Thrones Y’all! WHAT.AN.EPISODE. Truly epic. Truly Game of Thrones standard, and a gold one in that too. I would place this one right up there with ‘Hardhome’ and the ‘Battle of the Bastards’, easily beating ‘Blackwater’ and the likes of that. I suspect that the 10 on IMDb is going to break on this one, and eventually be stuck on a 9.9. Not just the critical aspects, this episode delivers what the audience have been yearning for and expecting from the final season of this blockbuster show.
If no more surprises regarding this are in store, I think we can safely say that a long running arc in the show has been closed with the utmost satisfaction and fan service, with enough surprises in there to give a nervous breakdown to even the most steely viewers. While my individual reviews for the previous episodes were not favourable, this one episode just goes on to show that the makers have got control of this ship, and boy do they take it in dangerous directions. Goosebumps inducing, extremely skilfully made, well written, well performed, and living up to its name while setting an impossibly high benchmark for television. Hell, this was almost a feature film, and in some parts, even better than regular ones. Now as with the previous ones, this is a SPOILER filled review, so beyond this point, you might want to steer back if you still haven’t watched the show.
I’m honestly too nerve wracked to write about this episode’s nitty gritties so I am going to try to keep this review to the point, because the fan in me is screaming as a stream of thoughts and feelings go through me. This weekend, as stated, extracts a heavy toll on fans while delivering epic showdowns. ‘The Long Night’, currently the longest episode in the series is a much welcome return to form for this final season, and if this is any indication of the forthcoming episodes, also touted to be 80 minutes long each, we fans are in for a horrific treat.
While the latter is a bit obvious, the “horrific” part of it stems from the fact that well, this is GoT we are talking about, an MA rated medieval fantasy show. Where there are going to be epic battles with magnanimous build-ups and payoffs, there is also going to be a huge body count: including characters that we have grown to love and care about. The same is the case with this episode, where the Battle of Winterfell against the White Walkers and the Night King leaves a pile of bodies in its wake, and a handful of loved ones as well.
While all of the major deaths in this one have been predicted correctly by me in an earlier article, emotionally, it’s a darn rollercoaster when you see it, with dangers lurking, hacking and slashing left, right and centre, and surprises and shocks galore. Onwards to the plot now, not that we are done showering the praises.