'Game of Thrones' Final Season: The Complete Resource

Say goodbye to Westeros one last time with every interview, recap and deep dive from the final season.
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Winter was here — and now, it's gone.

Game of Thrones bowed for the last time on May 19, 2019, marking the end of an era with an episode clocking in at 78 minutes. Written and directed by creators David Benioff and Dan Weiss, the series finale marks the end of the line for Jon Snow (Kit Harington), Daenerys Targaryen (Emilia Clarke), Tyrion Lannister (Peter Dinklage) and the other heroes and villains who have populated the Seven Kingdoms for so many years. Soon, there will be new stories set in Westeros, assuming the pilot from creator Jane Goldman goes to series; when that will be, who can say? It will certainly fly forward without the characters best known to Thrones fans since 2011, and much longer in the cases of those who started the adventure with author George R.R. Martin's A Song of Ice and Fire novels, which began publishing in 1996.

With Thrones still fresh in mind, say goodbye one last time with a walk down memory lane courtesy of The Hollywood Reporter. Ahead, find all of our final season coverage — week-to-week interviews with the castmembers, individual deep dives into the wildest theories of the final season, recaps of every single episode and much more.

Season 8, Episode 1: "Winterfell"

Directed by: David Nutter

Written by: Dave Hill

Airdate: April 14, 2019

Runtime: 54 minutes

Number in series: 68 out of 73

Quick Synopsis: Everyone descends on Winterfell to await war with the White Walkers; nobody likes Daenerys Targaryen; Jon Snow learns he's actually Aegon Targaryen; Cersei Lannister puts wheels in motion to kill the living; Jaime Lannister has an awkward reunion with Bran Stark; and Tormund and Beric discover White Walker wreckage at Last Hearth.

Deaths: Lord Ned Umber (Harry Grasby)

• Recap: Final Season Premiere Raises the Iron Throne Stakes
• TV Review: Dan Fienberg on the Final Season Premiere
• Podcast: Breaking Down the Beginning of the End
• Podcast: Everything to Know About "Winterfell" 
• Interview: Isaac Hempstead Wright ("Bran Stark")
• Interview: John Bradley ("Samwell Tarly")
• Interview: Nikolaj Coster-Waldau ("Jaime Lannister")
• Deep Dive: Inside the Making of the Dragons
• Deep Dive: How the Opening Credits Raise the Final Season Stakes
• Deep Dive: How "Winterfell" Connects to the Series Premiere
• Deep Dive: Every Season Premiere, Ranked
• Deep Dive: 15 Key Quotes From "Winterfell"
• Deep Dive: Josh Wigler and Dan Fienberg Look Toward Episode 2
• Inside the Episode: David Benioff and Dan Weiss on "Winterfell"
• Trailer: Episode 2 Promises Fire, Blood and Ice Cold War
• Photos: Winterfell Prepares for War in Episode 2
• News: Final Season Premiere Mistakenly Posts Early on DirecTV
• News: Bob Greenblatt, Casey Bloys on Pushing HBO's Boundaries and the Race for More
• News: Game of Thrones Premiere Ratings Surge to New Series High — 17.4 Million Viewers
• News: Game of Thrones Season 8 Launch Ratings Set Record for U.K.'s Sky
• News: Game of Thrones Premiere Tops Nielsen's First Weekly LGBTQ Ratings
• News: Trump Celebrates Mueller Report Press Conference With Game of Thrones Meme

Season 8, Episode 2: "A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms"

Directed by: David Nutter

Written by: Bryan Cogman

Airdate: April 21, 2019

Runtime: 58 minutes

Number in series: 69 out of 73

Quick Synopsis: Jaime Lannister faces public scrutiny for his dark past, but ultimately wins basically everyone over and gets to wander around Winterfell fully armed despite the fact that he's sleeping with the deadliest person in Westeros (who also happens to be his sister); beyond that, the time for battle draws nigh, and as such, everyone draws up a completely seamless plan to take down the Night King; in the hours before battle, Brienne of Tarth becomes a knight of the Seven Kingdoms, Arya Stark and Gendry have sex, Theon and Sansa have dinner and Jon Snow gives Daenerys the truth about his Targaryen roots — just in time for the White Walkers to show up at the front door.

Deaths: None

• Recap: "A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms" Sets the Stage for All-Out War
• Podcast: "A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms," Explained
• Interview: Isaac Hempstead Wright ("Bran Stark")
• Interview: Kristofer Hivju ("Tormund Giantsbane")
• Interview: Bryan Cogman (Writer, "A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms")
• Deep Dive: Game of Thrones Creators Explain That Surprising Sex Scene
• Deep Dive: What's Next For Brienne of Tarth?
• Deep Dive: How Florence + The Machine's Song Teases the Iron Throne End Game
• Deep Dive: Who Will Die in Episode 3?
• Deep Dive: How Jon Snow Will Lose the War For Winterfell
• Deep Dive: How Jon Snow Could Win the War For Winterfell
• Deep Dive: The Night King's Purpose Stands Revealed
• Deep Dive: 15 Key Quotes From "A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms"
• Deep Dive: Josh Wigler and Dan Fienberg Look Toward Episode 3
• Trailer: War Comes to Winterfell
• Photos: Seven Hells Break Loose in New Look at Episode 3
• Forecast: Game of Thrones and Avengers to Deliver a Deadly Pop Culture Weekend
• News: Game of Thrones Final Season's Second Episode Leaks Early Online
• News: Game of Thrones Ratings Slip for Episode 2, Still Huge
• News: Social Climbers Charts - Game of Thrones Holds Top Scripted Lead
• News: Andrew Garfield, James Corden Audition for Game of Thrones

Season 8, Episode 3: "The Long Night"

Directed by: Miguel Sapochnik

Written by: David Benioff and D.B. Weiss

Airdate: April 28, 2019

Runtime: 82 minutes

Number in series: 70 out of 73

Quick Synopsis: The night is dark and full of terrors, as is your television set and/or viewing tablet of choice; the Dothraki are annihilated in a first fiery wave against the dead, leading to their full-blown assault; dragon-riding Jon and Daenerys fight and fail to kill the Night King; Arya Stark saves the day by killing the White Walkers' commander, but not before some prominent members of the Thrones family take their final bows.

Deaths: Dolorous Edd (Ben Crompton), Lyanna Mormont (Bella Ramsey), Jorah Mormont (Iain Glen), Beric Dondarrion (Richard Dormer), Melisandre (Carice van Houten), Theon Greyjoy (Alfie Allen), the Night King (Vladimir Furdik), various soldiers and the whole White Walker army

• Recap: Who Died in "The Long Night," And Why It Matters
• Podcast: "The Long Night," Explained
• Interview: Bella Ramsey ("Lyanna Mormont")
• Interview: Jacob Anderson ("Grey Worm")
• Interview: Carice van Houten ("Melisandre")
• Interview: Vladimir Furdik ("The Night King")
• Interview: Richard Dormer ("Beric Dondarrion")
• Interview: Rowley Irlam (Stunt Coordinator)
• Deep Dive: How the Final Season's Most Shocking Death Played Out
• Deep Dive: 23 Burning Questions After the Battle of Winterfell
• Deep Dive: Why Arya Stark is Likely to Die
• Deep Dive: 15 Key Quotes From "The Long Night"
• Forecast: What Comes After the Night King?
• Trailer: What's Next After the Battle of Winterfell
• Photos: Episode 4 Promises War After Winterfell
• Critic's Notebook: Why the Final Season of Game of Thrones Can't Win
• Critic's Notebook: Hollywood Reporter TV Critics Debate the Best Spring Shows Beyond Game of Thrones
• News: Game of Thrones Viewers Frustrated by Dark Cinematography
• News: Game of Thrones Gets More Huge Ratings For "The Long Night"
• News: Avengers Endgame vs. Game of Thrones: Who Won the Pop Culture Bloodbath?
• News: Late-Night Hosts on Avengers: Endgame Breaking Box Office Records and Game of Thrones Battle
• News: Game of Thrones Creators Set for Austin Film Festival Honor
• News: Game of Thrones Finale to Deadwood Movie: What's Coming to HBO in May

Season 8, Episode 4: "The Last of the Starks"

Directed by: David Nutter

Written by: David Benioff and Dan Weiss

Airdate: May 5, 2019

Runtime: 78 minutes

Number in series: 71 out of 73

Quick Synopsis: The Night King is dead, and there was much rejoicing. Hooray! Except the merriment is short-lived. After Gendry earns a name, Brienne and Jaime earns some alone time and Tormund earns a new pet, all eyes shift once again toward King's Landing and the Iron Throne. On her way back for more war, Daenerys loses two precious allies, not to mention her final shreds of mercy, as she prepares to bring fire and fury down upon Cersei and King's Landing.

Deaths: Rhaegal the dragon, Missandei of Naath (Nathalie Emmanuel)

• Recap: Game of Thrones Enters the Iron Throne Endgame with Fire and Blood
• Podcast: "The Last of the Starks," Explained
• Interview: Gwendoline Christie ("Brienne of Tarth")
• Interview: Kristofer Hivju ("Tormund Giantsbane")
• Interview: David Nutter (Director)
• Deep Dive: 23 Burning Questions Before the Last War
• Deep Dive: Who Will Die in the Last War?
• Forecast: Game of Thrones Final Season Brews Up a Breaking Point
• Trailer: The Bloodbath is Coming in Episode 5
• Photos: Episode 5 Promises One Final Battle for the Throne
• News: Game of Thrones Viewers Spot Starbucks Cup Amid Winterfell Celebration
• News: Game of Thrones Delivers More Massive Ratings for "Last of the Starks"
• News: Late-Night Hosts Joke About Gentrification on Game of Thrones Following Coffee Cup Mistake
• News: George R.R. Martin Dubs J.R.R. Tolkien "The Master" of Fantasy Writing
• News: Game of Thrones VFX House Pixomondo Ups Jonny Slow to CEO
• News: AvengersGame of Thrones Actors Storm Social Climbers' Top Actors List

Season 8, Episode 5: "The Bells"

Directed by: Miguel Sapochnik

Written by: David Benioff and Dan Weiss

Airdate: May 12, 2019

Runtime: 80 minutes

Number in series: 72 out of 73

Quick Synopsis: At long last, Daenerys Targaryen reaches King's Landing, and the results are much bloodier than anyone could have ever anticipated. Rather than spare the surrendered city, Dany rains fire upon the people of King's Landing, resulting in one of the deadliest and most harrowing war scenes in all of Game of Thrones. The results? So many corpses, including thousands of nameless individuals, as well as more than a few series regulars.

Deaths: Lord Varys (Conleth Hill), Harry Strickland (Marc Rissmann) and the Golden Company, Euron Greyjoy (Pilou Asbaek) and the Iron Fleet, Maester Qyburn (Anton Lesser), Sandor Clegane (Rory McCann), Gregor Clegane (Hafþór Júlíus Björnsson), Jaime Lannister (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau), Cersei Lannister (Lena Headey) and an astounding number of innocent lives.

• Recap: Who Died in The Final Battle for the Iron Throne?
• Podcast: "The Bells," Explained
• Interview: Pilou Asbaek ("Euron Greyjoy")
• Interview: The Game of Thrones Cast
• Deep Dive: 23 Burning Questions Before the Series Finale
• Deep Dive: Inside Daenerys Targaryen's Fiery Transformation
• Deep Dive: Who Will Win the Iron Throne?
• Deep Dive: How Arya Stark Defeated Death
• Deep Dive: Who Will Die in the Series Finale?
• Deep Dive: 15 Key Quotes From "The Bells"
• Deep Dive: 12 Fantasy Shows to Watch After Game of Thrones
• Forecast: How Will the Series End?
• Trailer: What's Ahead in the Series Finale
• Critic's Notebook: In the End, Game of Thrones Finds a Way to Make Its Woman Problem Worse
• News: Final Season Draws Backlash Over Portrayal of Female Characters
• News: Game of Thrones Draws Series-High Ratings With Penultimate Episode
• News: Game of Thrones Leads MTV Movie & TV Awards Nominations
• News: David Benioff and Dan Weiss' Star Wars Film Arrives in 2022
• News: Game of Thrones to Spider-Man: Why Big TV Film Productions Shoot in Eastern Europe
• News: This Week in TV: Game of ThronesBig Bang Theory End
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Season 8, Episode 6: "The Iron Throne"

Directed by: David Benioff and Dan Weiss

Written by: David Benioff and Dan Weiss

Airdate: May 19, 2019

Runtime: 80 minutes

Number in series: 73 out of 73

Quick Synopsis: In the aftermath of the King's Landing conquest, Daenerys arrests Tyrion for treason, Tyrion convinces Jon Snow to commit treason against Daenerys, Jon Snow assassinates Daenerys (!!), Drogon burns the Iron Throne down to liquid metal, a council of lords and ladies elect Bran Stark as king (!!!), Sansa becomes Queen in the North, Arya sails off to find what's west of Westeros, Jon Snow returns to the Night's Watch and ultimately treks north of the Wall alongside the Free Folk because his watch is ended — and so is ours.

Deaths: Daenerys Targaryen (Emilia Clarke), the Iron Throne

• Recap: Who Won "The Iron Throne"?
• Podcast: "The Iron Throne," Explained
Podcast: TV's Top 5 Digs Into the Finale
Guest Column: Isaac Hempstead Wright ("Bran Stark")
Interview: Emilia Clarke ("Daenerys Targaryen")
Interview: John Bradley ("Samwell Tarly")
Interview: Casey Bloys (HBO Programming Chief)
Interview: Ramin Djawadi (Composer)
• Deep Dive: 23 Burning Questions After the Series Finale
• Deep Dive: How Game of Thrones Set the Stage For That Series Finale Twist
• Deep Dive: Game of Thrones Ends With a Mixed Message About Power
• Deep Dive: Daenerys Targaryen's Final Fate, Revealed
• Deep Dive: How Jon Snow Became a King After All
• Deep Dive: 20 Key Quotes From "The Iron Throne"
• A Light Deep Dive: What a Sequel Could Look Like
A Very Light Deep Dive: A First-Time Viewer Explains the Game of Thrones Series Finale
• Rankings: Every Game of Thrones Season Finale
• Rankings: The Final Season of Game of Thrones
• Rankings: Every Final Season Death
Rankings: Every Single Game of Thrones Episode
Critic's Notebook: Game of Thrones Ended as Well as a Sprawling, Complicated Epic Could End
• Awards Analysis: Will Divisive Game of Thrones Ending Hurt Its Emmy Chances?
• Awards Analysis: Game of Thrones, Veep Enjoy Emmy Frontrunner Status
• Round-Ups: Game of Thrones Stars Say Farewell After HBO Juggernaut Wraps
Round-Ups: Game of Thrones Finale Draws Divisive Response From Celebrity Fans
Round-Ups: What the Critics Said About the Game of Thrones Finale
News: Petition to Remake Game of Thrones' Last Season Hits 1 Million Signatures
• News: Game of Thrones Series Finale Includes Glimpse of Plastic Water Bottle
News: Game of Thrones Series Finale Sets All-Time HBO Ratings Record
• News: Most Game of Thrones Viewers Liked Finale Despite Online Outrage
News: George R.R. Martin Weighs in on the End
News: Seattle Man Demands Rewrite of the Final Season via Plane Banner
News: Game of Thrones: The Last Watch Documentary is an Emotional Goodbye to Westeros

Read all of THR's Final Path series, featuring character-by-character predictions:

1. Jon Snow
2. Daenerys Targaryen
3. Tyrion Lannister
4. Cersei Lannister
5. Jaime Lannister
6. Sansa Stark
7. Arya Stark
8. Bran Stark
9. Samwell Tarly
10. Theon Greyjoy
11. The Hound
12. Brienne of Tarth
13. Varys
14. Melisandre
15. Davos Seaworth
16. Jorah Mormont
17. Bronn
18. Tormund Giantsbane
19. Beric Dondarrion
20. The Dragons
21. The Night King
22. Across the World of Ice and Fire
23. Final Predictions

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