Our Watch Has Ended

The final season of Game of Thrones is over, and it seems we’re all still figuring out how to process what the hell even happened. The truncated season came in like a wrecking ball and left us with a lot of questions. It might be hard to remember everything that happened, where characters’ stories ended, and how it wrapped up almost a decade of storytelling. We’ve got your back.


Below is a detailed list of all of our major content from the six-episode eighth season of Game of Thrones. All of our recaps, weekly video breakdowns, a look at where some of our heroes and villains ended up, and the extended video above breaks down some of our favourite character journeys from the series. Also included as a bonus is the latest information on George R.R. Martin’s The Winds of Winter, as well as what we know about the upcoming Game of Thrones prequel series that’s in development.


Recaps, Chats, and Video Breakdowns

Episode 1: “Winterfell”

This Brief Moment In The Game Of Thrones Premiere Carried The Most Narrative Weight

The season eight premiere of Game of Thrones was a barrage of shocking reunions and reveals. It also showed Bran staring creepily at people. His face may have inspired a lot of memes, but one of his meetings was actually a big deal. Allow us to explain why Bran’s final reunion of the episode, while the shortest, ended up being the most powerful one of all.

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Episode Two: “A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms”

Io9 Breaks Down Winterfell's Jaime Lannister Feels On Game Of Thrones

This week’s Game of Thrones wasn’t so much about conflict as it was about preparing for — and dreading — conflict. But this is Westeros, and there’s always a fight to be had.

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Episode Three: “The Long Night”

These 3 Characters' Destinies Were Finally Fulfilled During 'The Long Night'

Game of Thrones’ Battle of Winterfell was one of the greatest things I’ve ever seen. My body is still shaking — if you touched my arm, you could feel it in my nerves. You can’t point to one character whose story defined “The Long Night,” or led to the Night King’s fate. That’s because there are three.

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io9 Digs Into Game Of Thrones' Epic But Murky Battle Of Winterfell

Welcome back to Battle of Thrones, io9's weekly breakdown of an important moment of conflict in the latest Game of Thrones episode.

Last week, James and I talked about Jaime Lannister’s tense arrival at Winterfell, but this week’s “The Long Night” was pretty much an important moment of conflict from start to finish. Here to hash it out with me is Germain, without further ado!

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Episode Four: “The Last of the Starks”

Game Of Thrones Enters Its Endgame, And The Slaughter Is Only Beginning

Unless last week was your first episode of Game of Thrones (which, weird) you’ve known the defeat of the White Walkers wasn’t going to suddenly fix everything. In fact, as last night’s episode reveals, in some ways victory has made things worse. Because now that the dead have been dealt with, Daenerys and Cersei are finally free to start destroying each other — and the gods help anyone who happens to be in the way.

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Varys Isn't Betraying Westeros, He's The Only One Trying To Save It

We’ve long seen Varys as a schemer, willing to do anything and betray anyone to secure power for himself. But, as we saw in the latest episode of Game of Thrones, Varys might be the only one doing something right.

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Gizmodo Digs Into Daenerys Targaryen's Mindset In The Latest Episode Of Game Of Thrones

Welcome back to Battle of Thrones, Gizmodo's weekly breakdown of an important moment of conflict in the latest Game of Thrones episode. Last week, Cheryl and Germain talked about “The Long Night,” a 90-minute war fans had been waiting for since the first episode of the show. This week, Germain and Beth will talk about “The Last of the Starks,” and how we think the mindset of Daenerys Targaryen is creating all kinds of problems. Let’s go!

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Episode Five: “The Bells”

Game Of Thrones Saved Its Most Tragic, Vicious, And Devastating War For Last

The final battle between Daenerys and Cersei. Other long-awaited confrontations. Major character deaths. Justice. Heartbreak. Much more than the fight against the White Walkers, this penultimate episode of Game of Thrones had everything it needed to have. And while it wasn’t perfect, it was still perfect for Game of Thrones.

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That 'Sudden' Game Of Thrones Turn Was Actually A Long Time Coming

If you thought that turn on Game of Thrones felt rushed, surprising, or like it came out of nowhere...you haven’t been paying attention.

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Episode Six: “The Iron Throne”

Why This Character's Game Of Thrones Ending Was The Most Satisfying

The final episode of Game of Thrones gave us closure for many beloved characters, with some of them getting to fulfil a destiny they may not have even known they had. None of them stood out more than the person who started out as a child, but became a champion.

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“Where Are They Now?”

Bran Stark

The Game Of Thrones Has Been Won

We’ve been through eight seasons, countless battles, a war that lasted lifetimes. Kings and queens have risen, and they have fallen. All leading us right here, to the bitter end. HBO’s Game of Thrones is over, the people of Westeros have spoken, and here’s who ended up on the throne.

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Sansa Stark

Why This Character's Game Of Thrones Ending Was The Most Satisfying

The final episode of Game of Thrones gave us closure for many beloved characters, with some of them getting to fulfil a destiny they may not have even known they had. None of them stood out more than the person who started out as a child, but became a champion.

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Cersei Lannister

Cersei Lannister Rose To The Top Of A Crumbling Kingdom

All Hail Cersei Lannister, First of Her Name, Queen of the Andals and the First Men, and Ruler of the Seven Kingdoms. Well...not anymore.

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Arya Stark

Arya Stark Understood Death, But Chose Life

Arya Stark: The girl who lived.

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Prequels, Books, and More

Game Of Thrones Author George R.R. Martin Has A Lot To Say About His Books After The Big Finale

Now that Game of Thrones’ series finale has come and gone, even more attention is being paid to author George R.R. Martin. He’s mostly been minding his own business and living his life while the rest of the world harangues him about the final two entries in the series of novels that started it all.

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George R.R. Martin Hits Back At Rumours Saying He's Already Finished Writing A Song Of Ice And Fire

Tired? George R.R. Martin has no pages. Wired? George R.R. Martin has all the pages.

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George R.R. Martin Just Set A Weird Winds Of Winter Deadline Threat For Himself

Now that Game of Thrones is over for good, the focus is on when George R.R. Martin is finally going to complete his side of the story. Thanks to an airline’s offer to fly Martin out so he can have some peace and quiet to finish The Winds of Winter, he’s jokingly promised a deadline. If he doesn’t meet it, New Zealand gets to arrest him.

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George RR Martin Gives A Quick Update On The Game Of Thrones Spinoffs

George RR Martin has emerged from the crypts of Winterfell today with a new blog post, which offers no details on his upcoming books but does have some information on HBO’s ongoing attempts to extend the Game of Thrones universe.

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