HBO and Sky Atlantic will be airing episode three from Game of Thrones season eight on Sunday, April 28 at 9pm Eastern Standard Time (ET), which is Monday, April 29 at 2am British Summer Time (BST) in the UK. NOW TV subscribers can also watch from this time or afterwards when it will be available to stream. Sky Atlantic will be repeating the episode again at 9pm on the same day.
What will happen in Game of Thrones season 8, episode 3?
WARNING: This article contains spoilers from Game of Thrones season 8, episode 2
HBO has dropped a first look trailer at the next episode of Game of Thrones, giving fans an exciting teaser of what to expect.
The 40-odd second trailer starts with Sansa Stark (played by Sophie Turner) saying: “The most heroic thing we can do now is look the truth in the face.”
Her words are followed by a montage of shadowy shots as the Night King (played by Vladimir Furdik) and his army of the dead arrive at Winterfell.
As all inside prepare to face the threat, another voice whispers in the dark: “The Night King is coming.”
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While Daenerys Targaryen (Emilia Clarke) simply replies: “The Dead are already here.”
As the trailer heats up, we see an army approach and Winterfell bracing itself.
The promo ends as Brienne of Tarth (Gwendoline Christie) yells out: “Stand your ground!”
Episode three will be the highly-anticipated Battle of Winterfell which will either make or break the North and could see the death of many characters.
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The episode follows on from this week – A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms – which was filled with foreshadowing as Gendry (Joe Dempsie) soldiered away at making Dragonglass weapons to use on the White Walkers.
Arya Stark (Maisie Williams) quizzed Gendry about whether he’d made her special weapon yet which she planned to use on the Night King.
Meanwhile, neither Jon Snow (Kit Harington) nor anyone else seemed to have factored in all the dead Starks in the Crypts of Winterfell which will probably be reanimated by the Night King and kill all those hiding inside the mausoleum.
The episode also saw Tormund Giantsbane (Kristofer Hivju) and Edd Tollett (Ben Crompton) arriving at Winterfell to share news of the Last Hearth – however, they too failed to consider the huge flaw of the crypts. Perhaps Sam Tarly (John Bradley) or even Bran Stark (Isaac Hempstead-Wright) warn them before it’s too late.
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Speaking of Bran, the Three-Eyed Raven is gifted with Greensight which means he can see past, present and future, theoretically suggesting he’ll know how it all ends. During his scene with Jaime Lannister (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau) in the Godswood, revealed there may be nothing left at the end.
We also finally learnt the true purpose of the Night King, who wants to end the world of men once and for all by taking down the Three-Eyed Raven first.
Perhaps the biggest moment of the episode came right at the end with Jon revealing his true identity to Daenerys, who was angry and disbelieving that someone could steal her throne from her at the last moment.
Co-executive producer Bryan Cogman told Entertainment Weekly: “This episode is really a love letter to the characters.
“With most of our battles you get about 15 minutes of calm-before-the-storm with the characters participating in that battle taking stock of where they are in their lives before the dam breaks. This is an entire episode of that so that episode 3 can hit the ground running.”
He continued: “This was the most difficult script of the 11 I’ve written for Game of Thrones.
“The big challenge was not writing a Wikipedia page. In fact, my first draft was a Wikipedia page.
The way it works is the showrunners return a Final Draft document with notes written in red in the margins. They returned my first script with a sea of red.”
Game of Thrones season 8 airs on HBO on Sundays at 9pm ET and on Sky Atlantic and NOW TV on Mondays at 2am & 9pm.
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