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Game of Thrones: Who Died In The Season 8 Premiere?

Who died in Game of Thrones' season 8 premiere? HBO's megahit series has finally returned with its final 6 episodes to wrap up its many storylines and answer the question of who will sit upon the Iron Throne in the end. But first, there's the Great War against the White Walkers to be waged and the Night King has claimed the first casualty of the season - Lord Ned Umber (Harry Grasby), the .

As season 8 begins, Jon Snow brought his lover Daenerys Targaryen home to Winterfell, along with the Unsullied, Dothraki and Dany's two dragons. Together, they are rallying the forces of the living against the Night King, who has led the White Walker army south of the Wall. As the heroes defending Westeros gather in Winterfell, have both touching and awkward reunions, and squabble over politics and alliances, the Night King struck at the Last Hearth.

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In the final moments of the premiere episode, Tormund Giantsbane and Beric Dondarion, who survived the destruction of Eastwatch by the Night King's ice dragon, Valerion, meet up with Dolorous Edd of the Night's Watch at the Last Hearth. Together, their combined group of Crows and Wildings explore the eerily silent castle and find young Ned Umber pinned to a wall, seemingly dead, in a symbol resembling the Targaryen's dragon sigil. They deduce that this is a message from the Night King - before Ned suddenly comes alive screaming and is finally killed by Beric's flaming sword. Jon Snow had previously sent Lord Umber back to the Last Hearth to rally his forces back at Winterfell, but the Night King got to him first. Presumably, the White Walkers also got to the Umber men and made them part of the Army of the Dead.

Ned Umber is the only 'name' death in the season premiere, but the other casualites were the crew of the Silence, the flagship of Euron Greyjoy's Iron Fleet. Theon Greyjoy made good on his promise to rescue his sister Yara, who has been Euron's prisoner aboard the Silence since the start of season 7.  Theon and his men slaughtered Euron's crew and escaped with Yara; they sailed back to Pyke but Yara gave Theon her blessing to join the Great War at Winterfell. Sadly, Euron was at King's Landing enjoying a conjugal visit with Queen Cersei and didn't meet the same end as his shipmates.

Next: Game of Thrones Season 8 Returning Cast & Characters Guide

Game of Thrones Season 8 airs Sundays @ 9pm on HBO.

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