Night King reigns ahead of Season 8

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Here’s a look at the most shocking moments from the finale of the seventh season of ‘Game of Thrones.’
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Spoiler alert! The following contains spoilers from Game of Thrones Season 7 Episode 7, “The Dragon and the Wolf.”

The characters of Game of Thrones laid it all out on the table in Season 7. When Season 8 comes around, we’ll see if it was worth it. 

The season finale of the epic series didn’t do much to change the power dynamics in Westeros (although it did take a master manipulator off the board). Going into the eighth season, it still seems like anyone can win and anyone can lose. 

We ranked the top 10 characters from Sunday’s episode based on how well they’re winning the battle for Westeros, and their own survival. See our rankings from Episode 6 here, Episode 5 here, Episode 4 here, Episode 3 here, Episode 2 here, and the premiere here. We’ll see them all again in Season 8. 

1. The Night King

The leader of the White Walkers remains on top after he and his cool new pet zombie dragon took down the Wall at the very end of the season finale. The Wall was pretty much the only reason our friends in Westeros were able to play their game of thrones for the first seven seasons. Now that the Army of the Dead is marching south, we can only imagine what havoc will follow. 

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2. Jon Snow, aka Aegon Targaryen 

He may be making some questionable romantic decisions and accidentally punting the chance for peace with his honesty, but you can’t deny biology. With the confirmation that Jon is the legitimate son of Rhaegar Targaryen, he’s the true heir to the Iron Throne, and all but confirmed to be the prophesied “Prince Who Was Promised.”

3. Daenerys Targaryen 

Although Jon has pledged fealty to her, Dany is still in a weakened position thanks to his true parentage and her loss of a dragon. Once the truth about Jon comes out, it will be interesting to see which one of them retains the most power. 

4. Arya and Sansa Stark

The Stark sisters share a spot on our rankings this week after their coordinated take down of Littlefinger. Although the ruse felt more like it was for the audience’s sake, the Stark women get enormous credit for taking him off the board for good, and thus securing Stark control over Winterfell at long last. 

6. Cersei Lannister

Cersei added her own ruse to the mix in the finale, first pledging to help with the war against the White Walkers and then informing Jaime that she had no such intention (more on him below) and instead plans to hire the Golden Company to keep her on the Iron Throne. She may be making a bad call for the overall survival of the human race, but she’s still alive and she’s still on the throne.

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7. Tyrion Lannister

Poor Tyrion. It hasn’t been a great season for the youngest Lannister sibling. He’s losing ground with Dany on a political level, because his schemes aren’t working. Adding to this is the possibility that he is harboring unrequited feelings for his queen. He needs to turn his luck around in Season 8 to stay influential and alive. 

8. Bran Stark

Bran, we’re so very glad you finally used your super cool powers to help! Now, perhaps, instead of checking on everyone’s parental statuses, you can figure out how to defeat the Night King? Cool? Cool. 

9. Jaime Lannister

We weren’t sure if Jaime was going to survive the season, but he managed to escape the treachery of his sister/lover Cersei and make an honorable decision. His standing in the seven kingdoms will change depending on where he goes next, but we hope he heads north and reunites with Brienne. 

10. Euron Greyjoy

So, we guess this guy’s still around, huh? In addition to taunting Theon, Euron is apparently on a mission to get the Golden Company and a wedding night with Cersei, which continues his pattern of getting in the way of our heroes in the most annoying way possible. Hopefully he will be dispatched with early in Season 8. 

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