4 Predictions for What Will Happen in the Next Episode of Game of Thrones

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The final season of Game of Thrones has finally arrived, and all fans can do is obsessively rewatch each episode to look for tiny details they might have missed the first time around—and theorize about what could happen next. Reddit has already been flooded with predictions for the rest of the season, and now that season 8 has finally premiered, those fan theories only seem to be growing by the minute.

While, ultimately, fans want to know how the series will end, right now they're focused on predicting what major plot points and reveals we could see when the season's second episode airs on April 21. Here are four of the most popular ones.

1. Daenerys will find out the truth about Jon.

While we knew that Jon Snow would eventually learn the truth about his parents in season 8, viewers were surprised that we saw that particular bomb dropped in the first episode. Samwell Tarly was the one tasked with delivering the news to Jon that Lyanna Stark and Rhaegar Targaryen were his birth parents, which makes him not only the true heir to the Iron Throne … but the nephew of Daenerys Targaryen, his new love. With news as big as this, Jon will have to tell Dany the truth immediately; there's no way he'll be able to keep it a secret for long.

2. Jaime will ask for forgiveness.

The last moments of "Winterfell," season 8's first episode, saw Jaime Lannister arrive at Winterfell—with Bran Stark patiently waiting nearby. However, it's not just Bran that Jaime's going to need to make some serious amends with. In the preview for next week, we see Jaime on trial before Daenerys because, in case you forgot, it was Jaime who killed her father, the Mad King Aerys Targaryen (thus earning him the "Kingslayer" moniker).

As we know from Jaime's conversation with Brienne of Tarth back in season 3, Jaime only killed Aerys because he knew that the Mad King was planning to kill innocent people by burning up the whole city, along with his father Tywin Lannister. In the new episode, Jaime might explain this to Daenerys, but it seems more likely he'll just ask for forgiveness. Given the stakes with the White Walkers quickly approaching, there won't be time for a heart-to-heart between the characters, especially not after we've already witnessed that extremely emotional scene from Jaime already. He knows of the threat in the North, and he's not proud of killing the Mad King. He even tossed the title of the Kingslayer years ago. In favor of the greater good, fans are predicting that Jaime will apologize to Daenerys and that the two of them can (hopefully) move on.

3. Brienne and Tormund will reunite.

Out of the multiple long-awaited reunions we saw in last night's episode, fans were disappointed we didn't see one between Brienne of Tarth and Tormund Giantsbane. While we're not sure if there are any mutual feelings between the pair, we know at least Tormund has been after Brienne for a while now—and his very vocal attraction to her has made for some laugh-out-loud moments. Seeing them meet again in the new episode might not lead to anything, but it'll be entertaining at the very least. As the preview for next week shows Tormund in Winterfell, we can only assume that he'll see at Brienne at some point.

4. The Night King will reach Winterfell.

Unfortunately for our favorite characters in the North, the next episode will likely include the Night King and his army arriving at Winterfell. As the preview shows Tormund telling Jon, "Before the sun comes up tomorrow," we can only assume they're talking about how long they have until the undead arrive. We're predicting episode two will continue to tie up loose ends, as well as set up the rest of the season, and that it will likely include—or end with—the Night King's arrival at Winterfell.

Fans are under the impression that since episode three is the longest one, clocking in at 82 minutes, that is where the big battle we've been promised will take place.

Isaac Hempstead Wright Explains Bran Stark's Intense Staring in Game of Thrones

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Helen Sloan, HBO

There's always been something off with Brandon Stark's empty stare that we see so often in Game of Thrones. This week, actor Isaac Hempstead Wright explained exactly how he pulls it off.

The 20-year-old went on Jimmy Kimmel Live! and shared a few of his experiences from working on the show, including accidentally dropping a spoiler in his math class and the interesting sex ed talk he was forced to have with his mom given his tender age when he began filming the show.

He also talked about his "intense stare"—and his preparation for the role may not be as deep as you think.

"I'm kind of getting good at this sort of intense stare," the star began. "But it's actually aided by the fact that I'm completely blind when I'm on set. I don't have my glasses, and I don't have contact lenses."

"How thick are the glasses?" Kimmel asks him, to which Hempstead Wright replies, "They're not that thick, but I need them to see."

He recalled another time when his vision problems aided his character. In season 7, while filming a scene with Sophie Turner (a.k.a. Sansa Stark), he recalled Turner making a comment along the lines of "Isaac, your stare is like—you're staring into my soul!" to which the actor replied "I can't see you!"

Actors—they're just like us.

Richard Madden Shared a Hilarious Throwback Photo With Game of Thrones Co-Stars Kit Harington and Alfie Allen

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Charley Gallay, Getty Images for Netflix

Richard Madden may not have held the title of King in the North for long on Game of Thrones, but his memories of his time on the series—and the lasting friendships he forged—live on. Madden, who played Robb Stark, was famously killed off in season 3’s penultimate episode, “The Rains of Castamere” (a.k.a. The Red Wedding episode). But he has continued to champion the series, and his former colleagues, in the years since his premature demise. People spotted his latest tribute to his Game of Thrones days: a #TBT Instagram post that serves as a stark (no pun intended) reminder of just how long we’ve all been watching the epic HBO series.

The image features Madden with co-stars Kit Harington and Alfie Allen—each of whom is almost recognizable—after taking a ride on the Wheel of Belfast following their first read-through of Game of Thrones’s pilot episode. Which means that Madden’s caption that the photo is about 10 years old is pretty spot-on; the original pilot episode filmed in Northern Ireland in 2009, which would make all three of the actors about 22 years old at the time.

The show's actors have remained tight even after Madden’s brutal on-screen murder. In June 2018, Madden was a guest at Harington and fellow Game of Thrones co-star Rose Leslie’s wedding. Just a few months later, the 32-year-old actor—who won a Golden Globe earlier this year for his Netflix series The Bodyguard—was there to support his on-screen little sister Maisie Williams when she made her stage debut in I and You at London’s Hampstead Theatre. Which means that Madden might know more than any of us do in terms of how Game of Thrones will end, and could have been on to something when he predicted that ultimately, "[I]t’s just going to be three dragons flying around and everyone else is dead.” Hey, it could happen!

[h/t People]

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