6 new 'Game of Thrones' photos tease breathtaking action during the longest episode in series history

Alex Van Mecl/HBOJon Snow is preparing for a major fight.

HBO released new photos from the coming third episode of “Game of Thrones” season eight, all centered on the Battle of Winterfell. The yet-untitled episode will be 82 minutes, making it the longest in the series’ history.

It’s directed by Miguel Sapochnik (“Hardhome,” “The Battle of the Bastards”), and fans are expecting epic action as Daenerys Targaryen and Jon Snow face down the army of the dead.

Keep reading for a preview of the brutal battle to come.


Daenerys Targaryen and Jon Snow will likely have some tension heading into battle now that she knows about his true parentage.

Alex Van Mecl/HBOEmilia Clarke as Daenerys and Kit Harington as Jon.

Here, the lovers/last living Targaryens appear to be gazing upon their joint army, preparing to defend the castle against the army of the dead. They won’t have much time to deal with the fallout from Dany’s revelation about Jon’s parents on the previous episode.


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This foreboding shot of Jon teases the intense battle to come.

Alex Van Mecl/HBOHe definitely looks concerned.

We’ve seen Jon’s game face plenty of times before, including at the battle at Hardhome (season five) and the Battle of the Bastards (season six).


Jaime Lannister and Brienne of Tarth will fight side by side.

Alex Van Mecl/HBONikolaj Coster-Waldau as Jaime and Gwendoline Christie as Brienne.

On the second episode of the season, “A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms,” we learned that Brienne would be commanding the left flank.

“I’m not the fighter I used to be,” Jaime tells her. “But I’d be honored to serve under your command, if you’ll have me.”


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Varys and Tyrion Lannister are not great warriors, so they will likely stay in the crypts during the battle.

Alex Van Mecl/HBOConleth Hill as Varys and Peter Dinklage as Tyrion.

Everyone at Winterfell believes this is the safest place to be.


Sansa and Arya Stark share a frightened look on the battlements.

Alex Van Mecl/HBOSophie Turner as Sansa and Maisie Williams as Arya.

The sisters solidified their relationship when Arya returned to Winterfell on season seven. Arya has said her older sister is the smartest person she’s ever met.


It looks as if Sansa will also camp out in the crypts during the battle.

Alex Van Mecl/HBOSansa’s talents are in the political sphere, not on the battlefield.

In a teaser for season eight, we saw Jon and Arya drawing their swords and stepping in front of Sansa in the Winterfell crypts.

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