After the mind-blowing, ratings-shattering (and apparently divisive) Episode 3 of Game of Thrones’ Season 8, “The Long Night,” the fandom is reeling. What will happen in the last three episodes of the final season, now that the threat of the army of the dead has been dispatched? We can’t answer that yet, of course, but we can glean what we can from the newly-released official Episode 4 photos and start to formulate some theories.
We see Tormund, Sansa, Arya, Jon, Grey Worm, Dany and Sam preparing to light funeral pyres for those who fell in the Battle of Winterfell. It’s interesting that the North is burning their dead, which — before the threat of the White Walkers hit close to home — was only undertaken by the free folk. Are they just being cautious? Or have they learned something important?
Dany’s forces are on the move again, with their few remaining ships, likely heading to King’s Landing to confront the threat of Cersei and the Lannister forces.
This photo and the following two seem to be from the same scene of lighting the funeral pyres — and it may just be the angle or the way the scene is shot, but you can clearly see that the Northern forces are looking pretty depleted.
Another war planning council in the library, it would seem, but who are Missandei, Dany and Varys listening to?
Cersei is looking self-satisfied as usual, and Euron looks happy that his Queen is happy…although he’s also looking a bit sly. These two are quite a pair, but they’re also a force to be reckoned with.
So what do you think about these photos? What do they mean for Episode 4 — and perhaps for the story going forward? Let us know in the comments!