So who won Game of Thrones, which ended its eight-season run on HBO Sunday night?Drogon, Daenerys Targaryen's lone surviving dragon, melted the throne into little drips of lava-like liquid metal while mourning the Mother of Dragons.Honestly, it was ugly anyway.So now there are six kingdoms, and they agreed to be ruled by Bran Stark, who has the unpleasant regnal nickname of Bran the Broken.Well, Tyrion picked him, saying that "he knew he'd never walk, so he learned to fly."Bran, of course, lost the use of his legs in the first episode when Jaime Lannister tossed him out a Winterfell window for catching him engaged in twincest with Cersei.
There was death, there was a new King and there were some happy endings, too.So as the credits rolled on TV's biggest show where did all your faves finally finish up?It's nothing but a heap of crumpled, molten metal.The "Mad Queen" arc may have seemed a little abrupt She did not get the ending she has been chasing her entire life but, instead, was betrayed one last time by the man that she loved -- her nephew, Jon "Aegon Targaryen" Snow.After everybody kept prodding Jon, begging him to be King and Jon parroting "I dun want eet" hundreds of times, he got his wish.He went from cripple to King, from bed to throne, from Hodor's back to the Realm's top.
As the world prepared to say goodbye to Game of Thrones with Sunday's finale, cast members bid their own farewells to the characters and show that have become such inextricable parts of their lives over the past eight years.Emilia Clarke, who plays Daenerys Targaryen, shared emotional thoughts on Instagram alongside a photo of her with castmates in costume."Finding the words to write this post has left me overwhelmed with how much I want to say but how small words feel in comparison to what this show and Dany have meant to me," she wrote."The mother of dragons chapter has taken up the whole of my adult life.Sophie Turner, who plays Sansa Stark, also shared a cast photo on Instagram, writing, "Sansa, Thank you for teaching me resilience, bravery and what true strength really is.I fell in love with you at 13 and now 10 years on ... at 23 I leave you behind, but I will never leave behind what you've taught me."
As the world prepared to say goodbye to Game of Thrones Sunday, cast members bid their own touching farewells to the characters and show that have become such inextricable parts of their lives over the past eight years.Emilia Clarke, who plays Daenerys Targaryen, shared emotional thoughts on Instagram alongside a photo of her with castmastes in costume."Finding the words to write this post has left me overwhelmed with how much I want to say but how small words feel in comparison to what this show and Dany have meant to me," she wrote."The mother of dragons chapter has taken up the whole of my adult life.Sophie Turner, who plays Sansa Stark, also shared a cast photo on Instagram, writing, "Sansa, Thank you for teaching me resilience, bravery and what true strength really is.Thank you teaching me to be kind and patient and to lead with love.
Watching your favorite (or most hated) Game of Thrones characters die tragically on the series could end up being financially advantageous, if you better understand the odds of their survival.If you want to try your luck betting on your favorite character surviving and ruling in the final episode of Game of Thrones, Sports Insider has a few tips.With episode 3 of this season labelled by Sports Insider as the biggest single betting event in history for a scripted TV program, the finale on Sunday might be even bigger.According to Sports Insider, the odds are good that Bran Stark (odds at -350) will rule the seven kingdoms at the end of the series, but Sansa Stark (+450), Jon Snow (+750) and Tyrion Lannister (+750) follow close behind.But if you want to bet on who kills Daenerys Targaryen, there are odds for that too.Jon Snow is favored (at -300) to do the deed, as well Arya Stark (at +450).
First, an awkward acknowledgement: This final season of Game of Thrones has been hella uneven.For every incredible high—Ayra shivved the Night King!—there have been scores of lows.To that end, WIRED gathered some in-house Thrones enthusiasts—writers Emily Dreyfuss, Emma Grey Ellis, and Peter Rubin, and editors Angela Watercutter, Jason Kehe, and Andrea Valdez—to talk about what they need from this final episode, and what questions they need answered, in order to feel satisfied with the show's ultimate conclusion.There Has to Be a Definitive Winner of the Iron ThroneEmily Dreyfuss: I don't know about y'all, but I don't think there's anything this last episode could do to make me feel fulfilled.There's no way showrunners David Benioff and D. B. Weiss are going to end Game of Thrones with a time machine that goes back a few years and undoes their seemingly arbitrary decision to speedily wrap this show up in a manner that requires complicated characters to act in ways we've never seen them act before.
), The Bells, was controversial for sure.Good or bad, from a story perspective, it was arguably the series' most important episode.It featured the deaths of many key characters, most notably Cersei and Jaime Lannister, and Daenerys Targaryen completing her transition into Mad Queen.She burned it down, along with thousands of innocent men, women and children, just .As far as Targaryens go, she's more Aerys than Rhaegar.At the time it seemed to signify winter and The Long Night, but the White Walker threat would ultimately be dealt with before Daenerys takes King's Landing.
Winter's been coming for an awfully long time, but now the Game of Thrones crew has a new catchphrase: The Night King is coming.A preview for Sunday's third episode of the final season showed all our favorites prepping for battle against forces that seem unstoppable.Fires burn and catapults are prepped, Grey Worm grimly dons his helmet.Sansa notes that it's time to "look the truth in the face."Jon Snow looks horrified, Theon draws a bow and Brienne of Tarth rallies the troops."The dead are already here," Daenerys declares.
Gizmodo US's Beth Elderkin and James Whitbrook chat about the biggest battle in the season eight premiere, “Winterfell,” and how to resolve it.Beth Elderkin: Welcome to Battle of Thrones, or whatever we’re calling it.Every week, we’re going to be chatting about the biggest battle from each episode of Game of Thrones.They have different priorities that have been born from the respective roads both Sansa and Dany have gone down across the past seven seasons, roads that have forged them into very different people.She has spent her life having around enough people to give anyone trust issues, but at the same time, as Lady of Winterfell, she already has a taste of the practicality of rule – how to feed people, how to marshal forces, the day-to-day management of running a kingdom.Maybe not to the scale Daenerys did in her travails across Essos, but Dany had advisors and legions to deal with that.
Season 8, episode 2, titled A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms, aired on Sunday, and while we didn't get any action on the battlefield, the action was on for young and old in Winterfell.If you haven't seen this week's episode, here's everything you need to know on how to stream it.If you didn't watch last week's episode or you plain can't remember it (I know, it's been a tough week), you may want to check out everything that happened in the season 8 premiere (TL;DR it was Westeros reunion soup and Bran was a super creeper).Now, sound the spoiler horn and get comfortable, because just like Daenerys' pervy pet dragon,Episode 2 recap: Quivering in antici... pationThe season 8 premiere brought everyone back to Winterfell, but episode 2 set the stakes.
There’s only four episodes left, but after last night, we’re not really much closer to tying up any of the show’s loose ends.Before we dive deeper into the episode, consider this your requisite spoiler warning.A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms analysisWhile the premiere episode delivered a lot of long-awaited reunions and showed us how these characters get along when thrust into conflict side-by-side, this week’s episode prepared us for what will undoubtedly be a bloody battle with the White Walkers.Still, the episode did hit a few big plot points, beginning with the arrival of Jaime Lannister in Winterfell.Unsurprisingly, Jaime finds few friendly faces in the North, and Sansa and Daenerys are both initially skeptical that he’s there with good intentions.
Season 8, episode 2 dropped on Sunday and while we didn't get any action on the battlefield, it was on for young and old in Winterfell.First things first, if you haven't seen this week's episode, here's everything you need to know on how to stream it.If you didn't watch last week's episode or you plain can't remember it (I know, it's been a tough week), then you may want to check out everything that happened in the season 8 premiere (TL;DR it was Westeros reunion soup and Bran was a super creeper).Now, sound the spoiler horn and get comfortable because just like Daenerys' pervy pet dragon,Episode 2 recap: Quivering in antici... pationIf the season 8 premiere brought everyone back to Winterfell, then episode 2 was the one to set the stakes and the tension.
Winter's been coming for an awfully long time, but now the Game of Thrones crew has a new catchphrase: The Night King is coming.A preview for the third episode of the final season showed all our favorites prepping for battle against forces that seem unstoppable.Fires burn and catapults are prepped, Grey Worm grimly dons his helmet.Sansa notes that it's time to "look the truth in the face."Jon Snow looks horrified, Theon draws a bow and Brienne of Tarth rallies the troops."The dead are already here," Daenerys declares.
The final trailer for X-Men: Dark Phoenix has hit.In it, we catch the X-men on a mission to space -- when something goes awry.Once back on Earth, Jean Grey is grappling with powers she can't necessarily control, and maybe doesn't even want to.Meanwhile, Charles Xavier is just a smidge concerned: "She'll kill us all."Sophie Turner (aka Sansa Stark on Game of Thrones), plays Jean Grey.The movie also stars James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Jennifer Lawrence, Nicholas Hoult, Tye Sheridan, Alexandra Shipp, Kodi Smit-McPhee, Evan Peters and Jessica Chastain.
It’s taken nearly two years, but the game is finally entering its final round.The season premiere wasn’t bad, although it certainly engaged in some of the bad habits that plagued the show last season.Now, a workman-like Game of Thrones episode is still enjoyable, especially when its work includes the business of reuniting various Stark family members, showing Daenerys Targaryen adjusting to the North and vice versa, and hitting major plot points like Jon Snow finally learning his true parentage.But the episodes had so little time to spend on any one moment that just about every one of them left me wanting more.Jon Snow rides a dragon.Daenerys casually invites him to fly on Rhaegal like it’s an afterthought, like she might have invited anyone who happened to be around at the time to give it a whirl.
In the final poem of his Four Quartets, a rumination on the cyclical nature of war and the redemptive power of fire, T.S.Eliot had this to say about the great ouroboros of beginnings and endings: that "the end of all our exploring will be to arrive where we began, and to know it for the first time."When Game of Thrones began, nearly eight years ago today, it introduced us to Westeros through the eyes of the Stark children, as they clamored over ramparts and up wagons to catch a glimpse of the royal procession, dreamed of marrying golden princes or becoming noble knights, and believed in a world with an arc that bent inevitably towards justice and happy endings.It was a rose-colored moment in a bottle, a romantic, prelapsarian fantasy that they would look back on, later, as a way to measure how much they had lost—and now, how far they have come.While all of the surviving Starks have finally returned to to their home, no children remain, either because they are dead or because they stopped being children long ago.Like Ned and Robb before him, Jon seems to have inherited the fatal flaw that spelled doom for so many Stark men: He sees the world not as it is, but as he is.
With the final season of the show underway, a team at the Technical University of Munich (TUM) has attempted to answer this question using basic data science and some fancy machine learning.They mined statistical information about how long people lived, along with biographical data that might correlate to when they die.But in the world of Game of Thrones, the more relevant information is what house a particular character belongs to, whether they’re married, and who their allies are.With the help of fan-maintained Wikis, TUM’s data scientists combed through the lives of hundreds of characters.Being a Baratheon, for example, makes you 5 percent more likely to die than the average character, while being a Lannister makes you 45 percent more likely to survive.To turn these trends into predictions for individual characters, the team analyzed this data using two separate models: the first used a fairly straightforward statistical approach known as Bayesian inference, and the second relied on fancier techniques involving machine learning and neural networks.
His plot in the fantasy epic has surrounded the esoteric Three-Eyed Raven, who can best be described as an all-knowing tree man.But season 8 could be his redemption story.In the first episode of season 8 (recap here), Bran spends a lot of the show sitting in Winterfell's square and staring at people from a distance.He tells Samwell Tarley that he's waiting for an old friend.The episode opened with Daenerys Targaryen, Jon Snow and their army of Unsullied, Dothraki and dragons marching to Winterfell.Jon reunites with Bran after years apart -- the last time Jon saw Bran, the young Stark was in a coma after Jaime Lannister pushed him off a window ledge -- and introduces Sansa Stark to Daenerys.
Game of Thrones is back, and so are the witty lines that help make the HBO fantasy hit such a deliciously quotable show.Here's our spoiler-filled show recap, but if you just want the best lines, read on.Varys: You take great offense at dwarf jokes, but love telling eunuch jokes.Tyrion: Last time we spoke was at Joffrey's wedding.Sansa: It had its moments.Order more Purina Dragon Chow
In 2016, before the sixth season of Game of Thrones aired, an artificial intelligence (AI) application created by students from the Technical University of Munich predicted Jon Snow should live and Tommen Baratheon would die.Now, as the world prepares for the final season's premiere on Sunday, the team is back at it.The students created an algorithm to crunch mass Game of Thrones data to predict who will live and die in the final season.You'll find all of their predictions here.Daenerys Targaryen, Tyrion Lannister, Varys, Samwell Tarly and Jaimie Lannister are dubbed the most likely to survive.Bronn, with a 93% likelihood, has been deemed most probable to die, followed by Gregor Clegane (The Mountain), Sansa Stark, Bran Stark and Sandor Clegane (The Hound).