45 brutal Battle of Winterfell memes that sum up Game of Thrones season 8, episode 3 (Recap)
29 April 2019, 15:33 | Updated: 29 April 2019, 15:44
This article contains major spoilers for Game of Thrones season 8, episode 3. Read at your own risk!
It's here. Game of Thrones' long-awaited Battle of Winterfell finally took place in season 8, episode 3 (titled 'The Long Night') and it was relentless. The entire episode takes place on the battle field. You don't get space to breathe. You don't get time to calm down. You might need therapy after watching it.
The actor who plays the Night King on Game of Thrones looks completely different in real life
After two episodes of Home Alone-ing Winterfell with booby traps and battle weapons, every single character who is currently in the North finds themselves either on the front lines or literally fearing for their lives in the crypt. The Night King, the White Walkers and the wights have posted up at Winterfell and they are ready to fucc! it! up!
This episode had everything: the return of Melisandre, a dragon fight, fan-favourite characters being turned into Wights, GHOST!, fire, ice, Lyanna Mormont taking one for the team, Arya hitting the biggest slam dunk you've ever seen in your life, several game-changing character deaths and of course, another batch of absolutely brutal memes.
To quote home invasion expert Kevin McCallister, "This is it. Don't get scared now."
What happened in Game of Thrones 8x03? Here are all the best memes and tweets from The Battle of Winterfell...
The episode starts with everyone in their positions. Arya and Sansa stand watch atop the walls, Bran heads off to the Weirwood tree, Nephew Jon and Auntie Dany fly away on the dragons to stand watch on a mountain, Sam's hands are shaking and so are mine. The undead are on the horizon but you can't see them because it's so FUCKING DARK.
The Dothraki line up to head into the field first alongside Ser Jorah of House Friend-Zone and the only character on this show that has never betrayed me, Ghost. But before they head off, there's some important business to attend to: MELISANDRE!
Surprise, bitch! Bet you thought you'd seen the last of her! She arrives out of nowhere and lights up the swords of the Dothraki. Arya notices her! A girl is not impressed! The last time she saw her, she took her mans Gendry away! She reunites with Davos for the first time since Shireen's death but before he has a chance to drag her for filth, she says: “There’s no need to execute, Ser Davos, I’ll be dead before the dawn.” More on that later...
Anyway, it's time. The Dothrakis run into battle - along with Jorah and Ghost. Remember when Ned Stark said "only a fool would meet the Dothraki in an open field"? Hahahaha, well Ned, I've some God damn news for ya. The Dothraki are toast almost immediately.
As the remaining soldiers await their fight on the front lines, a handful of horses, fighters and Jorah come scrambling back. They are shook! Everyone is shitting themselves. It's about to get REAL!
#DEMTHRONES #GameofThrones— Staring Contest “BRB” Bran❁ (@blogboyzHQ) April 29, 2019
*Dothraki charging on horses with 🔥flaming swords*
White Walkers infantry: pic.twitter.com/6RyAIiatUY
Everyone in winterfell when they saw those Dothraki lights go out #DemThrones pic.twitter.com/VO6qkeUfrp— she-on (sean) greyjoy 🛸 (@seangperry) April 29, 2019
Everyone when all the Dothraki's fire swords went out:#GameofThrones pic.twitter.com/M1is222UDf— Madi (@MissMadiKhaos) April 29, 2019
The people in the front lines when all the Dothraki lights started disappearing #gameofthrones pic.twitter.com/9gFGqdvKRV— alli (@itsallihahaha) April 29, 2019
Grey Worm, Brienne, Jaime, Tormund, my husband Gendry and Sam (!!) are all on the front lines as the Wights attack. The dead are here! Everyone is swinging!
Jon and Dany, who have had enough already, put their incest woes aside and mount the dragons to go kill the wights with fire. As Dany and Drogon "dracarys" the wights on the battlefield, Jon spots the Night King's mandem and goes after them. But as soon as he flies down, he's hit with a barrage of ice and frost. He can't see! This is DEFCON 1!
It's getting a bit spicy out there so Arya tells untrained Sansa to go into the crypts. Arya hands her a weapon and Sansa is like "what tf do I do with this?!" Arya replies: "Stick them with the pointy end!" A season 1, episode 2 call back! I'm not crying! You are!
BACK TO THE BATTLE FIELD! Sam is in a bit of trouble and he's about to die! Edd saves him but then gets killed himself! Our first death! RIP Edd! It's all getting a bit much so Legend in the North Lyanna Mormont calls for everyone to retreat. The gates open and the soldiers fall back just as Arya saves The Hound's life.
JORAH: I'll lead the first charge.— Dan Amira (@DanAmira) April 29, 2019
BRIENNE: I'll command the left flank.
GREY WORM: The Unsullied shall protect the gate.
BRAN: How cool would it be to fly around and just do like, general bird stuff
*Dothraki flames slowly flicker out in the distance*— Sam Coryell (@samwize21) April 29, 2019
*Horses and men slowly start to trickle back*
*scary zombie noises are now audible and growing louder*
Grey Worm: pic.twitter.com/w2KEQq8KHd
us all watching jon and dany be useless for most of the battle #GameOfThrones #GOT #DEMTHRONES pic.twitter.com/X9UChxLx40— yasmin (@yazzz__) April 29, 2019
Jon and Dany while everyone out here dyin #GameofThrones #demthrones pic.twitter.com/JHEYpkfMQW— Nora (@pinot_nora) April 29, 2019
It was at this point that I had to put a cover over my head to be able to actually see who was fighting who because the lighting on-screen was unbearable. I guess Brienne killed someone? Idk? Jaime might have killed a few too? Is Gendry still there? Honestly, couldn't tell you what's going on. I'm gonna say yes to all of that.
Here is a stunning image of the battle:
So far this is my favorite screenshot from #BattleForWinterfell #GameofThrones pic.twitter.com/6uI45SjPG7— Ms. Em (@GreatCheshire) April 29, 2019
Me trying to see who’s fighting whom in the dark. #GameofThrones pic.twitter.com/Ztv98xNb84— Deanne Mullins (@worleygirl_74) April 29, 2019
Complete list of characters who died on tonight's #GameOfThrones:— Scott Tobias (@scott_tobias) April 29, 2019
1. That one guy
2. The cousin of that guy
3. Definitely all those guys
4. [*squints at screen*]
5. [*fiddles with brightness settings*]
6. [*orders new television set*]
But have no fear! Melisandre comes in clutch and turns up the brightness on the battlefield. With everyone inside the perimeters of the trenches, the Unsullied step forward and form a barrier around her so she can light the trenches. (This was meant to be done by Dany and Jon on Davos' orders but they were stupid and got themselves stuck in the ice clouds. Smh.)
Meanwhile, in the crypt: Sansa and Tyrion have a heart to heart about the battle, their failed marriage and take the time to talk shit about Daenerys, which is then overheard by Missandei who calls Sansa tf out for dragging her good sis Dany.
And at the Weirwood: Protected by Theon and his army, Bran wargs. And he wargs until basically the end of the episode. While Theon stands there...
No one:— KISSTHECROOK (@PRODBYCROOK) April 29, 2019
Melisandre for the whole episode:#GameofThrones pic.twitter.com/pBHZDMUCXK
Melisandre: “What do we say to the God of Death?”— Mike T (@majtague) April 29, 2019
#GameofThrones Thank you Melisandre pic.twitter.com/keTOEfP2ZE— Prof. Dr. Albus Rosenzweig et Order of Zillet (@Von_Gottesburg) April 29, 2019
sansa: haha, we'd never work because your loyalties would be divided between me and dany— queen sansa (@mahouatsuko) April 29, 2019
tyrion: yeah haha
missandei: without her you'd be dead you motherfucking dirt under my shoes
sansa & tyrion: pic.twitter.com/4DaEJ08AUT
this was the greatest clapback of all time ugh missandei’s loyalty is unmatched #GameofThrones pic.twitter.com/C2yr3IiXtl— osha (@oshawildling) April 29, 2019
Unbothered by the fire trenches, the wights start throwing themselves onto the fire to form a corpse bridge so that the others can get through. The final defence is gone. Winterfell is beginning to fall.
The wights eventually make their way into the grounds and start climbing the walls. Brienne and Jaime save each other from certain death. The Hound is saved, again. Gendry and Sam add to their kill counts and down in the grounds below, a tiny tiny Lyanna Mormont charges at the giant Wight.
She's grabbed around the torso and crushed, but not before she stabs him in the eye with her weapon and kills him. Yes, Lyanna Mormont took one for the team. Tiny legend. We never deserved her.
Arya then finds herself within the walls of Winterfell creeping around trying not to give away her location to the Wights. She ends up in a battle against against them with Beric and The Hound that results in Beric's death. Melisandre pops up again, reminds her of the prophecy she revealed back in season 3. And disappears again.
Them trying to keep the dead out of Winterfell pic.twitter.com/D1DZerk50e— Steadman™ (@AsteadWesley) April 29, 2019
RIP Lyanna Mormont, the baddest bitch who ever lived. #GameofThrones pic.twitter.com/4VBixM0Qeu— Suzie “Make Sansa Queen, You Cowards” Sainwood (@suzannesamin) April 29, 2019
me @ arya stark, lyanna mormont & basically everyone in that damn battle #GameofThrones pic.twitter.com/gIM4gvxsuG— kennady (@kennadymiranda) April 29, 2019
Unpopular opinion: Lyanna Mormont was more useful than Jon and Dany on dragons combined. #GameOfThrones #BattleOfWinterfell pic.twitter.com/0v8PnTpBDR— GameOfThrones (@GOTseasonfinale) April 29, 2019
DRAGON WATCH 2K19: Rhaegal and Viserion end up locked in a battle which then causes both Jon and the Night King to fall off. Useless. Honestly.
Dany locates the NK on the ground. She circles round and shouts "dracarys" and Drogon does his thing. He's engulfed in flames but he emerges from the flames, completely unharmed. He's a bad bitch! You can't kill him! Try again, Auntie!
He throws a spear at Drogon, but misses. So he marches on... and raises 👏 the 👏 God 👏 damn 👏 dead. All the fallen soldiers rise, including baby Lyanna Mormont and the Dothraki. Question: Why didn't they burn the bodies after they died? Why? Seems like a terrible oversight that someone like Tyrion would not have let slip! FFS!
Speaking of Tyrion, just as we all guessed, the dead bodies in the crypt start to come to life after the Night King's command. Sansa is shookT at the arrival of the dead Starks and takes out her weapon, ready to fight. But not before an emosh goodbye of sorts to Tyrion.
Brienne when the white walkers got revived #GameofThrones pic.twitter.com/ygnIisNkqL— ums (@ums11720640) April 29, 2019
#GameOfThrones#BattleOfWinterfell— The Doctor of Philosophy (@evildead8888) April 29, 2019
Everyone reaction when the Night King started raising everyone from the dead. pic.twitter.com/61alo4R49N
Throughout all of this, Bran Stark is still warging, by the way. People are literally dying and Bran is just sat there. But you know, whatever... Bran knows what he's doing tbh. I trust him.
#DemThrones— Medusa (@JenTheMermaid) April 29, 2019
Us: Bran is going to do something powerful
the night king: *is killing everyone*— jill kotwica (@JillKotwica) April 29, 2019
* the night king killing everyone *— ig : ItzSaniyah (@itzsaniyah) April 29, 2019
bran :#GameOfThrones pic.twitter.com/k4Rw9QH7p1
Bran, the Night King is coming!!!!! OH MY GOD HE HAS HIS AIRPODS IN! HE CAN’T HEAR US! #GameOfThrones pic.twitter.com/qktxUh94QQ— Skyler Singleton (@realskylers) April 29, 2019
This is it. The Night King is on his way to Bran and he is about to die. There is literally no way he is going to survive this, right? Not a chance! At this point, it's just Theon and Bran. And no offence to Theon but... come on, sweetie. Your watch has ended.
After thanking Theon for his loyalty, Bran basically tells him that his time is up. Theon makes one last charge at the Night King but ends up skewered by his spear. Theon is dead. He did not deserve it. I am sad. I will be suing HBO for everything they put Theon through. #JusticeForTheon.
the night king waiting patiently while bran and theon say goodbye pic.twitter.com/1ytMZtedOj— kinsey (@sansascstark) April 29, 2019
jon: *yells in the face of an undead dragon thats about to roast his ass*— lauren (@sansastcrk) April 29, 2019
theon: *charges at the night king with a stick*
robb from heaven: pic.twitter.com/idjYHXURM6
AND NOW FOR THE TWIST: Just when you thought Bran was about to end up either dead or a White Walker himself, Arya Stark makes the dunk of a life time with her dragonglass knife, jumps to kill the Night King before he turns around and grabs her around the throat. She drops her knife, grabs it with the other hand and then STABS HIM! WITH DRAGONGLASS!
Arya just killed the Night King. And just like that, the entire White Walker army - and army of the undead - shatter into a shards of ice.
No one:— Ivan Maina (@IvanIMaina) April 29, 2019
Arya said fuck blue lives— fernet-branca (@animeluvr96) April 29, 2019
Bran signaling Arya to sneak up on the night king pic.twitter.com/X4NOnkiK9t— ya girl (@scusemyfrenchhh) April 29, 2019
Died all because he wanted to wear a crop top instead of full armor. Being a bad bitch will kill you! https://t.co/E9IaEMUXRG— Dem Is Geese (@holadamilola) April 29, 2019
the night king when he had arya in a chokehold #gameofthrones pic.twitter.com/X0CYwH96eF— lauren (@sansastcrk) April 29, 2019
Bran when the Night king started approaching him, KNOWING that Arya coming in clutch #GameofThrones pic.twitter.com/2xbuzY0yjV— The Arya Stark stan account (@Harlowrae) April 29, 2019
BATTLE OF WINTERFELL PLAYER RATINGS:— Oba of Kaduna (@ObaofKaduna) April 29, 2019
Lyanna - 9/10
Theon - 9.5/10
Brienne - 8/10
Tormund - 8/10
Jamie - 6/10
Podrick - 7/10
Jorah - 9.5/10
Sam - 6.5/10
Greyworm - 8.5/10
Clegane - 6/10
Beric - 7/10
Dany - 4.5/10
Jon - 5/10
Melisandre - 9/10
Arya - 1000/10 (Man of the Match) pic.twitter.com/GoFWXWxdH8
While all this is happening, everyone is still fighting and Daenerys and Jorah are still out on the battlefield. Jorah is absolutely wreckedT but he doesn't stop fighting until the wights drop because he must protect his Khaleesi!!!!
He falls to the ground as Dany rushes over to him and he dies in her arms. Drogon returns and they mourn Jorah together. She's crying. The dragon is crying. I'm crying. RIP Ser Jorah, of House Friend-Zone. You will be missed.
dany didnt even know how to pick up a sword the rught way and she still killed more white walkers than jon pic.twitter.com/VbfMf1GZmP— kat (@goIdenrep) April 29, 2019
Lyanna Mormont, Ser Jorah Mormont. That's the end of House Mormont, a proud House of the north. The north shall remember. #gameofthrones pic.twitter.com/YLJD9HscQl— Manohar Venkat (@Manohar_Vainkat) April 29, 2019
Did you guys notice that Jorah only dropped after he saw all the wights fall...the only thing keeping him going was protecting Daenerys man #GameofThrones #JorahMormont pic.twitter.com/wommDCeyH2— Vanessa Michelle (@ViviOh4) April 29, 2019
That's it. The war is over. Lives were lost, blood was shed and perhaps more pressingly, Melisandre is about to check out for the last time.
Like the old lady who dropped the necklace in the ocean at the end of Titanic, Melisandre walks out into the battlefield, rips off her necklace, returns to her true aged form and drops down dead, before dawn, just like she said she would.
She did what she had to do. As the wise prophet Beyoncé once said, she really did fuck it up and then leave, come back, fuck it up and leave again.
melisandre taking off her necklace, turning old, and dying before dawn just like she said she would pic.twitter.com/b3QLZqHpzo— hunter harris (@hunteryharris) April 29, 2019
Melisandre after the battle #GameofThrones pic.twitter.com/lanjHSJCVe— joorihan (@joorihan) April 29, 2019
Melisandre when she took off her necklace #GameofThrones #GoT pic.twitter.com/XTbsLk35Ew— Alex Muñoz ❇️ (@AlexMuo07550432) April 29, 2019
And meanwhile, in King's Landing... Cersei remains unbothered xoxo
literally cersei while everyone else was getting ready to die pic.twitter.com/AtjslXw13Z— yohana desta (@yohanadesta) April 29, 2019
Meanwhile Cersei back in King’s Landing...#GameOfThrones pic.twitter.com/sIg2hv5eZx— José Fernández (@jose_miguel_fdz) April 29, 2019
Cersei in kings landing while everyone almost died at winterfell #got #gameofthrones pic.twitter.com/qNVxz8MfW3— kop legend 🔴 (@koplegend11) April 29, 2019
Jamie and Tyrion showing up to kings landing next week to show Cersei that they’re still here #gameofthrones pic.twitter.com/lfVWZPy00c— Patty (@RealPattyWap) April 29, 2019