As expected, not everyone survived the battle at Winterfell in Game of Thrones.
Season 8’s Episode 3 – “The Long Night” – brought death over the gates of the Stark family ancestral home, and though the living fought valiantly, some of our favorites didn’t make it.
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One of the most painful GoT deaths in the episode was Ser Jorah Mormont, played by Iain Glen. Jorah died defending his Khaleesi, Queen Daenerys Targaryen (Emilia Clarke), on the battlefield, leaving her to weep over his body just as the battle finished.
While we don’t know which of the scenes filmed this season was Glen’s last, he did tell Collider earlier this month about the emotions on his wrap day.
“It was very affecting. All the kind of principal cast got these lovely gifts of a framed section of a storyboard from a kind of critical scene that we’d done over the previous seasons with some lovely words of affection and thanks from Dan [Weiss] and David [Benioff] on the back and they gave a little speech. So that was really touching. And I find it, yeah, all very overwhelming. It’s just cumulatively — over the course of the last decade — it’s kind of seared into my bones and conscious, you know, this whole ‘Thrones’ extraordinary ride that we’ve been on that none of us knew where it was going to go. So it’s been a wonderful, wonderful journey. And, so I felt very sad at the thought that it was now kind of — it was going to go away.”
Carice Van Houten‘s Melisandre also returned – just as she promised Varys in Season 7 – before The Red Priestess met her end. She was involved in several of the episode’s big moments, including lighting the Dothraki Arakhs on fire as the battle was set to begin, and lighting the trench around Winterfell when no one else could. Melisandre died not at the hands of Davos Seaworth (Liam Cunningham), but after the battle was over, removing her necklace, changing into her real age, and collapsing into the snow.
Van Houten also told Collider about the emotions of her series wrap day (though we don’t know which scene was the last she shot).
“I was crying. I didn’t see it coming, but then, when they started the speech and I just – I just lost it,” she told us.
Another Episode 3 casualty was Beric Dondarrion. Richard Dormer wielded the flaming sword of his character, helping to save Arya Stark (Maisie Williams) and re-inspire a fire traumatized The Hound/Sandor Clegane (Rory McCann). But, Beric lost his life for the final time after being stabbed many times in the halls of Winterfell by the undead. Dormer told us that,
“Everybody just didn’t think it was definitely over. And there’s always the thing of, ‘We need you in to do a pick up.’ So you never know, but it pretty much is once you get your little gift and David and Dan go, ‘Thanks guys’ – [then] you know it’s pretty much over. But you can’t accept it because you’re thinking, ‘No, this can’t be right. I’m sure I’ll be in next week.”
Other main characters lost in the battle included Theon Greyjoy (Alfie Allen), Lady Lyanna Mormont (Bella Ramsey) and Edd (Ben Crompton). As for the Night King and all his White Walker pals, well, they turned to icicles.
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