Here are our biggest questions going into Game of Thrones season 8. The final season of HBO's megahit series will only be comprised of 6 episodes, though the second half of the season will have its runtimes extended to 80 minutes. Still, with many fan-favorite characters still alive (at least at the beginning), there is a ton of ground season 8 must cover to wrap up the series' multiple storylines.
At the end of Game of Thrones season 7, the Night King used his ice dragon Viserion to burn down a section of the Wall, allowing the Army of the Dead to enter the North. Daenerys Targaryen and Jon Snow sailed to Winterfell together and consummated their attraction to each other - while Bran Stark announced to Sam Tarly that Jon is really the son of Rhaegar Targaryen and Lyanna Stark, which makes him heir to the Iron Throne. Meanwhile, at King's Landing, Queen Cersei went back on her promise to send the Lannister Army north to fight in the Great War, which prompted Jaime Lannister to abandon his twin sister/lover and ride to Winterfell alone.
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The war against the White Walkers is the most important order of business, at least in the first half of season 8, but there are numerous plots to wrap up and characters whose destinies will be revealed (and many of them are expected to die). With so much riding on Game of Thrones season 8, here are the biggest questions we hope to see satisfying answers to.
- This Page: Questions About Jon, Daenerys, and Sansa
- Page 2: Questions About The Lannisters
- Page 3: More Questions About Season 8
How Will The Reveal of Jon Snow's Real Identity Change... Everything?
Game of Thrones begins season 8 in an unusual postion where the fans (and Sam Tarly and Bran Stark) are the only ones who know that Jon Snow was born Aegon Targaryen and that he's heir to the Iron Throne. Most of the characters, including Jon himself, are blissfully unaware - but that won't last long. It's not clear when this bombshell will drop in season 8 but it will inevitably change... everything.
Jon and Daenerys began a love affair with a specific power structure in place: he bent the knee to her and swore fealty as King in the North. Finding out they're really aunt and nephew may not change much from Daenerys' viewpoint since, as a Targaryen, her family is used to incest (Jaime Lannister also may just bemusedly shrug at the news). Jon, however, will have his whole world upended - and so will all of his followers in the North. Will the revelation that Jon is a Targaryen create a divide between those loyal to Dany and those loyal to Jon? Will their relationship suffer or even end because of it? There are so many factors to consider that what happens when everyone knows about Jon is one the most intriguing aspects of season 8.
Will Daenerys Win Over Sansa?
Sansa was already displeased with Jon for going to Dragonstone and then joining the North to Daenerys' war with Cersei (without consulting her). Now, Winterfell is ground zero for the war with the White Walkers and Jon is bringing his girlfriend home to meet his family. We know from a Game of Thrones season 8 first look that Sansa (perhaps begrudgingly) welcomes Daenerys and tells her, "Winterfell is yours, your grace", but will she ever trust the Dragon Queen?
Sansa, who has grown shrewder over the years, is definitely someone who bears watching, especially when everyone finds out Jon is half-Targaryen and the son of Lyanna Stark instead of Ned's. This may strengthen Jon's claim to the Iron Throne but it may also weaken Jon's claim to Winterfell. Will Daenerys win over or become an enemy of Ned Stark's oldest trueborn daughter?
Is Tyrion Going To Sabotage Jon And Daenerys' Relationship?
The last time fans saw Tyrion Lannister in Game of Thrones' season 7 finale, he was lurking with a heartbroken look outside Daenerys' cabin, well aware that she and Jon Snow had succumbed to their passions. This puts Tyrion in an awkward position since, besides being the Hand of the Queen, he's also secretly in love with Dany. The question is whether Tyrion will continue to put his duty to serve Daenerys ahead of his own selfish interests.
After all, at some point, the truth about Jon's true identity will be revealed and it will drastically alter the political landscape - which is Tyrion's domain. If Jon's claim to the Iron Throne proves to be stronger than Daenerys', will Tyrion sabotage their love affair to protect his Queen's rights (while simultaneously maneuvering himself into the romantic picture)? Though Tyrion has always liked and respected Jon, Tyrion's loyalty (and self-interest) lie with Daenerys - unless the Imp betrays the Dragon Queen. No matter what, Tyrion is still a scheming Lannister at heart.