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Game of Thrones season 8: Before your watch begins, a comprehensive recap of all 67 episodes

From seasons 1 to 7, here's what happened on Game of Thrones. Along the way, we'll also be tracing the characters' journeys, and speculate on who'll be left standing for the finale.

Rohini Nair April 14, 2019 12:35:12 IST
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Game of Thrones season 8: Before your watch begins, a comprehensive recap of all 67 episodes

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Apr 15, 2019 - 06:31 (IST)

Where everyone is at the end of Game of Thrones season 7:

At Winterfell — Sansa, Arya, Bran as the Three-Eyed Raven, Sam and Gilly

On their way to Winterfell — Jon, Daenerys, Tyrion by sea; Jaime by land

At King’s Landing — Cersei

Near the Wall — the Night King, Tormund, Ed

Apr 15, 2019 - 06:29 (IST)

The Night King rides Viserion — and shatters the Wall

Apr 15, 2019 - 06:27 (IST)

Season 7 | Episode 7 | The Dragon and the Wolf

The finale begins at King's Landing, where the two opposing sides in the war for Westeros are to meet for a parley.

Cersei, Jaime, Euron Greyjoy, Master Qyburn, the Mountain, Bronn and sundry other soldiers form one side; Jon, Tyrion, Brienne and Podrick, the Hound, Ser Jorah, Theon, Lord Varys, Ser Davos and Missandei (aka Team Life) form the other.

Pleasantries insults are exchanged between the two parties before Tyrion and Jon get down to the real business of the day: convincing Cersei to agree to a truce while they fight the Night King beyond the North. They reveal the wight they brought along — Cersei seems horrified enough by it to agree to the armistice, until she asks, as one of the conditions, that the King in the North swear an oath that he will take up no arms against Lannisters and not declare for any side once the battle beyond the Wall is over. Jon refuses, and says he's already sworn his fealty to Daenerys.

The complete recap is here: bit.ly/2Zb9cFB

Apr 15, 2019 - 06:25 (IST)

Jon, Tormund et al go beyond the Wall to capture a wight

Apr 15, 2019 - 06:23 (IST)

Season 7 | Episode 6 | Beyond the Wall

The Fellowship of the King — Jon Snow, Ser Jorah 'The Bear' Mormont, Gendry 'The Bull' Waters, Sandor 'The Hound' Clegane, Ser Berric Dondarrion, Thoros the Priest and Tormund Giantsbane — are trudging along the snowy expanses beyond the Wall. They have two minor skirmishes: a wight bear that attacks them, shaking Thoros around as though he were Leonardo DiCaprio in The Revanant, before finally being subdued by the others. Then, a group of wights along with their White Walker commander helpfully pass by so our heroes can capture one of them. Mission accomplished?

Read the recap here: bit.ly/2UjdM0X

Apr 15, 2019 - 06:19 (IST)

Jon is fascinated by Drogon

Apr 15, 2019 - 06:17 (IST)

Season 7 | Episode 5 | Eastwatch

After the fire and devastation that was episode 4 (The Spoils of War), episode 5 was more of a slow burn.

All through ‘Eastwatch’ (which except for the very end wasn't really set at the dank Northern holdfast for which it was named), there was a sense of events being set into motion, the consequences of which will lead to a major conflagration.

Jorah, having being cured of greyscale, has made his way to Dragonstone. His khaleesi is happy to see him and the duo have an emotional reunion. By the end of the episode, however, Jorah's off with Jon to fight those White Walkers marching to Eastwatch

Click here for the full recap: bit.ly/2KAexD6

Apr 15, 2019 - 06:14 (IST)

Drogon attacks Jaime’s msn and the Lannisters’ ‘loot train’ from Highgarden

Apr 15, 2019 - 06:12 (IST)

Season 7 | Episode 4 | The Spoils of War

Game of Thrones season 7 episode 3 gave fans what they'd been waiting for — a Jon-Dany meeting. Apart from that significant development though, it was bad news all around for the Mother of Dragons. Her conquest of Casterly Rock turned out to be an empty triumph, the Unsullied were stranded there with some more of Dany's ships burnt, she'd lost yet another ally (Olenna Tyrell), and Cersei was having an all-around good time, thanks to having annexed Highgarden and taken over all its gold and (very nearly) the grain.

Well, episode 4 changed the stakes. Dany, suitably angry, is now on the warpath. But we're getting ahead of ourselves.

Here's a quick review of every major happening on ‘The Spoils of War’: bit.ly/2GbdJz8

Apr 15, 2019 - 06:09 (IST)

Daenerys Targaryen meets Jon Snow (really her nephew Aegon Targaryen)

There has never been a television event of the magnitude of Game of Thrones, and it's easy to see why. HBO's fantasy epic, which began in 2011 and has encompassed seven spectacular seasons thus far, picked up the best of George RR Martin's A Song of Ice and Fire series and gave it the sumptuous screen adaptation it deserved.

Over these seven seasons, we've grown to love and hate certain characters; we've seen "good" people do despicable things, and we've seen "bad" people do heroic things. We've witnessed death and war, politicking and power struggles, betrayal and devotion, honour and service.

Game of Thrones season 8 Before your watch begins a comprehensive recap of all 67 episodes

Who will still be left standing at the end of Game of Thrones season 8? HBO

With Game of Thrones' season 8 premiere mere hours away, conjecture over what the finale will portend for all of the character we've known so closely for eight years now, is at fever pitch. We might theorise all we want, but the answers will only be evident over the course of this six-episode final season.

Before our watch begins, let's take a look at what happened on Game of Thrones, from seasons 1 to 7. Along the way, we'll also be tracing the characters' journeys, and speculate on who'll still be standing at the bittersweet end.

While you're here, check out our Game of Thrones season 8 coverage. From opinions to analysis, reviews and recaps, news and photos — we've got it all. Oh, and also our podcast — GoTCast

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