‘The Long Night’ is dark and full of terrors (plus spoilers!)
Warning: This post contains spoilers for “Game of Thrones” Season 8, Episode 3, “The Long Night.”
What do we say to the god of death? Bring it.
Sunday night’s episode of “Game of Thrones” had everything fans were hoping for. Arya as the new reigning M.V.P. in her Hail Mary sneak attack. The Night King (and the rest of the White Walkers) wiped out. Melisandre touching the pyres and lighting the fires (thank you, Lord of Light). And some notable character deaths (perhaps not as many as fans were expecting), but R.I.P. Night King, Theon, Jorah, Lyanna, Beric Dondarrion, Dolorous Edd, Melisandre, The Dothraki, and most of The Unsullied.
Running 82 minutes, “The Long Night” contained the longest battle sequence in small-screen history. Filmed over 55 consecutive nights in grueling, freezing conditions – more than double what it took to shoot season 6’s “Battle of the Bastards” – it was shocking, pulse-pounding, edge-of-your seat action for the biggest show on television. The episode also slayed its old ratings record with 17.8 million viewers, topping its season 8 premiere numbers of 17.4 million.
Be sure to check out HBO’s latest “Inside the Episode” for all the juicy, behind-the-scene secrets, including how long the creators had been planning on making Arya the G.O.A.T.
Fans have been weighing in on their favorite moments via memes – the universal language of the internet. Here’s a few favorites that pay homage to the Battle of Winterfell bloodbath:
Them trying to keep the dead out of Winterfell pic.twitter.com/D1DZerk50e— Steadman™ (@AsteadWesley) April 29, 2019
Bran: Theon, you’re a good man. Thank you.— Jemele Hill (@jemelehill) April 29, 2019
There’s so much to look forward to in Episode 4. Buckle up, Cersei. It’s about to go down.