'Game of Thrones' Season 8's Unfinished Business and Abandoned Plotlines

Game of Thrones ended Sunday with the sixth episode of Season 8. While it answered big questions, including who will sit on the Iron Throne (no one, as it turns out), it left many character arcs and plot points unfinished. Here are a few of the questions we're still left with after the Game of Thrones ending.

Prophecies and Omens

The prophecies and omens of Westeros have always operated similarly to predictions for the future in the real world, where they are open to interpretation. This may be a little dissatisfying for anyone hoping for clear answers regarding the identity of the Prince That Was Promised and Azor Ahai, but people are still arguing over Nostradamus, so this can be attributed more to realism than abandoned plot threads.

The State of Dorne

When Daenerys' ancestor Aerys Targaryen first conquered Westeros, only Dorne successfully stood against the conqueror. While Dorne was always unlikely to back Queen Cersei, it also wasn't guaranteed to support Daenerys' ambitions. But Dorne was largely an afterthought throughout Game of Thrones Season 8, relegated to a throwaway line in Episode 4, when the unnamed "new Prince of Dorne" pledges his allegiance to Daenerys from afar. The new prince of Dorne pops up at the Dragonpit council, where Grey Worm defends the imprisonment of Jon Snow, but doesn't even speak. The future of Dorne is a quiet, compliant one, for now.

The Faceless Men

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We still have many questions about the Faceless Men after the "Game of Thrones" Season 8 finale. HBO

The Faceless Men tried to kill Arya once, but they didn't seem like the giving up type, so it's surprising they never tried again. Arya makes it out of Game of Thrones unscathed. Perhaps the god of death doesn't want her dead. Or perhaps Jaqen H'ghar is only biding his time.

The Night King's Return

In Game of Thrones Season 8, Episode 3, "The Long Night," Bran explains the connection between him and the Night King. Since the Three-Eyed Raven is the repository of all human experience, the primary objective of the Night King's war on the living is destroying that living memory. But while that's a more thorough description of the Night King's motives than ever before provided, Bran's explanation creates new questions.

"He'll come for me," Bran says. "He's tried before. Many times, with many Three-Eyed Ravens."

Either the Night King has been pushed back but never killed, or just as there have been many Three-Eyed Ravens, there have been many Night Kings. If the Night King is a possible future threat, it might behoove the people of Westeros to find a way to rebuild the Wall. This also leads us to another question.

Winter Is Here?

Sure, it's been snowing a little bit—off and on since the final episode of Season 7—but what does the death of the Night King mean for the coming winter? In Westeros, winters can last years, even entire generations. This one was predicted to be especially nasty, as it was the last time the Others swept down from the North during "The Long Night." Will it still be terrible? Or did the Night King's weather magic die with him?

Frey Aftermath

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Don't worry everybody, Edmure Tully is safe. HBO

Arya never got much use out of her Faceless Men powers, except when it came to getting revenge upon the Freys for the Red Wedding. But after Arya left a hall full of dead Freys behind, we never heard from the Twins again. The double castle, built on either side of a pivotal river crossing, has long been one of the most strategically valuable locations in Westeros. So who occupies it now?

At least we've learned that Edmure Tully escaped the Frey dungeons.

The Iron Bank

The Iron Bank loves meddling in the affairs of Westeros, backing whichever king or queen they believe could best service their debts and provide a solid return on investment. But the bearer of all Westeros' debts has been oddly silent, at least since buying Cersei the Golden Horde—a mercenary army which the Unsullied ran roughshod over in Episode 5, "The Bells."

While Game of Thrones may be over, we'll see more of Westeros in the near future, including in upcoming Game of Thrones prequel series and in the next installment of George R.R. Martin's A Song of Ice and Fire saga, The Winds of Winter.

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