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Well, it's official. After seven bonkers and action packed episodes, Game of Thrones has concluded its seventh and penultimate season. Season 7 stepped up the overall pacing of the series, with just about every character meeting in the Dragon Pit and shown the true threat of the dead. The battle against the Night King's army will no doubt be the main focus in the upcoming eighth season, and there is an unlikely duo that might be the key to Westeros' survival. Because with Samwell Tarly now in Winterfell with Bran, the two may be able to figure out a way to kill the Night's King.
Sam and Bran are two Game of Thrones characters that have grown quite a bit since their original introduction. And at the point where we left off, Sam had departed The Citadel with a stash of books, and Bran had fully grown into his identity as the Three-Eyed Raven. They reunited in the season finale, after first meeting years ago when Samwell helped Bran and company go north of the wall. But with each of their new abilities, they may just have the knowledge it takes to formulate a plan against the army of the dead.
While Sam originally travelled to The Citadel in order to train and become Castle Black's Maester, he realized it would take far too long, especially with the Grand Maesters refusing to get involved in the war to come. That's when he took Gilly, baby Sam, and the books and road all the way up to Winterfell. Sam will no doubt help to concoct a plan to battle the wights, and Bran's new knowledge of the past and present can help guide Samwell's studies. Hopefully Bran will be able to fill in any gaps, and they'll find a new way to keep the dead out now that the Wall has been breached.
Getting Bran involved in something like this might be a great way to keep the character relevant, especially after his weird run this past season. While fans were overjoyed to see the only Stark son return to Winterfell, he actually wasn't in the season very much. Furthermore, he's apparently void of any emotions, resulting in a stiff performance by Isaac Hempstead Wright. But teaming up with Sam would force Bran back into more human contact, and would help him stay directly involved in the battle against the Night's King.
Unfortunately, we're going to have to wait quite a bit for any answers to come. Season 8 of Game of Thrones currently had no release schedule, and some rumors have even stated that the final season won't arrive until fall 2018 or later. So there will be plenty of time to debate what's to come.
Game of Thrones will return for Season 8 sometime next year (hopefully). In the meantime, check out our fall premiere list to plan your next binge watch.