The Long Night: A Precise Review Of What Happened During The Battle Of Winterfell
In the murky brawl nestled scenes of sublime beauty, unforgettable misery, and triumph that has been years in the making. The Long Night is the best and the worst thing to have happened to The Game Of Thrones so far. Coming off as the longest overall episode of the series, the night was all about the action that fans have anticipated for years and years. The white walkers descended upon Winterfell, meeting in face-to-face combat with the living. The subsequent events which followed the battle will now determine how fans will remember the magnum opus in years to come. Game Of Thrones Season 8, Battle Of Winterfell, Game of Thrones s8e3
The Battle Of Winterfall
Shindig battle scenes have been a regular on The Game of Thrones. But don’t mistake The Battle of Winterfell to be one of them. Jon Snow fails, a dragon is pinned to the ground, and the trenches won’t light- a state of downhill despair constantly insisting that the monster horror show would not play out positively, at least for the episode.
For a battle scene involving 200,00 or more warriors- living or dead, there is just too much to miss. In fact, even by the end of the episode, the fate of several characters remains in contemplation. Swords would spin around slicing down hundreds and thousands of battlefield participants in a matter of minutes and seconds. The lights of the Dothraki swords melt into darkness, making it even more difficult to keep count of how many from Jamie/ Tormund/ Brienne/ The Hound stay alive. Dany is made to abandon her plan for keeping her dragons in reserve. Varys, Tyrion, and Sansa remain out of action as the hide in the crypts to defend what Cersei calls ‘small folk’. Although there is not much for them to do there, their ability to offer a brave front in their guard against potential encroachment by sword-bearing ulnas and humeri is simply flavourful, undiluted drama. Game Of Thrones Season 8, Battle Of Winterfell, Game of Thrones s8e3
Who Actually Died?
No, “Everyone did not die”. Terrors, and deaths did; however, come down upon Winterfell- a large proportion of which were foreseen, or at least lukewarmly comforting.
The most immediate, heroic end that the episode sees is of Dolorous Edd. In his attempt to rescue Samwell Tarly, Edd is stabbed through the back of his head. In a motion of rather quintessential audacity, GOT killed off the fan-favourite, Lyanna Mormont. Her courage, heroism and glamour were, however; well secured in her death. Beric Dondarrion, who died and revived frequently, was intended to make way for Arya and The Hound to escape. He was eventually killed by a group of Whites. Jorah Mormont too presented a brave front for the defense of Dany. Finally, he fell down in battle once the Night King was destroyed.
One of the most important deaths of the day happened mostly for the sake of sheer redemption. ‘Good man’ Theon Greyjoy fulfilled his duties of protecting Bran Stark. Subsequently, he fell in a brawl with the Night King.
For a moment we are led to believe that once he is done with Theon, the Night King would take out Arya next. WE ARE SO WRONG, AS ARYA KILLS THE KNIGHT KING. Sneaking up on him from behind, it takes Arya a brief, unexpected but well-mastered hand-switch to stab The Night King in his abdomen with her Valyrian steel dagger. Game Of Thrones Season 8, Battle Of Winterfell, Game of Thrones s8e3
What Does The Game Of Thrones Season 8 Go From Here?
After the great battle, a last battle with Cersei Lannister awaits the show. And even if Cersei sees her end during the battle, there will still be conflict over the Iron Throne-mostly between lovers Dany and Jon (who will somehow fall victim to Sansa’s manipulation). Jamie and Tyrion too will call for their fates to be addressed with more definition. Game Of Thrones Season 8, Battle Of Winterfell, Game of Thrones s8e3