At last, we’ve reached the beginning of the end.
The first of the final six episodes of HBO’s blockbuster fantasy epic Game of Thrones has aired, and in a month and a half we’ll know how it all ends. In the meantime, critics and fans will engage in a flurry of speculation, picking apart each episode to figure out what it could mean for their favorite (and least favorite) characters, all the way up until May 19, when the show will have given all the answers.
In keeping with that tradition, three of Vox’s culture writers sat down to discuss the season eight premiere, “Winterfell.” What might the episode tell us about Game of Thrones’ eventual series finale? Going forward, what should the Game of Thrones writers do (or, really, what do we hope they’ve done, since the whole season was shot last year) to give the show the ending it deserves? And will fans ever be satisfied, no matter what happens? Joining the conversation are critic at large Todd VanDerWerff, senior culture correspondent Alex Abad-Santos, and reporter and critic Alissa Wilkinson.