Spoilers. So, so many spoilers.
I’m not kidding. If you haven’t watched season 8 episode 3 ‘The Long Night’ and you’re seeing a preview of this – Don’t click on it. If you have already clicked – Get out of here!
Unless, of course, you want to have a really epic Game of Thrones episode spoiled for you instead of just watching it yourself.
Then I guess I can’t stop you.
If you have watched the episode: We need to discuss it in the comment section. Read the post, don’t read the post – we’re talking about this.
If you want to hear my random, disjointed thoughts, I have written another stream of consciousness like I did for ‘Winterfell‘ and ‘A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms‘. Keep scrolling.
Fire Bitch is Back!
Melisandre’s presence usually means nothing but trouble (of the ‘burning children for no good reason’ variety), but she actually seems to be useful this time around!
It puzzled me why the army wasn’t carrying torches, considering fire is the one surefire (haha, get it?) way to deal with these undead bastards, but apparently they were all just waiting around for a certain redhead to turn up and light their swords on fire.
So, yeah… useful. But I still don’t blame Davos his “Oh, shit”-expression when he realizes he has to let her in.
Why Can’t These Guys Have Their Fight in the Daylight?!
Obviously, I have already answered my own question above – Melisandre’s fireshow wouldn’t have been as epic during the day, but I’m watching during the day and I can’t see a thing. I’m not getting blackout curtains just because the Night King suddenly thinks he’s a vampire and can’t handle sunlight.
I know, I know, Night King, but he’s been perfectly happy showing up in all his pale, blue-eyed glory under equally blue skies before.
Melisandre Staring at Someone Never Bodes Well
I know you’re tough, Arya, but you’re not fireproof. I would discreetly move somewhere out of sight.
…Okay, that didn’t go well.
“We Need Dragon Support!”
Seriously, why even bother with the damn army? If the dragon barbeque doesn’t do the trick, you guys are screwed anyway.
Oh, First Casualty…
Here’s hoping they don’t zombify you.
It’s All Sunshine and Rainbows in the Crypt
First of… Does this crypt have another exit? Am I the only one uncomfortable by all the vulnerable people being stuffed into a stone tomb where they can’t escape if the enemy breaches the defenses?
No? Okay, then.
Sansa and Varys are both totally embracing their new home and spreading just about as much cheer as the dead people around them. Tyrion is still believing he can actually do something besides becoming zombie food, and Missandei is just fed up with everyone’s shit.
What the Hell are Dany and Jon Doing?
Why are you just flapping around up there?
Turn around and roast some goddamn zombies!
Wait… Where is Ghost?!
Jorah came back from the failed charge, but I just realized Ghost wasn’t with him.
Where is Ghost?!
Screw the Night King, everybody needs to be looking for the doggy RIGHT NOW.
Okay, Jaime Did Actually Punch A Wight in the Face…
After the first episode of the season, a friend on Twitter suggested that Jaime should have a hand made from dragonglass. I jokingly asked, “What is he supposed to do with that? Punch zombies in the face?”
I take it all back. Somehow… it works.
If Anyone Important Dies, I’ll Probably Miss It
Still can’t see a thing on this screen.
I’m just going to find someone else’s recap later and figure out who died.
Oh, So That’s Why Arya was Trending on Twitter!
Everyone’s just getting tackled by wights left and wight, half the big tough characters are pissing their pants, and Arya is a one-woman army, making good use of her fancy new Baratheon-forged spear.
“You can’t beat death!”
“Tell her that!”
(Proofread edit: I swear the “left and wight”-typo wasn’t intentional, but I’ll be damned if I’m not leaving it in now.)
Lyanna Mormont, Tiny Badass to the End
As much as I want to rage about Lyanna being killed off, it’s hard when she took a fucking undead giant down with her, all the while screaming like a banshee.
The scene was just too perfect an end to the character for me to be truly mad about it.
Beric Dondarrion is the Real Hero Here
I really hope Dondarrion doesn’t die. Permanently, I mean. Not because he’s particularly important, but I can only actually see what’s going on when he’s around with his handy flaming sword.
(…and literally 10 seconds after I wrote that note down, Dondarrion was tackled by wights and stabbed to death.)
Okay, So the Night King is Fireproof
That can’t be good.
(Also, he’s so obviously a Targaryen. Targaryen symbolism all over the place, dragon-riding skills and fireproof skin. I have read 5 books and 3 short stories that all hammered into my skull that those last two were the main traits of a Targaryen.)
But What are His Clothes Made From…?
I understand that no one wants to see a butt-naked Night King, but I do think it’s a little unfair that Daenerys had to lose all her clothing after taking a fire bath, while Blue Guy’s armor isn’t even singed.
…Holy Shit Zombies!
I did not see Wight Lyanna Mormont coming!
But Everyone Called the Dead Starks in the Crypt Waking Up…
…yet it was somehow still shocking.
Bran is Just Chilling While Everyone’s Dying
Good thing Theon’s grown some balls (we all know he needs them), because Bran’s just sleeping through the whole battle.
Meanwhile, Jorah is dying defending his queen, as we all knew he would. Brienne and Jaime are being overrun by wights side by side, Jon is playing tag with Viserion, Sansa and Tyrion are finally coming to an understanding that would have been a lot more useful back when they were actually married, Varys is surprisingly still alive, and the Night King is pretending he’s in a gangster movie.
Then there’s a lot of staring in slow-motion…
…and then Arya comes flying out of nowhere and stabs the Night King.
Okay, Final Death Count
I saw Edd, Lyanna, Dondarrion, Theon, Jorah and Melisandre as the major casualties, but again, I couldn’t actually see anything most of the time.
I’m watching it again after nightfall, so I might lose another 5 named characters then.
And, of course, there’s literal heaps of dead minor characters everywhere. Glad I’m not cleaning that one up.
(Also, I love how Melisandre just dies. No one’s even trying to kill her or anything.)
But more importantly:
6 thoughts on “Spoilers Galore – Thoughts on Game of Thrones S8E3, the Battle of Winterfell”
I’m very pro-being spoiled before watching something. It helps me decide if I care enough to watch it. As someone who has only experienced GoT vicariously through others, I’ve come to the conclusion that Arya is the best character ever.
She’s a complete psychopath and I’m a firm believer that she would have no place during peace times, but… she is very handy to have around when someone or something needs stabbed!
Was Gilly killed in the crypts, what about little Sam, did we see Tyrion in the preview? I’ll have to rewatch. Theon should have been given a better death like one of the Lieutenants stepping in front of the Night King and having it shatter from a Dragonglass spear, only to be killed by the Night King. But I have to wonder too, is Theon really dead. Sure he got run through, but perhaps he lost consciousness. 3 more episodes, not sure they can top that one.
Hmm, good point. I didn’t notice Gilly later (and if she got killed off, so did Little Sam most likely). But don’t you think they would have made more of a point out of their deaths?
Yeah, Theon deserved a better death, but I do like that his story ended with him being brave and heroic, considering his history.
I don’t think he survived, even though he was still breathing when we last saw him. But who knows? This episode showed that GoT could still surprise me.
Agreed, it will be hard to top this one!
I read a spoilery who lived. Tyrion did, Gilly did, Theon did not. Of course there’s dead, then there’s tv dead
After reading your comment, I opened up HBO to check. You can see Gilly and Little Sam standing with the other survivors in the crypt, looking at all the corpses.
I had noticed Tyrion alive the first time around.
“TV dead” sounds about right. I’m not 100% we have seen the last of the Night King, and if he’s not completely dead, zombified characters is always an option.