Warning: Game of Thrones season eight spoilers ahead!
Game of Thrones has spent the better part of eight seasons blowing scorching-hot dragon fire all over the concept of anyone having a truly happy ending, but the recent Battle of Winterfell left fans pleasantly surprised when Arya swooped in out of nowhere to kill the Night King. Behind the scenes, it looks like an entirely different — and even nicer — story was taking place, and we are here for the sweetness.
In an Instagram post on Monday, Isaac Hempstead-Wright shared a photo of himself and Night King actor Vladimír Furdík in full character on what looks to be a particularly whimsical day of filming. "Here's a still taken from the alternate episode 3 ending in which the Night King becomes Bran's carer and they both live happily ever after," Hempstead-Wright captioned the photo, in which Furdík is holding up an umbrella to protect them both.
Hey, maybe the Night King is actually a super chill guy at heart who cares about his friends and even goes out to get White Walker manicures with them (said no one ever). While that's a stretch, to say the least, it's fun to imagine an alternate ending where the Night King actually takes care of Bran, especially considering all of the dark connections between them in the show. We'll have to wait and see what's in store for Bran, but in the meantime, take a peek at the preview for next week's episode.