“I’ve been waiting for the end for a long time.” — Beric Dondarrion
Beric attempts to wake Thoros, but realizes his friend has died in the night. Dondarrion says a prayer as they burn the body. Jorah and Jon struggle to understand why eliminating one White Walker caused other wights to drop, surmising a link between the Walker and the wights it turned. On this assumption, Jorah suggests they go for the White Walkers but Jon worries it will jeopardize their captured wight. Knowing the odds are against them, Jon utters, “Daenerys is our only chance.” Beric, aware he is now on his last life, suggests another option: Kill the Night King.
The men and wights realize the ice has frozen solid. The army begins to cross towards the small island and a chaotic fight ensues, the wights relentless in their pursuit. The Hound wields Gendry’s hammer but realizes a dragonglass dagger is more effective. Tormund is nearly dragged into the water but is saved by the Hound. Still, the men begin to tire, and their wight struggles in its bindings. They fall into a circle formation around it, their situation increasingly bleak.
Overhead, Drogon roars into view with Viserion and Rhaegal behind him. Daenerys quickly takes stock, and guides Drogon to land on the island. The men climb on board the massive dragon but Jon remains on the ground to fight off approaching wights.
Across the shore, a White Walker lieutenant hands a giant ice spear to the Night King. Taking aim, he hurls it skyward, striking Viserion in the throat. Daenerys and Jon both watch as the creature plummets to the earth, crashes into the lake and disappears under the ice. The Night King takes up a second spear, setting his sights on Dany and Drogon. Jon rushes towards Dany, urging her to flee when he is tackled by oncoming wights and falls into the water. Daenerys scans the ice for either Viserion or Jon, but sees neither. She has no choice but to flee.
Jon pulls himself out of the water, and slowly prepares for an unwinnable face-off against the Army of the Dead. Suddenly, a lone rider gallops in, revealing himself as Benjen Stark. He loads his nephew onto his horse, and tells him to, “Ride for the pass.” Barely conscious, Jon turns back to see Benjen take on the army himself until he is overwhelmed and disappears.