The final season of Game of Thrones(GOT Season 8) is finally at hand. Every week before a new episode, The News21Chaupal’s Reporter’s will offer up a guide to the must-see moments of the coming installment. What should you expect from the latest adventure of Jon Snow (Kit Harington), Tyrion Lannister (Peter Dinklage), Daenerys Targaryen (Emilia Clarke), and anyone else who is still lucky enough to be alive? Who will die this week? What monstrous twists have creators David Benioff and Dan Weiss cooked up as Thrones rushes toward the end of the line? Chew on those questions and more in the story ahead.
Game of Thrones Season 8 Details
Episode title: “Episode 1” (the official title has yet to be released)
Directed by: David Nutter
Written by: Dave Hill
Air date: April 14, 2019
Runtime: 54 minutes
Number in series: 68 of 73 total episodes
1. We will finally get CleganeBowl
Yep, it’s finally going to happen. Sandor ‘The Hound‘ Clegane will fight and kill his brother Gregor ‘The Mountain Zombie’ Clegane. The Mountain has killed plenty and done a lot of horrible things for his Lannister masters. He killed the Viper in one of the show’s best fight scenes ever. And he gave his little brother all those burns when they were kids.
Now, in the 8th season of Game Of Thrones, we’ll get the fan service we so badly desire, and the revenge that the Hound has so desperately needed for so long now.
The fight will come, it will be so brutal, and the Hound will win. He may actually die in the fight—honestly, I think it’s quite likely that he will—but he’ll die knowing that his monstrous brother has finally died and for good this time.
2. Jon Snow and Daenerys won’t live happily ever after
It’s entirely possible that Dany won’t care that she and Jon Snow are related. The Targaryen’s never really did mind the whole incest thing. But I do think she’ll be upset when she discovers that Jon is actually next in line for the Iron Throne (even if she does, ultimately, want to “break the wheel.”)
Jon, on the other hand, is more Stark than Targaryen and much, much more concerned with traditions and doing the right thing. That generally does not include sleeping with one’s aunt, no matter how attractive she may be. I don’t think he’ll be at all okay to learn that the woman he’s just begun sleeping with is a close blood relative. And he will learn it because the truth of his parentage will come out this season.
3. Jaime will kill Cersei
Jaime left King’s Landing and his sister’s court at the end of Season 7. He rode north, and we’ve seen images of him dressed in Northern armor. There’s no doubt in my mind that the Lannister heir has gone over to the other side, refusing to stand by while his sister continues to plot and conspire.
I think it’s only fitting that he’s the one to finally kill her—or at least be there when she dies. It’s entirely possible that she’ll die of suicide or in some other way, but no matter what happens, Jaime will be there. I think he might be the one to kill her for a few reasons.
He’s already “Kingslayer” for one thing. That’s a nickname he got for killing the man he was sworn to protect as a King’s Guard. Then again, the Mad King Aerys had it coming. And so does the Mad Queen Cersei.
“The things I do for love,” Jaime once said. Indeed.
4. The season will feel too short and too rushed
I love Game of Thrones, but I was sorely disappointed by Season 7 of this tremendous show. I worry—a lot—that I’ll be just as disappointed by Season 8.
Season 7 was so rushed, with so many convoluted plots and so many instances of characters acting like idiots, that it felt like the whole thing was just glued together as fast as possible and then pushed out with fancy special effects.
The story of political drama, carefully constructed characters, and choice and consequences, was abandoned in favor of big set-pieces and fast travel.
I have no reason to suspect that Season 8 will be different, though I really hope I’m wrong on this point. I want this to be a great season with an ending that shakes us to our cores. I worry it’s going to be more like when Sansa and Arya “trick” Littlefinger and kill him on the spot.
That was like the showrunners trying to be as clever and exciting as Martin is but missing just about everything that Martin does to weave a good story.
5. The ending will inspire George R.R. Martin to write
I freely admit this is just wishful thinking on my part. But if I were Martin, and I saw the TV show lap my books, I’d be inspired to write more and write faster. If I saw my greatest work finished before I finished it, with an ending that wasn’t really the ending I planned, I’d want to set the record straight.
If I were George R.R. Martin I would want the true story to be told, not this adaptation, not the fanfic this show has become. This is especially true ever since showrunners David Benioff and D.B. Weiss decided that they wanted to hurry up and finish the show as fast as possible so that they could move on to other projects (like Star Wars).
I still don’t understand why HBO didn’t just hand the show over to new showrunners so that they could get at least one more season out of this. Or two season of 10 episodes instead of two seasons with 7 and 6 episodes respectively. Even Martin thinks the show is wrapping up too soon.
Well, he’s the only one who can fix this mess and the only way he can do it is to release The Winds of Winter and A Dream of Spring before, well, before it’s too late.
We’re trying not to be too hyper-specific with these predictions because Game of Thrones Season 8 is at its best when it defies expectations and throws some curveballs at us. For all We know, Cersei will remain on the Iron Throne. And Jon will remain King in the North. And Daenerys will sacrifice herself to stop the Night King, leaving all of Westeros in a massive, bloody stalemate.
But that feels too inconclusive. We honestly don’t know how this should all end and We don’t envy HBO’s team or Martin the impossible task of doing it in a way that will satisfy everybody. We guess we’ll know at least a little bit more this evening when Game of Thrones returns for its Season 8 premiere.