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The Battle of Winterfell was so intense that our heart monitors freaked out

A (literally) pulse-pounding episode if there ever was one.


Joseph Knoop

Internet Culture

Published Apr 29, 2019   Updated May 20, 2021, 1:43 pm CDT

The Battle of Winterfell has come and gone, but scientific evidence of fans getting absolutely shook by all the tragic deaths and undead stabbing is here forever. Some Game of Thrones fans happened to have their smartwatches and other wristwear on during the episode’s high-stakes theatrics. It turns out a lot of them might want to watch their health a little more closely, as the episode evidently raised their heart rates and alerted their smartwatches.

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First, you had the accessories that were just a bit too insistent.

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We’re honestly surprised no one is reporting accidental ambulance calls.

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Some folks might have brought snacks and their fanciest sweatpants for the episode, but some folks were clearly getting their workout in while watching.

Then, of course, you just had the folks who were stressed as hell.

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Then there’s this person, whose heart rate seemed to slow down right alongside the final scenes between the Night King, Bran, Arya, and perhaps Melisandre.

This guy sounds like he could handle his own during the Battle of Winterfell, what with all the weightlifting and extreme couch cardio.

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It was a pulse-pounding episode if there ever was one. Relax that heart rate by reflecting on every major character who died during the battle, and what secrets there are to find in the episode’s final moments.


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*First Published: Apr 29, 2019, 1:04 pm CDT