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“The dead are already here” in Game of Thrones Season 8 Episode 3 trailer



We saw the Winterfell prepare for battle in Game of Thrones Season 8 episode 2 that dropped today. Continuing from the premiere episode, the tone gets a lot more emotional, as our heroes contemplate their near-certain death. The episode was packed with a lot of great moments of just that, and now the preview trailer for Season 8 episode 3 has dropped, and the dead are already here. Beware, spoilers follow!

Now, we have known for a while that episode 3 is the big one. Director of Game of Thrones’ biggest battle episodes, Miguel Sapochnik has directed this one — an episode we have been referring to as The Battle of Winterfell for months now. This trailer gives a glimpse at exactly that.

The armies are on the ground, our heroes look pensive as they prepare for the worst that is here. We also get a fresh look at Viserion — the first time in Season 8. In the end, we see Jon and Dany together, with Dany saying “The dead are already here,” in what seems like a last minute confrontation between the two. Hopefully, before they mount their dragons and roast the wights, Targaryen style.

What do you guys think about this preview trailer? Anything you’re particularly looking forward to in episode 3? Talk to us in the comments, down below!

Game of Thrones Season 8 Episode 3 was all kinds of shocker, but the biggest has to be Arya putting an end to the Night King. None of us saw that coming, right? Well, a few did. Redditors pulser1977 and u/gride9000 had predicted way back in August 2017 that Arya would kill the Night King, that too with the same Valyrian Steel catspaw dagger. That’s some serious Greenseer abilities right there, we’d say! Read on.

Pulser1977 made a case for Arya’s dagger being ‘Lightbringer’, the famed flaming sword of Azor Ahai. u/gride9000, on the other hand, thought the dagger held parts of the Dragonglass knife that the Children of the Forest used to create the Night King. Both surmised that as the Three-Eyed Raven, Bran had a specific reason to give that dagger to Arya and not anyone else. Ergo, Arya is going to be the one to kill the Night King.

At that time, most of the discussion about Azor Ahai, both in the show and among fans, had been centred around either Jon or Daenerys. Both of them have Targaryen heritage and fulfil many other requirements of the prophecy as well. But both these Redditors noticed something that the show was hinting at but the fans were yet to catch on – the catspaw dagger was being given an unlikely amount of importance.

Pulser1977 states that “the [Lightbringer] prophecy speaks of a sword “made of living fire”, but prophecies should never be taken literally. The hilt is made of dragonbone, which could account for the “fire” aspect. And the hilt also contains a ruby. Now, Melisandre’s choker also has a ruby, so it seems that rubies are associated with the Lord of Light.”

(Spoilers Main) A theory about the catspaw dagger from asoiaf

On the 21st of the same month, redditor u/gride9000 pointed out that the dagger has been slowly but surely built up as a “hero prop” right since Season 1. It was sent to eliminate bran, then it ended up in King’s Landing. Then Petyr Baelish gave it to Bran, and Bran to Arya.

“Why does it deserve the screen time in a season that can only be described as quickly paced? … This knife has history. Why is it so important compared to other Valarien blades on the show? We see Bran give away the knife. He knows what’s going to happen. What will Arya do with it?”

[MAIN SPOILERS] How the night king will die. from gameofthrones

The dagger having that ancient Dragonglass, or the picture on Sam’s book being the same weapon might seem like far-fetched ideas in hindsight. But both got the crux of the matter right – and stood vindicated when at wee end of ‘The Long Night’ Arya plunged the dagger into the Night King’s heart.

Looks like we got a couple of Three-Eyed Ravens there, folks!


Game of Thrones Season 8 episode 3 aired this Sunday. Titled “The Long Night“, this episode debuted to shaky ratings, and mixed opinions from fans. Fans had some pretty specific complaints about the episode, but the biggest one of the bunch was that it was just too dark in terms of lighting, for them to be able to watch it properly.

As soon as the episode started, fans started posting on social media about how it was too dark. We see the episode kick off in Winterfell and then pan out to the exteriors of the castle, where the Night King is arriving with his army, and his own storm. Of course, everything was expected to be pitch dark because of this, but for some fans, their limited feature screens could have ruined the experience:

My favorite scene from today’s episode of #GameOfThrones

ffs why is it so dark

— Lil Stick (@iamAndeesh) April 29, 2019

HBO: Let’s make a show about dragons and zombies and spend a gazillion dollars on it

Also HBO: Let’s make it so dark literally no one can tell what’s happening#GameOfThrones

— Jamie ? (@JamieFiorito) April 29, 2019

Me trying to see who’s fighting whom in the dark. #GameofThrones

— Deanne Mullins (@worleygirl_74) April 29, 2019

Article says GOT is dark because the show’s creators wanted it to be realistic.. ITS A SHOW ABOUT FLYING DRAGONS AND ZOMBIES, NO ONE IS HERE FOR REALISM – GIMME SOME LIGHT

— Casey Neistat (@CaseyNeistat) April 29, 2019

How we all watched #GameofThrones tonight. For the screen is dark and full of terrors…

— LA White (@OrangeMoon_2002) April 29, 2019

Me struggling to watch all the dark scenes in tonight’s episode. #TheNightIsDarkAndSoIsMyTV #GameofThrones

— Leön Cörriea (@goonerleon10) April 29, 2019

However, cinematographer for the show, Fabian Wagner mentioned that the episode was exactly as intended by the showrunners and the director. He even argued that he knew it wasn’t too dark because he shot it. He also said that it is possible that HBO’s compression (post-processing and content quality) might have caused the episode to appear darker than it was.

What do you guys think? Was the episode too dark? Talk to us in the comments, down below!

Game Of Thrones Season 8 Episode 3, The Long Night was a really long episode and was a gift that kept on giving. This episode confirmed what many fans had been saying since a long time; Arya Stark is the baddest character of them all. After successfully skewering the Night King and his frosty lieutenants and wights by extension, Arya seems to have closed down one long-lasting storyline of the series in one fell swoop, or rather, jab.

Shocked? The Red Priestess might just have prophesied this back in season three. Oh yeah, Melisandre came back by the way, for one last hurrah.  In season three when Melisandre runs into Arya, Gendry and the Brotherhood Without Banners, she tells Arya, “I see a darkness in you, and in that darkness, eyes staring back at me: brown eyes, blue eyes, green eyes. Eyes you’ll shut forever. We will meet again.”

Arya’s shut a lot of eyes since then, and as the episode showed, the blue eyes that Melisandre was talking about belonged to the Night King.

Melisandre and Arya have a final encounter in the latest episode after Beric sacrifices himself to save Arya, which Melisandre would have us believe was Beric’s purpose all along. Melisandre drops a gentle reminder which is a throwback to Syrio Forel’s favourite quip; “What do we say to the god of death? Not today.” In this context, one can presume that the “god of death” is the Night King. Arya then sprints off to shish kebab him.

All of this seems to point to another prophecy; that of Azor Ahai or the Prince Who Was Promised. According to the prophecy, a saviour who is the hero Azor Ahai reincarnated will “lead the people against darkness” with the flaming sword Lightbringer. If we were to get literal, parts of the prophecy don’t add up to Arya being Azor Ahai, but past events would show that it’s the very nature of prophecies; they don’t pan out as precisely as they were foretold.

Melisandre initially thought Stannis Baratheon was the Prince That Was Promised (lol, what?) before moving on to Jon and Daenerys. But now, Arya seems like the most likely candidate.

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