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Game of Thrones: The Biggest Unanswered Questions for Season 8

A list of the mysteries we most want to see solved.
Game Of Thrones Unanswered Questions
By  · Published on March 30th, 2019

Will Jon become a dragon rider?

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This is like asking if Cersei drinks wine. There’s a reason it was Viserion who drew the short stick: Jon is going to be paired with the dragon named after his father. Definitely. Moving on.

Why has Beric Dondarrion been brought back from the dead six times?


Melisandre burns people at the stake to boost her powers, has a fancy magic necklace, and struggled to bring Jon Snow back from the dead once. Thoros, who mostly just drank and sang poorly on occasion, managed to bring Beric Dondarrion back from the dead six times before meeting his own end in the jaws of a wight-bear. Beric’s get-out-of-death-free card may be gone as of season 7, but that still begs the question of why it existed in the first place. It strongly suggests that R’hllor, or whatever/whoever bestowed Thoros with life-restoring power, really wants Beric to stick around for one reason or another; that there’s some role he needs to fill or thing he needs to do. But what is that? Unclear, but it seems safe to predict that season 8 will provide an answer.

What became of Craster’s wives besides Gilly?

Crasters Wives

After Jon Snow and company killed the Night’s Watch mutineers that murdered both Lord Commander Mormont and Craster himself before taking over the latter’s keep, Jon offered Craster’s surviving daughter-wives the protection of the Night’s Watch. Not only did they refuse his offer—for somewhat obvious reasons, considering their experience thus far with men from the Night’s Watch—they insisted on seeing the keep they used to live in burned to ashes, refusing to remain in a place that has brought them pain and misery their whole lives. All these things considered, they’re almost certainly part of the Night King’s army now. But it is nice to imagine they’ve somehow set up a nice little haven for themselves, free of men (and the undead), like a much colder Themyscira. There is a zero percent chance this has actually happened, but unless any alternative is confirmed a girl can dream. It’s a Schrödinger’s cat situation. As long as you don’t open the box, anything is still possible. Technically.

Will Nymeria return?


No matter how big the budget gets, since the dragons got properly dragon-sized, the priority of Game of Thrones has been firmly Dragons >>>>>>>> Direwolves. Ghost got ghosted and Summer sacrificed himself to give Meera and Bran a chance to escape a pack of the undead in a disappointing Hail Mary that took down zero wights and bought his human companion an additional 0.2 seconds, if even. With all this in mind, it was somewhat surprising to see Arya’s direwolf Nymeria return in season 7, especially considering the short-lived reunion did not seem to satisfy either participant nor the viewers and was close enough to Ed Sheeran’s aggravatingly pointless cameo that I have intentionally repressed the memory of it ever happening at all. Which begs the question: will Nymeria make a real comeback in season 8? Maybe even swoop in with the pack of wolves she appears to have gathered and save the day at some point? Or will she be just another direwolf plotline to peter out to a disappointing end?

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