The eighth and final season of Game of Thrones is nearly upon us (April 14). Lives hang in the balance and, for some fans, Season 8 is the culmination of more than 20 years of Thrones fandom. Since George R.R. Martin published the first book of A Song of Ice and Fire, the world of fantasy hasn't been the same. And the HBO series has multiplied that influence tenfold. The most popular show on TV is about to get even more popular now. The end is nigh, and these are the payoffs we're dying to see.