In “The Long Night,” the third episode of Game of Thrones‘ eighth and final season, a rough alliance of enemies, acquaintances and others faced off against the Night King’s dreaded “army of the dead” within the Battle of Winterfell. Many, many characters — together with some who’d been with the present since its first episodes — were killed off in the course of the episode-long battle. As dreaded as these deaths had been, nevertheless, followers had been simply as fearful that some previous favorites may present up among the many lifeless military’s reanimated ranks.
Based on a collection of unused storyboards from the forthcoming e-book Sport of Thrones: The Storyboards that had been exclusively debuted by Vanity Fair, the followers had been proper to be fearful. Certain, a number of such characters (just like the dragon Viserion) had been available for the battle, however others — like Hodor, who sacrificed himself to save lots of Bran in season six — weren’t. However they virtually had been, a minimum of in discarded storyboards of Bran’s imaginative and prescient of the military’s invasion within the season seven premiere “Dragonstone”:
[William] Simpson’s storyboard reveals that the wildling Karsi (Birgitte Hjort Sørensen), launched after which got rid of within the Season 5 stunner “Hardhome,” was initially imagined to be among the many ranks of the zombified people (and giants!) trudging in the direction of the Wall.
The show-runners evidently thought-about together with not solely Karsi, but additionally Kristian Nairn’s Hodor and extra to pepper the Military of the Useless. However audiences had been spared that ache, simply as they had been spared watching any of the present’s heroes having to combat the reanimated corpses of Lyanna Mormont (Bella Ramsey), Dolorous Edd (Ben Crompton), and different fallen fighters on the Battle of Winterfell.
Fortunately, Thrones showrunners David Benioff and D. B. Weiss selected to not inflict much more ache than ordinary on their present’s fanbase. Then once more, seeing as how we know next to nothing about this Sunday’s collection finale, there’s nonetheless loads of time for the late Evening King’s dreadful magic to pop again up in such a very horrifying style.
(By way of Vanity Fair)