Warning: Spoilers ahead for the “Game of Thrones” season seven finale, “The Dragon and the Wolf.”
“Game of Thrones” season seven ended on the devastating sight of the Night King riding an undead Viserion to the Wall and blasting it apart. Both Tormund Giantsbane and Beric Dondarrion were atop the Wall when the Night King attacked, and their fates were left ambiguous as the army of the dead finally marched into Westeros.
But if you rewatch the scene closely, the scene makes it appear as if Beric and Tormund survived — they’re just stuck up on the Wall.
As we noted in our roundup of details you might have missed in the finale, Tormund and Beric were running west along the top section of the Wall. Then they turned to see the icy structure crumbling in front of them:
Right after we see them standing safely on a solid section of the Wall, the scene cuts to the undead Viserion blasting apart the part of the Wall where the Eastwatch by the Sea castle is. But if you look closely, you can still see the smaller structures left behind:
We’re pretty sure that’s where Beric and Tormund are, which means they should still be alive for the start of season eight. How they’ll get down is still a mystery, though. The Night King appeared to destroy Eastwatch’s castle and the staircases embedded in the Wall.
One possibility is if Beric and Tormund simply walk west along the top of the wall until they reach the Castle Black station. That journey is more than 100 miles, but it’s theoretically possible. Or maybe they will conveniently have climbing gear? Tormund made it up the Wall once before — perhaps he can make it back down.
There’s also a chance Bran will use his warging powers to scout the area and see them there, and send help.
Either way, we’re pretty sure there’s no need to fret over their fates. For more details you might have overlooked, read our breakdown of nine important moments in the “Game of Thrones” finale.