This review contains spoilers for Game of Thrones Season 8, episode 3, titled “The Long Night.” To refresh your memory of where we left off, check out our Season 8, episode 2 review, and check out our predictions about who lived and died in the Battle of Winterfell to see if our guesses were right.
In terms of sheer spectacle, no other episode of Game of Thrones rivals the scale or ambition of “The Long Night,” with Miguel Sapochnik expertly balancing the many character plot threads while building a tangible sense of dread. Still, for such a long-awaited showdown with the Night King, episode 3 can’t help but feel anticlimactic and a poor payoff to the White Walkers’ long-gestating story, especially after so many key characters survived what was supposed to be an unwinnable battle. We’re relieved so many of our favorites lived to fight another day, but a few more casualties would’ve made the victory even sweeter.
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