‘Game of Thrones’ #ForTheThrone Countdown: “Dragonstone” (S7E1)

‘Game of Thrones’ #ForTheThrone Countdown: “Dragonstone” (S7E1)

Previous Episode: “The Winds of Winter”

 

Episode: “Dragonstone” (Season 7, Episode 1)

Original Air Date: July 16, 2017

Director: Jeremy Podeswa

 

Plot (via HBO)

Season premiere. Jon organizes the defense of the North. Cersei tries to even the odds. Daenerys comes home.

 

Best Moment: Daenerys arrives in Westeros at Dragonstone

From the start of Game of Thrones, Daenerys Targaryen was looking to get back to Westeros, and after six full seasons of a lot of working to get there, she finally arrived onshore at the place she was born: Dragonstone. The episode concludes with Dany and her army arriving on the island (and her dragons flying overhead), with the Mother of Dragons and some of her most trusted allies walking up to and through the castle. No words had to be spoken, as from the moment Daenerys touched the sand, everyone realized the gravity of the moment and allowed her to soak it in. But after getting to the map room, Daenerys turned to her Hand Tyrion Lannister and was ready to plan her claiming of the Iron Throne.

 

Best Quote

“Shall we begin?” – Daenerys Targaryen

 

Trivia (via IMDb)

Jaime is carrying Widow’s Wail, Joffrey’s former sword, last seen in Game of Thrones: Breaker of Chains (2014) placed on Joffrey’s corpse during his funeral. Widow’s Wail is one of two Valyrian steel swords, along with Brienne’s sword Oathkeeper, forged from House Stark’s ancestral blade Ice. Widow’s Wail would have been passed down to Tommen as Joffrey’s heir but he was never shown wielding it, and with Tommen now deceased the sword is presumably in the possession of House Lannister.

 

Character Deaths

-The men of House Frey

 

MVP: Arya Stark

The Hound could have been MVP for continuing his track of redemption by burying the farmer and the farmer’s daughter he left to starve back in Season 4, and it could have been Jon Snow for allowing young Ned Umber and Alys Karstark to keep their homes (“I will not punish a son for his father’s sins, and I will not take a family home away from a family it has belonged to for centuries.”), but Arya Stark is the obvious choice after she wiped out all the men of House Frey while wearing the face of Walder Frey. The opening pre-credits scene (the fifth of the series) of “Dragonstone” could not have been better, as Arya satisfyingly exacted big-time revenge for the Red Wedding. “When people ask you what happened here, tell them the North remembers. Tell them winter came for House Frey.”

 

#ForTheThrone Moment: Daenerys arrives in Westeros at Dragonstone

This very easily could have been Arya eliminating House Frey, but the best moment of the episode was the most critical #ForTheThrone moment, as back in Season 1, this story started with Daenerys—at that point being controlled by her brother Viserys—wanting to get back to her home. In “Dragonstone”, she finally arrived on the shores of Westeros at Dragonstone in a monumental scene to end the episode. The fact that there was no dialogue showed the importance of Dany’s arrival, and it was years in the making—and with her three dragons flying overhead, it just felt right.

 

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HBO Schedule Reveals ‘Game of Thrones’ Season 8, Episode 4 Runtime

HBO Schedule Reveals ‘Game of Thrones’ Season 8, Episode 4 Runtime

As has been the case the last two weeks, the HBO television schedule (which goes five weeks in advance) revealed the runtime for another episode of Game of Thrones’ eighth and final season. Season 8, Episode 4—currently titled “Game of Thrones 71”—has a runtime of 78 minutes.

 

This 78-minute runtime for Season 8, Episode 4 is four minutes below the record-breaker for Season 8, Episode 3 and two minutes behind the longest episode through seven seasons, the Season 7 finale “The Dragon and the Wolf”.

 

In case you missed it from the last two weeks, the runtimes for the first three episodes (Episodes 1 and 2, Episode 3) were revealed on Sundays. Here are the Game of Thrones Season 8 runtimes through the first four episodes:

 

Season 8, Episode 1: 54 minutes

Season 8, Episode 2: 58 minutes

Season 8, Episode 3: 82 minutes

Season 8, Episode 4: 78 minutes

 

So the third and fourth episodes of the final season are two of the longest three episodes of the series, which is what a lot of fans were hoping for as the epic story comes to a conclusion—and there are still the penultimate episode and the finale runtimes to be revealed.

 

We would think episode titles for at least the first one or two episodes of Season 8 might be released sometime around next Sunday, as it’ll be April and the Thrones season premiere will be two weeks away. April 14 is quickly approaching.

 

The eighth and final season of Game of Thrones premieres April 14 at 9:00 PM ET on HBO.

‘Game of Thrones’ #ForTheThrone Countdown: “The Winds of Winter” (S6E10)

‘Game of Thrones’ #ForTheThrone Countdown: “The Winds of Winter” (S6E10)

Previous Episode: “Battle of the Bastards”

 

Episode: “The Winds of Winter” (Season 6, Episode 10)

Original Air Date: June 26, 2016

Director: Miguel Sapochnik

 

Plot (via HBO)

Season Six Finale. Cersei faces a day of reckoning. Daenerys antes up for the ‘Great Game.’

 

Best Moment: Jon Snow reveal/King in the North Part II

This could really be the entire episode, as including the memorable 20-minute opening scene, there are great moments from start to finish. However, combining the Tower of Joy sequence with the present-day scene in Winterfell might only be topped by “The Red Wedding” in terms of all-time moments. Through Bran’s vision, we see young Ned Stark reach the top of the tower where his sister Lyanna is dying in bed after giving birth, and she makes him promise he will protect her baby: Jon Snow.

 

The scene transitions from Ned looking at Jon as a baby to Jon in the present, and he is sitting at the head table in front of all the northern lords. They are debating about whether the Wildlings should join them after helping defeat Ramsay, and Lyanna Mormont steps up to bring everyone together with a fiery speech that ends with: “We know no king but the King in the North whose name is Stark. I don’t care if he’s a bastard; Ned Stark’s blood runs through his veins. He’s my king from this day until his last day.” That leads to the northern lords agreeing with her, and they all name Jon their king like they did for Robb before. As they chant “the King in the North”, Jon clearly feels accepted like he’s never been before: as a Stark.

 

Best Quote

“My name is Arya Stark. I want you to know that. The last thing you’re ever going to see is a Stark smiling down at you as you die.” – Arya Stark to Walder Frey

 

Trivia (via IMDb)

With Walder Frey’s murder, all three orchestrators of the Red Wedding, alongside Tywin Lannister and Roose Bolton, are now deceased. Interestingly, all three were murdered in their own home. Additionally, each was killed in a way resembling the major deaths of the Red Wedding: Tywin was killed by crossbow bolt (Grey Wind), Roose was stabbed at close range (Robb), and Walder Frey had his throat slit (Catelyn).

 

Character Deaths

-Grand Maester Pycelle

-Brother Lancel Lannister

-Ser Kevan Lannister

-Loras Tyrell

-Margaery Tyrell

-Mace Tyrell

-High Sparrow

-Tommen Baratheon

-Lothar Frey

-Black Walder Rivers

-Walder Frey

 

MVP: Cersei Lannister

Wiping out literally all her enemies in one move—at her own trial, no less—is only something that Cersei could pull off, and “The Mad Queen” becomes a reality after blowing up the High Sparrow, Queen Margaery, Loras Tyrell, her uncle Kevan, and countless others. In a way, the High Sparrow brought the destruction on himself for ending trial-by-combats and then not listening to Margaery when something was clearly wrong, but Cersei simply outsmarted him. She did lose her only remaining child when Tommen committed suicide following the terrifying event, but that only makes Cersei more ruthless and feared when she takes the Iron Throne for herself.

 

#ForTheThrone Moment: Daenerys Targaryen sales to Westeros

Cersei eliminating her enemies in one fell swoop was a huge #ForTheThrone moment, but at this point, we’ve been waiting six full seasons for Daenerys to get to Westeros. With her people, an army of Dothraki, strong allies, loyal advisors, a fleet of ships, and three large dragons, Dany could finally sail to her homeland as she looked to re-claim the Iron Throne. The final scene and final shot of Season 6 is one of the most powerful of the series, and it was a great way to end another epic ten episodes and set up the final 13.

 

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‘Game of Thrones’ Star Emilia Clarke Launches New Charity, SameYou

‘Game of Thrones’ Star Emilia Clarke Launches New Charity, SameYou

Game of Thrones star Emilia Clarke has started a charity that she says has been years in the making while also sharing her own moving story that inspired her to start SameYou, which is dedicated to helping young adults get increased access to neurorehabilitation. Clarke made the announcement on her Instagram page.

 

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🎉THE MOST EXCITING NEWS EVER FOR THE FIRST DAY OF SPRING!🎉 The charity I have been working on for a fair few years goes live today!!! 💥💥💥 @sameyouorg is full to bursting with love, brain power and the help of amazing people with amazing stories. @newyorkermag published my story, now I’d like to hear yours! #sameyoucharity #sameyourecovery #braininjury #letschangehowwehelp #letsbreakthesilence #youarenotalone #love #❤️

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The SameYou name basically explains what the charity is about: helping people get more access to rehabilitation after brain injury and stroke and hopefully get back to their usual selves. As Clarke revealed for the first time in an emotional and inspiring piece in The New Yorker, she dealt with two life-threatening brain aneurysms in 2011—the year Game of Thrones first started airing. You should read the article for yourself, but Clarke admitted that at her worst moments she “asked the medical staff to let me die.”

 

Thankfully, with the help of great medical care and the support of her family, Clarke was able get back to the her “same her”, and now she’s started this charity to help other people do the same. She’s also encouraging others to share their own stories of similar hardships.

 

As Game of Thrones comes to an end, hopefully Clarke’s story—and the fact that she dealt with a serious affliction that easily could have taken her life and/or ended her time as Daenerys Targaryen before it really started—helps everyone reflect and appreciate the preciousness of life.

 

You can donate to SameYou here.

‘Game of Thrones’ #ForTheThrone Countdown: “Battle of the Bastards” (S6E9)

‘Game of Thrones’ #ForTheThrone Countdown: “Battle of the Bastards” (S6E9)

Previous Episode: “No One”

 

Episode: “Battle of the Bastards” (Season 6, Episode 9)

Original Air Date: June 19, 2016

Director: Miguel Sapochnik

 

Plot (via HBO)

Slaver envoys demand terms of surrender in Meereen. Ramsay plays the odds in defense of Winterfell.

 

Best Moment: The Battle of the Bastards

HBO and the entire Game of Thrones crew could not have done a better job with the Battle of the Bastards, as the open-field, medieval-like battle might be the best war scene in history—television or movie. “BOB” was set up perfectly with the scene from the night before, with Jon Snow challenging Ramsay Bolton one-on-one, and Sansa Stark stoically telling the Warden of the North what was going to happen to him. Then the actual battle, which starts with Ramsay setting Rickon Stark “free”, only to strike him down with an arrow in front of Jon. From there, the fight was on, as the former Lord Commander’s own cavalry came in just in time as the Bolton cavalry was near him. As indicated in the “Inside The Episode”, Jon is a skilled warrior, but he also had some luck to survive the chaotic scene in which weapons were being swung, arrows were flying, horses were getting taken out, and people were dying left and right.

 

When Ramsay’s forces successfully set up a double envelopment (which Jon was hoping to have his outnumbered army do), it looked like the man that came back from the dead was only brought back to meet his end again. The moment where he was getting trampled, it appeared Jon was going to suffer a soul-crushing death of suffocation in middle of the battle. Even when Jon emerged from the pile to catch his breath, the battle looked lost for his side; until, a warhorn sounded and the Knights of the Vale swooped in to wipe out the Bolton line.

 

When the coward Ramsay retreated back to Winterfell, Jon, Tormund Giantsbane, and Wun-Wun chased him to the castle. After the giant breached the sealed doors, Ramsay put an arrow in his eye, killing him before taunting Jon. Finally, after picking up a Mormont shield and blocking three arrows, Jon had his hands on Ramsay and beat him with his bare hands—until he looked up and realized Ramsay was Sansa’s to kill. The Stark banner promptly getting put back up was long overdue for the family that has gone through so much since leaving the castle.

 

Best Quote

“You’re going to die tomorrow, Lord Bolton. Sleep well.” – Sansa Stark

 

Trivia

The Battle of the Bastards took 25 days to film and had 600 crew members, including four camera crews and seven principle actors.

 

Character Deaths

-Belicho Paenymion

-Razdal mo Eraz

-Slavers armies

-Rickon Stark

-Battle of the Bastards soldiers

-Smalljon Umber

-Wun Weg Wun Dar Wun

-Ramsay Bolton

 

MVP: Sansa Stark

She decided against telling Jon Snow and the others ahead of time, but Sansa Stark, with the help of Littlefinger, was able to secure the Knights of the Vale to join the Battle of the Bastards, and the battle almost certainly would have been lost without them—which would have meant the death of Jon Snow and his allies. And later that night after the Battle of the Bastards, Sansa was the last face Ramsay Bolton saw before his formerly-loyal dogs ate him alive—a fitting end to a brutal villain. Finally back in her home and safe, and a changed person from the last time she was in Winterfell comfortably, Sansa’s smirk as she walked away was a perfect end to “Battle of the Bastards”.

 

#ForTheThrone Moment: Jon Snow emerges from the pile

In the brutal, anything-can-happen world of Game of Thrones, it might’ve been fitting for Jon Snow to be brought back to life just to die by getting trampled in middle of a battle—and after Rickon died in front of him and after dying once already himself, Jon simply could’ve given up hope from the bottom of the pile. But the future King in the North is a true hero, and he fought his way to the top of the pile in an astounding moment, surviving just before the Knights of the Vale arrived to sweep away the Bolton army. Having narrowly survived the Battle of the Bastards, Jon could go on to hold Winterfell and lead the living in the war against the White Walkers.

 

Inside The Episode

‘Game of Thrones’ #ForTheThrone Countdown: “No One” (S6E8)

‘Game of Thrones’ #ForTheThrone Countdown: “No One” (S6E8)

Previous Episode: “The Broken Man”

 

Episode: “No One” (Season 6, Episode 8)

Original Air Date: June 12, 2016

Director: Mark Mylod

 

Plot (via HBO)

While Jaime weighs his options, Cersei answers a request. Tyrion’s plans bear fruit. Arya faces a new test.

 

Best Moment: Arya Stark decides to go home

Because Arya Stark was basically alone in the world ever since her father was executed at the end of Season 1 and wanted revenge, the Faceless Men assassins’ guild seemed like the best way to find her place and eventually get revenge on those on her list. However, when it came to killing Lady Crane—who jealous actress Bianca wanted dead—Arya couldn’t do it, and “No One” starts off with the young Stark severely injured from the Waif’s attack from the previous episode. Learning to fight blind helped Arya when she led the Waif to the grotto where Needle was and sliced the candle to make the room dark—claiming a face for the Hall of Faces. Jaqen H’ghar seemed pleased that Arya came through, saying “Finally, a girl is No One.” But Arya knew exactly who she was and where she belonged. She would finally be heading home.

 

Best Quote

“A girl is Arya Stark of Winterfell. And I’m going home.” – Arya Stark to Jaqen H’ghar

 

Trivia

The episode title “No One” refers to the Faceless Men, which Arya Stark had been attempting to become a part of. Faceless Men serve the Many-Faced God and become “no one,” but Arya decides she must go home to Winterfell.

 

Character Deaths

-Steve

-Ridell

-Morgan

-Gatins

-Faith Militant

-Brynden Tully

-Outlaws

-Lem Lemoncloak

-Lady Crane

-The Waif

 

MVP: Jaime Lannister

Tasked with taking back Riverrun, Jaime Lannister was struggling to get the Blackfish to give it up. While the character arc of Jaime is so good that for many he went from one of the most-hated characters to a fan-favorite, he still showed he has a cruel and heartless side to him when speaking to Edmure Tully, threatening to catapult his son and destroy every Tully alive if that’s what it takes to seize Riverrun and get back to Cersei. It worked, as Edmure demanded his way into the castle and then surrended while also giving up his uncle the Blackfish. Jaime showed no mercy in having the Blackfish killed, but the Lannister knight also showed his other side when he let a rowing Brienne and Podrick go instead of ordering his men to capture them. With Riverrun won, Jaime could return back to King’s Landing to be with the only person he cares about.

 

#ForTheThrone Moment: King Tommen bans trial-by-combat

Jaime and the Lannister army taking back Riverrun was another #ForTheThrone moment from “No One”, but the most critical moment was when King Tommen announced that trial-by-combat would no longer be permitted in the Seven Kingdoms after being convinced by the High Sparrow. Tommen could’ve even make eye contact with his mother, who was planning on using The Mountain in a trial-by-combat to escape her charges, after the announcement; and the situation forced Cersei to take drastic action—which is hinted at when Qyburn tells her the “old rumor” is “much more” than just a rumor.

 

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‘Game of Thrones’ #ForTheThrone Countdown: “The Broken Man” (S6E7)

‘Game of Thrones’ #ForTheThrone Countdown: “The Broken Man” (S6E7)

Previous Episode: “Blood of My Blood”

 

Episode: “The Broken Man” (Season 6, Episode 7)

Original Air Date: June 6, 2016

Director: Mark Mylod

 

Plot (via HBO)

The High Sparrow eyes another target. The North is reminded.

 

Best Moment: The Hound is back

There were a lot of notable moments in this episode, from Jaime’s interaction with the Blackfish to Arya’s near death at the hands of the Waif, but the ending is tough to beat. While Sandor Clegane—who was thought to be dead—returned in the pre-credits opening scene of “The Broken Man”, it’s not until Brother Ray and the villagers are murdered that he’s truly “back,” and it’s impossible not to get pumped up to see him grab an axe right before the screen turns black and the episode ends.

 

Best Quote

“As long as I’m standing, the war is not over. This is my home. I was born in this castle and I’m ready to die in it. So you can either attack or try to starve us out. We have enough provisions for two years. Do you have two years, Kingslayer?” – Brynden Tully

 

Trivia (via IMDb)

The first time Tyrion (Peter Dinklage) has been absent for two or more consecutive episodes.

 

Character Deaths

-Brother Ray

-The villagers

 

MVP: Lyanna Mormont

We found out a little bit about Lyanna Mormont in Season 5 when Stannis read Jon a letter from her that said, “Bear Island knows no king but the king in the north, whose name is Stark”, and it’s even funnier now that we actually see former Lord Commander Mormont’s niece, who Stannis referred to as a “wretched girl.” When Jon, Sansa, and Ser Davos seek men to fight from Bear Island, Lady Mormont is clearly wise beyond her years and not at all overwhelmed by her role, as she questions them and isn’t afraid to be blunt. Davos is eventually able to persuade her to lend her men to the cause, and she proudly states the amount of men Jon can expect: “62.” Lyanna alleviates their concerns about the small number by saying, “We’re not a large house, but we are a proud one. And every man from Bear Island fights with the strength of ten mainlanders.”

 

#ForTheThrone Moment: Jon and Sansa recruit

After making the decision that they would attempt to take back Winterfell from Ramsay Bolton, Jon Snow and Sansa Stark needed a bigger army than just the Wildlings. The two supposed siblings attempted to rally northerners to their cause, but it was a struggle to get some Houses to commit to fight against the Bolton army. Thankfully, Davos Seaworth, who had some experience making convincing speeches (like on behalf of Stannis Baratheon at the Iron Bank), did it again in front of Lyanna Mormont to secure 62 soldiers from Bear Island. As Davos highlighted during his plea, a divided North would never beat the White Walkers—they needed to take back Winterfell in preparation for the bigger war to come.

 

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‘Game of Thrones’ #ForTheThrone Countdown: “Blood of My Blood” (S6E6)

‘Game of Thrones’ #ForTheThrone Countdown: “Blood of My Blood” (S6E6)

Previous Episode: “The Door”

 

Episode: “Blood of My Blood” (Season 6, Episode 6)

Original Air Date: May 29, 2016

Director: Jack Bender

 

Plot (via HBO)

Jaime challenges the High Sparrow. Arya faces a difficult choice.

 

Best Moment: Daenerys makes a speech to the Dothraki

Dany obviously has a very strong connection to her dragons, and at the end of “Blood of My Blood”, she knows Drogon is close as she rides with Daario and the Dothraki. She goes out ahead of them and then reappears on the back of her biggest dragon to give a powerful speech—similar to the one Khal Drogo gave in Season 1—, setting the stage for her goals (taking the Iron Throne) and solidifying the support of the Dothraki.

 

Best Quote

“Stand at the head of our army where you belong. Where father wanted you. Show our men where their loyalties belong. Show them what Lannisters are; what we do to our enemies. And take that stupid little castle back because it’s ours and because you can.” – Cersei Lannister

 

Trivia (via IMDb)

The first appearance (in a flashback) of King Aerys II Targaryen, commonly known as “the Mad King”. The show runners initially planned on including flashbacks on him in the first season and shot scenes with actor Liam Burke, but they were eventually deleted.

 

Character Deaths

-None

 

MVP: High Sparrow

With Jaime Lannister, Mace Tyrell, and the Tyrell army assembling to stop Margaery’s Walk of Atonement, things could have gone very badly for the Faith, as on one hand, trying to win a fight would likely lead to a one-sided massacre, and on the other hand, backing down would make them look weak in front of the people. Tensions were high when Jaime took his horse up the steps to confront the High Sparrow, but he had an ace in the hole with King Tommen coming out in support with a newfound alliance between the Faith and the Crown. The look on Jaime’s face said it all, and as Olenna Tyrell said to her son about the High Sparrow, “He’s beaten us; that’s what’s happening.”

 

#ForTheThrone Moment: Daenerys’ speech to the Dothraki

Daenerys now had her people and her army, but the Dothraki—as amazed as they were with their new Queen—were going to need some motivation to cross the “poison water” and get to Westeros. After sensing and finding Drogon, Dany gave another one of her great speeches to energize the Dothraki before they would take out the Sons of the Harpy in Meereen and go where they’ve never been via “wooden horses.”

 

Inside The Episode

Runtime For Season 8, Episode 3 Of ‘Game of Thrones’ Has Been Revealed

Runtime For Season 8, Episode 3 Of ‘Game of Thrones’ Has Been Revealed

The runtime for the third episode in the final season of Game of Thrones has apparently been revealed, and it’ll be the longest episode of the series to date. The HBO television schedule goes five weeks in advance, and “Game of Thrones 70” is now on the schedule for Sunday, April 28.

 

In case you missed it from last week: Season 8, Episode 1 has a runtime of 54 minutes and Season 8, Episode 2 has a runtime of 58 minutes.

 

Season 8, Episode 3 has a runtime of 82 minutes, which eclipses the 80-minute runtime from the Season 7 finale, “The Dragon and the Wolf”. For those disappointed in the sub-hour runtimes for the first two episodes of the final season, this is a welcome sight.

 

There’s still no word on the episode titles, but it’s possible this 82-minute episode is the Battle of Winterfell. With Season 8 fast approaching, we’ll find out soon enough.

 

The eighth and final season of Game of Thrones premieres April 14 at 9:00 PM ET.

‘Game of Thrones’ #ForTheThrone Countdown: “The Door” (S6E5)

‘Game of Thrones’ #ForTheThrone Countdown: “The Door” (S6E5)

Previous Episode: “Book of the Stranger”

 

Episode: “The Door” (Season 6, Episode 5)

Original Air Date: May 22, 2016

Director: Jack Bender

 

Plot (via HBO)

Tyrion seeks a strange ally. Bran learns a great deal. Brienne goes on a mission. Arya is given a chance to prove herself.

 

Best Moment: Hodor’s origin and death

With the Night King and his army on their way to the cave after marking Bran in a vision, the Three-Eyed Raven is trying to give his successor as much information as possible, so they are at Winterfell when Ned is a kid. However, the White Walkers are geared up and arrive, forcing Meera, Hodor, and Leaf to try to get Bran and escape because he won’t wake up from the vision. The Night King goes inside to kill the Three-Eyed Raven while the others run, and Summer and Leaf both sacrifice themselves to slow the wights down. Meera and Hodor reach the exit with Bran still in the past, and he sees young Hodor there, and the two lock eyes while Meera—back at the cave—is yelling for present-day Hodor to “hold the door” against the wights so she and Bran can escape. That causes the past Hodor to somehow be warged by Bran, and he has a seizure, repeating the line “hold the door” while actually doing so in the present. As the present-day Hodor is clawed at by the Army of the Dead, the young Hodor in Winterfell keeps repeating “hold the door,” which keeps getting shorter and shorter to just simply, “Hodor.” Bran watches helplessly as a sad musical score plays to the credits.

 

Best Quote

“A girl has been given a second chance. There will not be a third.” – Jaqen H’ghar

 

Trivia

With the death of Bran’s direwolf Summer, only Jon’s direwolf Ghost (still with him) and Arya’s direwolf Nymeria (set free to run away after biting King Joffrey) remain alive.

 

Character Deaths

-Three-Eyed Raven

-Summer

-White Walker

-Leaf

-Hodor

 

MVP: Hodor

The Night King had a pretty significant win marking Bran to take out the Three-Eyed Raven, but things would have been a lot worse if not for Hodor’s heroics to allow Bran and Meera to escape. The best part about his sacrifice was that the gentle giant was often too afraid to jump into action, so Bran would have to warg into him. However, this time, the past-day Hodor is somehow warged into, but present-day Hodor is holding the door on his own accord, saving his friends in his final moments as a true hero.

 

#ForTheThrone Moment: Hodor holds the door

In a world as dangerous and violent as Game of Thrones, sacrifices must be made for the greater good, which is what Hodor did for Bran and Meera by holding the door to the cave. Hodor’s true unselfishness was on full display, sacrificing himself to help Bran escape so that he could go on to help the Seven Kingdoms with his power as the new Three-Eyed Raven. The death of a key long-time Stark ally—along with the revelation of the true origin of “Hodor”—is one of the most heartbreaking moments of the series, but it was an important event for the good of the realm.

 

Inside The Episode

‘Game of Thrones’ #ForTheThrone Countdown: “Book of the Stranger” (S6E4)

‘Game of Thrones’ #ForTheThrone Countdown: “Book of the Stranger” (S6E4)

Previous Episode: “Oathbreaker”

 

Episode: “Book of the Stranger” (Season 6, Episode 4)

Original Air Date: May 15, 2016

Director: Dan Sackheim

 

Plot (via HBO)

Tyrion strikes a deal. Jorah and Daario undertake a difficult task.

 

Best Moment: Jon Snow and Sansa Stark reunite

While we never saw Jon Snow and Sansa Stark appear together or talk to each other in Season 1 before they traveled to Castle Black and King’s Landing, respectively, they have both been through a lot during their years away from Winterfell. Since Ned’s execution at the end of Season 1, this is the first reunion of Stark siblings we’ve seen. They at first seem in a state of disbelief to see each other again, and then they have an embrace in which they don’t need to say a word to each other for it to be emotional.

 

Best Quote

“You are small men. None of you are fit to lead the Dothraki…but I am. So I will.” – Daenerys Targaryen

 

Trivia

This is the first episode of the series in which Jon Snow and Sansa Stark appear in a scene together.

 

Character Deaths

-Iggo

-Akho

-Osha

-Moro

-other khals

 

MVP: Daenerys Targaryen

“Book of the Stranger” has an explosive ending, with Jorah Mormont and Daario Naharis attempting to get Daenerys Targaryen out of Vaes Dothrak, but the Mother of Dragons had a plan of her own. It was unclear what exactly Dany had going on when she started lecturing the khals, who all laughed and then became angry at her suggestion that she was fit to lead while they were not, but when she put her hand on the lit brazier, it was clear what was going to happen. The khals burned to their deaths while Daenerys emerged from the temple “unburnt”, shocking the Dosh Khaleen, khalasars, Jorah, and Daario—it was similar to Jon Snow coming back from the dead, as the two leaders were almost looked at as like gods in both situations. The ending was similar to the Season 1 finale, when Daenerys emerged from the flames of Khal Drogo’s funeral with three baby dragons.

 

#ForTheThrone Moment: Daenerys emerges from the flames a second time

Daenerys has done some pretty amazing things to this point, including stepping out of the flames and emerging with three baby dragons back in the Season 1 finale. But she was now in a precarious position years later, looking like she would either have to stay with the Dosh Khaleen forever or die, and all she had was herself—no weapons, no allies inside with her (as Jorah and Daario waited outside), and no Drogon to save the day—while alone with a group of khals in a temple. Yet, Dany was able to get out of the situation and emerged from the flames “unburnt” for the second time—this time, with a people and an army of Dothraki.

 

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‘Game of Thrones’ #ForTheThrone Countdown: “Oathbreaker” (S6E3)

‘Game of Thrones’ #ForTheThrone Countdown: “Oathbreaker” (S6E3)

Previous Episode: “Home”

 

Episode: “Oathbreaker” (Season 6, Episode 3)

Original Air Date: May 8, 2016

Director: Dan Sackheim

 

Plot (via HBO)

Daenerys meets her future. Arya trains to be No One.

 

Best Moment: Bran Stark’s Tower of Joy flashback

Jon Snow takes MVP in “Oathbreaker”, so Bran Stark and the Three-Eyed Raven returning to the past takes the best moment of the episode. After previously going to the past at Winterfell, they now went to the Tower of Joy, where Ser Arthur Dayne and Ser Gerold Hightower were standing guard against Ned Stark and Howland Reed. Dayne, who was considered by many, including Ned Stark, the best swordsman alive, was much better than the honorable Stark and defeated him, but Howland stabbed the Kingsguard member in the back before Ned delivered the final kill. Bran was shocked his father’s victory over Dayne was a lie, and it puts a slight dent into the legend of Ned. Then, when Bran calls out to his father as he heads up the tower steps, which causes Ned to turn around in confusion, it shows Bran can apparently affect the past in some way. The moment built hype, as viewers hoped to see more from the flashback, with Bran clearly wanting to return to it at some point to concretely find out what was going on atop the tower.

 

Best Quote

“My watch is ended.” – Jon Snow

 

Trivia

After Rickon’s direwolf, Shaggydog, was revealed as dead in the offering from Smalljon Umber to Ramsay Bolton, it means there are now only three Stark direwolves remaining: Ghost (Jon’s), Summer (Bran’s), and Nymeria (Arya’s).

 

Character Deaths

-Gerold Hightower

-Arthur Dayne

-Jon Umber

-Othell Yarwyck

-Bowen Marsh

-Alliser Thorne

-Olly

 

MVP: Jon Snow

The episode picks up right where “Home” ended, with Jon Snow alive, gasping, and in a state of shock as Davos Seaworth re-enters the room to see him up and breathing. Melisandre then enters the room and looks as stunned as anyone that the Lord Commander was actually back from the dead, and the Red Priestess was curious about what Jon saw when he died: “Nothing.” Jon was understandably unsettled and fully remembered getting murdered by members of the Night’s Watch, lamenting that he tried to do what was right and failed, and he also questioned why he was brought back. Though Tormund noted “they think you’re some kind of god” because of his return from the dead, Jon had a bit of an icy disposition, which is probably to be expected after you have been killed. To conclude the episode, Jon executed the men that betrayed and killed him, and he had a difficult time looking Olly in the eye at first when giving the four men their last words. Then, Jon gave his Lord Commander’s cloak and command of Castle Black to Edd, announcing that his watch is ended.

 

#ForTheThrone Moment: The Tower of Joy fight

The best moment of the episode is also the biggest #ForTheThrone moment. While this scene occurred in the past via Bran Stark’s powers, it was an event with major implications: with two of the Mad King’s Kingsguard still standing, the war wasn’t completely over. Ser Arthur Dayne was tasked with protecting the heir to the Iron Throne, as Rhaegar Targaryen’s infant child, Aegon (who would come to be known as Jon Snow), was up in the tower with Lyanna Stark. Meanwhile, Ned Stark and his allies were trying to finally get back his sister, which was the purpose of Robert’s Rebellion in the first place.

 

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‘Game of Thrones’ #ForTheThrone Countdown: “Home” (S6E2)

‘Game of Thrones’ #ForTheThrone Countdown: “Home” (S6E2)

Previous Episode: “The Red Woman”

 

Episode: “Home” (Season 6, Episode 2)

Original Air Date: May 1, 2016

Director: Jeremy Podeswa

 

Plot (via HBO)

Bran goes home. The Night’s Watch stands behind Thorne.

 

Best Moment: Jon Snow comes back from the dead

There is no doubt what the best moment of “Home” was, as Davos Seaworth, Eddison Tollett, and some of the others were still protecting Jon Snow’s body and not ready to give up on their dead Lord Commander. However, Melisandre had given up, but was convinced by Davos to give reviving Jon an attempt. As the Red Priestess went through the routine of cleaning and cutting the hair of Jon before saying the prayers, hope had become lost for Tormund Giantsbane, Edd, Melisandre, and Davos, who all walked out of the room defeated. It appeared another beloved character might be lost for good despite all the speculation about his potential resurrection. But then the spiritual connection between Ghost and his owner came to realization, as the direwolf woke from its sleep and appeared joyful, and Jon Snow opened his eyes and took deep, surprised breaths—he was alive.

 

Best Quote

“That’s what I do. I drink, and I know things.” – Tyrion Lannister

 

Trivia

The death of Balon Greyjoy makes it six straight seasons with the death of a king—Season 1: Robert Baratheon, Season 2: Renley Baratheon, Season 3: Robb Stark, Season 4: Joffrey Baratheon, Season 5: Stannis Baratheon (and Mance Rayder)—and he’s the final king involved in the War of the Five Kings to die.

 

Character Deaths

-King’s Landing boaster

-Roose Bolton

-Walda Bolton

-Newborn Bolton

-Balon Greyjoy

 

MVP: Melisandre

In the previous episode, “The Red Woman”, you could see how overcome and subdued Melisandre was when she took off her necklace to reveal how she really was—and how she really felt at the time. She is at her lowest point, with Stannis Baratheon and his army destroyed despite all she thought and all she did, including burning Shireen Baratheon alive at the stake. Of all people, Davos had to be the one to convince Melisandre she had the ability to at least try bringing Jon back from the dead, so she gave it a shot. While the Red Woman felt terrible when her attempt appeared to fail, it did work, and without her, the future King in the North obviously would not have become such.

 

#ForTheThrone Moment: Jon Snow is brought back from the dead

To eventually win the fight against the ultimate enemy in the battle of the living versus the dead, the living was probably going to need Jon Snow on their side. The resurrection of the Lord Commander of the Night’s Watch is a huge #ForTheThrone moment, as it meant having a proven leader to lead the Seven Kingdoms against the Night King and the White Walkers, and we later find out that Ned Stark’s supposed bastard son is actually the true-born child of Rhaegear Targaryen and Lyanna Stark—and the heir to the Iron Throne.

 

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The ‘Game of Thrones’ x Adidas Shoe Collection Has Officially Been Announced

The ‘Game of Thrones’ x Adidas Shoe Collection Has Officially Been Announced

The end is near, but that doesn’t mean you can’t outrun winter in the wars to come. Game of Thrones and Adidas have officially announced a collaboration for Ultraboost shoes based on the HBO series, which will conclude with the final season beginning in just over a month.

 

 

You can click on the link in the tweet above to get a closer look at each of the six options:

 

House Stark (Grey/Core Black/Off White)

 

 

 

White Walker (Cloud White/Core Black/Glow Blue)

 

 

 

House Targaryen (Core Black/Core Black/Scarlet)

 

 

 

Night’s Watch (Core Black/Core Black/Cloud White)

 

 

 

House Lannister (Scarlet/Gold Metallic/Core Black)

 

 

 

House Targaryen (Off White/Silver Metallic/Core Black)

 

 

 

Notably, the first four shoes are listed as “Men’s Running”, while the last two are listed as “Women’s Running”. There doesn’t seem to be a difference besides color, though, so hopefully fans are simply able to get the pair of the House (or faction) they support.

 

The Game of Thrones x Adidas Ultraboost shoes drop on Friday, March 22 at 10:00 AM ET.

‘Game of Thrones’ #ForTheThrone Countdown: “The Red Woman” (S6E1)

‘Game of Thrones’ #ForTheThrone Countdown: “The Red Woman” (S6E1)

Previous Episode: “Mother’s Mercy”

 

Episode: “The Red Woman” (Season 6, Episode 1)

Original Air Date: April 24, 2016

Director: Jeremy Podeswa

 

Plot (via HBO)

Season Six Premiere. Jon Snow is dead. Daenerys meets a strong man. Cersei sees her daughter again.

 

Best Moment: Brienne and Podrick find Sansa and Theon

Following their escape from Winterfell at the end of “Mother’s Mercy”, Sansa and Theon are on the run from Ramsay’s men and dogs, and they’re both freezing after treading through icy water. It looks like they will be brought back to Ramsay when the Bolton men catch up, but two horses come stomping in—with Brienne and Podrick riding them. The two are able to kill all the soldiers with the help of a sword-wielding Theon for the final kill, and then Brienne offers her services for the second time to Sansa. She gave the same oath that she previously gave to Catelyn Stark, and Sansa accepts with some help from Pod to recite the words: “And I vow that you shall always have a place by my hearth and meat and mead at my table, and I pledge to ask no service of you that might bring you dishonor. I swear it by the old gods and the new. Arise.”

 

Best Quote

“He thrust a terrible choice upon us… and we made it.” – Alliser Thorne on the decision to assassinate Jon Snow

 

Trivia (via IMDb)

In order to play Arya Stark as blind, actress Maisie Williams wore large, 16-millimeter contacts that she could not see through.

 

Character Deaths

-Areo Hotah

-Caleotte

-Doran Martell

-Trystane Martell

 

MVP: Davos Seaworth

Brienne, Pod, and Theon all stepped up for Sansa with the Bolton men chasing her, but at Castle Black, Ser Davos started off the season by finding Jon Snow’s lifeless body in darkness and getting some loyalists of the Lord Commander to bring him inside. That allowed the battle lines to be drawn for the Night’s Watch, and having Ghost there with Edd and the others kept the traitors away. Also, even though he has been her adversary for the entire series, Davos suggests that Melisandre could do something to bring Jon back—and we get a significant glimpse at the Red Woman’s magic in the final scene of the episode.

 

#ForTheThrone Moment: Jaime promises Cersei they will take everything back

The first episode of Season 6 is very much a set-up episode, so there isn’t a huge #ForTheThrone moment. After everything that happened to her and then Jaime finally arrived back from Dorne with a dead Myrcella, Cersei might have been at her lowest point. With two of her three children dead, the Lannister queen told her brother of the childhood prophecy which she believed was fate—but Jaime wasn’t buying it. The “Kingslayer” said to forget everyone else and that they’re the only two people in the world that matter—they would take back everything that’s been taken from them, and more. The power play by the Sand Snakes in Dorne was also in consideration for the #ForTheThrone moment.

 

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Runtimes For The First Two Season 8 ‘Game of Thrones’ Episodes Have Been Revealed

Runtimes For The First Two Season 8 ‘Game of Thrones’ Episodes Have Been Revealed

HBO’s TV schedule, which is available online here, goes several weeks in advance. Last weekend, the schedule went all the way up to the first episode of the final season of Game of Thrones, but the runtime was listed at a standard 60 minutes. As early as yesterday, the runtimes for the first two episodes have now been revealed via the online HBO TV schedule, which goes five weeks in advance.

 

Season 8, Episode 1, which is currently just titled “Game of Thrones 68”, has a runtime of 54 minutes. Season 8, Episode 2, which is currently titles “Game of Thrones 69”, has a runtime of 58 minutes.

 

With just six episodes left, these runtimes might be disappointing, but Game of Thrones’ shortest episode (Season 7’s “The Spoils of War”) was one of the best of the series. Still, many fans have been hoping for long feature-length episodes with just six more left before the series is over. The sub-hour runtimes could indicate the Battle of Winterfell probably won’t take place until at least the third episode of Season 8, but nothing is for certain at this point.

 

The one-month mark to the Season 8 premiere is in just a few days, so the official episode titles for at least the first episode or two of the season could be revealed any day now.

 

The eighth and final season of Game of Thrones premieres April 14 at 9:00 PM ET.

‘Game of Thrones’ #ForTheThrone Countdown: “Mother’s Mercy” (S5E10)

‘Game of Thrones’ #ForTheThrone Countdown: “Mother’s Mercy” (S5E10)

Previous Episode: “The Dance of Dragons”

 

Episode: “Mother’s Mercy” (Season 5, Episode 10)

Original Air Date: June 14, 2015

Director: David Nutter

 

Plot (via HBO)

Season finale. Stannis marches. Dany is surrounded by strangers. Cersei seeks forgiveness. Jon is challenged.

 

Best Moment: Jon Snow’s death

The final scene in Season 5 takes place at Castle Black, as the Lord Commander is reading messages when Olly comes to tell him that a Wildling has seen his Uncle Benjen alive. However, Jon Snow is just as shocked as the viewer when he walks outside to see a stake that’s labeled “TRAITOR” is put up with members of the Night’s Watch surrounding it. Then, he can only turn to face his men before Alliser Thorne sticks a blade in his heart and says, “For the Watch,” and several men follow him up by doing the same. Finally, Jon is on his knees, when Olly walks up with tears in his eyes to provide the final blow and repeats the phrase. The Lord Commander collapses to his back and blood pours out of him on the cold, white snow as the Stark theme plays and another hero has been killed.

 

Best Quote

“For the Watch.” – various

 

Trivia (via IMDb)

Originally, Stephen Dillane had several lines in the scene when Brienne takes her revenge on him, but they were all cut when his performance carried it all. “Go on, do your duty” is all he needed.

 

Character Deaths

-Selyse Baratheon

-Stannis Baratheon

-Baratheon general

-Myranda

-Meryn Trant

-Myrcella Baratheon

-Jon Snow

 

MVP: Theon Greyjoy

This could be the High Sparrow for showing he’s in charge after making Cersei walk the streets of King’s Landing naked, or even Alliser Thorne for organizing Jon Snow’s execution, but Theon is able to somewhat break the Reek persona to save Sansa Stark. Not only does he keep Sansa unharmed by pushing the arrow-wielding Myranda to her death, but he also has enough confidence to take a leap off the Winterfell walls into the snow below in order to escape with Sansa.

 

#ForTheThrone Moment: Cersei walks to the Red Keep

Cersei Lannister had a tough stretch after being imprisoned by the High Sparrow and the Faith Militant, but she was motivated to get back to her son—and to get out of a terrible situation in a cell. The High Sparrow would allow her back to King Tommen while she awaits a trial for the charges against her, but she would have to take a walk of atonement—naked and bare-footed—from the Sept of Baelor to the Red Keep. At the end of the appalling display, after Qyburn was the only one to greet her along with a monstrous zombie-like Gregor Clegane, you could see in Cersei’s eyes that she would exact revenge on her enemies.

 

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‘Game of Thrones’ #ForTheThrone Countdown: “The Dance of Dragons” (S5E9)

‘Game of Thrones’ #ForTheThrone Countdown: “The Dance of Dragons” (S5E9)

Previous Episode: “Hardhome”

 

Episode: “The Dance of Dragons” (Season 5, Episode 9)

Original Air Date: June 7, 2015

Director: David Nutter

 

Plot (via HBO)

Stannis confronts a troubling decision. Jon returns to the Wall. Mace visits the Iron Bank. Arya encounters someone from her past. Dany reluctantly oversees a traditional celebration of athleticism.

 

Best Moment: Drogon rescues Daenerys Targaryen

The death of Shireen Baratheon, who was burned at the stake upon insistence from Melisandre and orders from her father Stannis Baratheon, can easily be considered the best moment of “The Dance of Dragons” because of the utter shock and heartbreak of it, but the moment in the Great Pit of Daznak is hard to top. Daenerys Targaryen was reluctant to even sanction the fighting in the pits, but she did, and Jorah Mormont, who returned to the city after his second exile, fought and defeated five others for his Queen’s glory. Then, Jorah threw his lance in the stands toward Daenerys, striking a Son of the Harpy that was about to assassinate the Dragon Queen.

 

The scene could have stopped there and it would have been among the best gladiator-like scenes in the history of television or film, but then major chaos ensues, as the rest of the Sons of the Harpy attack, killing Hizdahr zo Loraq and forcing Daenerys, Jorah, Daario, Tyrion, and Missandei down into the fighting pit with some Unsullied protecting them. After one exit was blocked, the group made its way toward the other exit, but more Sons of the Harpy poured into the pit, surrounding them. Jorah, Daario, and the Unsullied were doing their best to fight off the enemies to keep them away from their Queen, but it looked like this would be the end for the last known remaining Targaryen.

 

Dany held Missandei’s hand, closed her eyes, and appeared resigned to the fact that it would all end here—until the screech of a dragon could be heard, and Drogon flew in to lay waste to those trying to harm his mother. Drogon took some damage, but Daenerys eventually went from about the worst possible situation to safely flying off on a dragon. The expression on Tyrion’s face throughout the crisis captures what we were feeling as viewers, as the evident dread while trying to survive the attack turned into wonder and awe when Dany rode off.

 

Best Quote

“Forgive me.” – Stannis Baratheon to Shireen Baratheon

 

Trivia (via IMDb)

In the audio commentary of this episode in the Blu-Ray, it was stated that the reason Drogon could be so badly injured in the Fighting Pits is that he’s just an adolescent dragon. His impenetrable adult scales haven’t come in yet.

 

Character Deaths

-Shireen Baratheon

-Hizdahr zo Loraq

 

MVP: Drogon

The MVP selection was easy, as Daenerys Targaryen—along with Tyrion Lannister, Jorah Mormont, Missandei, and Daario Naharis—was likely going to die if Drogon didn’t show up to take out the Sons of the Harpy. After witnessing the death of Ned, the Red Wedding, and the death of Shireen earlier in the episode, Dany getting killed in middle of the fighting pit, which she was not a fan of, seemed like a realistic possibility when her eyes shut—but the dragon connection with the Targaryens came into play, and Drogon saved the day.

 

#ForTheThrone Moment: Shireen is burned at the stake

“Dance of Dragons” is one of the best episodes of the series, but its biggest #ForTheThrone moment is pretty simple—and incredibly heartbreaking. Stannis Baratheon has been singularly focused on taking the Iron Throne since we first saw him back in Season 2, and he’s shown very strong conviction while trying to claim what he believes is his by right—if he makes a decision, he’s going to stick by it. Left with no good options, Stannis decided to listen to Melisandre—who had previously shown him the power of king’s blood—and allow his daughter to be burned alive. “The One True King” looked completely drained and distraught as Shireen learned her fate, but he couldn’t bring himself to stop the terrible tragedy. While it didn’t work out in the end for Stannis, this distressing moment occurred because he badly wanted the Iron Throne.

 

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‘Game of Thrones’ #ForTheThrone Countdown: “Hardhome” (S5E8)

‘Game of Thrones’ #ForTheThrone Countdown: “Hardhome” (S5E8)

Previous Episode: “The Gift”

 

Episode: “Hardhome” (Season 5, Episode 8)

Original Air Date: May 31, 2015

Director: Miguel Sapochnik

 

Plot (via HBO)

Arya makes progress in her training. Sansa confronts an old friend. Cersei struggles. Jon travels.

 

Best Moment: Attack on Hardhome

Huge moments have happened in other episodes, but typically the penultimate episode is when the biggest moment of each season occurs. Jon Snow, Tormand, and others going to Hardhome was an attempt to get the Wildlings there to join them against the army of the dead, and it seemed to be a success. However, to everyone’s shock (even book readers), the White Walkers ambush the village in what turns out to basically be a massacre. Jon Snow’s fate is in peril throughout, particularly when he faces off with a White Walter, but Longclaw doesn’t shatter from the ice blade, which surprises them both, and Jon is then able to strike and kill him. The entire scene was just 20 minutes of utter chaos, and it ends with Jon, Tormand, and Edd barely escaping on the boats, while the Night King confidently stares down the Lord Commander and turns everyone his army just massacred into wights. There’s basically no sound during the chilling ending, and it sets up the Night King as the show’s main villain.

 

Best Quote

“The Long Night is coming, and the dead come with it. No clan can stop them. The free folk can’t stop them. The Night’s Watch can’t stop them. And all the southern kings can’t stop them. Only together. All of us. And even then it might not be enough, but at least we’ll give the f***ers a fight.” – Jon Snow

 

Trivia (via IMDb)

Fifty stunt performers and two hundred extras worked on the Hardhome sequences for a sixteen-day filming period over three weeks in a cold, rainy November. The mantra on set used to cope with the grueling filming conditions was “Go hard or go home.”

 

Character Deaths

-The Lord of Bones

-Loboda

-White Walker

-Karsi

 

MVP: The Night King

This could have been Jon Snow for killing the White Walker and his overall heroics, as things could have gone a lot worse without him there, but it’d be unwise to consider “Hardhome” a win for anyone other than the Night King. As if killing thousands wasn’t a big enough blow to the living, he also turned the lives he took into wights for his army. The stare down with Jon was our first good look at the Night King, and he will tear through Westeros if the rest of the realm doesn’t take him seriously.

 

#ForTheThrone Moment: The Night King raises the Army of the Dead

The massacre at Hardhome was bad enough, as tens of thousands died before Jon Snow and Tormund Giantsbane were able to convince them to all come south of the Wall, but then the Night King added all the dead to his army as wights. With an eye towards the Seven Kingdoms and potentially the Iron Throne, the Night King now had a massive Army of the Dead that looked unstoppable. The White Walker’s attack on Hardhome is one of the biggest #ForTheThrone moments of the series.

 

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The Season 8 ‘Game of Thrones’ Trailer Is Here

The Season 8 ‘Game of Thrones’ Trailer Is Here

It’s here. The official trailer for the eighth and final season of HBO’s Game of Thrones has just been unveiled.

 

 

The trailer sets the stage for what’s sure to be a hectic set of events in Westeros, with the focus appearing to be up North, mainly at Winterfell. It starts with an Arya Stark voiceover as she’s running and hiding from something, then it transitions to voiceovers from Bran Stark, Jon Snow, and then Jaime Lannister, all while previewing upcoming scenes from Season 8. Finally, the trailer ends with the living and the dead facing off before a battle at Winterfell.

 

Daenerys Targaryen’s remaining dragons Drogon and Rhaegal are both very prominent in some of the bright moments of the two-minute trailer, but much of the trailer gives a dark outlook on the Seven Kingdoms. Jaime likely made his way up North after leaving King’s Landing in the Season 7 finale, but it looks like Cersei Lannister is happy with whatever is going on in the capital. And while it’s probably his horse in the final shot of the trailer, the Night King was not actually shown in the trailer.

 

This comes a week after HBO revealed 20 character posters for the final season.

 

The end is near, and if you haven’t had time to refresh your memory on everything, you can follow our #ForTheThrone countdown, which is currently in Season 5 and started with the first episode, “Winter Is Coming”.

 

You can also check out our family trees to keep track of all the allegiances and deaths (with spoilers through Season 7), along with a non-spoiler version for those just starting the series.

 

Season 8 of Game of Thrones premieres April 14 at 9 PM ET on HBO.

‘Game of Thrones’ #ForTheThrone Countdown: “The Gift” (S5E7)

‘Game of Thrones’ #ForTheThrone Countdown: “The Gift” (S5E7)

Previous Episode: “Unbowed, Unbent, Unbroken”

 

Episode: “The Gift” (Season 5, Episode 7)

Original Air Date: May 24, 2015

Director: Miguel Sapochnik

 

Plot (via HBO)

Jon prepares for conflict. Sansa tries to talk to Theon. Brienne waits for a sign. Stannis remains stubborn. Jaime attempts to reconnect with family.

 

Best Moment: Tyrion meets Daenerys

The entire point of Jorah Mormont capturing Tyrion Lannister earlier this season was to bring him to Queen Daenerys, and interestingly enough, the reason Tyrion was in Essos was to meet the Mother of Dragons anyway. When Jorah is set to fight as a slave for the first time, Dany is there to watch, and he quickly runs through the other fighters before taking off his helmet and showing his face. However, Daenerys wants him out of her sight, but he says he brought her a gift—and Tyrion walks out on cue, saying, “It’s true. He has.” When Daenerys asks who he is, he continues, “I am the gift. It’s a pleasure to met you, Your Grace. My name is Tyrion Lannister.” All he got was a shocked looked by Dany, but this was the first time that two of the most important characters in Game of Thrones meet.

 

Best Quote

“This is the right time and I will risk everything because if I don’t, we’ve lost. We march to victory, or we march to defeat. But we go forward. Only forward.” – Stannis Baratheon

 

Trivia (via IMDb)

Maester Aemon is the show’s first character to die on-screen from natural causes. The only other characters known to have died from natural causes are Hoster Tully, who only appeared on-screen as a corpse at his funeral, and Old Nan, who is considered deceased by the show’s writing canon after the death of Margaret John (who played her), though her death was never mentioned on-screen.

 

Character Deaths

-Maester Aemon

-Old servant woman

 

MVP: High Sparrow

“The Gift” could have ended with Tyrion finally meeting Daenerys, but over in Westeros, Cersei basically goes to mock Margaery while she sits in a cell, and then goes to see the High Sparrow. The leader of Faith Militant and the Lannister queen seem to be on the same page at first, but their conversation slowly turns against Cersei—“What will we find when we strip away your finery?” Then, the mood gets tense as the High Sparrow tells the story of a young man who came to him; it was Lancel Lannister, and he told of Cersei’s sins. The episode concludes with Cersei being thrown into a cell, and suddenly, the High Sparrow is arguably the most powerful person in the kingdom.

 

#ForTheThrone Moment: Stannis says they will continue marching

Stannis Baratheon is a very decisive person, so when he made the decision to march to Winterfell, it wasn’t a decision he was going to turn back on. While Davos Seaworth tried to convince his king that the men were not ready to fight, winter was coming, and Stannis didn’t want to get stuck at Castle Black for years—he saw this as his chance to take the Iron Throne, and he was going to follow through on it right now. Also, Stannis had confidence in Melisandre, who hinted at an ace in the hole—one that “The One True King” clearly didn’t want to think about—while reminding him the power of king’s blood.

 

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‘Game of Thrones’ #ForTheThrone Countdown: “Unbowed, Unbent, Unbroken” (S5E6)

‘Game of Thrones’ #ForTheThrone Countdown: “Unbowed, Unbent, Unbroken” (S5E6)

Previous Episode: “Kill the Boy”

 

Episode: “Unbowed, Unbent, Unbroken” (Season 5, Episode 6)

Original Air Date: May 17, 2015

Director: Jeremy Podeswa

 

Plot (via HBO)

Arya trains. Jorah and Tyrion run into slavers. Trystane and Myrcella make plans. Jaime and Bronn reach their destination. The Sand Snakes attack.

 

Best Moment: Sansa Stark is married to Ramsay Bolton

Obviously, this is not considered a good moment, but it’s perhaps the most controversial in the history of Game of Thrones. The wedding itself was actually a beautiful scene with a quiet ceremony in a snowy Winterfell, but afterwords, Ramsay forces Sansa to consummate the marriage in a distressing end to the episode. As explained on the “Inside The Episode”, the marriage ceremony was a merging of the “Old North” (the Starks) and the “New North” (the Boltons), but the loyal Northerners did not want it to happen because the Boltons were traitors from the Red Wedding. Similar to the massacre of the Stark army, this moment is so heartbreaking that it makes it one of the most memorable of the series.

 

Best Quote

“That explains the golden hand.” – Bronn when Jaime Lannister says he likes to improvise

 

Trivia (via IMDb)

The first time that the derogatory nickname of Olenna Tyrell (“Queen of Thorns”) is mentioned on-screen.

 

Character Deaths

-Ghita

 

MVP: Littlefinger

Back in King’s Landing, Cersei Lannister is not on to Littlefinger’s real plans to play her and the Boltons against each other, and she had no idea he set up the marriage between Sansa Stark and Ramsay Bolton. With everyone—Sansa, the Boltons, Cersei—thinking Littlefinger is on their side, he is putting himself in a position to come out on top no matter what happens, as he continues to show he might be the best at “the game” in Westeros.

 

#ForTheThrone Moment: The Tyrells are imprisoned

Littlefinger’s cunning moves—playing both sides by promising Cersei Lannister the Knights of the Vale if they are needed in exchange for being named Warden of the North while also marrying Sansa Stark off to the Boltons—was also a noteworthy #ForTheThrone moment as the self-made man looked to work his way up to the Iron Throne. However, Cersei basically setting things in motion for an inquest of Loras Tyrell led to both the heir to High Garden and his sister Margaery, the Queen, getting thrown into cells. This was obviously good for Cersei as she looked to keep control of King Tommen, but empowering the High Sparrow would eventually backfire on her.

 

Inside The Episode