Dave Hill, Bryan Cogman, David Benioff, DB Weiss

Game of Thrones season 8 recap

Game of Thrones S8.01 - Winterfell

The Game of Thrones season 8 premiere begins in symmetry with the very first episode of the show itself, but instead of The Lannisters arriving at Winterfell, it's Daenerys and an army of Unsullied, alongside Jon Snow and her band of advisors (plus two, increasingly hungry dragons). Cue a bittersweet reunion with the remaining Stark children, and a slightly more tense introduction between Sansa and Daenerys. The Lady of Winterfell remains sceptical of the Dragon Mother's right to the Iron Throne, it seems. 

Indeed, as the Stark homestead becomes the last stand for every last bannerman in the North, most still consider Jon their King, despite the fact he bent the knee to Daenerys in season 7. Which brings us to Samwell Tarly, who - after learning that Daenerys killed his family when they refused to surrender - finally tells Jon the truth of his parentage, and begs him to accept his birthright as ruler of the Seven Kingdoms. Jon, as you can imagine for someone who just learned he's sleeping with his auntie, is lost for words. Further north, at Last Hearth, Tormund, Beric, and Eddison discover a gruesome graveyard of corpses left as a sign by the Night King, who's marching ever closer to Winterfell...  

Meanwhile, in King's Landing, Cersei finally accepts Euron Greyjoy to her bed chambers after he brings her a new army in the form of The Golden Company. Unaware that Cersei is already pregnant, the self-proclaimed king of the Iron Islands wants to give the Queen Mother a prince, but it's possible she might pass off Jamie's unborn child as his own. Around the same time, Qyburn also asks Bronn to assassinate both Jaime and Tyrion for the Queen, but it's unclear if he's willing to go ahead with it at this point. Speaking of, the episode's closing scene sees Jaime arrive at Winterfell, only to be met with an icy stare by Bran Stark, who seems to finally remember the cause of his "fall" that kicked off this sorry chain of events all the way back in season 1. Fresh start, guys? 

Game of Thrones S8.02 - A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms

Season 8's second episode, A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms, is all about the calm before the storm, as the Night King continues his march towards Winterfell, starting with the matter of Jaime's arrival at Stark HQ. While Daenerys considers all the things she could and should do with the man who killed her father, Sansa and Brienne of Tarth manage to persuade her to keep the kingslayer around... at least while the Night King is still at large. Jon, meanwhile, is avoiding Dany like the plague, cursed with the knowledge that the pair are related following the bombshell reveal Sam unleashed in the last episode. The Mother of Dragons instead uses her time to mend relations with both Tyrion and Sansa, though the question of whether the North will support this Queen isn't yet resolved following a testy conversation with the latter.

Later that evening, Winterfell's war council settles on a plan of action for the battle ahead. The idea is to send the women and children into the safety of the Stark crypts, while Bran is to be used as bait to draw the Night King out from his army and into the Godswood – killing the three-eyed Raven is the undead monarch's first step in his plans to wipe out the memory of mankind. By this point, Tormund, Beric, and Eddison have all made it back to Winterfell, as has Reek... sorry, Theon, who promises to protect Bran with his band of Ironborn, much to the joys of Sansa, who may well be sparking up a romantic relationship with this old childhood friend. Speaking of romance, Arya and Gendry also embark on a surprise fling after the latter finally crafts the dragonglass spear that Arya has been so desperately craving, while Tyrion, Brienne, Tormund, Davos, Jaime, and Podrick hang out by the warmth of the fire as they await their impending demise.

There's song, there's wine, there's even a story about Tormund killing a giant and suckling on the teet of his wife for three months (yes, really), and even a heartwarming scene as Jaime officially declares Brienne an official Knight of the Seven Kingdoms. I'm not crying; you're crying. It's not all fun and games for Jon and Dany, though, who are about to have their first lover's tiff after Jon finally reveals that he is Aegon Targareyn – rightful heir to the Iron Throne. Dany, as you might imagine, isn't all that happy about the news. Their argument is cut short, however, as episode 2 ends with the Night King's much anticipated arrival at Winterfell, alongside an army of White Walkers, setting the scene for next week's epic; a 90 minute-long showdown that promises to be the biggest battle in entertainment history. 

Game of Thrones S8.03 - The Long Night

The Long Night is all about one thing, and one thing only; the Battle of Winterfell. The war between the Night King's army and those tasked with defending Stark HQ begins, like all good wars, on the open battlefield outside the castle gates, as Daenerys' Dothraki army (lead by Ser Jorah) charge towards the undead, their swords lit up by Melisandre's magic, who has conveniently returned from her mystery endeavours in Volantis at the last minute to aid in the fight. The Dothraki are quickly defeated, however, and the undead masses return the aggression by charging into Winterfell's first line of defence, which includes Grey Worm & the Unsullied, Brienne, Jaime, Tormund, Sam, Eddison, The Hound, and Beric, among others. 

Meanwhile, Jon and Dany mount up and take to the skies on Drogon and Rheagal, reigning hellfire down upon the undead to take pressure off the ground troops, but it's not enough. Winterfell's armies retreat back into the castle, overwhelmed by the sheer number of attackers (RIP Eddison), but another helpful dose of magic from Melisandre to light up the surrounding trench buys them some brief time to recover. It's not long, though, before the Night King turns up riding an undead Viserion, and orders his army to use each other as a bridge to safely cross the trench. Inside Winterfell's walls, Brienne, Jaime, Arya, and others try to keep the invaders at bay (including Lyanna Mormont, who trades fatal blows with an undead giant), while Jon and Dany take on The Night King from above. The White Walker's leader eventually falls from his dragon, but Dany's efforts to burn him to a crisp prove to be useless, and he heads for Godswood, raising the dead (including the Stark corpses below the crypts) to keep Jon from pursuing. 

Meanwhile, Arya finds herself trapped within the Winterfell library, pursued by the enemy, but she's soon rescued by The Hound and Beric, resulting in a noble sacrifice from the latter, as Melisandre reveals protecting the Stark girl was his predestined purpose this whole time. Just outside Godwood, Dany saves Jon from a horde of undead Unsullied, but falls off Rheagan in the process, only to herself be rescued by Jorah at the last minute (which, sadly, doesn't end well for our loyal servant to the Dragon Queen). Within the Godswood itself, Theon and the Ironborn's ring of protection around Bran begins to crumble, as the Night King himself arrives, eventually killing Theon to leave the three-eyed Raven defenceless. 

But, surprise(!), just before he can plunge his sword into the youngest surviving Stark, Arya leaps onto The Night King's back, and thrusts a Valyrian Steel dagger into his belly, turning him and all of his followers (including Viserion) into ash. And thus, just like that, the Battle of Winterfell is over, with only five major casualties (Theon, Eddison, Beric, Lyanna, and Ser Jorah) to count. The episode ends with the sight of Melisandre walking out into the snow, removing her necklace to reveal her true self, and succumbing to a quiet demise. The Lord of Light, it seems, is finally done with The Red Woman for good. 

Game of Thrones S8.04 - The Last of the Starks

Episode 4 begins in mourning for those who lost their lives at the Battle of Winterfell, as the victors burn the bodies of the dead outside the castle walls. But grief eventually turns to joy as, later that evening, a feast is held to celebrate the defeat of the White Walkers. Daenerys appoints Gendry as Lord Baratheon of Storm's End, Tormund tries and fails to woo "the big woman", while Sansa and Sandor Clegane have a quiet heart to heart, looking back on how far they've both come since their King's Landing days. Spurred on by his new status as a Lord, Gendry proposes to Arya, asking her to join him at Storm's End, but she's having none of it. Jon and Dany also have an uncomfortable conversation in private, in which the Dragon Mother begs the former to keep his real identity a secret so she can successfully maintain her claim to the throne. But Jon is just too good natured to make that kind of promise, and eventually spills the beans to Arya and Sansa. In better news, Jaime and Brienne finally... uh, make their bed together, and all hope of a Brienne-Tormund romance is lost for good. 

The next morning, the War Council decide to begin their attack on King's Landing, with Jon and the Northmen setting out on horseback while Daenerys, the Unsullied, and her advisors travel to Dragonstone by sea. Tormund and the free folk, however, head back beyond the wall, taking Ghost with them, while Arya and The Hound sneak off to King's Landing for some unfinished business. Jaime, Brienne, Sam, Gilly, Brann, and Sansa are staying behind to hold the fort at Winterfell, but not before Sansa shares her secret about Jon to Tyrion, who then reveals the news to Varys. On their voyage to Dragonstone, the Eunuch and the Dwarf begin to express doubts about whether Daenerys should really be queen, with Varys eventually swinging completely over to Jon's side, and hinting at plans to assassinate the Dragon Mother outright. But, before any of that can happen, Euron Greyjoy and the Iron Fleet turn up out of nowhere, killing Rheagal with a barrage of giant arrows, destroying most of the Dany's ships, and kidnapping Missandei. 

The Khaleesi wants to respond with a full blown attack on King's Landing, but Cersei has tactically brought the city's populace inside the Red Keep, meaning an assault would result in hundreds of civilian casualties, so she decides to try bargaining with the Queen in the hopes of circumventing that scenario. Back at Winterfell, upon hearing the news of Cersei's attack, Jaime rides out to King's Landing, rejecting Brienne's pleas to stay with her, seemingly with the intention to go and save his sister/lover before it's too late. The episode ends at the walls of Cersei's increasingly shrinking kingdom, where Dany, Tyrion, Varys, Grey Worm, and a small group of Unsullied soldiers attempt to hold peace talks with the Queen Mother, asking her to stand down and surrender to avoid any further bloodshed. She responds by having The Mountain behead Missandei right in front of them, leaving Daenerys enraged, and ready for war. 

Game of Thrones S8.05 - The Bells

The Bells is an episode of two parts, the first section being a political thriller in Dragonstone, as the seeds of betrayal are sown and Varys begins sending letters about the truth of Jon's lineage to... goodness knows who. Jon himself has arrived at Dragonstone, too, but remains fiercely loyal to his queen despite Varys' attempts to entice him with his true calling as the one true King. Unfortunately, once Tyrion finally spills the beans to the Dragon Mother about Varys' plans, she burns the Eunuch alive. Meanwhile, it transpires that Jaime has been captured by the Unsullied on his way to King's Landing but, after organising an escape route from beneath The Red Keep for his siblings (via Davos' old smuggling connections), Tyrion secretly frees his brother, begging him to get Cersei to surrender and ring King's Landing's bells before Daenerys destroys the city completely.

The following morning, the siege of King's Landing begins, and the episode turns into a full blown war story. The battle kicks off with Drogon and  Daenerys' attack on the Iron Fleet, which quickly reduces Euron's navy to soggy timber, and destroys every last Scorpion crossbow that Cersei had up her sleeve. After Drogon takes out the city walls, Jon, Grey Worm, and the rest of Daenerys' army make quick work of The Golden Company, who surrender after a blistering defeat at the front lines. But, despite the ringing of the Bells, Daenerys has had enough of being the merciful Queen, and begins a full scale demolition of the city, killing anyone who happens to get caught in Drogon's barrage of flame. On the ground, both Jon and Tyrion are dismayed as the Unsullied begin to attack the surrendered army and innocent civilians while Dany unleashes hellfire from above, and Jon eventually orders his men to retreat. 

Cersei, meanwhile, has been watching her kingdom fall from the safety of the Red Keep in horror, and Qyburn eventually persuades her to make an orderly escape. Also in the Red Keep, however, are Arya and The Hound, who have arrived to take down Cersei and The Mountain respectively, but - after a heartwarming tete-a-tete - Sandor Clegane convinces Arya to forget her kill list and escape the city while she still can. For once, she takes The Hound's advice to heart, and leaves. Jaime has also managed to find his way into the Keep via a secret route on the coast, but finds a washed up Euron looking for his final fight. The two trade fatal blows with one another, but Jaime continues on in search of Cersei, despite receiving a mortal wound from the now dead Greyjoy King. Inside the Keep, The Queen, Qyburn, and The Mountain are making their exit, but bump into Sandor, whose big brother is so determined to fight him that he disobeys Cersei's orders to stay by her side and kills an angered Qyburn with a swift punch to the throat. And just like that, the long awaited Cleganebowl begins. We could describe the brutal fight that everyone's been waiting for in great detail, but the TL;DR is that the Sandor sacrifices himself to kill his own brother, sending them both flying out of the Keep and into the flames below.

A distraught Cersei finally runs into Jaime, who rushes her down to his planned escape route, only to discover that the way out has been blocked by rubble. The pair share one last hug before the Lannister's empire literally crumbles down upon them, killing them both. But, back to Arya, and her attempt to escape the city, as she witnesses first-hand the destruction and human tragedy that Dany is unleashing upon the city, and barely escaping the chaos with her own life. After being knocked unconscious, the Night King's killer awakes to a city strewn with ash, rubble, and corpses, and the episode ends with her riding out amongst the mass graveyard on horseback. One wonders whether the assassin has just added another name to her list, and if that prophesy about the green eyes may still be fulfilled after all... 

Game of Thrones release date

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Now that it's begun, the Game of Thrones season 8 release date is... technically, every week from here on out. Hooray! Its premiere aired on Sunday, April 14 on HBO at 9PM in the US, and it airs in the UK the following day, on Monday, April 15 at 9PM on Sky Atlantic or Now TV. Each new episode will air at the same time respectively each week on those channels, right up until May 26/27, which is when Game of Thrones officially comes to an end with the season 8 finale. 

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Game of Thrones season 8 trailers

Finally. We’ve been blessed with a full-length Game of Thrones season 8 trailer, with almost two minutes of glorious footage. There’s tons to pick out from it, like - for a start - the fact that Drogon and Viserion appear to have been snacking down on humans, Arya is getting all creepy with the fact that she’s looking forward to see another of Death’s many faces (but still looks scared out of her mind at the beginning), and there’s plenty of shots of the cast in the dark, preparing for war against the Night King’s army. 

Plus what on earth is Arya running from? We spotted that something's been edited out of the trailer, but whether it's a wight or a zombified Ghost remains to be seen... No sign of Viserion, one of Daenerys’ now-undead dragons, though… but best not to dwell on that too much. Above you can see it in all its majesty and finally realise, like I am right now, that this is the last ever series of Game of Thrones and oh my god it’s just sinking in. Help. Keep reading for every other Game of Thrones season 8 trailer we've had so far.

HBO are truly spoiling us now, as we have two new Game of Thrones season 8 trailers. Ok, so they might only be about 40 seconds long each, and they reuse footage that we’ve seen before, but knowing how strict HBO is with spoilers we should probably be thankful that we’re getting them at all. You can watch them both below, with one centered around fighting together, and another around surviving… just pray to the Seven that your favourite character makes it out of Game of Thrones season 8 alive. 

In an interview with Entertainment Weekly, showrunner D.B. Weiss said that he wishes “there were no trailers”, but his wishful thinking doesn’t mean there won't be any Game of Thrones season 8 trailers... 

When pressed about whether they’re still making Game of Thrones season 8 trailers Weiss assured EW that their minds were changed when they saw the trailer for Westworld. Cue a sigh of relief.

Having said that, we're still waiting for a Game of Thrones season 8 trailer containing actual footage from the show, with the highly anticipated Game of Thrones Super Bowl trailer turning out to be nothing more than an ad for Bud Light (above)...

The longest and most recent Game of Thrones season 8 trailer we've had (above) still doesn't contain any actual footage from the show! Clocking in at 1.44, the Game of Thrones season 8 trailer shows Jon, Sansa, and Arya in Winterfell's underground crypt, haunted by the memory of their parents.

As the three Starks traverse the dark and dank hallways, past the remains of previous members of House Stark, you can hear the voices of Lyanna (Jon's mother), Ned, and Catelyn from past seasons. Finally, the trio comes face-to-face with statues of themselves, but they don't have long to be stunned by their graves as an icy chill descends, indication only one thing... the Night's King.

Roar!

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While the Game of Thrones season 8 trailer clearly doesn't contain any actual footage from the new season, that hasn't stopped fans from speculating over every little detail. The most popular theory seems to indicate that it might spell doom for Sansa and Arya as their statues look young, while Jon's looks older. Could this mean that the two female Starks won't survive the final season, while Jon lives to a grand old age? Maybe, maybe not... 

The other interesting thing to note is that Bran is nowhere to be seen in the trailer. What would be the reason for the other surviving Stark child to be absent? Sure, he's not exactly in the running for the Iron Throne, but neither is Arya. And the feather that fell from Lyanna's statue when Jon past? That's the same feather that Robert Baratheon placed in her hand in the very first episode of Game of Thrones. 

Here it is! A Game of Thrones season 8 trailer containing actual footage from Game of Thrones season 8 (above). Ok, so there's only about five seconds of footage mixed in with teasers for other upcoming HBO series, but still, it's all we've got, and it does show the very first meeting between Daenerys and Sansa at Winterfell.

You can see the footage for yourself from 0.40 and, is it just me, or does Sansa not look happy? Her mouth says, "Winterfell is yours, my grace," but her eyes say 'Who the hell are you?' Something tells me that Sansa isn't going to be too happy about Jon bending the knee to the Mother of Dragons.

We've got another bit of footage from Game of Thrones season 8 (above) - it's only a couple of seconds, mind you - but it depicts an astounded Arya as she sees Drogon flying overhead for the first time. With the Unsullied and Dothraki coming to Winterfell, it looks like this Stark is already bewitched by Dany's children. Let's just hope she doesn't get too close and become the second character in the show with a missing limb (*cough* Jaime *cough*).

One of the first Game of Thrones season 8 trailers we got wasn't much more than a teaser showing a clash of fire and ice (above). Debuting at Comic Con Experience in Sao Paulo, Brazil, the cryptic, 30-second sneak peek depicts the familiar map of Westeros (which resides in the ancestral home of the Targaryens, Dragonstone) overcome by frost and flames.

It seems to imply that Game of Thrones season 8 will have all the death, destruction, and devastation we've come to expect (and then some) from the show, and there's no telling who'll come out on top when these forces of nature meet.

Game of Thrones season 8 posters

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Whereas HBO is definitely withholding footage from the final season, we at least have some official Game of Thrones season 8 posters now with the above 20 character posters. Depicting all the major characters sitting on the Iron Throne - even those who seem unlikely to rule Westeros, like the Hound and Davos - the Game of Thrones season 8 posters send a clear message: Anyone could win out in Game of Thrones season 8. Yes, even the Night King.

Plus Entertainment Weekly have released 16 - yes, 16 - covers that show us the core characters of Game of Thrones season 8. Dany, Jon, Arya, Sansa: they’re all there. Should I be worried about the lack of Tormund? Yeah, probably. You can see every single one in the gallery below. 

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Game of Thrones season 8 episodes

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There are just six Game of Thrones season 8 episodes. Yep, that’s right: six. One less than the already curtailed season 7. Given how much needs to be fitted into these episodes, that’s a bit of a concern. The good news is they’re all whoppers, with most of them running at over an hour long. With the Game of Thrones season 8 runtimes confirmed by HBO at last, you can find all the lengths below.

  • Game of Thrones season 8 episode 1 (April 14) - 54 minutes 
  • Game of Thrones season 8 episode 2 (April 21) - 58 minutes 
  • Game of Thrones season 8 episode 3 (April 28) - 1 hour 22 minutes 
  • Game of Thrones season 8 episode 4 (May 5) - 1 hour 18 minutes 
  • Game of Thrones season 8 episode 5 (May 12) - 1 hour 20 minutes 
  • Game of Thrones season 8 episode 6 (May 19) - 1 hour 20 minutes 
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Turns out filming them took a hell of a long time too, as Jorah Mormont himself, Iain Glen, has been quoted in the Daily Express as saying: “We all sat down for the read-through of six feature-length episodes. They took longer to film, cost more, and are more surprising.”

They're going to be a spectacle too, which was hinted by HBO CEO Richard Plepler during an interview with Variety. "It’s a spectacle. [David Benioff and D.B. Weiss] have done six movies. The reaction I had while watching them was, ‘I’m watching a movie,’…They knew the bar was high. They’ve exceeded the bar. I’ve watched them twice without any CGI and I’m in awe. Everybody’s in for an extraordinary treat of storytelling and of magical, magical production." Wow. 

Miguel Sapochnik and his crew will be back to direct two episodes in season 8 (we know they're episodes 3 and 5). He’s the guy who was responsible for Hardhome in season 5, and final episode The Winds of Winter in season 6 (which won an Emmy), so that's good. He certainly knows how to shoot an impressive action scene. Elsewhere TV veteran David Nutter (Winter is Coming, The Rains of Castermere) is back to do episodes 1, 2, and 4. 

But what of the all-important final episode? Showrunners DB Weiss and David Benioff are directing that one themselves - the first time they’ve helmed an episode of the series… So no pressure then. 

It’s certainly going to be an epic finale. One battle sequence took 55 straight nights to film – more than double that of the previous biggest fight (the Battle of the Bastards, which took 25 days). That sounds fairly epic. According to a note to the cast and crew from Jonathan Quinlan (below), it was filmed over three different locations, for 11 weeks, and "You'll never see anything like it". Sounds a lot like the final, final battle between humanity and the White Walkers…

Game of Thrones season 8 cast

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It goes without saying that all of the (still breathing!) regular Game of Thrones characters will be part of the Game of Thrones season 8 cast, but there will also be a smattering of new faces as well.

Marc Rissman (The Man in the High Castle) is playing Harry Strickland. A rare character from the books that hasn’t yet appeared, he’s the leader of the Golden Company, expected to be fighting on the side of wicked Euron Greyjoy. 

Danielle Galligan (Strangers in the Park) will be playing a character called Sarra. Digging into the books, we know of a Sarra Frey, so it seems like she's the most likely person Galligan will be portraying. The role she plays is unclear, but Galligan is trained in small arms combat, so she's probably going to be fighting (like everyone else).

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Bronte Carmichael (Christopher Robin) is said to be playing Martha - a young northerner, though we know little else about the character yet. Interestingly, when it was revealed that the casting directors had been looking for a “straight-talking Northern-accented girl, someone remarkable for her dauntlessness and integrity”, the speculation was that she would be playing Lyanna Stark. Could Martha just be a code-name? 

We also know that casting directors were looking for a boy of about 8-12 years to play someone from a poor background, "a boy who has to fight to make his way in the world," but there's currently no word on who's been cast in this role. 

Alice Nokes (EastEnders) has been cast as Willa, a character who might be a recast version of the Wildling child seen in Game of Thrones season 5 classic Hardhome.

Interestingly, Entertainment Weekly writer James Hibberd sat in on filming of the very last episode, and asserts that “there are characters in the finale that I did not expect,” which, frankly, could mean anything at this point.

If you were hoping to see a glimpse of the man who started your obsession with Game of Thrones, I’m afraid you’re going to be disappointed: George R.R. Martin refused a cameo in Game of Thrones season 8 because he couldn’t make it to Belfast in time. Dang. 

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