Eight years ago, they were still frolicking in Winterfell's backyard or were already feeding dark designs. Today, they have become kings, lords or assassins. Back on the evolution of the characters of the cult series ...
Bran Stark (Isaac Hempstead-Wright)
Second son of Ned and Catelyn Stark, Brandon loses the use of his legs, pushed by Jaime Lannister from the top of a tower in the first episode of the series. After having traveled beyond the Wall to meet (and become) the Three-Eyed Crow, he is finally back to Winterfell, more mysterious than ever. His new powers, combined with information collected by Samwell Tarly in Villevieille, allow him to discover the real origins of Jon Snow. Again face-to-face with Jaime Lannister at the end of the last episode, he will probably require some explanations from him ...
Arya Stark (Maisie Williams)
Her little sister, meanwhile, accompanies their father to Port-Réal where he was named Hand of the King. After witnessing his death, as well as that of his mother and brother Robb, Arya swears revenge and walks with the Limier. She then leaves for Braavos where she receives the teaching of the No-Faces. Back in Westeros, she exterminates the Frey family (largely responsible for her misfortune) and heads for Winterfell, where she finds Sansa, Bran and Jon. Fine blade, it will be a significant asset in the fight against the White Walkers.
Sansa Stark (Sophie Turner)
The elder Sister of the Stark family, Sansa is promised to Prince Joffrey, who has his father Ned executed and tyrannized. She manages to leave Port-Réal and allies her cousin Robert Arryn through Littlefinger, who arranges her marriage with Ramsay Bolton. After escaping the latter, she finds her half-brother Jon Snow and helps him to take back the reins of the North. In the absence of Jon, left for Peyredragon, she provides stewardship and reigns over the North as Lady of Winterfell. Thanks to Bran's visions and Arya's blade, she finally manages to get rid of Littlefinger and his devious shenanigans. Jon Snow's recent return to Winterfell, alongside Daenerys, seems to have some problems for him ...
Jon Snow (Kit Harington)
Bastard son of Ned Stark (or not), Jon Snow goes to Castle Black to serve in the Night Watch. After a long expedition beyond the Wall and many clashes against the Sauvageons, which he eventually rallies, he recovers Winterfell from Ramsay Bolton and becomes King of the North, preparing for the imminent arrival of the Marchers whites. To fight against this threat, he requires the help of Daenerys Targaryen. Together, they return to Winterfell to face Winter. Jon learns from his friend Samwell that he is actually the son of Rhaegar Targaryen and Lyanna Stark, nephew of Daenerys and rightful heir to the Seven Crowns.
Theon Greyjoy (Alfie Allen)
Son of Balon Greyjoy and pupil of Ned Stark since childhood, Theon fights for Robb but ends up betraying him by siding with his father, and storms Winterfell. Captured and mutilated by Ramsay Bolton, he eventually escaped after a long period of servitude and joined his sister, who is allied with Daenerys Targaryen. In a fierce battle with their uncle Euron, he fled again before meeting Jon Snow. Emboldened by the words of the latter, he will free his sister Euron's claws and then goes to Winterfell for the final battle against the White Walkers.
Daenerys Targaryen (Emilia Clarke)
The sole heiress of the Targaryen house and the legitimate sovereign of the Seven Crowns, Daenerys regains possession of the last three remaining dragons and prepares his return to Westeros. After having rallied numerous armies to her cause, as well as advisers of choice, she declares the war to Cersei Lannister to take back the Throne of Iron. His brief stay on the other side of the Wall costs him a dragon, but it allows him to save Jon Snow and make a crucial decision: he will lend a hand to the Stark against the threat of the White Marchers. However, one question remains: how will Daenerys react when she learns the true identity of Jon Snow, and his legitimacy to govern Westeros?
Jorah Mormont (Iain Glen)
After leaving Westeros to escape the justice of Ned Stark, Jorah spies Daenerys on behalf of Varys but eventually rallies to the cause of Princess Targaryen, swearing her allegiance. He is, however, banished when he discovers the truth. Reached leprosy, he is cured by Samwell Tarly and returns to his "khaleesi", preparing to fight the White Walkers at his side.
Tyrion Lannister (Peter Dinklage)
Third child of the Lannister brotherhood known for his intelligence, Tyrion becomes the Hand of King Joffrey (his nephew) in Port-Réal. Accused of the murder of the latter, he manages to escape with his brother Jaime and rallies Daenerys Targaryen, offering his advice to win back Westeros. His strategic disagreements with the Mother of Dragons, however, seem more and more pronounced.
Jaime Lannister (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau)
Brother and lover of Cersei, Jaime serves in the Royal Guard and leads the Lannister armies in many battles. After losing his legendary warrior skills along with his right hand, he returns to his sister and leads his men to fight against Daenerys. He is on the front line when the latter unleashes the fire of his dragon on Lannister's troops. Noting Cersei's deception against the Mother of Dragons, he finally decides to leave his sister and heads to Winterfell to take part in the fight against the White Walkers. When he arrived in the courtyard of the castle, he came face to face with Bran, whom he had left for dead in the pilot of the series.
Cersei Lannister (Lena Headey)
The eldest daughter of Lannister, wife of the late King Robert Baratheon, Cersei has an incestuous relationship with her brother Jaime. As she tries to regain power and the Iron Throne for their children, she loses them one by one. After settling her account with the Great Sparrow and ending her inquisitive reign, she proclaimed herself Queen of Westeros and went to war against Daenerys Targaryen. After making the Mother of Dragons believe that she will help him in the face of the White Walkers, she secretly gathers an army of mercenaries to make sure that the throne is kept.
Samwell Tarly (John Bradley)
Funky heir to the Tarly house, Samwell is sent to the Wall where he becomes Jon Snow's best friend. Having discovered how to kill the White Walkers, he goes to Villevieille to become a mestre and deepen his knowledge. There he meets Jorah Mormont, whom he manages to cure leprosis. After leaving the Citadel, he meets Bran in Winterfell and helps to highlight the origins of Jon Snow, where he learns his true identity during their reunion.
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Bronn (Jerome Flynn)
After having served as "bodyguard" to Tyrion Lannister, notably during a judicial duel in the Val d'Arryn and during the terrible Battle of the Néra, Bronn leads Jaime to fight with his left hand, then directs the Cersei's army alongside the latter during the war against Daenerys. In episode 1 of season 8, Cersei returns to his service and asks him to eliminate his two brothers.