'Game of Thrones' told us how the show would end all the way back in season 2
Warning: this article contains spoilers for season eight, episode five of Game of Thrones.
Ever since Ned Stark met his untimely demise at the back end of season one, we've known that Game of Thrones was different.
Watching Sean Bean die in whatever role he's cast in is nothing new, but with that death, the HBO fantasy epic confirmed something we already suspected; if you're trying to predict what was going to happen, all bets are off when it comes to Game of Thrones, and that's continued all the way through to the end, for better or for worse.
Here's what we can hope to expect in the final ever episode of Game of Thrones:
Last night's episode of the show sends us into overtime when it comes to the conclusion of Game of Thrones, and we've still got quite a few plot threads to tie up before composer Rawin Djawadi plays us out for the final time.
But while some of us are wondering who's going to end up on the Iron Throne and reeling in shock at Daenerys' fiery about-turn at the gates of King's Landing, observant fans will tell you that we've known what was going to go down for years.
Of course, all the way back in season two, Daenerys had a vision at the House of the Undying, of the young Targaryen walking into a completely destroyed Throne room, with snow falling all around her as she did so.
Here's the vision I'm talking about:
Now we know that the vision Daenerys had that day came true. Except, what we thought was snow was anything but - with the Dragon Queen soon to walk to the Iron Throne with ash falling from the sky.
Yep, even in a season where everything felt super-rushed, this was another confirmation that Game of Thrones had this planned from way back.
The opinions have been split on this season of Game of Thrones, to say the least. But little nods to previous episodes show that even if this HBO fantasy epic doesn't quite stick the landing in its final farewell, that isn't to say the intent wasn't there from the showrunners to create something special.