coming here: After nearly two years on hiatus, Game of Thrones has finally returned to air its six-episode eighth and final season. When the credits rolled on the season seven finale in August 2017, Avengers: Infinity War hadn’t come out. The Mueller report was still in its infant stages. It feels like a literal lifetime ago.
But now the show is back for one last go-round of subplots, double-crosses, and fake-outs as the Night King marches south and the battle for the Iron Throne continues. Who will ultimately come out on top? Will humanity even survive?
If you need a refresher before you dig in, we’ve got both a recap of what happened in season seven and a list of essential episodes to rewatch, whether you’re looking for important plot points or shock value. Once you’ve started watching, you can find all of our episode reviews and analysis below.