It’s the day we thought would never come: we are officially halfway through the final season of Game of Thrones! It’s time to take a step back and reevaluate our predictions. Plus, it’s an excellent opportunity to remember some of the highlights from GoT season 8. Did the Battle of Winterfell live up to expectations? What’s the death toll at? And, of course: how will the series end? Here’s our Game of Thrones mid season recap!
Spoiler Warning: If you’re not caught up to episode 3 of season 8, turn back now!
Game of Thrones Mid Season Recap: The Real Battle Is Yet To Come
Sunday’s episode, “The Long Night,” marked Game of Thrones mid season. It was an intense episode, filled with action and suspense. It featured everything you could want from a big battle: dragons, fighting, some killer ladies, everything!
Before season 8, most fans assumed the Battle of Winterfell would serve as the finale. However, it occurred in episode 3, smack in the middle of it all! And looking back (and forward) – it’s one of the few things that makes sense in a confusing season. Now, with the Night King and his army of ice zombies defeated, we turn our attention to the real “game of thrones.”
No question, the Battle of Winterfell filled our need for a fantasy battle. However, it also revealed the real star of the show: red-wine sipping, Elephant-loving, smirking Queen Cersei. It also confirmed some theories floating around the internet for a while. Namely, that the Night King provided a singular bad guy that all of our beloved leading characters could fight against. Let’s face it, the Night King was never going to end up on the Iron Throne. That means its time for our favorite characters to finally have the battle royale we’ve all been waiting for: Queen Cersei vs. Daenerys and the Starks.
Moreover, many fans wondered why the show built up the White Walkers in the first place. A quick reminder – the very first scene of the very first episode of Game of Thrones shows a man running into a bunch of White Walkers, and they kill him. They built them up for seven seasons! So, the decision to have the battle mid season struck many as convenient. Almost as if the writers had to get it out of their way before getting to the real final battle: defeating Cersei.
The Survivors And The Fallen
Now that the show is focused on the real game of thrones, it’s not surprising that so many characters got out alive. All the fan favorites survived: Daenerys, Jon Snow, and all the Starks, including Bran who just played with ravens while everyone fought. A ton more lived, and you can find a full list here.
However, just because a whole bunch of people made it through this gruesome battle doesn’t mean everyone did. Theon Greyjoy died protecting Bran, redeeming himself. Lady Mormont died a heroic death, while Jorah Mormont also died protecting his Queen Khalisee. Melisandre (the red lady) died, and Viserion, the ice dragon, did too.
What The Rest of Season 8 Has In Store For Us
Obviously, the remaining three episodes will be all about preparing for, and winning, the war against Cersei. One of the most significant moments of episode 3 showed Melisandre telling Arya she will kill those with “brown eyes, green eyes, and blue eyes.” This was an obvious clue to who ultimately assassinated the blue-eyed Night King. Arya stumbled across Meli in season three, who told the girl a similar vision about killing people with all sorts of eye colors. The internet went crazy for this part. Arya killed Walder Fry, who was behind the bloody Red Wedding that wiped out almost the entire Stark family. Fry had brown eyes. And guess what? Cersei has green eyes.
No matter what color eyes you have, you probably enjoyed episode three as much as we did. It’s full of plot holes and ridiculous solutions, sure. However, it’s also fun and suspenseful, and we’re sad it’s going to be all over soon. We’ll leave you with a preview of what comes after Game of Thrones mid season episode. The trailer shows everyone re-assembling and preparing for war. Plus, Daenerys looks extremely vengeful…
P.S. Cersei has a dragon-killing weapon, so don’t expect our fav kitten-dragons to make it all the way till the end.