You did it! You survived the Battle of Winterfell. It was dark, not only was it little girls being liquified dark, it was literally dark.
In the last few tense minutes before the battle, Melisandre is back on Winterfell’s doorstep. She ignites the arakhs of the Dothraki army who raised their flaming weapons but are swallowed up by the Army of the Dead roughly twenty seconds later. The shrieks of dying men and clang of cold metal against armor are nothing compared to the silence that spread whenever the Army of the Dead mowed over to a new group.
Jon Snow and Dany realize that dragons are an efficient way of taking out the most wights with minimum effort. Although, once aloft, their flying weapons of mass destruction encounter a new and confusing opponent, clouds. Among the clouds is the Night King who is waiting to make his dramatic entrance.
With the dragons no longer on the ground and the Night King bearing down on ground zero, the rest of Winterfell’s forces realize the error of their strategy and try to retreat back to the castle. Although not everyone made it back to the castle. Dolorous Edd did not make it as his nominative determinism got the better of him. What follows next is a bunch of chaos. The Army of the Dead breach Winterfell’s fire fortifications. Beric dies protecting Arya, meanwhile, in the godswood, Theon and the Ironborn stand ready to defend Bran from the Night King.
The Night King’s approach is stalled as Jon confronts him, riding his dragon, and the undead Viserion. The two dragons tangle mid-air, creating a magical scene. Eventually, the Night King leaves and a series of creepy stuff happens. Dany tries to roast him, literally, flames clear, Jon approaches with Longclaw in hand, he smiles. The Night King SMILES. Although it makes sense, you would be smiling too if you were about to raise an army of dead people. This move plays out poorly for Tyrion, Sansa, Varys, Missandei, Gilly, and the group of red shirts who were hiding in the super safe crypts.
The only thing inside the crypts is dead people. At this point in the episode, everyone has quite literally gone to hell. The dead are running around killing the living. Everything is on fire, Jorah Mormont dies fighting next to Dany, the sight of Drogan curling up to his dead body takes every single tear left in your body. The Night King and the White Walkers reach sweet Theon Leeroy Jenkins into death all at the Night Kings hands. Bran returns from his trip on the Crow flight simulator, he has a staredown with his mortal enemy, but the Night King doesn’t get a hand on his weapon before Arya is on him like a cat falling out of a tree. She stabs him with her steel dagger.
The Night King shatters, as does his guards and his loyal dragon. The dead fall by thousands as Arya has saved the day. As the sun rises, there is still one death left to fulfill. Melisandre is running low on lighter fluid as she steps out among the bodies of the dead. She removes her magical necklace and drops dead.
This episode was confusing, mindblowing, and heartbreaking. We have burning questions waiting to be answered.
Are the dragons okay? Is Bran going to explain anything? Why was the Night King unable to be affected by the fire??
Melisandre of Asshai
7,000 Westerosi knights and infantry
and 200 assorted other deaths.