By James Hibberd
April 24, 2019 at 02:05 PM EDT

The great Battle of Winterfell is here. HBO released six photos from the upcoming third episode of the final season of Game of Thrones. Below are images that show what's almost certainly just the opening moments of the super-sized episode where the Army of the Dead lay siege to the Stark ancestral home. The episode (the title has not yet been released) is 82 minutes, making it the longest GoT episode ever.

Check out the photos, which include Jaime Lannister and Brienne fighting side by side, Jon Snow and Daenerys Targaryen on a distant hilltop overlooking the battle, Sansa and Arya Stark on the castle ramparts, and Tyrion Lannister and Varys in the crypts. Also read our new spoiler-free Q&A with Battle of Winterfell director Miguel Sapochnik where he discusses making the episode: "This is survival horror."

Credit: Helen-Sloan/HBO
Credit: HBO
Credit: HBO
Credit: HBO
Credit: Helen-Sloan/HBO
Credit: Helen-Sloan/HBO

The Battle of Winterfell took an unprecedented 55 nights to film under brutally difficult conditions plus weeks of in-studio filming under director Miguel Sapochnik ("Battle of the Bastards"). EW's recent cover story went behind the scenes of the filming. While the first two episodes of season 8 were both under an hour long, episodes 3-6 are all going to be longer than usual.

Here is HBO's promo for Sunday's episode:

EW will have full coverage Sunday night and Monday with a recap and several exclusive interviews about the Battle of Winterfell.

There's also EW's Game of Thrones Weekly podcast, which you can find on iTunes,, Spotify, Stitcher, or wherever you get your podcasts, or stream it below: <iframe src="" width="100%" height="200" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" class="" allowfullscreen="" resize="0" replace_attributes="1" name=""></iframe>


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Game of Thrones

HBO's epic fantasy drama based on George R.R. Martin's novel series 'A Song of Ice and Fire.'

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