Game of Thrones season 8, episode 3 reactions and surprises

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In memoriam

Instead of a “thing you missed” this week, let’s pay our respects to those we lost this episode. (Cue the sad Sarah MacLachlin song.)

Eddison (Edd) Tollett
From the Night’s Watch to the Great Battle, he was a loyal guy, even earning the title of Lord Commander. Of all the characters left on the show, he had the smallest role, however, so his death was to be expected. RIP Edd.

Beric Dondarrion
As part of the Brotherhood Without Banners, Beric was brought back to life six times by Thoros of Myr. But since Thoros died last season, his lives had literally run out during the Great Battle. The Lord of Light clearly had a purpose for him, and that was sacrificing himself to save Arya and The Hound. RIP Beric.

Lyanna Mormont
At just 13-years-old, Lyanna ruled Bear Island, and there was no way she would sit in the crypts during the Great Battle. When as the wight giant crushed her, she killed the thing ten times her size right before she died. She’s one of the most badass characters on the entire series, and I’m going to miss her. We shouldn’t feel sorry for her either. She had more honor, more loyalty, and more heart than anyone else in that Battle. Name that courtyard after her, pronto. RIP Lady Mormont.

Theon (Reek) Greyjoy
Little Theon’s journey was quite amazing. He’s the only character that I felt every emotion possible for. I went from not liking him, to hating him, to being disgusted by him, to feeling sorry for him, to feeling horrified for him, to cheering for him, to be annoyed with him, to being proud of him, and finally, being impressed by him. His character development was written perfectly and acted perfectly. We saw Theon fully formed, fully developed by his death and I can’t think of a better, more honorable way for him to have gone. RIP Theon.

Jorah Mormont
This guy wasn’t always the best guy. But damn, did he make up for his past transgressions. After first betraying Daenerys, he saved her life, many, many times. It was only appropriate that he would die saving her one last time. But he died in the north, his home. And he died killed a crap-ton of wights. Throw a statue up for this guy, too. RIP Jorah (the explorah).

Night King
Bye Felicia! Don’t let the door hit ya on the way out of this life. He wanted an everlasting night, and he got one, for himself. He’s nothing but ice crystals now, outsmarted by a 20-year-old girl. RIP Night King.

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Melisandre, the Red Woman
She may have helped the living win the Great Battle, but she’s done some truly heinous things in her 400 years. It was her time. She served her ultimate purpose, and I’m glad she went out the way she did. Although, I wish Davos got to kill her to avenge Shireen. RIP Melisandre.

Bonus tidbit: Ghost is alive! Here’s the proof.

What did you think about the Great Battle of Winterfell? The fourth episode of Game of Thrones season 8 airs next Sunday at 9 p.m. on HBO.

Read the recap for episode 2.