We were not ready.
Fans knew Sunday‘s episode of Game of Thrones , which depicted the Great Battle of Winterfell , would be a death-filled one, but we surprisingly made it out OK. After two reunion-heavy episodes, season eight episode three brought the longest battle scene in cinematic history — leading to a slew of devastating goodbyes, both from out of and inside Winterfell‘s walls.
Most surprising of the deaths, however, was that of the Night King, who survived Drogon’s breath of fire (he’s got to be a Targaryen, right?), but was no match our our sneaky queen Arya, who stabbed him (decimating his whole army) right before he was about to kill Bran.
In total, seven major characters bid farewell to GoT, and we’re already lighting candles for each one — including the Night King (he was a good villain while he lasted). Here’s who died — and what they told ET’s Leanne Aguilera about their final on-screen moments.
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RICHARD DORMER (BERIC)
Though we thought he couldn’t die, the Lord of Light decided on Sunday night that Beric had served his purpose. He died after turning himself into a human shield from the wights, allowing Arya and The Hound to get away. “I had goosebumps,” Dormer told ET. “Goosebumps on goosebumps.”
CARICE VAN HOUTEN (MELISANDRE)
Melisandre made a surprise appearance at the beginning of the episode, just before the battle was about to begin. She told Ser Davos that she wouldn’t make it through the night, and she was right. When the battle was over, Melisandre took off her enchanted necklace and wandered into the dawn, dying as her old self. Her reaction to her final scene was simple: “I was really happy and pleased,” she told ET.
IAN GLEN (JORAH MORMONT)
Poor Jorah died protecting his Khaleesi, succumbing to injuries he suffered while protecting her outside Winterfell‘s walls. “[My reaction was] just that the guys nailed it,” Glen shared. “I think really throughout all the episodes, just wonderful writing. It’s such a hard thing to pull off, I think the expectations are so high and I just think they managed all the story lines incredibly well. It’s full of the Thrones mix of the unexpected and dramatic and massive set pieces and extraordinary things beyond our ken, and it’s kind of more of the same but bigger and better.”
ALFIE ALLEN (THEON GREYJOY)
Theon attempted to make up for his not-so-kind ways in seasons past by protecting Bran until the end — and he did. He defended our Three-Eyed Raven from legions of wights before the Night King descended on the weirwood tree, leaving Bran to say his farewells. “Theon,” Bran called after returning to his body from warging. “You’re a good man. Thank you.” With that, Theon charged at the Night King, instantly killed by a spear through the torso.
BELLA RAMSEY (LADY LYANNA MORMONT)
Our favorite little lady proved just how brave she was when she took on a giant wight. Proving that one Bear Islander is worth 10 mainlanders, Lyanna charged at the giant, and took him out with her as she was crushed to death. She was later reanimated by the Night King, but died again when he met his end.
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BEN CROMPTON (EDDISON TOLLETT)
We kind of saw this coming, but it didn’t make it any less sad. Dolorous Edd was one of the first to go on Sunday‘s episode, killed by a wight in battle.
VLADIMIR FURDIK (THE NIGHT KING)
The dandy ol’ Night King wasn’t killed by fire, but rather by Arya Stark, who surprised him from behind and stabbed him with Littlefinger’s blade. With that, he shattered to his death — as did his entire army of White Walkers and wights.
Game of Thrones airs Sundays at 9 p.m. ET/PT on HBO.
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