You probably did it! You survived the Battle of Winterfell. And man, was it darkish. Sure, it was “little ladies being liquefied by giants” darkish, however it was additionally simply … darkish darkish. Might barely see a factor. Half of these epic scenes of battle ended up wanting like a bunch of rats combating in a shoebox.
Fortunately, the Lord of Gentle deposited his No. 1 hype lady Melisandre again on Winterfell’s doorstep simply in time. Within the tense minutes earlier than battle, she supplies the most effective visuals of the episode by igniting the arakhs of the Dothraki military, who elevate their flaming weapons aloft and … are promptly swallowed up by the Military of the Lifeless 20 seconds later. On the subject of unsettling battle sounds, the shrieks of dying males and the clang of chilly steel towards armor are nothing in comparison with the creeping silence that unfold each time the AotD mowed over a brand new group of unsuspecting future recruits.
In some unspecified time in the future, Jon and Dany notice that dragons are a way more environment friendly manner of taking out most wights with minimal effort. Nonetheless, as soon as aloft, their flying weapons of mass destruction swiftly encounter a brand new and complicated opponent: clouds, and amongst them, the Evening King, able to make his dramatic entrance.
With the dragons disconnected from floor management and the Evening King bearing down on floor zero, the remainder of Winterfell’s forces notice the grave error of their technique and retreat again into the fort, however not earlier than shedding pricey Dolorous Edd. Nominative determinism (and an opportunistic wight) lastly acquired the higher of him.
What follows is only a bunch of chiaroscuro carnage particularly engineered to make you are feeling each dangerous emotion without delay: The Military of the Lifeless breach Winterfell’s fireplace fortifications. Lyanna Mormont, Girl of Scowls, goes down like an actual one by the hands — or slightly, within the palms — of a wight large. Beric dies defending Arya who’s, to place it mildly, FREAKED. OUT. Sure, she stated she was wanting ahead to seeing this face of demise, however one thing tells us she wasn’t anticipating fairly so many faces.
In the meantime, within the godswood, Theon and the Ironborn stand able to defend Bran from the approaching Evening King. Bran, all the time grateful that so many are prepared to put down their lives for him despite the fact that he is by no means tremendous clear on why or to what finish, exits the sport to go warging in some crows.
Nonetheless, the Evening King’s method is stalled when Jon, using Rhaegal, confronts him and the undead Viserion. Watching the 2 dragons tangle in mid-air beneath the moonlight is a magical scene, partly as a result of it’s truly seen and never shot by means of ten pairs of gasoline station sun shades. Ultimately, the Evening King bails and a sequence of extraordinarily creepy, vital stuff occurs: First, Dany tries to roast him, actually, however when the flames clear, there he stands. Then, as Jon approaches, Longclaw in hand, he truly smiles. The Evening King smiles! Please scrape that picture off the highest of our brains instantly.
After all, you would be smiling too for those who had been about to boost a model new military of lifeless folks, which is what the Evening King does, “Hardhome” fashion. This specific transfer performs poorly for Tyrion, Sansa, Varys, Missandei, Gilly and the group of purple shirts hiding within the very protected crypts. You understand what crypts have in them? Lifeless folks! And Recreation of Thrones just isn’t afraid to have these lifeless folks punch by means of straight stone for the only real function of constructing you moist your pants in shock.
By this level, the whole lot has fairly actually gone to hell. The lifeless are operating round chopping up the dwelling. Every part’s on fireplace. Jorah Mormont dies combating alongside Dany, and the sight of Drogon curling up subsequent to his lifeless physique has stolen the final tear your physique can produce. The Evening King and the White Walkers lastly attain the godswood and candy Theon Leeroy Jenkinses himself into an inevitable demise on the Evening King’s palms.
It is right here. It is taking place. It is all horrible. Bran, having returned from his journey on the Crow Flight Simulator, has a major staredown along with his mortal enemy. Do they know what the opposite is considering? Do they understand how this ends? The Evening King reaches for his weapon. Loss of life is right here to say the dwelling. And but…
Shock! The Evening King would not even get a hand on his piece earlier than Arya’s on him like a cat falling out of a tree. For a quick second, it seems as if he will choke the life out of her, however she pulls a sleight of hand and stabs him together with her Valyrian metal dagger.
Poof! The Evening King shatters. Poof! So do his guards and his dragon. The lifeless fall by the 1000’s. Arya, the Thanos of Winterfell, has saved the day.
Because the solar rises on the ravaged fort, there’s nonetheless one demise left to satisfy. Melisandre, operating critically low on lighter fluid, steps out among the many our bodies into the snow-covered subject past, removes her magical necklace, and drops lifeless. No matter you considered the Pink Girl, she acquired one factor proper: The evening was very darkish, and really filled with terrors.
Why did not they maintain all the armies near or within Winterfell and let Dany and Jon mow down a majority of the AotD, saving tens of 1000’s of lives? Oh, it was cloudy? Excuses, excuses.
Alternatively, why did Bran have to relax within the godswood? He did not use weirwood tree magic so far as we all know, so they may have performed all of this out in an open subject as an alternative of placing Winterfell by means of the undead wringer.
Are Davos and the Hound simply going to separate custody of Arya Stark? Does she now have two adoptive dads?
Will we ever discover out what Melisandre’s magic necklace was all about?
Are the dragons going to eat all the lifeless folks? A few of that meat’s kinda outdated…
Are we truly performed with the Military of the Lifeless? That is it?
Burning questions, however in all caps
IS GHOST OKAY?!
ARE BOTH THE DRAGONS OKAY?!
IS BRAN EVER GOING TO EXPLAIN ANYTHING?!
WHY WAS THE NIGHT KING IMPERVIOUS TO FIRE?!
Melisandre: “What do we are saying to the God of Loss of life?”
Arya: “Not right now.”
The final time these two harmful ladies noticed one another, Melisandre was carting away Arya’s boy Gendry and promising they’d meet once more. Arya’s now not the prickly, aggressive little lady she was, and she or he appears to immediately acknowledge and recognize the importance of the Pink Girl’s look. What unusual folks. What a satisfying interplay.
They had been all dangerous. These had been all dangerous scenes and none of them had been nice. Maybe the Hound lastly overcoming his worry of fireside to battle alongside Arya, and Arya felling a wight that was about to assault him. It is all the time good when their murderous tendencies turn into mutually helpful.
Loss of life rely
Let’s make some beneficiant assumptions:
10,000 Dothraki (the complete military) +
8,000 Unsullied (greater than half their full quantity) +
7,000 Westerosi knights and infantry (greater than half their full quantity) +
200 assorted different unlucky folks within the crypts and in battle +
1 Edd Tollett +
1 Lyanna Mormont +
1 Beric Dondarrion +
1 Jorah Mormont +
1 Theon Greyjoy +
1 Melisandre of Asshai +
zero wights (what’s lifeless might by no means die, bear in mind?) =
25,206 dearly departed souls. RIP.
Melisandre actually leaned in together with her last prediction when she repeated her unique Season three prophecy about which eyes Arya will shut ceaselessly: “Brown eyes, inexperienced eyes, BLUE EYES. GLOWING BLUE. LIKE, AN UNDEAD EERIE NIGHT-KINGY BLUE. JUST A GUESS.”
Thank the Seven the crypt resurrection scene did not embrace any lifeless Starks we knew. Our fragile well-beings couldn’t have dealt with an undead headless Ned.
This is the large one guys: Take into consideration the dagger Arya used to off The Evening King. It was the dagger used within the preliminary assassination try towards Bran in Season 1. The dagger that finally makes its method to Littlefinger. The dagger Littlefinger returns to Bran, and Bran presents to Arya in Season 7, Episode 4. It was a bizarre present on the time, largely as a result of Bran is bizarre. However now, it seems just like the dagger’s journey was far more intentional than initially suspected.
One daring prediction
We’ve not seen the final of winter — or its troopers
The Evening King and the Military of the Lifeless are one of many sequence’ largest mysteries. You actually suppose they neatly wrapped this up in a bow in a single single confrontation? Then what of all the visions of a Kings Touchdown lined in snow and ice? What of all the new tantalizing details about the Evening King and his skills? No, it isn’t over…is it?
CORRECTION: This story has been up to date to provide the right character title for Lyanna Mormont.