Everyone who died in the Battle of Winterfell

This post contains SPOILERS for Game of Thrones Season 8 Episode 4! Poor old Jorah Mormont, though. Her past training had served her well and this was essential in her tip-toeing across the halls of Winterfell and avoiding the wights who were searching for any living being to devour.

Now, in Season 8 Episode 3, titled The Long Night, the Night King has finally, fully stepped onto the battlefield, and there's a hint that he might be a Targaryen. We also see Daenerys leading the celebration of their victory against the Night King.

Arya Stark killed the Night King to end the Battle of Winterfell. She dropped the dagger but caught it in her other hand. Director and hardened battle imagineer Miguel Sapochnik excelled himself, aided by the creative team the show has built. Finally, as the sun began to rise over Winterfell, Melisandre removed her necklace and fell to the ground in death.

As the characters survey the carnage of the battle, we pan to Daenerys, who is comforted by her dragon as she sobs over the dead body of her most loyal adviser, Jorah. Still, it's credit to the team that those were few and far between. They're babies turned into the icy dead by the Night King.

Were one or two of the last-second saves a tad convenient?

Game of Thrones has a history of defying audiences expectation by killing off its characters at the height of their arc.

Clocking in at 82 minutes, "The Long Night" absolutely lived up to the hype. This act, along with a closer reading of her encounter with Melisandre, may hint at an even bigger role for Arya in the show's final three episodes. The scenes in the infamous Crypt, for example - which, it turns out, is not the safest place in Winterfell, but is instead more like hiding from a fire in a barrel of gasoline - don't feel almost as terrifying or dramatic or claustrophobic as the situation suggests.

Lowlight: Most of the crypt scenes aside from Tyrion and Sansa's chat. Jon, who had been knocked to the ground during a dragon fight, went after him, but the Night King rose his hands. And of course, we know she has some tricks up her sleeves. "What do we say to the God of Death?"

As for Arya, again, you are the best. Podrick (Daniel Portman), Gendry (Joe Dempsey) and Samwell Tarly (John Bradley), repeatedly overwhelmed by the numbers of their opposition?

"The Long Night", marking the overdue battle against the Night King and his armies, confronted our heroic ensemble with the ultimate enemy, an unstoppable, endlessly replenishable legion of murderous zombies who outnumbered them many times over. If you haven't watched Episode 803, then I suggest you turn back now because we're about to talk about some pretty cool moments from tonight's episode.

While the battle is going on the grounds, the dragons and their riders - Jon Snow and Dany are in an insane aerial duel with the Night King.

Given his kill-him-end-them-all achilles heel, why didn't he hold back? Word of advice here, Jeremy.

  • Salvatore Jensen