What We've Learned So Far From Game Of Thrones' Final Season
Ahead of the fourth episode of just six in the eighth and final season of Game of Thrones, set to air in the early hours of Monday morning, it's worth taking some time to work out where we're up to at the halfway stage of this epic journey.
We've seen two episodes of scene-setting, we've had the biggest battle in television history and we've seen the living finally outmanoeuvre the dead when Arya Stark killed the Night King.
That being said, given that we were promised an absolute bloodbath, a lot of characters who we might have been worried about - and a few who could even be considered as expendable - are still hanging in there, ready for attentions to turn to King's Landing, Cersei Lannister and the battle for the Iron Throne.
OK, let's start with the body count.
Obviously, thousands died at the Battle of Winterfell. Of those who we cared about, however, we only saw Jorah Mormont, Beric Dondarrion, Lyanna Mormont, Dolorous Edd, and the Lady Melisandre bite the dust.
Oh, and who could forget the brave - if a little stupid - sacrifice made by Theon Greyjoy?
That means that people like Brienne of Tarth, Gendry, Varys, and - of course - the main players like Tyrion Lannister, Daenerys Targaryen, Jon Snow, Sansa Stark, and Samwell Tarley are all still in play.
We've forgotten a few here, but you can catch the drift. You know what this all means though, right?
They can't all sit on the Iron Throne, can they? Not least because it isn't big enough.
In the coming episodes we'll decide whether Dany and Jon can sort out which one of them actually gets the Throne and we'll - hopefully - get to see The Hound and The Mountain trade blows in the much-hyped 'Cleganebowl'.
Or perhaps Cersei will kill them... and everyone else. She's got previous, after all.
Here's a dark portent for you - recently, David Nutter, the director of a couple of episodes in this series, said that moments in this season could be even more shocking than the famous 'red wedding'.
Nutter told Cheddar News: "As far as season 8 comparing to the red wedding, I would tell you that, get ready, hold on sit down and hold yourself in your seat because it's going to be special."
It's worth saying that Nutter is only directing one more episode this season. That's the next one.
Are we going to see some shocks this evening? You can pretty much bet your house on it.
Sky Atlantic will show episode four of the final season of Game of Thrones at 2am on Monday 6 May, then again at 9pm.
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