Game of Thrones' final showdown will be the Battle of Winterfell where the armies of the living and the dead meet. Here's everybody who's confirmed to be a part of the battle (so far).
As Game of Thrones season 8 rapidly approaches, it’s becoming clearer and clearer the Battle of Winterfell is one of the pivotal events of the entire series. This is where the final battle with the White Walkers seems to take place, deciding the future of Westeros and beyond. The longest ever battle sequence ever shot, it was the subject of Entertainment Weekly’s in-depth season 8 cover story and now the long-awaited Game of Thrones season 8 trailer has shown the heroes preparing for battle.
That a lot of characters were at Winterfell in Game of Thrones season 8 had already been revealed care of HBO production stills, but with it clear that the War To Come is now just over the horizon, we now know a lot more about who's taking part in the Battle of Winterfell and what exactly their role will be. Here's every character to be at the Stark seat would actually take part in the confrontation between the living and the dead.
- This Page: Characters Essential To The Battle of Winterfell
- Page 2: Characters With Unclear Roles In The Battle of Winterfell
- Page 3: Characters Who May Be At The Battle of Winterfell
Jon and Dany
While both characters were featured in the Entertainment Weekly article detailing the arduous shoot, the Game of Thrones season 8 trailer barely features Jon fighting during the Battle of Winterfell and Dany isn’t seen at all. She and Jon approach Winterfell on horseback, investigate some scorched earth north of the Wall and share a quiet moment in the crypts. After that, the only shot we get of Dany is one at Winterfell during daylight hours. This doesn’t mean she won’t be involved in the Battle of Winterfell, but it is curious that she isn’t shown in the fray. That could be because she’s riding a dragon and doing various exciting things the show didn’t want to spoil just yet, or it could be that she’s on a separate mission of some kind. Thank to EW, though, we know both will have a part to play.
Brienne and Pod
Ever the loyal Stark servant and ever the loyal squire, both Brienne and Pod are seen standing on the front lines near the end of the trailer awaiting the army of the dead. It's also likely the figure fighting on the battlements backlit by fire is Brienne as well, which means she lives through the first part of the confrontation at the very least. Pod, for all his devotion, might not be so lucky. His lack of prowess regarding the mechanics of knighthood were endearing up until now, but with the final season of Game of Thrones promising a high body count, Pod’s survival feels like a pretty big ask.
Missandei and Greyworm
Dany’s most trusted advisor and the commander of the Unsullied both have parts to play in the Battle of Winterfell. They’re shown kissing tenderly presumably before Greyworm makes his way to the front to command his troops. Missandei is no warrior, so it’s likely she might wind up in the crypts with Varys, her fate in others' hands. As for Greyworm, the Unsullied clearly fail at keeping the army of the dead back as we see shots of active combat inside the castle – there’s a chance he’s taken out in the first wave of action.
Jorah Mormont’s taken a long and windy road back to honor during his time on the show. He betrayed his house by engaging in the slave trade and he betrayed his queen by spying on her at Robert Baratheon’s behest. But despite his, at times, slippery relationship with the truth, his devotion to Dany has remained constant since season 1, so it’s no surprise he’s prominently featured at the Battle of Winterfell, one shot from the trailer on horseback in front of a cadre of Dothraki. With Greyworm leading the Unsullied and Jon and Dany presumably on dragons or commanding the entire battalion, it makes sense that Jorah would lead the horselords into the fray. Though, the fact that the battle makes it to Winterfell doesn’t speak highly of the Dothraki and the Unsullied’s success in keeping the dead at bay. It could be that Jorah doesn’t survive any longer than Greyworm.
For someone as bereft of fighting prowess as Davos claims he is, his proximity to power often makes sure he’s in the thick of some of the show’s biggest clashes. His seafaring abilities saw him play an integral, if ultimately losing, role in the Battle of the Blackwater, he stood by Stannis’ side as the late Baratheon who-would-be-king cut down Mance Rayder’s forces after the Battle for Castle Black, and he commanded his own unit in the Battle of the Bastards. That said, it’s not for a love of fighting that Davos is present at Winterfell as seen in the trailer. The former smuggler is loyal to a fault, and per EW he's going to be right there at Jon’s side helping to defeat the Night King in whatever capacity he can offer.
If you had any lingering doubts about the Kingslayer’s eventual arrival at Winterfell, they should be washed away at this point. The Game of Thrones season 8 trailer not only shows Jaime in the middle of the castle as it’s burning, he’s also seen arriving at Winterfell and declaring his intention to fight on the side of the living, just as he promised. It’s not surprising he might have to make his case considering his twin’s duplicity and his own attempted murder of Dany and Bran, but it looks like cooler heads prevail and Jamie Lannister’s allowed to help fight the Night King in whatever way he can. Despite having never met the dead in battle, Jaime’s military prowess would no doubt come to at least some use, and he’s also pretty skilled at handling a lance, as seen in “The Spoils of War.”