From the Battle Of The Bastards, To The Spoils Of War & now The Long Night, Game Of Thrones has never failed on delivering some of the most epic & most satisfying cinematic battles in television history.
No amount of words can describe how mind-blowing these fights truly are. This show does its absolute best in giving audiences across the world the most satisfying storytelling it possibly can, & both the show creators David Benioff & D.B. Weiss make sure of that throughout the course of the series. Especially with Last Sunday’s episode titled “The Long Night”. The third episode of the final season has arrived and it was a devastating blow for a lot of characters this week.
Some of those losses being Dolorus Edd, Beric Dondarian Lyanna Mormont, Theon Greyjoy, & probably our biggest loss this episode….Jorah Mormont played by Iian Glen who’s been with us since the very first episode titled “Winter Is Coming”. Jorah has been a loyal servant to Daenerys Targaryen from day one, & even when he was ordered by Robert Bartheon to kill the dragon queen as way of ensuring the end of House Targaryen. Jorah still refused and even went as far as saving her from her assassin, & then ultimately pledging his undying loyalty to her. No one has ever loved, respected, & most of all honored Daenerys Targaryen the way Jorah Mormont has, & that’s the main reason why this loss probably hurts so much for so many fans. Aside from Ned Stark, Jorah was one of the most honorable men in Westeros. So seeing him go was very unfortunate, but he went down protecting the one & only woman he truly loved which made it a satisfying ending for this beloved character.
The night king was a total savage last weekend and completely devoured our heroes in one massive swoop. Many of the armies especially the Dothraki were completely annihilated and was in no way prepared for the onslaught the Night King had ready for them. Even Daenerys most powerful dragon Drogon was having trouble against the white walkers, leaving Daenerys on her own until Jorah came to her rescue once again proving himself to be her most devoted protecter to the bitter end.
But even then, Jon Snow who many of us believed to be the chosen one that will save the people of Westeros from darkness was surrounded by armies of his own comrades who were risen back from the dead by the night king as way of preventing him from trying to save his brother Bran(The Three-Eyed Raven).
Then to top it all off, even after Jon manages to escape that herd thanks to Daenerys & Drogon, he still ends up having to take on the Night King’s Dragon the undead Viserion which was another problem in itself not just for Jon but the entire castle of Winterfell. Jaime, Brienne, Gendry, Sam, & Podrick all were doing their best to hold off the undead as much as they could, but were no match due to the Night King having the advantage the entire time with number of warriors by his side increasing nonstop.
To make matters even worse, The Night King & his generals do eventually reach bran where we see Theon bid one last farewell and finally redeeming himself for all his wrongdoings throughout the show by sacrificing himself in hopes of protecting Bran one last time like he promised. Even though we all knew Theon wouldn’t win, he still went down not just as a warrior but a Brother of House Stark. He more than earned his forgiveness, & had an honorable ending.
It got to the point where it really did look like all hope was lost…Until, the MvP & true hero herself Arya Stark! comes in out of now where and goes in for the kill, but the Night King ends up catching her at the last minute.
It was at that very moment everyone thought she was done for until we see a quick cut of her using the knife trick she tried on Brienne earlier in season 7 delivering the final blow catching not only the night king himself off guard but everyone watching in front of their screen. It was a shocking, but EPIC unexpected ending not much people could have predicted, & was also prophesied by the red woman Melisandre played by Carice Van Houten back in season 3 episode 6 titled “The Climb” that Arya had a bigger role to play in the future. The last thing she told Arya before her return in Season 8 was ” I see a darkness in you, and in that darkness eyes staring back at me. Brown eyes, blue eyes, green eyes. Eyes you’ll shut forever. We will meet again.”
Arya was always meant to defeat the Night King & was hinted as our hero for this arc 5 seasons ago. Many of us just didn’t pay attention to it because of our focus on all the other storylines going on at the time. This is why so many people have loved Game Of Thrones for so long. The show has never made itself predictable enough where you’ll know what will happen next. It always keeps you on the edge, & hits you so unexpectedly that you’re not really ready for what’s coming, & that’s one of the main reasons why fans love the show so much. It keeps people guessing, & wanting more. That’s how you entertain your audience!
Overall, Season 8 Episode 3 ” The Long Night” was an epic conclusion to the white walker arc that’s been in the making since the beginning of this show. It delivered on the hype, & was absolutely one of the scariest yet most thrilling final fights we’ve ever seen on screen. Bravo to the entire cast & crew for the huge amount of work they put into this entire episode. I couldn’t be more proud with everything they’ve done. They’ve completely surpassed every expectation I had, & I’m looking forward to seeing how the last 3 episodes closes up this final chapter to one of the greatest shows in TV history. Until next time, Have a great day everyone.