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Last night’s episode of Game of Thrones was one long battle sequence, which was fun, but more importantly, it was the episode where we got the most hints to date about the role of religion in the GoT universe.

Throughout the show we’ve heard of five different religions: The Old Gods, The Seven, The Lord of Light, The Drowned God, and the Many-Faced-God. We’ve had characters that swear by each, that pray to each, and all along we’ve assumed that only one of them could be real. Only one sect of people could be right, the rest wasting their time, but last night we were shown the truth of the world: All of these religions worked together to bring Arya, the human embodiment of the Many-Faced-God, to the Godswood where she alone killed death.

arya fighting battle of winterfell
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Theon and the Ironborn represent the Drowned God. They protected Bran and sacrificed themselves to bring the Night King face-to-face with Bran.

Bran represents the Old Gods. He gave Arya the catspaw dagger she’d eventually use to do the deed. Melisandre represents The Lord of Light. She inspired Arya by reminding her that she’s been training for nine years for this moment: “What do we say to the god of death?” She asked Arya. That’s the same question Arya’s “dance teacher” Syrio Forel used to ask her back in season one, to which Arya always had the same answer: “Not today.”

Sandor Clegane was saved by the Seven, reborn a hero after being left to die by Arya. And last night, when he was about to quit and give up like we saw him do in season two at the Battle on the Blackwater, but then he saw Arya and was inspired to fight and protect her.

So what does it all mean? For the first time in the history of the show we saw all of the followers of all the religions come together and fight for a single cause: life. And in the end they all worked together to put Arya (the Many-Faced-God) in a position to deal the final blow. That’s what the Many-Faced-God is, all of the gods, working together, which is why Arya was able to deal the fatal blow with the dagger that was originally given to an assassin to be used to kill Bran for having seen something he shouldn’t have seen.

arya and sansa
Helen Sloan/HBO

SO WHAT NOW?

The big question we’re left with at the end of the episode is what are they going to do now? Just march on King’s Landing to fight Cersei? Yeah, basically. It does feel a bit anticlimactic, but the point here is that Cersei is far more complicated and difficult an adversary than the Night King. But what will be interesting is seeing how Jon and Daenerys rectify the whole “So…we’re related” thing.

Will Jon still support Daeneryss claim? Will Sam and Bran try to force Jon to make a claim for the throne himself? Remember that in episode one of this season Tyrion told everyone that “If we survive this war, we’ll have Jon Snow to thank for it.”

The dead are now, well, dead, but in true George R.R. Martin fashion, it feels like we’re moving toward a revelation that the living are actually far more terrifying than the dead.

Related: This ‘Game of Thrones’ Theory About Cersei Lannister’s Death Is a Real Mind-Melter

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