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Game of Thrones Recap and Cosplay

Games of Thrones group Cosplay in New York's Central Park, photo by Jason Laboy

Game of Thrones Recap and Cosplay

The eighth and final season of Game of Thrones, HBO’s television behemoth, starts tonight. But who will survive, and what will be left of Westeros once the dust has settled?

Have you forgotten what’s happened in the seven seasons so far? There’s been so much sex, violence, political intrigue and killing-off of our favorite characters that even the most seasoned fan would struggle to recall it all. There’s been some great cosplay and we’ve added Instagram feeds for some of the most popular.

Okay! With the first episode almost here, let’s recap in Cosplay style!

#gotcosplay (recap is below cosplay feed)

Season 1 – Game of Thrones Recap

Members of the Night’s Watch, an ancient order guarding the Wall to the north of Westeros, encounter a supernatural being known as a White Walker in the forest, previously assumed to be mythical.

Ned Stark (Sean Bean), Warden of the North, is visited in Winterfell by Robert Baratheon (Mark Addy) and invited to serve at his side following the sudden death of Jon Arryn, the previous Hand of the King. Stark’s daughters Sansa (Sophie Turner) and Arya (Maisie Williams) travel with him to King’s Landing but find the corrupt city-state in disarray.

The family of Baratheon’s bride, Cersei Lannister (Lena Headey), are allegedly behind the killing of Arryn. His son Bran (Isaac Hempstead Wright) witnesses Cersei in bed with her brother Jaime (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau), who shoves him from a tower window, leaving Bran paralyzed.

Tyrion Lannister (Peter Dinklage), a dwarf dilettante, accompanies Ned’s bastard son Jon Snow (Kit Harrington) to investigate the White Walker incident reported by the Night’s Watch. Snow stays on with the order. Tyrion is arrested at the behest of Catelyn Stark (Michelle Fairley), who believes him responsible for Bran’s fall, prompting a trial by combat to secure his release. Tyrion, imprisoned in the Vale under the watchful eye of Catelyn’s sister Lysa Arryn (Kate Dickie), enlists Bronn (Jerome Flynn) to fight for him. He defeats Arryn’s chosen champion.

When Baratheon is fatally wounded in a suspicious hunting accident, Ned is named Protector of the Realm until Cersei’s sadistic son Joffrey (Jack Gleeson) comes of age. Ned, however, plans to install Stannis Baratheon (Stephen Dillane), the king’s estranged brother, in his stead. Ned is betrayed by councilor Lord Petyr “Littlefinger” Baelish (Aidan Gillen) and decapitated on Joffrey’s orders.

Sansa is arrested by the Lannisters as Arya manages to escape. In response, Stark’s son Robb (Richard Madden) is named King of Winterfell and rallies the armies of the North against the Lannisters.

Across the Narrow Sea, Dothraki warlord Khal Drogo (Jason Mamoa) marries Daenerys Targaryen (Emilia Clarke). She believes herself the true heir to the Iron Throne and plots an assault on Westeros. Drogo dies after being hexed by a witch. Daenerys avenges him and hatches three dragon eggs presented to her as a wedding gift.

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