5 Predictions For Game Of Thrones Episode 8 'No One'

Based on the forty-second episode preview, here's what looks like may go down in Westeros. Spoilers ahoy, obviously.

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1 | Cersei is finally choosing violence

This clip has been doing the round since the early season trailers, but it looks like Cersei - flanked by a Frankenmountain who must surely be getting bored by now - is finally going to do something after spending seven episodes skulking around the Red Keep telling anyone who'll listen how she'll 'get revenge on her enemies'. A short frame at the end shows one of the Sparrows with a chain around his neck being dragged by the aforementioned zombie bodyguard. The question is whether it is Cersei's much-hyped trail by combat, or simply her ordering 'violence' before that has a chance to happen. Either way Cousin Lancel surviving the episode suddenly looks about as likely as Gendry making the Olympic sailing team.

2 | Jamie vs Brienne

Having swapped political allegiances more times than Donald Trump, Lady Brienne of Tarth - currently sworn to serve Sansa Stark - now finds herself in the tricky position of going up against former road trip buddy Jamie Lannister at Riverrun where he is locked in a stalemate with Sansa's Uncle the Blackfish. Even though Jamie once saved her life, as Brienne puts it herself, "honour compels me to fight you" should the stubborn old Tully refuse to surrender. Brienne versus a one-handed Jamie? Should be no contest really, unless Bronn pops up at the last minute to put a knife in her back and seriously undermine his position as most likeable scallywag in the show.

3 | The Hound rediscovers his violent streak

The whole point of the Ian McShane Hippy Cult storyline was to reintroduce Sandor Clegane and give him a motivation to get back in touch with his former "I love killing, me" self. Here we see him swinging his new trademark axe at something clearly other than a piece of wood. The logical assumption would be that The Hound exacts revenge on the Brotherhood without Banners after they slaughtered his new pals, but with rumours of the Cleganebowl swirling we may see him somehow on course for King's Landing instead.

4 | Arya lives

As Game Of Thones nears its ultimate conclusion the whole 'no character is too big to die' thing is beginning to wane a bit. A handful feel simply too integral for that to happen - including freshly-stabbed Arya Stark - which is why the famed plot shocks are more likely to be resurrections or long-awaited reconciliations these days. No matter. In the preview we see both the Waif - who would surely be utterly dispensable to the plot if she'd actually succeeded in killing the young Stark - and the back of a young girl who surely is Arya leaping through the air like Lara Croft. Here's hoping a final showdown sees Arya stick the Waif with the pointy end.

5 | Something is afoot in Meereen

The whole Meereen thing didn't feature at all in episode 7, so perhaps the blink-and-you'll-miss-it show of Tyrion was simply confirmation the plot line will be resumed next time out. But why was the half-diplomat looking up? Have Dani's dragons returned? 

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