GAME of Thrones returns for the final season in April and fans will finally see who wins the Iron Throne after eight years of bloody battles in the Seven Kingdoms.
Series 8 will see Jon Snow and Daenerys Targaryen lead the final battle to save Westeros from the White Walkers – but scheming Cersei Lannister will stop at nothing to remain on the throne.
Over eight years and 67 episodes, there’s a lot to keep up with – so where did we leave Westeros at the end of series 7?
Here are the most important moments from the last series for a quick catch up…
- The Night King slayed Daenerys’ dragon Viserion, turned it into a zombie ice dragon and used it to break through the wall.
- The White Walkers are marching south after the north’s final defence has failed.
- Jon Snow captured a White Walker and showed it to Cersei Lannister but she refuses to help the north fight the army of the dead.
- Daenerys Targaryen and Jon Snow hooked up for steamy sex on a boat.
- Samwell Tarly and Bran Stark revealed Jon Snow is RELATED to Daenerys through his legitimate Targaryen birthright – his true name is Aegon Targaryen.
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Need to know more? Read the full series 7 episode explainer below to discover how the last series played out week by week.
Episode 1: Dragonstone
Daenerys and her fleet of ships land in Westeros and she assumes control of the Targaryen’s ancestral seat of Dragonstone.
In King's Landing Cersei and Jaime Lannister are preparing for war and they are visited by Euron Greyjoy who offers Cersei a gift to try and win her hand in marriage.
Arya Stark continues her journey of revenge by poisoning every member of House Frey – as payback for their part in the Red Wedding.
She meets a group of Lannister soldiers – one is played by guest star Ed Sheeran – and joins them at their campfire for dinner and to swap stories.
In Winterfell Jon Snow and Sansa Stark are preparing for war and disagree on the right course of action.
The Hound and the Brotherhood Without Banners discover an abandoned farmhouse and take shelter from the snow.
The Hound sees a frightening vision in the fire about the White Walker invasion at Eastwatch.
Episode 2: Stormborn
In Winterfell Jon and Sansa are still disagreeing on how to prepare for war with the White Walkers.
Littlefinger gets in a fight with Jon over Sansa and is given a harsh warning.
Arya learns that Sansa is alive and Lady of Winterfell so she ditches her plan to travel south to kill Cersei and instead travels north. She meets her direwolf Nymeria on the way.
In the Citadel, Samwell treats Jorah Mormont for his greyscale after being forbidden to do so by the Archmaester.
In King's Landing, Sam’s father Randyll Tarly joins forces with the Lannisters.
Euron Greyjoy attacks Daenerys' fleet capturing Ellaria Sand and her daughter Tyene and Yara Greyjoy. But Theon saves himself by jumping overboard.
Episode 3: The Queen's Justice
Euron brings Ellaria Sand and her daughter Tyene to King's Landing as a wedding gift for Cersei and she promises to marry him after the war.
Cersei locks the prisoners in a cell under the Red Keep and poisons Tyene forcing Ellaria to watch her daughter's slow death.
Daenerys meets Jon Snow at Dragonstone and he refuses to bend the knee to her.
Instead, he asks to mine dragonglass from under Dragonstone to make weapons to fight the White Walkers.
Dany sends the Unsullied to take the Lannister family home Casterly Rock.
They are successful as most of the Lannister army are absent – instead busy capturing Highgarden and taking the family's gold to pay back a loan to the Iron Bank.
Jaime gives Lady Olenna Tyrell poison wine and she drinks and confesses she was the one who plotted to kill his son Joffrey at the Purple Wedding.
Bran Stark is reunited with his sister Sansa but seems very distant.
Jorah Mormont is cured of his greyscale.
Episode 4: The Spoils of War
Arya arrives in Winterfell and has an emotional reunion with her big sister Sansa and little brother Bran.
She trains with Brienne of Tarth in the yard and shows off her sword skills using a Valerian Steel dagger as a second sword.
At Dragonstone Jon shows Daenerys ancient cave paintings in the dragonglass mine that show the first men uniting to fight against the White Walkers.
Theon arrives on Dragonstone and is reunited with Jon after their childhood spent together.
"What you did for her is the only reason I'm not killing you," Jon says, remembering how Theon saved Sansa.
At the end of the episode Dany flies her dragon Drogon and leads her Dothraki army against the Lannisters.
She destroys the army and when Jaime charges at her with a spear he narrowly avoids death by dragon fire as Bronn tackles him into a river – saving his life.
Episode 5: Eastwatch
Jaime and Bronn are still alive after the battle and they return to King’s Landing.
Cersei tells her brother and lover Jaime that she is pregnant with her fourth child.
Meanwhile, Daenerys has Drogon burn Randall and Dickon Tarly alive after they refuse to accept her as queen.
When she returns to Dragonstone she is reunited with Jorah and her growing relationship with Jon is revealed.
Hand of the Queen Tyrion travels to King’s Landing with Davos Seaworth for a secret meeting with his brother Jaime.
He tries to convince his big brother to join the battle against the White Walkers instead of fighting to defend the Iron Throne.
“If you want Cersei to bend the knee, you can ask her yourself,” Jaime says.
“I don’t and Daenerys doesn’t, not right now anyway,” Tyrion insists.
Meanwhile Davos heads into the city to retrieve Gendry – the bastard son of Robert Baratheon – and they get back in their boat and return to Dragonstone together.
Then Jon, Gendry, Davos and Jorah travel to Eastwatch where they team up with the Hound, Beric Dondarrion, Thoros of Myr and Tormond Giantsbane to form a ranging party.
They head off into the north to capture a White Walker so they can convince Cersei to help them fight the dead army.
In Winterfell, Little Finger begins his plot to try and come between sisters Arya and Sansa – planting a note for Arya to find.
In the Citadell, Gilly discovers that Jon Snow’s parents were secretly married – making Jon a legitimate Targaryen.
After the Maesters refuse to help spread the word about the White Walkers, Gilly and Sam leave the Citadel.
Episode 6: Beyond the Wall
Jon Snow leads the ranging party north of the wall to try and capture a White Walker as proof for Cersei in the south.
They come across an undead bear and a small band of White Walkers. They kill their leader and capture one of them but are chased into the middle of a lake by the rest of the Night King’s army.
Gendry runs for help and against the odds reaches the wall and Davos sends a raven to Daenerys.
She rides to rescue the group with all three of her dragons in tow.
She rescues everyone except Jon who falls into the frozen lake.
Her smallest dragon Viserion is slayed by the Night King. Jon finally gets out of the ice and is given a horse by Benjen Stark who sacrifices himself so Jon can escape.
The Night King drags the dragon out of the lake and reanimates him as a zombie ice dragon.
Dany attends to Jon’s wounds and they confess they have feelings for each other.
In Winterfell, Little Finger’s plan comes to fruition and the sisters begin to argue.
Sansa sends Brienne to King’s Landing to represent her in a meeting with Cersei.
Episode 7: The Dragon and the Wolf
Every major character on Game of Thrones gather at the dragon pit just outside King's Landing.
Brienne and the Hound make up and Euron storms off before the negotiations begin.
They show Cersei the White Walker they captured but Cersei refuses to stop the fight unless Jon promises not to fight her when the Night King is defeated.
He refuses and Tyrion admonishes him: “Have you ever considered learning how to lie every now and then, just a bit?”
Tyrion then tries to convince Cersei in private and she appears to agree and accepts Jon and Dany’s truce.
She offers to send Jaime north but then reveals she lied about wanting to help.
Jaime decides to ride north anyway and there’s a tense moment where she almost has him killed for the betrayal.
Theon goes to rescue his sister Yara.
Sansa lures Little Finger into court at Winterfell and Arya executes him for his scheming and all the deaths he’s been responsible for.
Samwell arrives in Winterfell and talks to Bran – they conclude that Jon Snow is actually a legitimate Targaryen and his mother Lyanna Stark and father Raegar Targaryen were married when he was born.
Jon’s true name is revealed as Aegon Targaryen.
Meanwhile, unaware of Jon’s lineage, Dany and Jon have sex on board a boat.
The Night King arrives at Eastwatch and uses the zombie ice dragon to blast a huge hole in the Wall.
The army of White Walkers marches through the last defence and heads south.
The start date for Game of Thrones' final series in the UK is April 15 when you can watch on Sky Atlantic and NOW TV.
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