Who's alive and who's dead after Game of Thrones' Battle of Winterfell

Tuesday, 30 Apr, 2019

Like most of the Stark children, she's survived untold horrors over the years/seasons on Game of Thrones, but unlike a few of them, she's alive and in good shape to survive the trials that are yet to come.

Ghost: We still haven't seen Jon Snow's direwolf die, and we just know that's a gut-punch Game of Thrones wouldn't deny us.

On that note, Game of Thrones will return to our screens this Sunday to deal with the aftermath of The Battle of Winterfell and explore what it means for everyone moving forward.

Beric Dondarrion: The oft-resurrected flaming-sword-wielder went down for good this time, having served the Lord of Light's goal: He fended off a force of wights, keeping Arya alive and allowing her to eventually take out the Night King.

How exactly did Arya get in position to deliver the death blow to the Night King as he approached Bran in the Godswood? He shatters, dies, and so do all his followers. Many of these hashtags went along with special emojis celebrating the young heroine.

Since the first episode of Game of Thrones aired nearly a decade ago, the Night King has been coming for Winterfell, as inevitable and unstoppable as the seasons or our own mortality. That moment of last-second heroics happened so fast that some of the nuance of Arya's arc might have been missed, so let's revisit her story so far.

"I immediately thought that everybody would hate it; that Arya doesn't deserve it", Williams said in the interview. It has to be intelligently done because otherwise people are like, 'Well, [the villain] couldn't have been that bad when some 100-pound girl comes in and stabs him.' You gotta make it cool. Something tells me it's going to be pretty damn incredible.

We said goodbye to many beloved characters.

. Atop Drogon, she clashed with the Night King, who was flying her former dragon Viserion. It's also unexpected and that's what this show does.

She understood it as a reference from Season 3 when Melisandre told her, "I see a darkness in you".

Harington expressed similar sentiments to the magazine. While rescuing Arya alongside the Hound, Beric throws himself into the fray to give Arya a chance to escape, getting pinned down by at least two undead, who proceed to stab him a bunch of times. This satisfies Sam: "If I wanted to erase the world of men I'd start with you". "He also added that who we have seen acting like a serial killer is still just a 'human being". After she fulfills her various narrative roles at Winterfell (lighting a trench just in time, pep-talking Arya), she heads on out the main gate, ditches her magical collar, and allows her body to rapidly age before Ser Davos' eyes, collapsing in the snow. Additionally, the Night King's White Walker lieutenants played absolutely no role in the Battle of Winterfell, despite several of the heroes having Valyrian steel weapons they could have fought them with; the swords instead became yet another unfired Chekhov's gun in the series.