As HBO's hit fantasy series "Game of Throne" approaches its 8th and final season, there are still many open-ended mysteries the show needs to resolve. From the number of characters who have been absent for a full season (including Edmure Tully and Robin Arryn) to the importance of Jon Snow's real name, there is plenty to ponder before we see how it all ends.
Keep reading to see the 37 most important questions the seventh season finale left us with.
Many "Game of Thrones" fans were hopeful Jon would find out his real parentage last season. Now that Sam Tarly and Bran Stark finally said the words out loud, Jon has to find out soon ... right?
Jon is the legitimized son of Rhaegar Targaryen and Lyanna Stark, which means he's the rightful heir to the Iron Throne. This could mean trouble for the new lovers/aunt and nephew, and not just because it means their foray into sexual relations means they're practicing incest.
Will Daenerys acquiesce to Jon? She's been lonely and under the impression that she's the last living Targaryen. Maybe she'd welcome having additional family?
Will they decide the incest doesn't matter and they'll just get married so they can rule together?
Though Targaryens have married brother to sister for centuries, inter-family marriage is not part of the customs Jon Snow grew up with. He'd possibly have more misgivings about the situation than Daenerys.
Jon has never been the first person to grab for power when the opportunity presents itself. Instead, others around him tend to force leadership responsibilities upon his shoulders.
So if/when he finds out he's the rightful heir to the Iron Throne, would he even follow that thread? If anything, we can see others around him encouraging him to stake his claim. Maybe with Daenerys at his side, but maybe not.
HBO went with "Game of Thrones" as the show's title, though the book series it's based upon is called "A Song of Ice and Fire." The social media campaign slogan leading up to the series finale is "For the Throne."
But is all the emphasis on the Iron Throne just a big red herring?
As we've explored before, it's very likely the Iron Throne in King's Landing won't be the sole seat of power by the series end. If Daenerys Targaryen truly wants to break the wheel, then it might be time for the Iron Throne to be destroyed.
Jon's bannermen didn't want him to even meet with Daenerys, so how are they going to react when they learn he bent the knee to her?
Things were already prickly with the Northern lords last we saw, so they're going to have to resolve this issue before the Great War can move forward.
The Northern lords might soon learn that Jon himself is part-Targaryen. Will that affect his ability to lead, too? Targaryens have a terrible reputation, especially in the North, and that might be an unexpected hurdle for Jon and Daenerys as they try to rally their forces.
Then again, maybe this will continue to be the biggest secret in Westeros, and only Jon's closest allies will learn the real truth.
Jon came face-to-face with a dragon for the first time this season. This intimate moment immediately bolstered fan theories about Jon becoming a dragon rider.
It would make thematic sense because the only two dragons left on Daenerys' side are Drogon and Rhaegal. Daenerys could continue riding Drogon, leaving Rhaegal for Jon - appropriate since this is the dragon Daenerys named for Jon's father, Rhaegar.
As we discussed back when Jon's true name was revealed, his birthname of Aegon Targaryen might not even matter. Jon's sense of self and character is largely centered around the way he was raised - as a bastard, and as a Snow.
Rhaegar may be his true father and Aegon may be his true name, but Jon Snow is a son of the North. We can't see him easily allowing the world to call him Aegon Targaryen.
Many people were left slightly confused after the "Aegon Targaryen" reveal. Prince Rhaegar already had a son named Aegon, so either he named both of his sons Aegon or Lyanna chose that name for Jon.
Both Rhaegar and the first Aegon were dead by the time Jon was born, so it's very possible that Lyanna chose that name to honor the fallen Targaryens. People also think Rhaegar's obsession with the Prince That Was Promised prophecy led him to name both of his heirs Aegon, believing it be to be an essential part of the equation.
When Bran had his vision of Lyanna's death in the Tower of Joy, we saw a woman there too. She didn't speak, but was the one who handed baby Jon off to Ned.
Will she resurface? Does she have more information for Jon about his birth parents? Or was this just a nameless character who we shouldn't dwell on?
Sam took several books from the restricted section of the library before he left the Citadel. Isaac Hempstead Wright told INSIDER that Bran's powers work like a "Kindle library," so this might come in handy for season 8.
If Sam finds old writings about alleged ways of defeating armies of dead, he can tell Bran to go look for that in his memory archive.
Plus, one of the books Sam and Gilly had in their Oldtown home was one about the Long Night. This ties into the Azor Ahai (or "Prince That Was Promised") prophecy, which could be pointing to Jon or Daenerys. Will season 8 will have an Azor Ahai flashback?
The seventh season really leaned into mentions about Daenerys being (supposedly) infertile. This made it feel as if the writers were foreshadowing a pregnancy, and right now Jon is the only contender for a possible father.
This would open a whole new can of worms. Targaryens have long practiced incest as a way to keep their bloodline pure, so maybe Jon and Daenerys would be OK with it? But we doubt their love story (if that's what this will be) can have a simple and happy ending.
This question we actually might have an answer to. When we spoke with the episode's director, Jeremy Podeswa, the topic of Tyrion's train of thought came up. Podeswa effectively said that Tyrion is concerned about their relationship because of the potential political ramifications and how it could cut Tyrion himself out of her most intimate circle of advisers.
"Nobody really knows how that's going to play out or what kind of decisions they'll make based on the fact that they're now connected to each other in a much more intimate way," Podeswa said.
To learn more, read the the full interview with Jeremy Podeswa here.
Tyrion said something to Cersei which convinced her to return to the Dragonpit and tell Daenerys she would agree to the truce.
Even though we know Cersei was lying, Tyrion must think he has her convinced to help. But how? The last thing we saw them discuss was that Cersei was pregnant.
Cersei's pregnancy confused fans who have been following the deadly prophecy given to Cersei when she was a young child. That prophecy has been extremely accurate thus far, and it said Cersei will only have three children.
With Jaime out of the picture and the White Walkers marching south of the Wall, we can't see Cersei delivering a healthy baby that will live out its days in peace.
Cersei hired the Essos mercenary group, the Golden Company, and sent Euron to ferry them to Westeros. But then what? Will she send them out into the southern areas of Westeros and take back Casterly Rock and other strongholds? Or is the plan to keep them close to King's Landing to help protect her seat of power?
Sansa seemed (rightfully) annoyed to learn via raven that Jon had bent the knee to Daenerys. But was that a genuine reaction? Or was she putting on a show for Littlefinger? Will that annoyance compound if she realizes that Jon is also in love with Daenerys?
Or will Arya and Sansa be happy for their "brother" and realize the White Walkers are more important?
The early season 8 teasers have already hinted at a possibly frostiness between Sansa and Daenerys, but we hope that doesn't last too long.
Sansa ordered Littlefinger's execution in front of Lord Yohn Royce, one of the protectors of the Vale. But there was no mention of the sickly Robin Arryn, the true Lord of the Vale.
Robin was last seen on the the 6th season, when he told Littlefinger to send the Knights of the Vale north to help Sansa. What is he doing now? Will we see him again? Will he care that Sansa had Littlefinger murdered?
Jon discussed Sansa with Tyrion when he first arrived to Dragonstone and Sansa told Jon that Tyrion wasn't like the other Lannisters. But how will they fare in person with one another? Will their previously established trust help knit together camp Stark and Targaryen?
The fandom keeps calling Viserion either an "ice dragon" or a "wight dragon" or a "White Walker dragon." It would be great to know more about exactly what Viserion is now, because that can effect how vulnerable he is.
Fire kills wights, but not White Walkers. Isn't Viserion spouting blue fire, though? Or is it not "fire," but another magical substance?
Because it would be awesome, we're expecting to see the undead Viserion fight against one the two surviving dragons on the coming season. It'd be most fitting for Drogon to fight Viserion, since their namesakes (Khal Drogo and Viserys) argued in real life. Drogo killed Viserys with molten gold - it'd be poetic for Drogon to roast Viserion alive.
But can Viserion die from fighting a regular dragon? Or will he need to be killed with a dragonglass arrow or something else entirely?
The Night's Watch has been an institution for thousands of years, ever since the first battle against the White Walkers ended. What if this is the beginning of the end of this brotherhood?
The Wall either needs to be rebuilt, or perhaps this final war against the White Walkers will end with total annihilation (of either side), rendering the Night's Watch pointless.
With his father and brother dead, Sam is technically the heir to Horn Hill. As long as he's in the Night's Watch, Sam cannot take that title or own the castle. But if the brotherhood disbands, he'd be free to rule his family's lands.
Since Sam already has Heartsbane, the Tarly-family Valyrian steel sword. Maybe he'll survive the great war and return to become the Lord of Horn Hill, and maybe even Warden of the South.
Gendry was last seen collapsing in Davos' arms after he ran a marathon back to Eastwatch. He didn't reappear on the finale, so some fans might be worried about his whereabouts again.
"I think he's recovering from his various wounds," Liam Cunningham (Davos) he spoke with INSIDER after the finale. He hadn't received season 8 scripts yet, so it was all speculation, but Cunningham felt certain we'd see Gendry again.
At last, Jaime is done taking crap from Cersei and appears to be heading north to join the fight for humanity. This moment was long overdue, but we're so happy it finally happened.
Our bet is he's heading for Winterfell, since he knows Jon will be rallying the northern forces there. Ideally he'd find Brienne again, and they can fight side by side against the White Walkers.
Brienne and Jaime each have a Valyrian steel sword forged from the metal that made up Ned Stark's greatsword, Ice. Seeing the blades (and buddies) together again will be amazing.
Though Bronn has always been self-serving, we hope he joins the fight against the dead, too. With Jaime gone, there's no one left in King's Landing for him to serve directly. Cersei certainly wouldn't care to have him around.
Given the conversation Bronn and Tyrion had on the finale, it'd make narrative sense for Bronn to take him up on the "doubling" offer and head north, too.
On the 7th season, Yara Greyjoy was taking her fleet to Dorne so she could ferry the army waiting there to King's Landing for a siege.
But the fleet was attacked, and Ellaria Sand and the Sand Snakes captured and killed. So what is the army doing now? They're the only troops in all of the Seven Kingdoms who have yet to partake in a battle.
Theon had a moment of personal redemption on the season seven finale when he rallied the remaining Ironborn and they set out to save Yara. But where are they going? Back to King's Landing? To Pyke?
Euron will be in neither of those places. This might turn into a wild goose chase, or maybe the writers will skip the explaining and Theon will confront Euron in Essos.
We know Cersei is hiring the Golden Company, but Daario was in charge of another mercenary group, the Second Sons, when he met Daenerys. What if he's been doing some political scheming off screen?
Daenerys left him in charge of Meereen, but it would be fun to see him in the company of soldiers again so maybe he'll turn up in Westeros.
If not, it'd be good to have more closure on Meereen and how the cities Daenerys' once ruled are faring without her.
When Meera left Winterfell on season seven, she told Bran she needed to go "be with her family." Jojen is dead, which means the family Meera was referring to is Howland Reed.
Howland was at the Tower of Joy, where Ned found Lyanna and baby Jon. He's one of the few living people in Westeros who could corroborate Bran and Sam's story. Will we see both Reeds? Or did that family leave the show's storyline forever?
Fans haven't heard anything about Edmure Tully since he was put back in the dungeons of Walder Frey's castle on the sixth season.
Edmure is the rightful Lord of Riverrun - it seems very strange that no character has talked about his whereabouts, especially after Arya murdered every important man left in the Twins.
Melisandre promised Varys she would return to Westeros, and that she'd die in "this strange country." When she comes back, will we finally see Kinvara again?
Kinvara appeared on the sixth season, where she revealed to Varys that she knew a lot of secrets about his past. She also said Daenerys was the prophesied hero destined to save the world from darkness. Will she return to the series along with Melisandre?
Beric, Jon, and Daenerys have all been talked about as if R'hllor/the Lord of Light has a plan in store for them. But what? To defeat the Night King? To create a new order?
Will we ever see more evidence of the Lord of Light's power, or will it be left to us to decide if the Red God is real?
We know now that the White Walkers were created by the Children of the Forest.
But we still have no idea why they suddenly decided to wage war on Westeros again after thousand years of dormancy. Are we ever going to know what the inciting incident was for the Night King's attack?
Nymeria briefly reunited with Arya last season, and though Jon Snow's direwolf Ghost was off screen for all of season 7, we've been told he'll return for the final episodes.
Will they have a larger role in the fate of Westeros and the coming war? Just as Dany's dragons are an important symbol of the magic in the world, the Stark's direwolves hold a special importance. We hope they're fates are meaningfully tied into the last season.
Based on George R.R. Martin's books, it's implied that dragons can have both male and female sex organs, leaving open the possibility of Dany's two living dragons - Rhaegal and Drogon - creating new baby dragons (assuming they don't die first).
Cleganebowl - the theorized fight to the death between the Mountain and the Hound - has been hyped for 2 full seasons now.
First the Hound returned, and now he came face-to-face to his brother in the dragonpit. But Sandor Clegane simply told his brother Gregor that "he knew" who was coming for him. When will they meet again? If they do, will Sandor finally commit the fratricide that was promised?
Only season 8 will tell.
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