'Game of Thrones': New Photos Are Eerily Optimistic After Battle of Winterfell

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The Battle for Winterfell may be over, but the battle for Westeros is just gearing up.

Warning: spoilers ahead!

On Wednesday, HBO shared some new stills for the upcoming fourth episode of Game of Thrones' final season, offering fans some glimpses of the aftermath following the massive conflict culminating with Arya Stark (Maisie Williams) destroying the Night King just as he was about to kill Bran (Isaac Hempstead Wright) and extinguish the memory of the world of men.

In the photos, there's an undeniable sense of optimism on all sides. In one frame, Daenerys Targaryen (Emilia Clarke), is looking up into the wintery sky alongside one of her two remaining dragons. Many theorize that both of her "children" made it through the conflict and this photo hints at a confirmation. 

Down in King's Landing, Cersei Lannister (Lena Headey) is also looking decidedly pleased with herself as she looks out a castle window while the dastardly Euron Greyjoy (Pilou Asbaek) follows the contested queen's line of sight from behind. In the preview for next Sunday's episode, this same moment was touched upon showing a fresh army pouring into the city, which explains her jubilation.

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Cersei promised the North an army in order to fight off the White Walkers, a lie that cost nearly everyone else in the land -- except her. In the fight to come, she appears to have the resources to battle a Targaryen (or two) vying for the Iron Throne.

However, Episode Four won't be all menacing smiles and pageantry. The new photos also show Dany planning her attack with her counsel and other survivors at Winterfell giving a massive funeral for the fallen. In particular, Jon Snow (Kit Harington) is shown looking slightly more grim than usual as he holds a torch, presumably preparing to burn the dead.

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Helen Sloan - HBO

And last but not least, fans are treated to the Mother of Dragons' army beginning their voyage south to end this epic conflict once and for all. Once again, the sea is filled with ships bearing the Targaryen sigil on their sails.

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For a more thorough update on Episode 3, including who lived and who died, head here.

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

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