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HBO is being more secretive than ever when it comes to Game of Thrones‘ upcoming eighth and final season. But, thanks to a new report from Entertainment Weekly, we now know how the first episode of the season starts.
“Season 8 opens at Winterfell with an episode that contains plenty of callbacks to the show’s pilot. Instead of King Robert’s procession arriving, it’s Daenerys and her army. What follows is a thrilling and tense intermingling of characters—some of whom have never previously met, many who have messy histories—as they all prepare to face the inevitable invasion of the Army of the Dead.”
In the Season 7 finale, Daenerys is sailing north to Winterfell with Jon Snow and Tyrion Lannister on her ship. This will be Khaleesi’s first time at the Stark’s home base, but there’s plenty waiting for Jon at home.
Sansa and Arya Stark, who’ve reunited and executed Littlefinger, are at Winterfell. This will Jon and Arya’s first time seeing each other since he left for the Night’s Watch in Season 1. Fans have long been awaiting this reunion, and we already need tissues just thinking about it.
In a preview of its 2019 projects, HBO included a brief clip of Jon’s return to Winterfell in Season 8. He gets a less-than-enthusiastic embrace from Sansa, hinting she isn’t too happy about his guest(s).
Also at Winterfell are Samwell Tarly and Bran Stark, who recently discovered that Jon is Lyanna Stark’s son with Rhaegar Targaryen, and therefore the heir to the Iron Throne. That should be a fun conversation—especially when he realizes he slept with his aunt.