GAME OF THRONES has its largest season coming up in 2019. With the White Walkers on the cusp of breaking into Westeros, and Daenerys Targaryen holding a knife to the throat of Cersei Lannister, viewers are set to see a number of large-scale battles throughout the next cycle.
The final episode of Game of Thrones’ season seven saw the dragon Viserion resurrected by the Night King (played by Vladimir Furdik).
With a dragon now in his control, it feels like the death-bringing monsters from the North are unstoppable.
Viewers last saw the Night King riding the now undead Viserion to the Night Watch’s Eastwatch by the sea, obliterating the end of the Wall with a fierce blue fire.
However, the horrible events that transpired at the end of season seven can easily be traced back to a mistake that Jon Snow (Kit Harrington) and his crew made at the end of last season.
Bringing a live wight to Cersei Lannister (Lena Headey) seemed like the only option Jon and the Night’s Watch had to convince everyone of the supernatural threat at hand.
The team’s excursion to the North to capture the wight was unbelievably dangerous, and somehow continued to get worse by the minute as they became stranded in the centre of a frozen lake, and eventually lost Thoros of Myr (Paul Kaye) to his grievous wounds.
The severely disorganised adventure called for Daenerys (Emilia Clarke) to save the team by picking them up with her fleet of dragons – subsequently causing Viserion to be killed.
This whole ordeal cascaded an entire collection of events that may potentially lead to the deaths of every single character.
To start with, Daenerys saving Jon caused him to finally call her his Queen, sparking their romantic relationship and giving their fight for the Iron throne more weight behind it.
What’s more, if the idea of wandering into the North to capture a wight had been shot down in its planning stages, the Night King would not now possess the fantasy equivalent of a nuclear bomb at his disposal.
This captured wight also started another recipe for disaster as the demonstration for Cersei helped her realise that Daenerys had lost one of her dragons.
The meeting also started rumours that Tyrion (Peter Dinklage) had become a turncoat, after he had a private meeting with Cersei – although that is to be confirmed.
And the Night King would not have been able to carry out the aforementioned Eastwatch destruction if he had not claimed Viserion for himself through the botched wight capture.
Viewers can be sure to expect some horrific battles ahead, as fan sites have begun reporting large sets being built littered with corpses.
The battlefield itself is covered in snow, hinting that Winter has finally arrived for the citizens of Westeros.