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‘Game of Thrones’ season 8: what to expect from key characters

Game of Thrones is beyond doubt the greatest pop culture phenomenon of our times, amplified by social media. For the last eight years, the battle for the Iron Throne in the kingdom of Westeros, with its knights, dragons, wars and battles, complete with a lot of sex and gore, has held the attention of the world.

Based on George R R Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire, the series has raced ahead of the books in the past couple of years. As the world awaits the final outcome of the magnum opus, we take a look at some of the surviving characters and try to figure out what happens to them in the course of the final season.

Jon Snow

A perennial crowd favourite, and the only person to come back from the dead in the series, he has survived multiple battles with terrible misfortune.

The odds of Jon Snow ending up on the Iron Throne have increased, with his alliance with Daenerys Targaryen, Jaime Lannister and most of the seven kingdoms in place.

He has the dragons, the backing of the most important families and a strong military alliance in place. Will that help him get to the Iron Throne, defeating the Night King and his crazy hordes? That remains to be seen. His romantic involvement with Daenerys and the ramifications of that relationship on the military alliance will play a major part in shaping the character’s narrative this season.

Jaime Lannister

Jaime started out as the archetypal villain, smug and arrogant, with an incestuous affair with his sister and occasionally pushing kids from the top of towers.

‘Game of Thrones’ season 8: what to expect from key characters

However, he has changed tremendously since then. Jaime is now seen as a man with principles, even in his pursuit for power. He truly cares about the people he likes and remains an excellent fighter, even with just one functional arm. His military skills will come in quite handy for Jon Snow and team.

We also wonder how his relationship with his sister will evolve, now that they are on opposite sides of the divide. When the dust settles down, will the Kingslayer be the last man standing?

Daenerys Targaryen

Daenerys started off as an innocent young girl. She now controls two dragons and has a huge army at her disposal. She is striving for justice and compassion, and wants to win back control of Westeros.

Will that ensure she ends up getting the Iron Throne that she has long coveted? Will she go beyond wandering aimlessly to actually achieving viable military success?

This will be a factor determining the future of the seven kingdoms.

Cersei Lannister

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Cersei is one of the few characters in the series who is completely on the dark side, with any redeeming feature torn away. After mass murder, Cersei is now the Queen of Westeros and has a formidable military machine to back her up. She has no moral compass and seeks only power. Will she be able to survive the incoming war? Will she eventually join an alliance with Snow and company? Will she make up with her brothers? We hope this season will offer us answers to these questions.

Tyrion Lannister

‘Game of Thrones’ season 8: what to expect from key characters

Tyrion is no military man, but is an astute political player. He is smart and understands people. As part of the Jon Snow alliance, he will be important in getting them to work together. Will he end up being the power behind whoever sits on the Iron Throne? Will he be able to overshadow his illustrious siblings and emerge as the top dog?

And the rest

‘Game of Thrones’ season 8: what to expect from key characters

The Starks are all together now, and it will be interesting to see the new Sansa-Arya dynamics at work. The role that Bran Stark can play as an oracle will also be vital in the battle for the throne. So, sit back and binge-watch the seven seasons to be up to speed before the final season unfolds.

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