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This review contains spoilers for Game of Thrones, Season 8, Episode 3, titled "The Long Night." To refresh your memory of where we left off, check out our Season 8, Episode 2 review. and take a look at our predictions about who lived and died at the Battle of Winterfell to see if our guesses were correct.
Game of Thrones promised us something unprecedented for the third episode of Season 8 and brought us in a way we never expected to achieve.
However, given the hype surrounding this episode, it's impossible not to feel a little under-challenged that we only had seven notable character deaths (and let's face it, though Jorah's noble death protected his Khaleesi for the last time, he and he Beric and Edd might as well have been wearing red shirts when we heard that this battle would come in. Theon and Melisandre also served their narrative purposes in a way that I was not surprised (or particularly devastated ) I go, and although Lyanna's death was clearly meant to be the fan favorite outlet that really twisted the knife, the showrunners originally designed her as a one-scene character, so the show's endgame is apparently not affected [1
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In relation On the scale, "The Long Night" easily overshadowed the ambition and excitement of "Battle of the Bastards" and "Hardhome", also led by Miguel Sapochnik, if we were to measure the episode based on the level of technical difficulty alone, this would be one simple 10 (which is probably why our reviewer Matt Fowler from past seasons both "Hardhome" as well gave Battle of the Bastards "a perfect score).  I was tempted to do the same here just because "The Long Night" is such a spectacular filmmaking performance – it certainly harms many of the MCU's and DC film universe's climate struggles, which, thanks to their intensity, can be respectful same breath as the deep sequence of the helmet mentioned in Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers – but I had to deduct points based on the conspiracy's influence. (And probably it would have been an 8, had not Arya's entire journey in this episode been electrifying from beginning to end.)
Where did Bran go after he had crawled into the ravens to spy on the night King? We do not see that he can ever catch a glimpse of the villain's progress, and yet he's still on the road during the biggest end of Theon's fight. What was the point of checking out the Night King if Bran had not even tried to warn Theon or Jon what the old head was up to? Why did Jon and Dany MIA travel a long time before hiring the Night King, when their dragons could easily defend the battlements as the Wights overran the walls? Whose idea was to charge the Dothraki headfirst into an undead army (especially if we could not even see them )? How did Arya get through all those zombies and White Walkers to really get the Night King under control? And why was it so dark ?
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These are not deal breakers that completely undermine the show's logic. Like "Beyond the Wall", but for such a meticulous work Episode they are frustrating to increase the tension for the audience (or to save the VFX budget), without making sense in the world of the battle – and this is particularly important This is true for the low body count of our protagonists. In the past, George RR Martin was not afraid to kill his pets, which gave the song of Ice and Fire (and thus the early seasons of Game of Thrones) some unpredictability, but while "The Long Night" flirted with that feeling several times it never caused the deadly blow he needed.
However, with the "Battle of the Bastards", "The Long Night" has captured the frenetic disorientation of a war zone better than anything else, while at the same time increasing the tone and dynamics to the viewers to keep up. Arya's shattering attempt to navigate a daring library felt like the early seasons of The Walking Dead (back in the days when the show still knew how to build tension) – and the stillness of the scene's silence only increased the fear So much so that I held my breath with Arya as she tried to escape unnoticed. The idea that the Stark home – the hallowed halls where Jon, Arya, Sansa, Bran and Theon grew up – was the place of terror and destruction is particularly worrying. a subtle hint of innocence lost during the series.
And with a long follow-up of one-shots (or at least very effective approaches with a few hidden cuts) and a character's eye In the face of the fight, Sapochnik brought us to the ground again in this life or death and put the claustrophobia, the chaos and the Slaughter in a way that can not be forgotten so quickly.
These were artful and indelible pictures that will stand as one of the show's most iconic shows when all is said and done: from Melisandre's spectacular spell on kindling the Dothraki Arakhs before the battle (and the haunting shot of those fires that ominously erupted in the distance when the Dothraki reached the Wights) poetic dragon dance between Drogon, Rhaegal and Viserion as they fought brutally into the skies over Winterfell.
The more subtle character adds even more weight to the brutal action scenes: Tyrion and Sans a tender moment in the crypts; The dog's literal panic attack (followed by his decision to protect Arya regardless of his own anxiety); Beric's stubborn determination to stop habits, to give them both a chance to escape the sooner, how controversial their relationship was. Jaime and Brienne fight through hordes of robes to defend themselves; Daenerys is probably attacking a sword for the first time in her life to help Jorah; and Theon's condemned attack on the Night King, only to buy Bran a few seconds more. These are characters already confronted with insurmountable contradictions, who were on the other side of the war in the not so distant past, yet we saw them in battle not only for the fate of Winterfell, but for all the Westeros.
I can not imagine a bigger moment in the history of the show than when Arya kills the Night King. Sure, there are deaths we've been rooted in the past, like Joffrey, Ramsay, and Walder Frey, but to be honest, this episode would have earned nearly 10 out of 10 because it gave Arya such a showstop scene – not least, for a brief moment It seemed as if the Night King was snapping his neck like a branch.
Some fans would have expected at least since Hardhome that the final showdown between Jon and the Night King (Kit Harington and Maisie Williams) would take place apparently), but it was a delicious subversion for Jon, posing as typically heroic against the Night King just so the villain could effectively turn his back on him like an insignificant mosquito that was unworthy to acknowledge and leave a horde of it. Revived Wights for his dirty work.
The fact that Arya killed the King of the Night with a move she also used in her sparring scene in Season 7 against Brienne was a great thing, and she saved Branby with the Valy A Rianic Dagger made of steel cats nearly killing him and practically triggering the entire conflict in the heart of Game of Thrones when Littlefinger tried to frame the Lannisters for the attempted murder of Bran in Season One. It's a fitting culmination of Arya's years of training trauma: Although she could not save her father from the hounds of the Freys or her mother and brother before the hound, she could at least protect Bran when he needed it most. If you look back at the scene in which Ned Stark watched Arya training with Syrio Forel in the first season and heard the sound of real metal swords instead of her wooden training weapons, he might have foreseen this disturbing fate for his daughter – but at least know that we now that it had a purpose despite the pain. (That makes Arya the "Prince" [ss] Who was promised? ")
It seems impossible to think that after years of the White Walkers threat – from the first shot of the series – they were actually mapped out in a row We sent on quite a bit without ever learning anything about the Night King's or the White Wanderers' mythology, beyond what was known by the children of the forest years ago. It was by no means easy but it also did not feel as hard as it should and leaves us doubtless wondering what the mythologizing that the show has done so far has done in a way that is likely will not sit well when the adrenalin high has faded.
Maybe that's why the episode is a bit anti-climactic among all the undeniably impressive spectacles and special effects. (Unless the show reveals a larger, more ancient supernatural threat, of course – but that would feel like a cop-out after the entire army of the dead, like the Infinity Gauntlet Dust, has decayed.) 19659016] In a way It is appropriate that the final battle for the future of the Seven Kingdoms depends on the people and their choices – Jon, Daenerys, and Cersei, and the efforts they are making to seek power. But will Game of Thrones & # 39; Endgame, after the epic scale of this episode and the many battles that came before, still shock us with a more subtle climax? We only have three more episodes before we know it. In our preview of season 8 episode 4, you'll find some clues to what awaits you.