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Who are The Golden Company and how will they affect the final season?

With the return of Game of Thrones comes the arrival of a new threat nobody has seen coming.The threat in question - The Golden Company - has been mentioned on the show before, most notably in the final episode of season seven when Cersei ( Lena Headey ) seemingly agrees to a temporary truce with Daenerys (Emilia Clarke) and Jon Snow ( Kit Harington ) in a bid to attempt to defeat the oncoming threat of White Walkers.However, she later reveals to a distressed Jaime (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau) that she plans to use this opportunity to her advantage with thanks to a mysterious group known as The Golden Company.From extras.Earlier in the season, during an exchange with the Iron Bank’s Tycho Nestoris (Mark Gatiss), Cersei said she needed help growing her army and highlighted that Qyburn (Anton Lesser) has been making “overtures” to the this mysterious group. She even sends Euron Greyjoy (Pilou Asbaek) to bring a representative to King's Landing for discussions, which he does so in episode one.So, who are The Golden Company? For my own part, I’d like to see a Ministry of All the Talents in King’s Landing, with Arya bossing the Kingsguard, Yara on naval duty, Davos in charge of law and order (justice, Flea Bottom style), Bronn overseeing the treasury (who better than a sellsword?), and Varys back as spymaster. If Robert, Joffrey and Tommen – the Baratheon kings – have taught us anything, it’s that it’s possible to be in office but not in power. When the ice thaws, I hope to see Game of Thrones’ multifaceted characters given their dues – if they make it out alive, that is. For my own part, I’d like to see a Ministry of All the Talents in King’s Landing, with Arya bossing the Kingsguard, Yara on naval duty, Davos in charge of law and order (justice, Flea Bottom style), Bronn overseeing the treasury (who better than a sellsword?), and Varys back as spymaster. If Robert, Joffrey and Tommen – the Baratheon kings – have taught us anything, it’s that it’s possible to be in office but not in power. When the ice thaws, I hope to see Game of Thrones’ multifaceted characters given their dues – if they make it out alive, that is. The answer: a collection of 10,000-strong mercenary sellswords based in Essos. They were mentioned as early as season four, when Davos (Liam Cunningham) told Stannis (Stephen Dillane) to hire the group, stating that they had some of the most skilled fighters in the land. Furthermore, Jorah Mormont (Iain Glen) used to fight as part of them.The Golden Company could be exactly what Cersei needs to provide her with a chance to keep the Iron Throne – and its fleeting mention can’t be coincidental especially considering its mention in George R.R. Martin’s source material is fairly crucial to its events. IGN points out that the group was founded by Targaryen bastard Aegor Rivers, and – comprised of exiles from across the land – has one rather important member: Aegon Targaryen, the son of Rhaegar and Elia Martell who supposedly perished at the hand of Gregor Clegane (otherwise known as The Mountain) before the book series’s events even began. In the books, he was rescued by Jon Connington, a character whose storyline has (kind of) been handed to Jorah in the series.