Warning: This article is dark and full of Game of Thrones season 8 spoilers.
Well, friends, the time has come. The final episode of Game of Thrones’ eighth season is upon us and I think we can all agree we’re not ready for what is about to go down on Sunday night. The show’s eighth and final season has been an emotional roller coaster, to say the least. We’ll undoubtedly lose some beloved characters in this season’s final episode, and we’ll definitely have lots to say about Dany’s new violent and merciless method of ruling. We’ll have to deal with whatever fate D&D dish out for the remaining characters, but we don’t have to do it on an empty stomach. We can gather with friends and family and feast on dishes that pay respects to current and past characters by hosting the ultimate Game of Thrones viewing party.
From a throwback to Season 3 when Olenna and Margaery Tyrell share lemon cakes with Sansa Stark, to the usual suspects, like direwolf bread and pigeon pie, these are the recipes we’ll be making at our own Game of Thrones grand finale viewing party.
Lemon cakes are Sansa’s favorite type of cake, so of course this dessert deserves a spot on your grazing table.
Our favorite recipe? YouTuber star Rosanna Pansino’s take on the dessert, which requires you to candy lemons 24 hours in advance.
‘Light of the Seven’-Layer Dip
“Light of the Seven” is one of the most popular songs on Game of Thrones, aside from the main theme. By Ramin Djawadi, this song can be heard in the Season 6 finale (the episode of the Great Sept explosion) and was eventually nominated by the International Film Music Critics Association for “Film Music Composition of the Year.” So, yes, play it at your party, but also represent the track in the form of this seven-layer dip recipe by Yellow Bliss Road.
The Unsullied are elite warrior-eunuchs bred and trained in Astapor; they’re also genitals-less.
That said, let’s give those Unsullied parts the air time they deserved via these Unsullied meatballs. The best part about this BBQ and grape meatball recipe is it takes just three ingredients, and everything’s thrown into the crockpot for an easy appetizer.
This is more of a fun play on words than anything else — because what’s a GoT party without a little wildling presence? We chose buffalo wings to represent Ygritte’s long, fire-red hair.
In Season 4, Episode 7, Hot Pie gives Brienne a loaf of bread shaped like a wolf and reveals to her Arya is, in fact, alive. And since then, bakers have been sharing their own direwolf bread recipes, including in the parody cookbook A Game of Scones by Jammy Lannister.
Flayed potato skins
The House Bolton’s sigil is pretty hardcore — a flayed man — meaning they clearly don’t mess around. And neither does this cheesy bacon sweet potato skins recipe from Foraged Dish.
Chicken ‘Littlefinger’s with chaos sauce
Petyr “Littlefinger” Baelish loves to say, “Chaos is a ladder. Many who try to climb it fail and never get to try again.” So we decided, let’s combine the two: chicken fingers and chaos dipping sauce.
For the chicken fingers, we turned to The Recipe Critic’s garlic parmesan chicken tenders recipe. And for the sauce, Create Mindfully’s four-ingredient sriracha BBQ sauce truly sounds like chaos in a cup.
Deviled dragon eggs
These eggs may not be to scale, but they’re genius and cute. As part of their deviled eggs recipe, Buzzfeed hard-boiled eggs, cracked the shells, put each egg in a Ziploc bag and put a few drops of teal food coloring to get the marbled effect on the eggs.
Pigeon pie is served at wedding feasts, and at Joffrey Baratheon’s wedding in Season 4, the pigeon pie was so large, it had several live pigeons inside of it. Don’t worry; this pigeon pie recipe has zero trace of filthy, live birds. It is, however, filled with ground pork, cinnamon, quail meat, pancetta and so many other ingredients and seasonings.
While worth it in the end, be warned, though, that this pie will take you nearly three hours to prep and cook.
If you remember, Jon Snow broke his fast eating apple cakes and blood sausage. Well, Feast of Starlight’s applecakes recipe is a warm, straight-out-of-the-oven treat with a buttery exterior that’ll take you just about an hour to make.
Mother of dragonfruit vodka tonic
For this dragonfruit cocktail, you’ll make your own dragonfruit vodka. Just combine 1 oz. of dried dragonfruit and 2 cups of vodka in a jar and infuse for a couple of hours or overnight. Then, mix the dragonfruit vodka, tonic water and sparkling water for a refreshing GoT party-approved cocktail.
‘Blood of My Blood’-y Mary’s
Season 6, Episode 6 is called “Blood Of My Blood” — the perfect opportunity to serve bloody Mary’s. We’re dying to try Salted Mint’s bloody rosemary cocktails with chipotle Tobasco, rosemary, salt, Worcestershire sauce and more.
And of course, you must pay homage to the beverage of choice for every citizen of Westeros with a delicious red wine. Just don’t drink as much as Tyrion did in season 5. We recommend this Longchase Vintners Cabernet Sauvignon and Chateau Lafleur de Haut-Serre Malbec.
A version of this article was originally published April 2019.