Who’s missing from the season 8 character posters, and why?

HBO has released a mess of new characters posters for the eighth and final season of Game of Thrones. Jon Snow, Daenerys Targaryen, Sansa Stark, Tyrion Lannister…the gang’s all here.

OR ARE THEY? The cast of Game of Thrones is vast, and at 20 posters, we actually got more than usual for season 8. But HBO didn’t include everyone. Who did it leave off, and does it mean anything?

Gendry

This might be the most notable absence. All of those posters show the characters on the Iron Throne. Gendry is one of the few people left in the game who actually has a claim, albeit an imperfect one, being the bastard son of King Robert Baratheon.

We know Gendry is well and truly in the mix this season, but I guess his role wasn’t large enough to warrant his own poster. Some fans theorize that he’ll be key to settling Westeros after the White Walkers are defeated. Will this change that?

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Gilly

I’m a little less surprised to see that Gilly has no poster. She’s a delightful character who’s had a full arc, going from being what amounts to a kidnap victim of her father to a well-traveled cosmopolitan raising her son and bettering herself. Still, she’s always been on the sidelines of things.

Still, this doesn’t mean Gilly is out of the game. In fact, as Hannah Murray told me at the last Con of Thrones, she has some new scene partners in season 8 she really enjoyed working with.

Bronn

Here’s another surprising one. No, Bronn doesn’t have much chance of sitting the Iron Throne, but he’s been around since the first season and has been consistently entertaining. If Jorah, Grey Worm and the Hound get a poster, why not him? Can’t you just see him on the Iron Throne in his own poster, smirking like he owns the thing? I call missed opportunity.

Tormund Giantsbane

See above, basically. Tormund is a fan favorite character who would have looked glowering from under his 10 pounds of facial hair while sitting the Iron Throne.

Gregor “the Mountain” Clegane

I guess I understand this one. We could probably count the number of lines the Mountain has had over the course of the series on one hand. We’re sure he’ll have a spectacular battle with his brother at some point in the final season, but he probably doesn’t need his own poster. I mean, would he even fit on the Iron Throne?

Qyburn

Is there a more enigmatic character on Game of Thrones than Qyburn? He’s definitely more of a power-behind-the-throne kind of guy, not the type to take the seat himself, but still, I’d like to have seen him on there, staring that inscrutable stare of his. I’m already creeped out.

Yara Greyjoy

This is another head-scratcher. Theon and Euron Greyjoy get their own posters. Where the love for Yara? Her absence strikes me as particularly odd because Yara, unlike many of these characters, actually aspires to rule — she wants the Salt Throne, not the Iron Throne, but still, it would make sense to haver her seated in a position of authority.

Hopefully this doesn’t mean Yara will have a reduced role in season 8. Also, while we’re on the subject, in the books the Salt Throne is known as the Seastone Chair and I’m still a little mad at the show for changing it, because “Seastone Chair” is objectively cooler.

Beric Dondarrion

Eh, I dunno if anyone expected to see Beric up there. He’s an interesting character but I don’t see him doing much in season 8 beyond cutting wights to bits with that flaming sword of his. He’d look good and grizzled on the throne, though.

Podrick Payne

Podrick Payne is the definition of a supporting character. He supports Tyrion, he supports Brienne…I know he’s not overly important to the plot but he’s been around since the second season and I would have liked to see him on his own poster before the end.

Lyanna Mormont

How perfect would this have been? Lyanna Mormont is a late addition to the show, but she was made for that throne. Another missed opportunity.

Edmure Tully

We know that Edmure Tully is returning for the final season of the show, although we don’t know how important he’ll be. Apparently not enough for his own poster.

Robin Arryn

For the comedy value alone, I would have liked to see this squirt on the Iron Throne.

Hot Pie

The most egregious absence of all.

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