Game of Thrones is one of the biggest television shows in history. Love it or hate it, the likelihood of it being a topic you’ve talked about is pretty high. But this Sunday’s episode is likely to be the most talked about. It’s certainly the most anticipated. The entire series has been leading up to this moment. Battle of Winterfell. White Walkers vs Winterfell. Some major characters have had their storylines come to fruition in Season 8, and while it’s the last season, anyone is really fair game. Who will die? Who will make it through? Here we go over some statistics for Battle of Winterfell and make some predictions of our own.
Warning! Season 8 Episode 2 spoilers ahead!
With the other episodes being under an hour, this episode will feel massive coming in at around 80 minutes. But even with it being so long, it could still fly by. GoT Director Miguel Sapchnik (whois also credited with directing ‘Hardhome‘ and ‘Battle of the Bastards‘) told Entertainment Weekly that he believes this is the longest battle ever filmed. He reportedly tried, and failed, to find a longer battle sequence. The closest came in at 40-minutes, and that’s the epic siege of Helm’s Deep in ‘Lord of The Rings: The Two Towers’.
But even Gandalf couldn’t save this group.
“What we have asked the production team and crew to do this year truly has never been done in television or in a movie,” co-executive producer Bryan Cogman told EW. Reportedly, the episode required 11 weeks of night shoots in Northern Ireland, where the majority of the show is filmed.
The show will also be featuring the most characters in one episode since the pilot. But this season has seen a lot of characters story arcs completed. Does that mean they could die?
Brienne’s scene in ‘A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms‘ was heart-warming. And any GoT fan knows, heartwarming can often be a precursor or something tragic. What more is there for Brienne to accomplish?
Grey Worm and Missandei had a tender moment, making plans for their future. As comedian Trae Crowder pointed out in his Episode 2 review, “…making plans to retire to an island after one last big mission? When has that ever NOT worked out?”
Theon got the chance to redeem himself and a kind of forgiveness from the Stark family. “And then he lived happily ever after”. Right, Theon?
We can’t forget all of the people “safely” inside the crypts. They stressed the crypts being safe too much for them to ACTUALLY be safe.
Sansa, Sam, Tyrion, Varys, The Hound, Jorah, people who have been around since Season 1 are all fair game this battle. Watching them die, and especially watching them come back to attack the people they love, is too heart-wrenching for the devious and diabolical minds behind GoT to pass up.
One person we can assume doesn’t die this episode will be the Night King himself. They’ll save that for future episodes, is a safe bet. Dany and Jon are also likely to survive, as their confrontation over Jon’s heritage has yet to play out to its fullest potential.
What do you think? Who do you think is the most likely to die? The least likely? Will they kill off the White Walkers and focus on the Iron Throne after this battle? How will the dragons play into the battle? Will they survive? Let us know in the comments below or hit us up on Facebook or Twitter.