I watched the Game of Thrones season 8 premier at a friend’s house. He was throwing a party to usher in the show’s final season. We sat around discussing the previous seasons and where we thought the show would go. We even filled out a bracket predicting deaths, who would sit on the throne at the end of the show, who Tyrion’s real parents might be, etc.
So as I strolled down the yellow brick road of Westeros in my mind, I thought of a few of the characters I had met along the way. Lions and Dragons and Wolves, oh my!
The Lions of House Lannister have been the most constant, daily villains. They are a greedy, power-hungry family, currently led by Cersei. Through her actions so many people have died. And her brother, the King Slayer, has been at her side through most of these deeds. Up until the end of last season that is, when he finally seemed to come to his senses, and left her to head North. The hold out Lannister has been Tyrion. Always one to go his own way, he honestly seems to want what is best for Westeros, not just for him and his family.
Further down the road (across the Narrow Sea at the start of the show), we run into the Dragons, both of House Targaryen and literal dragons. Though I would say that characters like Jon Snow and Arya Stark have changed a lot, I would say Daenerys has had the most character growth across the show. From where she was in the first episode, in the process of getting sold off in exchange for an army. To now being the “Mother of Dragons” and fully in control of that same army, as well as other armies and people. Dany and her dragons have been on quite a quest to get where they are.
Next we meet House Stark, the Wolves of Westeros, rulers of the North. The Starks have been trough some crazy adventures, and though their numbers have dwindled, we are left with some amazing individuals. Arya has become quite capable at taking care of herself, and taking care of her Death List. Sansa has learned how to govern and read people very well, as Littlefinger discovered a bit too late to save himself. Bran is now on a whole new level of power as the Three-Eyed Raven. Finally, we have Jon Snow, raised as a bastard, we learned last season that this couldn’t be further from the truth.
These are our main players, and though Cersei has been evil and selfish throughout the series, she isn’t our Wicked Witch. That honor belongs to the Night King and his Winged Monkeys (the White Walkers). Last season he killed, and reanimated, one of Dany’s dragons. In doing so, finally finding the power he needed to take down the wall keeping him out of Westeros. And now he and his ever growing army of the undead are heading straight for all of our heroes.
I may be in Kansas and summer is fast approaching, but winter is certainly here in this version of Oz. And with only five episodes remaining, so much is going to happen. What will Jon do with this new information? What will Dany do if (when) she finds out? How will Cersei deal with now being against both of her siblings, as well as pretty much the whole rest of the world? Will everyone finally come together to fight the White Walkers? Who will sit on the Iron Throne when the credits roll? I’ll be there every episode to find out.