Another season finale is in the books for Game of Thrones and it did not hold back in its penultimate season. The extended finale gave fans a face-off we have all been waiting for: Cersei Lannister and Daenerys Targaryen. The key players came equipped with their best poker faces and each went their own way believing they had the upper hand. Unbeknownst to them, their common enemy beyond the Wall was ready to get this war started.
At the end of the episode, just when we thought all might end peacefully for once, the unthinkable happened. As Tormund Giantsbane and Beric Dondarrion stood watch on the Wall, they witnessed the White Walkers and their wight army emerge from the forest—but that wasn't even the most unsettling part. The deadly crew brought along their new weapon in Viserion with the Night King as the newest rider and used the dragon's fiery blue, icy-hot breath to take down the Wall and everyone with it—but did that include Tormund and Beric?
After the ice wall crumbled to the ground, along with any hope the Night Watch had at defending their post or the Wall slowing down the wights, the Army of the Dead casually walked on through without a survivor in sight. It seems unlikely that any of the men would have survived the collapse but it is truly hard to believe that key characters such as Tormund and Beric would die off-screen. They played such a pivotal role in the previous episode fighting off the Night King and his wights that their death at the Wall without putting up a fight seems meaningless.
Or—a more horrifying thought—could it be possible that we see the two men in the final Season 8 but in another form? If they are in fact dead and their bodies are recovered, a White Walker could transform their corpses into new members of their undead army where we could see them fight against their friends. The haunting image of seeing key allies now fighting on the other side would be a fitting tactic for the White Walkers to use as a psychological form of war.
Beric's sword may or may not be Lightbringer but either way it would give an army the advantage of having a man who brandishes a flaming sword as his weapon of choice. Tormund has also proven his worth and serves as bridge between Jon Snow's allies and the Wildlings. My bet would be we have not seen the last of them—but in what form will we see them next?
It will be a nervewracking wait until we find out!
Game of Thrones will return for its eighth and final season next year on HBO.
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