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Game of Thrones S8E3 Preview 

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After two set-up episodes, the big battle at Winterfell is upon us. “A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms” served as a farewell episode for many of our characters, and tonight we’ll see just who makes it out alive.

The trailers for tonight’s episode of Game of Thrones don’t shed a lot of light (pun intended, it was so hard to see what was happening!) on what to expect except that the fight we’ve been waiting for was finally here. At a lengthy 82 minutes, we can only predict there’s going to be a whole lot of action.

The strategy for the battle seems to be hiding the women, children, and those otherwise not fighting in the crypts below Winterfell, for safety purposes. Presumably, the Unsullied are leading the fight, and Bran will be acting as Night King bait with Theon as his protector. This last bit is definitely the most intriguing part of the plan. Bran has stated that the Night King wants him dead because of his role as the Three-Eyed Raven, and since the Night King “marked” him, they share a connection which allows the Night King to know where Bran is at all times. And considering how outnumbered our crew at Winterfell is by the army of the dead, targeting the Night King is the only way they stand a chance, so Bran as bait is the key to victory.

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That said, the Night King doesn’t seem like the type to fall into a trap. There’s been a lot of theories floating around about how things might go awry at Winterfell. There is the simple idea that the Night King won’t actually be at Winterfell with the rest of the White Walkers. He has a dragon, after all. Why wouldn’t he just be flying to King’s Landing, or anywhere else in the world to diversify his takeover? The other possible wrench is the repeated suggestion that the crypts under Winterfell are the safest place to be. The crypts, which are full of, um, dead people? The exact ingredient necessary for the White Walkers to grow their army? 
It’s wild to think that this is the real battle we’ve been waiting for since Game of Thrones started. Whatever happens, it certainly feels like thing won’t ever be the same. 

Game of Thrones airs Sundays at 9/8c on HBO.

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