(Warning: This post contains spoilers for the “Game of Thrones” Season 8 premiere)
Welcome back to Westeros and all of its political turmoil and familial problems.
HBO presented fans with Seven Kingdoms’ worth of drama Sunday night via the eighth and final season premiere of “Game of Thrones.” And while the long-awaited Season 8 opener revealed a handful of answers, it definitely offered up more in the way of questions. But you didn’t actually think everything would be resolved tonight would you? No, of course not.
So let’s start with what loose ends were tied up (or at least tightened pretty securely) by the end of the first of “GoT’s” six remaining episodes. Here’s what we learned tonight.
1. Who tells Jon Snow he’s really Aegon Targareyn?
This task falls to poor Sam in the crypts of Winterfell. In front of a statue of Ned Stark, Sam explains to his best friend how he and Bran discovered Jon is actually Aegon, the son of Lyanna Stark and Daenerys’ older brother, Prince Rhaegar Targaryen, who were married in secret before Jon was born. So while Jon is still half Stark, he is definitely not Ned’s bastard and definitely the rightful heir to the Iron Throne. And definitely dating his aunt.
2. Is Cersei really pregnant?
As far as we can tell from what she said (and didn’t say) during her conversations with Euron on Sunday’s premiere, Cersei was not lying about her pregnancy at the end of Season 7 and is actually with child. Jaime’s child, to be specific.
3. Will Jon ride a dragon?
Not only does Jon ride a dragon alongside his new lover, but he rides Rhaegal, the creature Dany named after her brother/Jon’s father. Of course both the naming and the ride came before Jon learned who his father really was.
4. Does Theon save Yara?
He sure does! Theon manages to rescue his big sis from the boat his uncle Euron has her locked away on, but now she’s headed back home to Pyke and he’s going up north to help Jon and Dany fight the Night King and his Army of the Dead.
5. Where are Gendry and Bronn?
The premiere confirmed Bronn is still chilling in King’s Landing (possibly infected with the pox via intercourse with a prostitute and possibly considering killing Tyrion and/or Jaime) and Gendry made it from the Wall to Winterfell. And Gendry arriving at the Starks’ ancestral home answered another question we had — if and when will he reunite with Arya? He did, and it was adorable and kinda flirty. And speaking of reunions…
6. Will Jon finally reunite with Arya and Bran?
This wasn’t so much an answer we got from the premiere as 100 percent confirmation of a long-awaited moment because the promos had already revealed the remaining Starks would be together again at Winterfell in Season 8. But until we saw the actual reunion happen we would not believe it.
7. How does the North react to Daenerys’ arrival and Jon bending the knee?
Not fantastical? At least not right away. It seems the Northerners aren’t thrilled with Jon at the moment for becoming the Mother of Dragons’ follower instead of remaining King in the North. But maybe this question will eventually have a different answer.
And here’s everything we still don’t know after tonight, a list TheWrap will continue to update each Sunday after a new “Game of Thrones” Season 8 episode airs.
1. What will Jon do now that he knows he’s Aegon?
He has options, that’s for sure. Will he keep it to himself completely? Will he tell only Dany and decide they should keep it between them? Will they rip the Band-Aid off and tell everyone?
2. How will Daenerys react to learning Jon’s her nephew — and the heir to the Iron Throne?
This one-two punch is gonna be rough and it’s hard to say how Dany will process losing her rightful claim to the throne based on the line of succession (whether or not she actually loses it for real, in the end) on top of the that fact she is now dating her nephew.
3. How will Bran and Jaime deal with their awkward reunion?
That stare-down at the end of the Season 8 premiere doesn’t foreshadow an easy makeup for the Kingslayer and the boy he crippled on the series premiere — who now actually knows he is the one responsible for crippling him on the series premiere.
4. Will Daenerys become pregnant with Jon’s child?
Big fan question that plays into a whole lot of “Game of Thrones” ending theories.
5. Is Tyrion in love with Dany and what is he going to do about it?
That concerned look he had on the boat outside of her chambers when he heard Daenerys and Jon having sex speaks volumes about how Tyrion feels for her. But the half-man has never actually said he loves her or what that love might mean.
6. Will Tyrion ride a dragon?
If Tyrion doesn’t get the girl, does he at least get to ride one of the remaining dragons, Drogon and Rhaegal? And of course there is the whole “Maybe Tyrion is a Targaryen?” part to this question too.
7. Will the Rhaegal and Drogon have to kill Viserion?
Speaking of dragons: now that the Night King is in possession of an undead Viserion, will Rhaegal and Drogon have to be the ones to take out their brother so that Dany and Jon can win? Or, will Viserion actually end up smiting his siblings?
8. Where the heck is Melisandre?
She left Westeros at the beginning of Season 7, but told Varys she’d have to come back to die there and he would die there too… and then that was it. Where did she go? When is she coming back? Who is going to perform all the Lord of Light’s miracles with her gone and Thoros dead?
9. Who is the prince/princess that was promised?
Speaking of Melisandre, her visions and prophecies don’t always work out, but she was very confident either Jon or Dany are “The Prince/Princess That Was Promised” — depending on who she is talking to in that particular scene. So who is it?
10. Will there be a Cleganebowl and who will win?
Sandor “The Hound” Clegane and Gregor “The Mountain” Clegane have a brotherly rivalry that’s been brewing since before the series began and deserves a bloody, cathartic on-screen battle now that we’ve hit the final season. If it does take place, will The Hound or his resurrected brother come out on top?
11. Will Cersei’s prophecy be fulfilled and, if so, will Jaime or Tyrion be the one to kill her?
The prophecy Cersei was told as a child by Maggy the Frog has, for the most part, come true. She married the king, not the prince and she had three blonde children who all died. But she also had one baby by Robert, so that’s four, and will have a fifth if the one she’s pregnant with (another one of Jaime’s) comes to term. So the prophecy hasn’t been entirely accurate so far and that means the third part that was foretold, which is that Cersei’s little brother will kill her, may never come to fruition. But if it does, either her twin/lover Jaime or Tyrion could be the one to take her out, seeing as they are both her younger brother, Jaime by mere seconds.
12. What does the Night King actually want?
It’s VERY unclear at the moment why the Night King is marching the other White Walkers and his Army of the Dead south. Why does he want to kill everyone? Does he want to rule? Why? What’s his motivation?!
13. Who will live and who will die?
This one will not have a final answer until the very end.
14. Who will sit on the Iron Throne?
And it’s safe to say this one won’t either.
15. What happens to Hot Pie?
Really, if Hot Pie doesn’t live, what has this all even been about?
“Game of Thrones” airs Sundays at 9/8c on HBO.