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Game Of Thrones Recap: 12 Biggest Questions Going Into Season 8

Bran Stark at Winterfell

What Will Bran's Powers Be Used For?

Brandon Stark became the Three-Eyed Raven in Game of Thrones season 6 but his ability to see at all points in the past, present, and future may have greater ramifications than just learning the truth about Jon Snow's parents. In a previous vision, Bran saw the creation of the Night King by the Children of the Forest and, in turn, the Night King was able to see Bran in the vision. Somehow the two are linked (possibly because of the theory that the Starks and White Walkers have a common origin).

As the Three-Eyed Raven, Bran can't physically fight in the Great War but that doesn't mean his powers won't have a greater role to play. What role will that be, and whether it will lead to the defeat of the Night King, remains to be seen. But one cool possibility to look out for: as a Warg, Bran might be able to take control of the Night King's ice dragon Viserion!

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Will Jaqen H'Ghar Reappear?

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Arya Stark may feel safe now that she's back in her home of Winterfell surrounded by her family but the youngest Stark daughter may have something else to worry about besides White Walkers: the Faceless Men. After learning the arts of wearing people's faces and becoming an assassin, Arya didn't leave the House of Black and White under the best of circumstances. Will the Faceless Men - or specifically the one Arya once knew as Jaqen H'Ghar - reappear in Game of Thrones season 8 or is a girl safe from any retribution from the Faceless Men?

Will We Return To Essos In Season 8?

Daario Naharis on Game of Thrones

When Daenerys arrived in Westeros in season 7 both she and Game of Thrones seemingly left Essos behind. Yet many of the series' most compelling moments and characters - from Dany's journey to Arya's quest to become a Faceless Man - occurred in the sprawling and exotic continent across the Narrow Sea. Is time spent in Essos really a thing of the series' past?

At the very least, fans expect to see Euron Greyjoy's Iron Fleet ferry the Golden Company from Essos to Westeros to fight for Cersei. However, fans haven't heard from Daario Naharis since Daenerys left him in charge of Meereen when she departed for Westeros. Will Daario and the Second Sons also cross the Narrow Sea and ride to his Khaleesi's rescue at some point in season 8?

How Will Melisandre And Varys Die In Westeros As She Predicted?

Melisandre and Varys

Melisandre left for Volantis in Game of Thrones season 7, but not before making an ominous declaration that both she and Varys "will die in this strange country". This means the Red Woman is certain to return to Westeros one final time in season 8 and she expects her incredibly long life will come to its end, at last. But how will Melisandre die and will she meet the same fate as Varys? Does the red priestess have one final bidding to perform for the Lord of Light - and to whose benefit?

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Who Will Sit On The Iron Throne (And Will It Still Exist)?

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Game of Thrones season 8 has been focused on the Great War in the North against the White Walkers but no matter who wins and who dies, as the season 8 poster reminds fans, the Iron Throne is the final goal. The final question season 8 has to answer is who will sit upon the Iron Throne and rule Westeros when it's all said and done? Will Daenerys achieve her goal and become the Queen she was born to be or will Jon Snow find himself King of Westeros? Alternately, will Cersei achieve her ultimate victory and wipe out her enemies in the name of House Lannister?

Another question to ponder: Will there still even be an Iron Throne when it's all over? When she was trapped in the House of the Undying in season 2, Daenerys saw a vision of the Red Keep's throne room that was engulfed in winter - was this a sign that the Iron Throne will no longer exist at the end of the series? Daenerys has long promised to "break the wheel" if she becomes Queen - could Game of Thrones ultimately end with the Iron Throne destroyed, creating a new culture in Westeros?

Next: Game of Thrones: All Characters Making An Appearance In Season 8

Game of Thrones season 8 airs Sundays @ 9pm on HBO.

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