Spoiler alert! The following contains spoilers from Game of Thrones Season 7 Episode 7, “The Dragon and the Wolf.” Read our recap of Episode 7 here, Episode 6 here.
Game of Thrones Season 7 is over. Let’s talk about Season 8.
The HBO fantasy drama became a little too easy to predict in Season 7, and the finale set up a number of narratives that will carry over into the new season. Here are eight things you can expect to see in the new season, based on the developments in the Season 7 finale. How it will all end, however, is still up for grabs.
1. Fallout over Jon and Dany’s hookup
We didn’t want them to go there, but unfortunately Game of Thrones couldn’t help itself. Jon and Dany acted on the sexual tension that’s been building all season and slept together in Sunday night’s episode. Their romantic tryst was sullied by the fact that the two are related, which was unequivocally confirmed by Bran and Sam in a scene intercut with the sex. The pair are determined to tell Jon the truth about his parentage, which likely will hinder his budding relationship.
But even before they learn that they are aunt and nephew, they may have to deal with Tyrion, who watches them steal away together with what appears to be jealousy in his eyes. Is the Hand feeling more than political loyalty to his queen? And will that affect the war against the Walkers and/or Dany’s bid for the Iron Throne? Speaking of…
12. Fallout over Jon's place in the line of succession
The fact that Rhaegar and Lyanna were married when Jon was born means that Jon, aka Aegon Targaryen, is officially the heir to the Iron Throne, as the firstborn son of the firstborn son of the most recent Targaryen king.
Dany has staked her claim on the Iron Throne on two things: Her worth as a leader and the righteousness of her claim. The throne was stolen from her family and she is here to take it back. But the knowledge that there is a member of her family with a better claim could rock her worldview. Underneath it all, Dany has a desire for power, like so many characters on this series. This naked ambition could come to light if she is jockeying for power with Jon.
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