Game of Thrones Season Eight Episode Three was filled with bloodshed and the death of some of the show's biggest characters. Continue reading at your own risk! One of the things that made it so spectacular was the Dance of Dragons as Jon and Daenerys rode their dragons into battle against the Night King and the Army of the Dead. It was, many assumed, the most death-filled episode since the infamous Red Wedding, and fans were forced to say goodbye to some of the most cherished characters in the show.
Keeping track of the characters who could see their stories end is hard at times: the show has featured more than 100 major speaking roles during its run, and even now more than 20 notable characters are all in the same locale. We know that the dead army are in the north and so Winterfell is just in the way of their path, but would it not make more sense to have the battle somewhere like the Eeryie, where nobody dead can actually get anywhere near anyone?
Since the beginning, way back in the first episode of the first season, the show set the tone of defying expectations and eight seasons in, with the third episode now aired, the theme of the unexpected continues to ring true. Next week, they'll likely take on Cersei Lannister, which has the potential to be just as gruesome. We lost beloved characters like Lyanna Mormont, Beric Dondarrion, Edd and Melissandre in today's episode too. After killing Theon, The Night King approaches Bran and was about to kill him when Arya jumps out of nowhere on him with her new dragonglass spear.
But who exactly is the Night King?
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When Melisandre, in her first appearance this episode, arrives before the battle begins, she tells an angry Davos Seaworth that she will not survive the end of the night. He loved her and died for her. Do we really think that Craster was the only Wilding to make a deal with the icy devil? Ghost isn't among the survivors who come fleeing back to Winterfell-so what happened to the direwolf?
It was a genuinely creepy moment, and it could hint at the Night King being linked to the Targaryen family. With the battle nearly lost, the Night King makes his way to Bran leaving him and Theon surrounded by wights.
Craster's baby boys are given over to the Night King and the Night King turns the babies into White Walkers.