'Game of Thrones' mini-recap: The BIGGEST death yet

Warning: This mini-recap for the “Beyond the Wall” episode of Game of Thrones contains spoilers.

Well, that was a gut-punch. Though many of us suspected Jon Snow’s scheme to capture a wight would probably not go well, I don’t think any of us expected THAT character would die. We’re talking, of course, about Daenerys’s dragon. In a scene that paralleled the Lannister army incineration a few weeks back, Daenerys swooped in to save Jon Snow’s posse from hordes of ice zombies. But where the Lannisters’ anti-dragon crossbow merely inflicted a flesh wound, the Night King’s magical ice javelin ended in FATALITY. After the poor beast exploded into flames and sprayed blood all over the tundra, it died gruesomely and sank into frozen waters. It’s safe to say this was the biggest death Game of Thrones has featured yet. (Literally.) But then…

Ladies and gentleman: We now have an undead ice dragon in the mix. That’s right, the Night King brought the dragon back to life and the Lord of Light only knows what that means for our heroes.

Though we weren’t quite as emotionally attached to the (pre-zombie) dragon as its mother Daenerys was, this episode constituted a devastating blow to Daenerys’s forces and raises further questions about whether she really can pull out a victory in this here game of thrones. But hey, at least Jon Snow and Daenerys can grief-bond over it! From the way her eyes danced across his chest scars and also the steamy moment when they held hands for three seconds, it’s clear these two are finally falling for each other. Stay tuned.

“Beyond the Wall” unfortunately also contained one of the worst plotlines in Game of Thrones history: Arya becoming the lamest character of all. Every time we cut back to Winterfell, she was hating on Sansa and pontificating like a holier-than-thou James Bond villain about Sansa’s life. (Uh, girl, maybe double-check with the all-knowing oracle in the yard if you have any questions about what Sansa’s been up to.) For her part, Sansa did not defend herself well, and even fell for a classic Littlefinger trick by sending Brienne on an errand rather than keep her in Winterfell for protection. Between this, Bran’s terrible new personality, and Jon Snow’s admittedly boneheaded plan to capture a zombie, the Stark family is not the best lately. Will this house’s incompetence single-handedly destroy Westeros? We’re about to find out.

Anyway, this is just the tip of the ice javelin, so be sure to check back soon for our full photo recap!

Game of Thrones airs Sundays at 9 p.m. on HBO.