This should go without saying, but here we are: SPOILER ALERT!
"The Battle of Winterfell" went down on Sunday night, giving fans the longest episode of "Game of Thrones" to date. The show's 80 minutes was filled with heroic deaths, brutal battles and one game-changing moment that twisted the way the rest of the season will play out.
Between "GoT" and "Avengers: Endgame" -- which you can see a spoiler discussion of right here -- a certain group of fans were put through the wringer this weekend and it sure showed on social media.
Here's everything that went viral on Twitter as and after the episode aired. And while it doesn't fit into a category below, we'd be remiss not to include this tweet as well:
kim there’s people that are dying in winterfell https://t.co/q9UKt4Tuj9— osha (@oshawildling) April 29, 2019
Okay, now let's dig into everything else.
Arya for MVP
Yeah, we're going to start at the end, because Arya Stark really deserves all the accolades this week for her last-minute maneuver. After battling her way through an army of the undead and interactions with the Hound, Melisandre and Beric Dondarrion, it became very clear her life had a very big purpose: killing the Night King.
It's something the show has been telegraphing for a while now when you look back at it, but, man, was it one satisfying and surprising scene when she plunged some dragonglass into the ruler of the White Walkers. With that, his army died with him and the trajectory of the show changed from a war against the undead to one against Cersei for control of King's Landing.
While fans have been stanning Arya for some time, the love for her erupted last night on Twitter and Instagram, where costars like Sophie Turner and Pedro Pascal and celebs including Leslie Jones all went wild.
sansa live from the crypts when arya murdered the night king pic.twitter.com/6gs6zXd55C— kinsey (@sansascstark) April 29, 2019
YOU BEEN MY GIRL DAY ONE ARYA. DAY F****** ONE!!!!!!— Pedro Pascal (@PedroPascal1) April 29, 2019
I see no reason this should not be law https://t.co/eAm9rTrYLO— Jemele Hill (@jemelehill) April 29, 2019
Arya Stark— Mariska Hargitay (@Mariska) April 29, 2019
Arya killed the night King in the same yard with the blade Bran gave her saying he doesn't need but she would be able to use it. Bran Phil Jackson running the triangle. Didn't call a timeout and let his superstar take over— Kings (@kingsbruh) April 29, 2019
Has Arya Stark announced she’s running for the Democratic nomination for President, yet? #Arya2020— Ana Navarro-Cárdenas (@ananavarro) April 29, 2019
Bran knew!! He knew all along!!! pic.twitter.com/ndqfxb1Q6z— The Big Woman (@KimTerriRose) April 29, 2019
ARYA GOT LAID AND SAVED ALL OF HUMANITY IN THE SPAN OF LESS THAN 12 HOURS. OUR QUEEN 👑 👑— Jessica Smetana (@jessica_smetana) April 29, 2019
Arya just took a DNA test, and it turns out she's 100% THAT BITCH#GameOfThornes— Jasmyn Lawson (@JasmynBeKnowing) April 29, 2019
WTF Was Bran Doing?
Yes, Bran was instrumental in giving Arya the dagger to kill the Night's King and lured the guy to his death, but otherwise, what the heck was he actually doing last night?
Just as the fight was getting good, his eyes rolled up and he began flying around the battle as the Three-Eyed Raven, without offering any help whatsoever. Just saying, now would have been a good time to warg into a dragon or something.
real talk: did bran actually DO anything in this battle besides escape into his oculus rift for like 45 minutes enjoying his crow-o-vision warm under his lap furs— rachel syme (@rachsyme) April 29, 2019
JORAH: I'll lead the first charge.— Dan Amira (@DanAmira) April 29, 2019
BRIENNE: I'll command the left flank.
GREY WORM: The Unsullied shall protect the gate.
BRAN: How cool would it be to fly around and just do like, general bird stuff
On a scale of Bran Stark to Arya Stark, how much do you contribute group projects? #GameofThrones— David Leavitt (@David_Leavitt) April 29, 2019
WHAT WAS BRAN DOING JUST FLYING ABOUT???? BRAN, WHAT WERE YOU DOING?!?! What was so important that you should warg out at that moment into a damn crow and not into, say, a dragon?!?!?!— Jenny Han (@jennyhan) April 29, 2019
Can Anyone See Anything?
While the episode was filled with some excellent fight choreography, massive amounts of CGI and must-see moments, many viewers struggled to see any of it thanks to the show's lighting ... or lack thereof.
Though "Game of Thrones" has always been a bit of a dark show, setting the entire Battle of Winterfell at night without a full moon or anything else to lighten things up a bit left a lot of watchers either straining their eyes or bumping up the brightness on their television sets.
Major thanks go to Melisandre and Beric for being literal Lords of Light last night.
Beric Dondarrion is the Battle of Winterfell's true MVP, because he carries a flaming sword everywhere he goes, so you can actually see who's fighting in his scenes, and what's actually going on. #GameOfThrones pic.twitter.com/CbJtSOPCpP— Tasha Robinson (@TashaRobinson) April 29, 2019
This was my favorite part of tonight’s Game of Thrones. pic.twitter.com/1uTJY1AOlH— Jesse McLaren (@McJesse) April 29, 2019
how do u switch this show from night mode— Desus Nice (@desusnice) April 29, 2019
Next week: the battle to rescue the lighting equipment from Cersei— Dave Itzkoff (@ditzkoff) April 29, 2019
did HBO call this the largest battle in cinematic history knowing we wouldn’t be able to see if that claim was true— tc (@chillmage) April 29, 2019
I will never forgive this show for never investing in lighting— Zara Rahim (@zara915) April 29, 2019
i hope the next battle is during the day so i can see clearly pic.twitter.com/8VFLLOJvre— in charge of the girls (@AmeriKraut) April 29, 2019
Lyanna Mormont, Giant Slayer
She may have been the smallest warrior on the battlefield, but she took down one of the biggest threats: a literal giant.
Lyanna Mormont has always been a fan favorite for viewers, who have taken to her no-nonsense attitude toward the men around her. Her bravery has never been questioned and last night she proved it by charging toward a giant wight that stormed Winterfell, taking him out with her dying breath after he crushed her little body.
The Dothraki Were Taken Out That Easily?
We've come to know the Dothraki Army as one of the show's most bloodthirsty group of fighters, seeing their wild ways all the way back to Season 1. It was this faction that charged first into battle against the White Walkers on Sunday night ... and they were almost entirely wiped out in mere seconds.
After Melisandre worked her magic and lit up their weapons with fire, they were seen roaring into battle ... moments before the lights were all but extinguished in the distance. Yes, a few retreated and continued to fight, but for the most part, they were decimated.
Arya Stark out here putting up 50 point triple doubles and the entire Dothraki army can’t so much as make a corner three, we are going to have a dialogue— Kyle Neubeck (@KyleNeubeck) April 29, 2019
Khal Drogo in the after life looking at his dothraki army: pic.twitter.com/UNk4EsW5k5— kamila (@kamisardua) April 29, 2019
RIP Jorah, Theon and Melisandre
We knew there would be deaths and, going into the episode, both Jorah and Theon were solid bets to bite the bullet. And they did, in blazes of glory as they protected the ones they loved. With those two, their stories really came full-circle, as they proved their devotion to their chosen families -- Dany for Jorah and the Starks for Theon -- with their last breaths.
Melisandre also fulfilled her purpose by joining the fight against the undead and guiding Arya toward killing the Night King. In her last moments, she was seen walking out of Winterfell following the fight, taking off her magical necklace and dying for good.
Bran: Theon, you’re a good man. Thank you.— Jemele Hill (@jemelehill) April 29, 2019
Also, I don't care what anyone says, Theon had the ultimate redemption arc. He's one of the most flawed, and complex characters of the show. Even at his most lost moments, I was still rooting for him. #GameofThrones pic.twitter.com/VLyOZdlctQ— Jamari Tate (@jtate_design) April 29, 2019
The last word Theon heard before the battle was "Home".— Nari 🌈🌹🗝️ | GOT Spoilers❗ (@Drammarita) April 29, 2019
The last thing Bran told him before his death was "Thank you".
I loved him, I hated him, I forgave him and now I cry for him.
Ladies and gentlemen, stand up for Theon Greyjoy.#GameofThrones pic.twitter.com/N6mBHCjqGP
Melisandre = all of us going into work tomorrow— Dave Itzkoff (@ditzkoff) April 29, 2019
The episode was magnificent, I loved seeing crusty ancient Melisandre one more time— Mindy Kaling (@mindykaling) April 29, 2019
We were thrilled to see Jon's direwolf, Ghost, ride into battle with the Dothraki and Jorah in the first wave. But then he was never seen again.
Since this show doesn't really kill off fan favorites without letting the audience know, we assumed the dog survived -- but many viewers were stressing out about it. Worry not, a preview for next week's episode proves he's alive and well.
If Ghost is dead, then we riot. #GameofThrones— Jack “CouRage” Dunlop (@CouRageJD) April 29, 2019
Meanwhile, In King's Landing
While nearly every main character on the show was in Winterfell for the big battle between the living and the dead, a few were still sitting pretty in King's Landing.
Cersei, Euron and The Mountain made good on their decision to stay out of the fight against a horde of zombies and let literally everyone else do it for them. We're pretty sure Cersei's okay with her decision, as she still has an army and fleet of boats at her service, but she probably also thought a few more of her foes would be wiped out taking on the Night King.
Cersei after hearing Arya had killed the Night King. pic.twitter.com/HbQT3Vl7yz— Opeyemi Adetifa (@AdetifaOpeyemi) April 29, 2019
Arya with Jamie’s face on, on her way to kill Cersei pic.twitter.com/3BxvylCqSs— lindsay (@linds_ayy) April 29, 2019
"Game of Thrones" airs Sundays on HBO.