Daenerys and Drogon

The battle is won. Winterfell still stands, as do most of the main characters, but going into Game Of Thrones Season 8, Episode 3, we weren’t too sure that it would turn out so well. We even wrote a story about our predictions for the Battle of Winterfell. But now that all is behind us as Game Of Thrones Season 8, Episode 4 is here and the aftermath of the great battle will be short lived, as one threat down leaves one remaining, and the series is about to head south for one more epic confrontation, and that begins tonight.

Game Of Thrones Season 8, Episode 4 isn’t going to be the traditional rest and recharge episode after a big battle. There truly isn’t time. With only two episodes left after this one, and by keeping with the show’s conventions in previous seasons, the next great battle will occur next week, meaning what’s left of the hosts at Winterfell will have to regroup, reform, and march south quickly. And you thought maybe you could take a breath.

The North Mourns The Dead

It’s really hard to predict what’s going to happen at this point, since the series’ greatest threat was reduced to ice cubes by Arya’s (Maisie Williams) sick ass dance moves — as taught by Syrio Forel — but we do know from the previews that two dragons remain, but they’re not at 100%. Most, if not all, of the Dothraki were also killed in the opening salvos of the battle. That leaves the Unsullied, or what’s left of them, and what few northerners that will fight to come together.

I expect Game Of Thrones Season 8, Episode 4 to be focused on this regrouping of arms and some negotiations with Daenerys (Emilia Clarke) and Sansa (Sophie Turner, or is it Sophie Jonas now?) as to how much of the North’s decimated armies will march south. And there will be mourning for the dead, be sure of that.

Jon Snow

Plus, Dany and Jon Snow (Kit Harington) have a long, complicated conversation ahead of them. I just hope Jon doesn’t wheel Creepy Bran (Isaac Hempstead Wright) into it, as the conversation will be complicated enough without that creeper watching with that knowing look on his face. Yeah, he knows what they did. And he probably enjoyed it.

We have won the great war. Now we will win the last war.”

At King’s Landing, Cersei (Lena Headey) and Euron Greyjoy (Pilou Asbaek) are already plotting their next moves, and with the Iron Fleet at their disposal, two wounded dragons may not be enough to turn this tide. And there’s still one thing that maybe viewers have forgotten after last week’s thrilling episode: Bronn (Jerome Flynn) is out there somewhere with a couple of crossbow bolts with the Lannister boys names on them. Could this be the episode where this plot line is resolved?

Cersei and Euron

Let’s face it, we got off lucky last week in the deaths department, with all due respect to Ser Jorah (Iain Glen), Theon Greyjoy (Alfie Allen), and Edd Tollett (Ben Crompton), but if Bronn takes out Tyrion (Peter Dinklage) and/or Jaime Lannister (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau) this week, there will be fan base hell to pay.

One thing is for sure in Game Of Thrones Season 8, Episode 4, the action and suspense will not let up, and this episode could be the key for the entire season. Don’t sleep on this one. The best episodes are usually the ones right before a battle.

Game Of Thrones Season 8, Episode 4 premieres Sunday, May 5, on HBO.