Warning: Spoilers ahead.
You’ve been warned!
Let’s start with who we know didn’t make it:
Dolorous Edd, Lyanna Mormont (sob), Beric Dondarrion, Theon Greyjoy, Jorah Mormont, Melisandre, and The Night King.
While these deaths were sad (especially Lyanna Mormont’s – who deserved the throne more than most), they weren’t devastating in a Red Wedding way. Sorta amazing how all the major characters survived, especially given the dire situation. Which was kinda a given if you thought they’d beat the Night King. They’ll be needed in battling Cersei. And I have to say their survival kinda lessened the impact of the battle scene for me. Every one of them was shown in fights they shouldn’t have survived, and yet they did.
I’m not big on battle scenes, but the silent extinguishing of the Dothraki was, imo, the most powerful. That scene told us everything we needed to know. Nothing was going to work – and anyone who watched Jon fight the dead outside the wall (the scene where he discovers that Valyrian steel takes out the blue eyed general) knew that fighting the Night King’s army with swords and fire wasn’t going to cut it.
Know what would have cut it? Having a flippin’ detailed plan to kill the Night King. Seriously, Bran told them the Night King would come for him, so perhaps a plan that involved more than Theon, his men and flaming arrows was needed.
Okay, let’s check in our main characters, since they all survived
Jon: Let’s face it, Jon isn’t a great leader. He’s compassionate and gives great speeches, but pretty much every plan he makes doesn’t work out. How many times has Jon been saved once his plan goes wrong? No one else in GoT has been given so many second chances. And don’t even get me started on the Battle of the Bastards, where Jon loses it, abandons the plan (that was destined to fail anyway), and Sansa saves the day.
For a second, I was worried that Jon would face the Night King. That would have been bad, since an “honorable” face off or simply issuing a battle cry and charging right in would have resulted in the Night King’s victory.
(Was anyone else worried that Daenerys would push Jon off the cliff at the beginning of the show? Despite everything, the show has shown us that Daenerys’ number one goal is the Iron Throne. I still think one of them will die. However, If Daenerys dies, it won’t be at Jon’s hand. Can’t say the same if Jon dies.)
Daenerys: And here’s another not great leader. Daenerys rocks at conquering. Leading and ruling, not so much.
Looking back on last night’s episode, it wasn’t Jon and Daenerys and the dragons whose plan saved the day. They barely mattered. Which was good, in a way.
Sansa: Yet again, Sansa shows her self-awareness and leadership skills. She’s with her people (Something Cersei would never do) and she knows (as she tells Tyrion) that she (and he) can’t help and are exactly where they are supposed to be.
I hang on Sansa’s every word. She doesn’t like or trust Daenerys. (neither do I. Hello? Mad Queen?) Yep, still Team Sansa.
Bran: Will he go into a tree soon? He has so much information, and shares so little. I guess he knows what will happen, but his silence doesn’t make for powerful scenes.
The Night King: I wish he would have spoken. I have questions, damn it!
Beric, The Hound and Melisandre: All exist to make sure Arya fulfills her role. Only The Hound is alive at the end. I guess we’ll have The Mountain and The Hound face off soon enough.
Ayra: I didn’t realize how much sense it made for our little assassin to kill the Night King until it happened. It was deeply satisfying. Her scenes last night made the episode.
Cersei: Welp, hats off to Cersei. Her decision not to fight was smart. Now she has a huge, well rested army (minus dragons), as well as Euron and his fleet. However, if we go by the prophecy, Cersei is destined to die by her little brother’s hand. My bet is it’s Jamie who kills her.
Bronn: He’s out there with his gold and coming for the Lannister Brothers. He’s always a wild card, since he has no loyalty.
Sam: Honestly, he should have been in the crypt. I love him, but someone was always saving him. Would Dolorous Edd still be alive if Sam was in the crypt? And how sad is it that I was happy Jon didn’t stop to save him? That’s just wrong of me.
I’ve left a ton out (again), but wanted to get this post up so everyone could weigh in!