As I’ve said in previous articles I was disappointed with Season 8 of Game of Thrones. No need to rehash every gripe I have, however, I will mention one aspect I did enjoy, ‘The Long Night.’ This episode actually gave me a bit of anxiety in the days leading up to it, I just knew I would have to watch many beloved characters die in gruesome ways. If the show had taught me anything it was that Westeros was a ruthless and unforgiving world in which justice was scarce, and this episode should have been the knockout punch to fans.
The lighting issue aside (I actually enjoyed it, what the attempted to do, worked for me) most of the episode was what I had imagined it would be in the previous seasons. The episode led up to the moment we had all waited for, the Night King vs Bran Stark. As the Night King stood before him, in a manner I can only describe as gloating, anyone watching was on the edge of their seat. As the Night King went to draw his sword, his plan was thrown off course by one Arya Stark, who flew in behind him in an attempt to stab him.
Old Icy turned around and caught her by the throat holding her there, while the moment was only a few seconds, it seemed to last much longer I was completely ready for him to snap her neck, as you know that didn’t happen and a girl pulled the old hand switcheroo and stabbed the Night King, causing him and his generals to burst into blocks of ice like a Mortal Kombat II Sub-Zero fatality.
“I questioned everything and we worked long and hard to find the right balance of credibility versus wish fulfillment. Then we shot it and reshot it and found that what was really important was rhythm. At one point there was an elaborate plan to have her fight her way into the Weirwood forest, but as we progressed we realized she’d already done that earlier in the episode, so it felt like a repeat. In the end we felt it didn’t matter how she got there — what mattered was setting up that moment when the Night King catches her mid-leap and we think she’s done for, then she pulls her knife switch and takes him out. I loved Maisie’s performance post the takedown as well, sharing a moment with her brother, Bran. That weary smile. ‘Not today.'”
It might have been nice to see Arya fight her way to Bran and the Night King, however, that would have completely ruined the surprise and shock of how it all went down. While it may have surprised people, when you think about it, Arya was really the only one witht he skills to do the job. This also continued the Game of Thrones tradition of breaking fantasy tropes, such as the handsome prince getting to kill the monster and save the day.
While I enjoyed Arya saving the day, I do feel that D&D went soft on us, with the way the land’s most savage warriors were massacred by the Army of the Dead, they should have rolled over Winterfell like an icy tsunami, leaving a small handful alive to retreat to King’s Landing.
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