Winter is officially here.
It might have taken a bit longer than we would have liked, but the eighth and final season of HBO's Game of Thrones is finally upon us. As we all return to Westeros one last time, allow us to gather every recap, review, ranking, explainer, and fan theory you could ever want or need, all in one place.
You can find our complete Game of Thrones final season coverage below, but please be sure to keep checking back for updates after each new episode.
Episode 3: Sneak Peek
There seemed to be trouble in paradise after Jon Snow (Kit Harington) revealed his true heritage to Daenerys Targaryen (Emilia Clarke) in Episode 2, but in newly released photos from Episode 3, the Targaryen heirs have put that budding lover's spat-slash-family feud to rest, at least long enough to gaze at a flame-lit Winterfell from a distance. Click through the gallery above to check out all the new photos from the as-yet-untitled (groan) Season 8, Episode 3.
Episode 2: 'A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms'
Episode 2, aptly titled "A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms," saw even more of our favorite characters joining the army for the living, holed up in Winterfell before the impending battle with the Night King's army of the dead. Here's what went down, here's a ridiculous photo recap version of what went down, and here's why it may just be the best episode of Game of Thrones ever.
For the strategists, we broke down three theories on why the crypts could be key to the coming battle for Winterfell, and we figured out which characters are most likely to die fighting the White Walkers. And if any of these fine folks join the Night King's team, we'll be gutted. But all hope isn't lost — here are 10 long-gone characters we're waiting to appear in the final season, including a direwolf.
A new weapon was forged in "A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms," and a fabled piece of Valyrian steel changed hands. Here's a handy cheat sheet to all of the weapons at play in Game of Thrones Season 8 — and who wields them.
We explained what "Jenny's Song," which Podrick (Daniel Portman) sang in episode 2, could mean for our characters.
And after the events of the premiere and the foreshadowing in Episode 2, we got into a big debate about whether or not Game of Thrones should stop brutally killing kids on the show.
You can relive every moment of the second episode of the season with this photo gallery.
And enjoy the best GIFs of the episode (and the season) here.
Episode 1: 'Winterfell'
We reviewed the Season 8 premiere — which finally remembered how to balance drama with humor.
Here's a quick (and spoiler-ridden!) recap in case you need the highlights to keep up with your coworkers on slack, and a very ridiculous photo recap if you're in the mood to poke fun at the melodrama. Meanwhile, if you need a quick video recap because reading is hard and/or takes too long, we've got that too.
Kit Harington said filming his big dragon-riding scene left him feeling a bit, ahem, crushed.
About Jon Snow... there's reason to be concerned about his battle-planning skills, given his less-than-stellar track record.
What is stellar, however, is everyone's fashion game so far. Project Runway alum and costume expert Nick Verreos examines the costumes in the premiere — and breaks down what they can tell us about the future of our favorite characters.
Meanwhile, the Night King gave us more clues to decipher... how about that symbol?
Just in case all of that wasn't enough, relive the spectacle of the premiere in this gallery.
Nonsense Is Coming
We created a low-budget weekly Game of Thrones recap with dolls, because we don't have that HBO money. Prepare for the most ridiculous thing you'll watch all week: Season 7 recap | Premiere: "Winterfell" | Episode 2: "A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms"
We also called on the Lord of Light (OK, so it was actually just Senior Editor Tim Surette) to resurrect our extremely silly Game of Thrones photo recaps: Episode 1: "Winterfell" | Episode 2: "A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms" |
We're also keeping a running list of the best GIFs of Season 8, which has brought us plenty of memorable moments.
Every Episode, Ranked
Here's every episode of Game of Thrones, ranked from worst to best and updated every week.
We've Looked Into the Flames
Since we can't consult R'hllor, we turned to a psychic, a mathematician, and a superfan to predict what's going to happen in the final season of Game of Thrones.
That big reveal in the season premiere has us wondering if a betrayal is coming. Here's our deep-dive theory (with spoilers from the Season 8 premiere!) on what that revelation could tell us about the show's endgame.
These are the seven most popular GoT fan theories — and two that actually came true.
We also made some predictions of our own: Here's how it's all going to end.
The Royal Family
Game of Thrones has turned its stars into household names.
Maisie Williams, Sophie Turner, Kit Harington, Peter Dinklage, Emilia Clarke, Lena Headey, and the rest of the GOT cast walked the red carpet for the Season 8 premiere.
Here's what the Game of Thrones stars look like in real life, when they're not donning their Westeros garb, and here's how they've grown up since the show debuted all the way back in 2011.
The stars gushed about the show's final season — and dropped a few hints, as well.
And find out what's next for the Game of Thrones actors and actresses we've grown to love.
All Men Must Die
All men must die, but that doesn't mean they have to stay dead in the world of Game of Thrones. Here's every GoT character who's died so far — and a few who came back.
Arya's kill list is shrinking, but she's not finished yet. Who's on Arya's list and why?
Westeros is a dangerous place. Find out how you would die.
The North Remembers
It's worth remembering that Game of Thrones didn't start out as a Big Deal. TV critic Maureen Ryan revisits the very first episode:
"Cast your mind back, way back. To a time when a handful of TV networks — none of them streaming — unquestionably ruled the TV landscape. To a time when looking at Twitter did not make you want to set rage fires every day. Back when the number of Supernatural seasons was in the single digits and Broad City hadn't even premiered. Bless the old gods, we were all so young back then." Keep reading...
A Song of Sex and Violence
Game of Thrones excels in its portrayals of friendships, frenemies, and fights, but romantic relationships... not so much. The fact is, Game of Thrones has often had a limited, predictable, and depressing view of sex, which far too often has involved sexual violence. Keep reading...
We Drink and We Know Things
A Game of Thrones watch party is hardly an occasion where a bucket of wings and some bargain cola will cut it. Out of respect for this series' epic, movie-level production and the fact that GoT will leave us forever (until that prequel drops, anyway), your Game of Thrones Season 8 premiere shindig will require all the creativity and dedication you've got. So TV Guide partnered with the expert mixologists at Ever Bar, a hip hangout inside Hollywood's Everly Hotel to whip up some Game of Thrones-inspired cocktails in honor of House Stark, House Lannister, and House Targaryen.
You Know Nothing, Jon Snow
... or do you? Test your Game of Thrones cred with some of the hardest trivia quizzes in the Seven Kingdoms.
Even the North can't remember these Game of Thrones pilot characters. Can you?
You remember these iconic GOT characters who died, but do you remember who killed them?
Shut Up and Take Our Lannister Gold
Game of Thrones may be ending, but Game of Thrones merch is forever. Here are 20 GOT-themed products worth parting with your hard-earned cash.
And Now Our Watch Is Ended
Mourning the end of Game of Thrones? Can't get enough Westeros? Here's everything to know about the upcoming Game of Thrones prequel.