Game of Thrones Recap: All you need to remember from season 7 before we dive into the final season

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THE COUNTDOWN BEGINS! Game of Thrones season 8 is here to leave you shook! But a little homework never hurt anybody.

Cersei’s coronation, the Battle of the Bastards and revival of Arya Stark kept us at the edge of our seats in season 6. Are you ready for a recap on season 7?

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In Riverrun, Arya disguises as Walder Frey and kills his men and noblemen by poisoning them. On her way to King’s Landing, Arya meets Hot Pie, who tells her about Jon’s standing in Winterfell and as the King of the north. She then changes her course of the journey and marches towards Winterfell instead.

In Citadel, Samwell Tarly takes a look at the books about dragon-glass from the restricted area and sends a word to Jon. He also finds Ser Jorah in quarantined in a cell. Samwell uses a forbidden treatment to heal Jorah. Samwell is later forgiven for the same when Jorah, now in pink of his health, leaves Citadel to join his Khaleesi in Dragonstone.

In Winterfell, Jon joins hands with House of Kanstark and House of Umber, despite Sansa’s disapproval.  Jon receives Sam’s letter and prepares to go to Dragonstone, to seek Daenerys’ help. Sansa is left in charge of Winterfell in his place, not before he sternly tells Baelish to maintain his distance.

At King’s Landing, Jaime tells Cersei how they are in grave need of allies. She welcomes Euron, who proposes her for marriage in exchange for his army and a chance to kill Yara and Theon. Cersei declines, blaming it on trust and loyalty when Euron tells her he will prove it to her with a ‘gift’. Cersei elevates Randyll Tarly as the warden of the south, while Qyburn informs her Ballista, a weapon used to kill dragons.

In Dragonstone, Jorah returns to his Queen’s service. Daenerys sends Dornish fleet with the Iron Born to Sunspear while the Unsullied go to Casterly Rock, to lay siege on the Lannisters. Given his ways of working, Daenerys confesses that she doesn’t trust Varys and that she will punish him with death if he ever betrays her. Melissandre reaches the site and suggests Daenerys to invite Jon, while Greyworm and Missandei consummate their relationship.

On their way, Yara’s fleet is attacked by Euron. He kills two of Ellaria’s daughters, while he takes Yara, Ellaria and Tyene, Ellaria’s youngest, as a gift for Cersei. Theon resists his urge to attack Euron and flees from the site instead. 

The shift

Jon arrives at Dragonstone. Daenerys demands his fealty, while he refuses and asks for her help to kill the Wights and the Army of the Dead. On Tyrion’s advice, Daenerys gives Jon access to dragon-glass.

Jaime and Euron attack Highgarden and Casterly Rock respectively. The Lannister forces overwhelm and overrule the Tyrell fleet. Jaime then gives Olenna some poison for a painless death, not before she revealed that she was the one who poisoned Joffrey. She also cunningly add that she wants Cersei to know about it, right before Jaime storms out. 

In the cave, Daenerys and Jon witness the paintings depicting how the First Men and the Children of the Forest joined forces with the undead. Daenerys later learns that the Lannisters have taken Highgarden and that the attack on Casterly Rock was merely a diversion. Melisandre avoids running into Jon and leaves for Volantis instead.

In King’s Landing, Euron proves himself and wins the control over the army and her hand in marriage after the war is over. She chains Ellaria and Tyene in the same cell and poisons Tyene with the same poison that killed Myrcella, forcing Ellaria to watch her daughter die.

Cersei also assures the Iron Bank that their debt will be paid as a wagon full of gold fro Highgarden was en route to King’s Landing under Jaime’s lead.

In Winterfell, Bran returns home and reveals his role as the Three-eyed-Raven to Sansa. He also gives Meera an unemotional goodbye, stating that now, with this new-found responsibility, he isn’t the boy he was before. Baelish then presents him with a dagger that was previously used to assassinate him.

Arya also arrives at Winterfell. She spars with Brienne, unnerving her and Sansa with her exceptional skills. Arya then becomes aware of Baelish’s presence and quickly grows suspicious of his actions.

The twist

Baelish leads Arya to a letter that Sansa wrote in King’s Landing, knowing that she was spying on him. He also tries to isolate Sansa. Sansa, on the other hand, gets her hands on Arya’s bag of faces, which leads to growing tension between the sisters.

Daenerys wastes no time to take action against the Lannisters. She mounts on Drogon and leaves in a heartbeat, her Dothraki fleet riding with her. The Lannisters, shocked by this attack, couldn’t resist the force. The Ballista is used to injure Drogon, but they land safely. Jaime tries to attack them but is saved by Bronn in nick of time from Drogon’s fireblaze, when Bronn dived deep into the lake tackling him. Jaime and Bronn escape the site and flee back to King’s Landing.

Daenerys gives the Lannister survivors a choice to pledge their fealty to her or die. Randyll Tarly and his son Dickon refuse, who are burned on the spot by Drogon’s spew fire. Jon decides to travel beyond the wall to capture a wight to get evidence for Cersei for a temporary alliance.

Ser Davos smuggles Tyrion into King’s Landing, to meet with Jaime and offer him an armistice. Cersei later accepts it and informs Jaime that she’s pregnant. Meanwhile, Ser Davos meets with Gendry and takes him to Dragonstone.

Jon, Jorah and Gendry joined by Tormund’s team and the Brotherhood of the Bannerless march beyond the wall to capture a Whitewalker as evidence.

Baelish’s death

At Winterfell, Baelish sows dissent using Arya's threatening demeanour with Sansa, leading to a trial. To his surprise, Littlefinger discovers that Sansa, Arya and Bran had set him up and were against him the whole time. He finds himself accused of murder, treason and betrayal, with Bran confirming the extent of his crimes. Sansa then sentences him to death and he is executed by Arya. YAS!

 

Expeditions beyond the Wall

 Jon leads a raiding party to capture a wight to bring South as evidence of the White Walkers' existence. After successfully capturing one, the group is besieged by the White Walker army. Jon has Gendry return to send a raven to Daenerys, requesting her help. Daenerys arrives and saves the group from the wights, with the help of her dragons. The Night King, leader of the White Walkers, throws an ice spear at Viserion, one of Daenerys' dragons, and kills it. Daenerys flies off, along with the raiding party, but is unable to save Jon. Benjen Stark, who was unturned, intervenes and sacrifices himself to allow Jon to escape.

When Jon and Daenerys are reunited, Jon pledges himself and the North to Daenerys as Queen. The Night King reanimates Viserion, making the dragon a part of his army.

The beginning of winter

At King's Landing, the wight is presented to the Lannisters. Cersei demands Jon's neutrality in the Great War, but he upholds his oath to Daenerys, provoking Cersei to leave. Tyrion meets privately with Cersei, apparently persuading her to ally. Cersei later reveals to Jaime that she was lying and instead intends to use the Golden Company of Bravos to secure her hold on Westeros. Disgusted, Jaime deserts her and rides north.

 Bound for White Harbor, Jon and Daenerys make love, while Sam, who just arrived at Winterfell, speaks to Brann about Jon’s parentage. They reveal how Jon is a trueborn Targaryen named Aegon and legitimate heir to the Iron Throne as his parents, Rhaegar Targaryen and Lyanna Stark, married in secret. Wait whaaaaat!?!

At Dragonstone, Theon earns the respect of his men and leads them to rescue Yara.

At Eastwatch, the Night King rides the undead dragon Viserion and collapses a section of the Wall with blue dragon fire, allowing the Army of the Dead to march through.

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It’s time now. Winter is here and we cannot wait to embrace it!

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