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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

What do the sigils mean?

Obsidian Cave Sigils

Sigils connected to the First Men have been in Game of Thrones longer than the Stark family. The very first scene of the very first episode features some unlucky men of the Night’s Watch encountering wights—and a bunch of body parts arranged in a very specific way. While Jon draws Daenerys’ attention to stick figures of White Walkers carved into the walls of the obsidian caves of Dragonstone, I find the shapes drawn at their feet far more intriguing because we’ve seen them both before:


And yet, beyond claiming that they’re symbols of the First Men, no one seems to have progressed yet to the follow-up question of, what do they actually mean? Hopefully, someone will get there soon.

What will Sam find in his stolen books?


Between stealing the ancestral Tarly Valyrian steel sword Heartsbane and making off with the Citadel’s restricted section in the night, Samwell Tarly has really become a little bit of a klepto—for a good cause, of course. (But still, you might want to keep an eye on your silverware.) Anyway, books have been Game of Thrones’  method of choice for bringing game-changing information to light ever since Ned Stark, like Jon Arryn before him, figured out from a book of noble pedigrees that blonde = incest. Perhaps some new information about the Night King? A new clue about how to stop him?

Where did Gendry go? (Again?)


We can guarantee that the blacksmith and last living Baratheon (bastard though he may be) will return, considering he appears in the season 8 trailer. But where the fuck did he go after running back to Eastwatch? Did he stay at the Wall with Tormund, or did he go down to King’s Landing and get left on the boat for some reason? To be fair, it doesn’t matter as much as it used to, considering how people started hopping around Westeros in season 7 like a new non-stop flight service between all seven kingdoms was installed. (Daenerys has dragons, so fair enough in her case—that doesn’t explain the rest unless she rents them out on weekends, but I digress.) Still, after waiting four years for the smith’s return, having him vanish once again after just two episodes was a bit of a low blow. Fingers crossed in season 8 for more forge content—after all, now that they’ve started mining dragon glass they still need to make weapons of it.

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