In this series…
- Before season 8 starts, read our guide to where every character left off.
- The most beautiful shots of Game of Thrones, curated by One Perfect Shot.
- Every episode of Game of Thrones, ranked by our own resident Maester.
- Read our in-depth breakdown of the Game of Thrones season 8 trailer.
- We rank the best duels in Game of Thrones.
- Explore our guide to the best Game of Thrones scenes by season.
- We rank the 50 most important props from Game of Thrones.
- Gather your tunics and explore Game of Thrones in 50 Costumes.
- We also ranked the villains on Game of Thrones.
- Brush up on who’s left on Arya’s kill list.
The end is nigh. The White Walkers have breached the Wall and the final season of Game of Thrones approaches. It’s been a long road to get here, and a whole lot of stuff has happened along the way. While some plot lines have already started wrapping up (everyone who ever lived in Dorne is dead, for example, except for Ellaria Sand wishing for death in the Red Keep’s dungeons), many questions remain. Some of these questions are almost guaranteed to be answered by the time season 8 comes to an end. Several are almost certainly doomed to linger unsolved. And others still lie somewhere in the middle. Regardless, April 14 is coming, and only time will tell which of the following 25 burning questions will be answered—and, for those lucky ones, what the answers will be.
Will there be a Cleganebowl?
We got a brief meeting of the Clegane brothers in the season 7 finale, “The Wolf and the Rose,” but the to-the-death brother battle fans have dreamed of since getting a taste of what a Clegane vs. Clegane showdown might be like when they had a brief skirmish in season 1 has yet to come to fruition. How it would come to fruition at this point seems unclear, seeing as the Hound is headed North while Franken-Gregor remains with Cersei in King’s Landing, but still, hope springs eternal.
Who was the voice Varys heard in the flames?
Varys’ “parts” were cut off by a magician and thrown into a fire as part of a spell. However, based on the way the Master of Whispers later recounted the story to Tyrion Lannister, the most traumatic part of the whole experience was when the sorcerer spoke to the fire after the offering and a voice from the fire spoke back. Considering this incident was brought up a second time by Kinvara, the High Priestess of the Red Temple of Volantis — who silenced Varys’ pointed skepticism of her powers by offering to tell him exactly what that voice from the fire said — it seems likely that this question is one slated to be addressed in the final season, whether or not Varys is actually interested in finding an answer (hint: he really isn’t).
Is it R’hllor? Some other god? A demon? A robocall wanting to talk to you about car insurance? Thus far, all the supernatural beings encountered in the show have been distinctly nonverbal, from the dragons to the White Walkers, who just kind of screech all the time, to Melisandre’s shadow demon baby and Franken-Gregor, who are both mute. Anyone who has seen visions in the fire always talks about seeing, not hearing. So I have no idea what the answer to the question is, but it seems a near certainty at this point that it will end up being important.
Who will break the news to Jon about his parents?
Jon Snow has wanted to know who his mother was since he first left Winterfell at the beginning of season 1. Ned Stark even promised to tell him all about her the next time he saw him — further confirming to even non-book-readers that this was another Sean Bean character doomed to die (if any character ever says “we’ll talk about it next time,” you can be 99.9% sure that there will not be a “next time,” that’s just a rule). But R+L =J has been confirmed by multiple sources now, which means it’s officially reportable news. The only question remaining is who will be the messenger. Will it be the Three-Eyed Raven, Bran the Monotone? Will it be Samwell Tarly, taking one for the team? And, most importantly, will this messenger realize before or only afterward that dropping this bombshell also means letting Jon know he had boat sex with his aunt?
Where are the giant ice spiders?
We have been teased with giant ice spiders twice now. The white walkers are on the move and the Long Night is nigh. So where, I ask you, are the giant ice spiders? Sure, the Night King has his zombie dragon, but you would think at least one of his friends might want to try out something a little bit more creative than an undead horse. I mean, can’t you just imagine Tormund and Brienne tag-teaming a gigantic spider? Because I can, and it would be glorious.