9:04pm PT by Josh Wigler
'Game of Thrones' Final Season: War Comes to Winterfell in Episode 3 Trailer
If the night is dark and full of terrors, what fills the Night King? The answer awaits in the next hour of Game of Thrones — really, the next 82 minutes, if we're being technical — as the final season of the Emmy-winning epic stands ready to deliver its most ferocious battle sequence yet.
Some Thrones viewers have lamented the lack of action in the final season through its first two episodes. Well, lament no longer: the trailer for the third episode promises bloodshed aplenty. Directed by Miguel Sapochnik ("Hardhome," "The Battle of the Bastards"), the next installment marks the midway point of the final run from creators David Benioff and Dan Weiss, with several heroes' lives hanging in the balance. Given what's at stake, the trailer understandably exhibits some restraint, with very little in the way of dialogue. The people who do get to speak, and the words they get to chew on, include:
• Sansa Stark (Sophie Turner): "The most heroic thing we can do now is look the truth in the face."
• Jon Snow (Kit Harington): "The Night King is coming."
• Daenerys Targaryen (Emilia Clarke): "The dead are already here."
• Brienne of Tarth (Gwendoline Christie): "Stand your ground!"
Not much to go on, anymore than where things were last left. Perhaps it's worth mining tone: Sansa delivers her dialogue courageously, as stoic as the words she speaks; Jon's warning comes paired with images of the former King in the North with messy hair and sword in hand, deep in the thick of battle; Daenerys' words are spoken to Jon, tersely, as though she's still not quite over the information he revealed in the Winterfell crypts. Forgivable; after all, she did just learn that her boyfriend is not only her secret nephew, but also holds a strong claim to her coveted Iron Throne. Ser Brienne of Tarth, meanwhile, is screaming orders through the deadly cold night; they more than speak for themselves.
As for the wordless moments? Equally deadly. The highlights:
• The Unsullied, marching forward in unison, spears and shields in hand;
• A terrified Arya Stark (Maisie Williams), running through the halls of Winterfell, as previously seen in the full season trailer — with her friend and lover Gendry (Joe Dempsie) nowhere to be found;
• Theon Greyjoy (Alfie Allen), bow drawn with flaming arrow in hand, a deadly omen for the Bran (Isaac Hempstead Wright) plan;
• The ferocity of a dragon, unclear (to me at least) which one: Drogon, Rhaegal, or the undead Viserion?
• Jon Snow, sword in hand, looking distraught over something unseen. Bad news for someone we love, no doubt about it.
Indeed, very bad news for the ones we love will surely arrive in the coming episode — steel your stomachs accordingly. Watch the trailer above.
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