WARNING: Spoilers for all episodes of Recreation of Thrones as much as season 8, episode 3.
Was the episode title for Recreation of Thrones‘ Battle of Winterfell episode, “The Lengthy Night time”, a spoiler? Secrecy across the HBO fantasy collection has reached a brand new degree within the remaining season. For the previous few years, no screeners have been made accessible to press, and now the community’s not even asserting the names of recent episodes till after they air.
This was assumed to be hiding spoilers, though the total reasoning wasn’t initially clear. The Recreation of Thrones season Eight premiere was titled “Winterfell”, a fairly anticipated identify for an episode that is in regards to the military of the dwelling convening on the Stark citadel. Season 8, episode 2 was slightly extra revealing: “A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms” references Brienne’s knighting care of Jaime, and because the identify of a Tales of Dunk and Egg quick story, would have clued e book readers into that chance.
However Recreation of Thrones season 8, episode 3’s secret title could blow that out of the water. This was the Battle of Winterfell episode, the ultimate stand in opposition to the Night time King’s military and one which went slightly totally different than anticipated. On the finish of the episode, when all hope appears misplaced as a bigger-than-ever horde of wights swarms the survivors and their chief strikes to kill Bran Stark aka the Three-Eyed Raven, Arya leaps in and stabs the Night time King with a valerian metal dagger, destroying all White Walkers and their zombie military. In a shock twist, Recreation of Thrones‘ large risk is killed midway by the ultimate season.
So what was this known as? “The Lengthy Night time”. Now, on the floor that is hardly a spoiler: it was, certainly, a really lengthy evening for all concerned. However to followers of George R.R. Martin’s A Track of Ice & Hearth books on which Recreation of Thrones relies, it is a totally different story.
The Lengthy Night time is likely one of the longest recorded winters in Westeros (and past) throughout which era The Others (how White Walkers are described within the books) first attacked. They have been finally pushed again by a mysterious determine identified because the “final hero” or Azor Ahai, relying in your tradition, which led to the constructing of the Wall. Melisandre insisted one other Lengthy Night time would come once more to Stannis in season 5, which is what lastly got here in season 8, episode 3.
Had it been identified that the most recent Recreation of Thrones episode was titled “The Lengthy Night time”, then followers – particularly these up on e book lore – would have been in a position to speculate extra instantly than was in any other case doable that this wasn’t only a battle in opposition to the White Walkers, however the true remaining stand; that it should finish with the Night time King’s defeat in a single kind or one other. This absolutely justifies conserving the episode titles a secret.
In fact, there could possibly be much more spoiler titles to return. The demise of the Night time King implies that Cersei is now the massive remaining risk of Recreation of Thrones and, with out millennia of historical past and prophecy (valonqar apart), there’s not a lot to recommend what’s going to occur. The trailer for episode four is mild on plot particulars, and titles would absolutely reveal greater than HBO would love.
As for the Lengthy Night time, that’s anticipated to be explored as a part of the Recreation of Thrones prequel present premiering in 2020. It will absolutely discover extra of the White Walkers’ origins and objectives that have been ignored by the mum or dad collection.
Recreation of Thrones continues Sundays at 9pm on HBO.