As you probably guessed from the title, this article consists of nothing but massive spoilers for Game of Thrones season 8 episode 3 and the events of the Battle of Winterfell.
Game of Thrones has trained us to deal with massive heartbreak. Ned Stark’s beheading, the Red Wedding, the mutiny against Jon Snow, and plenty of other triggering blows courtesy of villains like Cersei, Joffrey, and Ramsay have prepared us to expect the worst and handle losses with dignity.
But the Battle of Winterfell is a different beast entirely, a brutal, bloody affair that finds many of our favorite characters slain unmercifully. The Army of the Dead takes no prisoners, unfortunately, so that means we have to say teary eyed, final goodbyes to those that fought bravely. However, you know what they say “What is dead may never die,” which I guess is a more formal way of saying “We’ll always have rewatches.”
Find out who we lost in “The Battle of Winterfell” below…
We all saw this one coming. Jorah Mormont laid down his life to protect his queen, and his love, Daenerys Targaryen. Jorah sustains many stab wounds, but fights admirably to protect Dany in front of the burning trenches. Had Arya taken a moment longer to kill the Night King, Jorah’s sacrifice would have only been delaying the inevitable, but thankfully Jorah’s last stand serves a great purpose for Dany’s conquest.
The Night King
Full of smug smirks and showoff-y struts, the Night King perhaps took his eye off of the ball at the last minute. He was able to stop Arya Stark’s surprise attack, but underestimates his opponent and allows her to stick him in the ribs with her Valyrian Steel dagger, the same dagger that was once used in an attempt on Bran’s life.
Finally at peace with the Stark part of his identity, Theon dies at the hands of the Night King himself, attempting to protect Bran at the Godswood. For a polarizing character, it was a redemption of sorts and a fitting conclusion to the Ironborn’s character arc.
Within the inner walls of Winterfell, Beric dies succumbing to injuries sustained protecting Arya Stark. On hand, Melissandre comments that Beric had finally served the Lord of Light’s purpose, and seeing what Arya would go on to accomplish later in the fight, Beric’s sacrifice perhaps was the most meaningful death of them all.
Edd Tollett is the first main cast member to be killed in the battle, protecting Samwell Tarly after the Army of the Dead begins making it over Winterfell’s walls.
With arguably the most badass death, the diminutive warrior pulls a David and Goliath in her last moments and kills a Giant wight, sticking it in the eye with dragon glass.
Melisandre died right after the Battle of Winterfell because…Melisandre just kind of wanted to die. As a red priestess of R’hllor, Melisandre’s only purpose in life was to see the defeat of “The Great Other.” Now that the Night King has been defeated and her Lord of Light is victorious, Melisandre feels content to remove her bewitched necklace and succumb to her old, old, old age. We wrote more about Melisandre’s dramatic return and exit right here.
Also, don’t worry, Ghost survived!
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