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We Officially Know How Game of Thrones Season 8 Will Start

Did someone say pilot callback?

Lindsay MacDonald

Game of Thrones' final season is still mostly full of mysteries, but at least we now have a few details about what to expect when HBO's hit picks back up in 2019.

Entertainment Weekly's in-depth cover story about the final season gave away some juicy details about the Season 8 premiere that will take you back to the show's pilot. (This is your last chance to leave before I dive into mild spoiler territory.) The season opens at Winterfell as Daenerys Targaryen (Emilia Clark) marches into the North with her army. You'll remember this is almost exactly how Season 1 opened, but it was Robert Baratheon (Mark Addy) marching to meet Ned Stark (Sean Bean) way back when.

"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," says EW.

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Obviously we're in store for some Stark reunions if Jon Snow (Kit Harington) is still with Daenerys -- does anyone else get an involuntary mental shudder seeing Jon's and Daenerys' names next to each other these days? EW hints that Sansa Stark (Sophie Turner) will initially be less than thrilled to hear that Jon bent the knee to a Targaryen queen, but once she meets Daenerys (which we're hoping happens in the premiere too), she might change her mind. Sansa has always been drawn to strong women, and Daenerys could actually be a good role model for her.

There are a ton more reunions we're hoping for in this jam-packed premiere too. If you can believe it, Jon and Arya (Maisie Williams) haven't seen each other since the pilot episode, and they seemed to be the closest of the Stark siblings. That reunion might even put the Sansa/Jon hug from Season 6 to shame. Finally, what about Tyrion (Peter Dinklage) and Sansa? As the Queen's hand, you'd expect Tyrion to be at her side when she makes it to Winterfell (he was lurking on her ship in the Season 7 finale), and he and Sansa are technically still husband and wife. That should be an interesting reunion if ever there was one!

EW also revealed that the final, epic battle between the living and the dead would take place at Winterfell, and said episode would toggle back and forth between the perspectives of several characters. Beyond that, spoilers about the show's ending are very thin on the ground (purposefully so, if EW's descriptions of spoiler protocol are to be believed), but there will apparently be some very surprising characters present when all is said and done.

Check out the cover:

Entertainment Weekly

Game of Thrones Season 8 is coming to HBO in 2019.