As Sport of Thrones heads into its eighth season, we acknowledge that past any battles, dragons, and ice zombies, loads of us are simply right here for the characters — particularly the memorable relationships we’ve come to like over time.
Some favourite characters will even be assembly one another for the primary time in season eight. Sansa and Daenerys ought to lastly be launched to one another when Jon returns to Winterfell, for instance. However many different characters shall be having lengthy overdue reunions, typically after a few years aside and vastly altered circumstances since their final assembly. For instance: The final time Jaime Lannister met Bran Stark was … not auspicious for both of them. How far they’ve each come since!
In order we gear up for Sunday evening’s season premiere, right here’s a take a look at a few of the reunions we’re hoping for in season eight — and a reminder of the place these characters had been after we final noticed them collectively.
The Stark siblings
Arya + Jon
The gradual gradual reunion of the remaining Stark siblings has been one of many emotional lodestones of the latter seasons. However Jon and Arya haven’t seen one another for the reason that second episode of the very first season, when he famously gave her a parting present as he headed off to hitch the Nights’ Watch: Needle, the sword she would survive with for years thereafter.
Since they final parted, Arya’s turn out to be a shape-shifting sociopath, and Jon’s turn out to be a queen’s consort. (And a real Targaryen inheritor, although he doesn’t comprehend it but.) They had been as soon as the closest of siblings, and we are able to’t wait to see them collectively once more.
Bran + Jon
Like Arya, Bran hasn’t seen Jon for the reason that starting of season one, when he left Winterfell to hitch the Evening’s Watch. However since turning into the Three-Eyed Raven, the youngest surviving Stark sibling doesn’t actually appear all that into household reunions — or different people in any respect, for that matter. Although it’s going to nonetheless be good for Jon to have yet another member of the family round him, what actually issues about this reunion is the information that Bran (and Samwell) has to impart to Jon: that he’s a tried-and-true member of the Targaryen dynasty, and one of many few folks with a authentic declare to the Iron Throne.
Sansa + Jon
This isn’t actually a lot of a reunion, for the reason that two had their first actual reunion over a season in the past. Since then, they’ve been roughly collectively ruling the North, with Sansa taking the helm whereas Jon courts much-needed alliances to struggle the Evening King. However, as HBO’s teasers have already hinted, it’s going to be fairly a shock for Sansa to see her (presumed) half-brother bedding the Mom of Dragons. Count on a little bit of rigidity to be labored by.
Bonus: Jon + Ghost; Arya + Nymeria
Jon hasn’t seen his beloved direwolf since he left him behind at Winterfell with Sansa, so we’ll be ready to see him reunited with one of many final two remaining Stark sibling direwolves. We received a glimpse of the opposite remaining wolf, Arya’s pet Nymeria, as a grown, largely feral wolf in season seven. It appeared like they parted for the final time then, however everyone knows the direwolves have a manner of exhibiting up for the Stark children of their hour of best want.
Arya + The Hound
Undoubtedly, Arya’s reunions are going to be among the many season’s richest, partially as a result of she’s parted methods with folks so memorably all through the collection. As an example, she left the Hound for useless on the finish of season 4, refusing to finish his struggling after one hell of a struggle with Brienne of Tarth — though he was initially on Arya’s well-known Kill Record. It was a becoming goodbye for one of many collection’ most beloved and unlikely pair-ups, and a grace observe over the Hound’s gradual and regular redemption arc. Once they lastly see one another once more, with Arya roughly grown up, will they lastly progress from frenemies to associates? We will’t wait to seek out out!
Tyrion + Sansa
The previous Hand of the King hasn’t seen his unlucky little one bride since she was quickly spirited out of King’s Touchdown in early season 4, following the infamous Purple Wedding ceremony. Although the 2 had been formally married, Tyrion wasn’t actually into raping a terrified preteen (she was clearly disgusted by the entire ordeal), so the wedding was fortunately by no means consummated — and since Sansa was subsequently married off to Ramsay Bolton, it’s protected to say her marriage to Tyrion is actually annulled by this level.
Bronn + Tyrion and Jaime
One of many collection’ most satisfying redemption arcs has gone to Bronn, who began out as a purely mercenary sellsword and wound up creating a smidgen of grudging loyalty towards the great guys. He dramatically saved Jaime from Dany’s dragon Drogon in season seven, episode 4, though he later claimed that he simply did it for the prospect of the fortress he claims the Lannisters owe him. However we all know higher; he additionally was instrumental in arranging a significant earlier reunion between Tyrion and Jaime. How will Bronn really feel when he subsequent sees the reunited Lannister brothers — will he nonetheless simply be ready for the cash, or can we lastly get this three-way bromance underway?
Jaime + Bran
Okay, so this one’s a bit awkward: The final time these two met, it was on the finish of the present’s very first episode — when a a lot completely different Jaime pushed Bran out of a tower in an try to silence the child about his incestuous relationship with Cersei, thus completely paralyzing Bran and resulting in occasions whose repercussions are nonetheless being felt on the present. After all, with out that twist in destiny, Bran arguably wouldn’t have turn out to be the Three-Eyed Raven, so absolutely it’s all good now, proper? Proper?
Euron + Cersei
Eh, nobody actually cares about Euron Greyjoy’s manipulation by Cersei as she makes use of him to double-cross her supposed “allies” heading North to battle the Evening King — a transfer that’s already alienated Jaime from her as soon as and for all. Nonetheless, these two must be assembly up once more in season eight, and we are able to’t think about he’ll be pleased about getting used as a pawn. Not that this has made a lot distinction for any of Cersei’s different pawns prior to now.
Theon + Yara
Theon is decided to get his sister Yara again from his uncle’s energy after Euron kidnapped her throughout an early season seven battle. After all, since that is Theon we’re speaking about, the chances aren’t trying nice for Yara, however everyone knows she will be able to fend for herself, so perhaps these two siblings can have a contented reunion and profitable escape in spite of everything.
Previous associates and previous flames
Samwell + Jon
These two former Evening’s Watch companions haven’t seen one another since Samwell left to go to the Citadel. However now Samwell is again at Winterfell, simply in time to drop some main bombshells on Jon (alongside Bran) about Jon’s parentage.
Arya + Gendry
Followers have lengthy sensed that Arya was nursing a stealth crush on her childhood pal. Now that she’s all grown up, she’ll probably be working into Gendry on the march north, since he’s teamed up with Davos and Jon to defend in opposition to the Evening King. Will the sparks lastly fly, or will they’ve extra essential issues on their thoughts?
Brienne + Jaime / Brienne + Tormund
Now that Jaime appears to have lastly damaged with Cersei as soon as and for all, his epic friendship/romance with Brienne could lastly be free to blossom within the far North. However Tormund the Wildling could have a factor or two to say about it, particularly as soon as he sees Brienne once more.
Unlikely reunions (that we nonetheless wish to occur)
Arya + Melisandre
When these two briefly crossed paths in season three, it was chilling: Melisandre was undoubtedly weirded out by all of the darkness she noticed in Arya, and Arya was clearly equally unimpressed by the Crimson Witch. In case you thought Melisandre was frightened of Arya then …
Davos + Melisandre / Varys + Melisandre
The final time Davos and Melisandre had been compelled to play good, he was nonetheless reeling from the truth that she’d ordered Stannis Baratheon to burn his teenage daughter alive. Not precisely the roots of a fruitful partnership, there. And Varys has all the time hated witches due to what a sorcerer did to him in childhood — a backstory of which Melisandre has all the time been eerily conscious. There’s a whole lot of unfinished enterprise between Melisandre and these two; we’d love to observe it play out as soon as and for all.
Cersei + Sansa
As soon as Cersei’s “Little Dove,” Sansa has come a good distance for the reason that days when she idolized the queen and dreamed of a snug King’s Touchdown life. Her sham marriage to Tyrion led to catastrophe, with the Tyrells utilizing her to poison Joffrey and scapegoat Tyrion for it in season 4. And with Cersei having loads of wrath to go round for that incident, we’d like to see the 2 of them meet as equals — and opposites — in spite of everything this time. It’s unlikely we’ll see Sansa leaving the security of Winterfell, or Cersei leaving King’s Touchdown, however this reunion goes on our want record.
And final, however definitely not least …
It’s a testomony to how nice Sport of Thrones is at supplying you with a compelling ensemble with wealthy subplots and backstories that one of many reveals’ most longed-for, epic battles is between two minor characters. The notorious longed-for face-off between the Clegane brothers, the Hound (Sandor Clegane), and the Mountain (Gregor Clegane — now a creepy zombified model of himself), is such a fan favourite that it’s turn out to be an enormous meme, shorthanded in all places because the Cleganebowl.
The 2 had a quick, testy however fizzled reunion in season seven — that was so anticlimactic that right here at Vox, we started to doubt that the Cleganebowl would ever occur. However that’s what season eight is for: The Hound’s actor Rory McCann has even hinted that it’s going to occur. So maintain on to your skulls and prepare for the epic WrestleMania bout we’ve been ready for.