Now that “The Long Night” is over, the surviving factions on Game of Thrones have at least one less world-ending catastrophe to contend with. Not that this means that things are about to get a whole lot easier for the denizens of Westeros, however, as the fate of the Iron Throne remains, waiting to inspire everyone who’s still standing to turn on each other following the tenuous alliance the late Night King‘s onslaught once required. But before any of that gobbledygook plot stuff can come to pass, there’s the cleanup.
Seriously, the invading white walkers and wights left one hell of a bloody battlefield for Jon Snow and his friends to clean up. And judging by the first photos from the fourth episode of Thrones season eight, it looks like House Stark and its allies, Daenerys Targaryen and her army, and everyone else gathered at Winterfell has quite the mess to deal with. Hopefully, they’ll at least be able to do this before the accusations and (literal) backstabbings begin anew.
Thanks to the eight photos HBO has released before next Sunday’s episode, we now know that, once things lighten up a little, the survivors of Winterfell will be facing a rather arduous task. Judging by the lighting here, it seems everyone is working together at first.
Once the sun peaks out a little more, however, paranoia will undoubtedly take hold. On the one side, there’s the Hound, Davos Seaworth, Sansa Stark, Arya Stark, and Bran Stark.
On the other side, there’s Grey Worm, Varys, Missandei, Daenerys, and Tyrion Lannister.
And, of course, there’s Jon Snow.
No doubt, all kinds of plans for what to do about the cleanup, as well as the inevitable march toward King’s Landing, will occur.
Speaking of King’s Landing, while the battle for Winterfell was happening, Euron Greyjoy and Cersei Lannister were nowhere near the carnage. She’s been avoiding outright pledging herself to Winterfell’s cause in the hopes of securing her place on the Iron Throne.
Then again, despite her additional 20,000 men and 2,000 horses from Euron, she’ll still have to contend with Daenerys’s fleet.