ONLY WARNING YOU ARE GOING TO GET. THIS POST WILL TALK ABOUT GAME OF THRONES SEASON EIGHT EPISODE 3 THE LONG NIGHT. IF YOU HAVE NOT SEEN IT AND DO NOT WANT TO BE SPOILED, PLEASE DON’T READ. ALL OTHERS ENTER AND ENJOY.
HOLY MOTHER OF SEVEN!!!
“The night is dark and full of dangers.” Why yes, yes it is.
So much happened last Sunday that it’s a bit difficult to keep track of. So many emotions! Terror, joy, excitement, sadness. And as of now there are only two episodes left.
TWO EPISODES LEFT YOU GOONS!
Thankfully they are long episodes, but…*sniff*
If you’re still with me, this is your very last chance to get out of wonderland. Seriously. Next line the spoilers hit the eyes.
OMG! ARYA STARK FOR THE MOTHER FUCKING WIN! Who DIDN’T gasp loudly when you saw her coming out of the damn dark (like a cat falling out of a tree). Then squeak because you thought she was done for as the Night King grabbed her around the throat and then gasp again as you watched the very dagger that was used in the initial assassination attempt against Bran in Season 1 – the dagger that eventually makes its way to Littlefinger – the dagger Littlefinger returns to Bran, and Bran gifts to Arya in Season 7, Episode 4 drop to her other hand and rejoiced like your favorite quarterbacker just scored the winning touchdown in the Super bowl when she stabbed him in the gut?
*deep breath* Yeah that of course was the highlight. But let’s start at the beginning.
First off this episode is a great one to test your blacks on your device. If you can, you may want to adjust them or you’re not going to see anything. Watching in a dark room also helps.
I didn’t think Sam was going to fight. I honestly thought he’d be with Gilly and the baby. Part of me is proud of him, but I was also quiet upset as the poor thing is not a fighter. Never has been and just because he’s the first to ever kill a walker doesn’t mean he’s going to be any good at killing a horde of them. Which in case you couldn’t see, he really wasn’t and we got our first loss of a major character (LMC).
But before that, we see the almost complete destruction of the Dothraki army. I say almost complete because if you watch carefully, some of them do come running back both on and off their horses. And of course many horses come back with no riders at all. So while the numbers have gone down drastically, they are not all gone. And let’s not forget that Ser Jorah comes riding back as well.
I am curious to know how Melisandre managed to come out of the dark and not get shot. I mean you are going to tell me not a single archer was shaking with fear and the thought to shoot at the first thing to come out of the darkness? I guess that shows the training, although I’m sure not all of them are as well trained, but she does some fire magic creating some GORGEOUS
and at the same time SCARY visuals.
Back to our first LMC; Edd Tollett. He dies saving Sam’s unqualified ass. While I am thankful to him for that, I am sad that he’s gone. And with that we are left with, I believe, two of the Night’s Watch still alive. Sam and Jon.
Speaking of Jon, he’s off on a mountain with Daenerys watching all the Dothraki lights go out and Daenerys is none to happy about this saying that the dead is already here when Jon tries to stop her from going away from the plan and helping out by reminding her the Night King is coming.
It looks promising until said Night King creates a ice storm cloud that covers EVERYTHING and makes kicking ass a bit harder to do. By this time, down on the ground the forecast is stressful with dead army bearing down in a literal wall of dead.
Drogon and Rhaegal were not made to see through this icy crap of conditions. Doesn’t take long before they are crashing into each other scaring the audience to think maybe it is our lost Viserion – I still shed tears over his death and change.
Every fighting scene has me looking closely to see who is still kicking dead ass and quite a few are doing quite well. Sansa has been sent to the crypt which does NOTHING for morale down there and we can see that on Tyrion’s face as he takes another hearty swig from his bag. Although Sansa being told to “stick them with the pointy end” when she confesses to Arya that she does not know how to use the knife her sister thrusts into her hand made me smile. Some people have scoffed at this saying that Sansa should know how to use a knife by now since she’s eaten with one and they really miss the whole errm…point that she doesn’t know how to FIGHT properly with one. I mean who does really?
Everyone is busy trying to retreat through the ONE cleared area in front of the gates and Gray Worm commands his Unsullied to protect the retreat. Which they do in a way that was actually wonderful to watch. I’m talking about how each section closed ranks after the last of their comrades got through. We are loosing a LOT of Unsullied. Is this the end of Gray Worm?
Ser Davos tries to set the next part of the plan into action by having the trench around Winterfell lit, but it’s hard when the breathers of fire can’t see your signal through the storm. And of course the archers’ flaming arrows aren’t strong enough to light it. But Gray Worm looks like he’s got a plan to help and at this point I reached for the tissues thinking that this is how he’ll die.
Melisandre steps up again to lend a hand with fire and man does she cut it damn close! You can see she’s feeling it as well as she watches a flying undead come right at her before they are being eaten by the flames.
Is it just me or was the whole part that the Army of the Dead stopped fighting and just stood there for a bit staring beyond the fire unnerving?
Theon and his Iron Born are standing around Bran and the Godswood just nervously waiting. Or am I the one that’s nervous? I love that Bran tells Theon that everything he’s done has led him back home. We are going to loose Theon. *sniff*
To say the Army of the Dead was coming up with a plan to get across the fire may be giving them too many brains. As soon as I saw one then another toss themselves on the fire I knew what their plan was. Just like when one climbs the hill of dead to get to the top of a wall. Which I was their next hurdle.
Still nothing on the Bran/Theon front except Bran goes for a flight. And now we see the Night King and Viserion. He plays a few games with Jon and
Daenerys and there are a few shots of Viserion and his brothers clawing the crap out of each other.
So. Many. Emotions. Gasps, groans and held breath. So the Army of the Dead can hear blood drop? Shhhiiii…..oh. Of course Arya is going to disappear….*whew* And I jump at the sudden face to face Arya has with a dead woman. Of course my mind went to ‘Eww, she just bled down the back of Arya’s shirt.’ Cause that’s what matters here folks! LMAO!
The Hound is properly freaked out due to all the fire. Remember that his brother The Mountain burned the crap out of him when they were kids. Which is why the Hound is so handsome. I am glad he survives as I want him to be the one to take his brother down. He snaps out of it when he sees Arya is in trouble so he and Beric go searching.
And we loose Beric. Melisandre comes out of the darkness with a ‘he has fulfilled his destiny crap’ and Arya gives her a look. Yep, they’re meeting again and Melisandre agrees that Arya has closed many eyes for good. Brown eyes, green eyes, BLUE EYES.
What do we say to the god of death?
Oh Lyanna! Both a no and a yes. She was one fiery badass young lady that’s for damn sure! I think that was Wun Wun she took down yes?
Jon managed to get the Night King off of Viserion and he falls but of course not to his death. I knew that Drogon’s fire wasn’t going to take him out as that would be too easy and would suck causing a LOT of upset. What is upsetting for me now is how Rhaegal is doing as he just had one hell of a hard landing.
Oh. Shit. Crypt isn’t safe any more. Apparently someone on Twitter saw this coming. And who couldn’t see it? And now Daenerys is on the ground with the dead standing up all around her. Jorah comes to her rescue and proceeds to fight for and at some moments with the Khaleesi he has always loved. *sniffle*
All the soft mournful music that plays as we watch our characters fight and it looks like they are loosing really sets the mood. Bran comes back from doing what feels like absolutely nothing helpful at all (although I am sure we’ll find out what he really was doing in the next couple of episodes), and no words are spoken after Bran tells Theon he’s a good man. Yes, even Theon knows this is the end of the series for him. With all the shit he’s been through, at least he dies at home, protecting his brother. *sniff*
Night King says nothing. We don’t get much out of him except the smile (was that a smile?) he had when he raised the dead, which of course includes all of our fallen coming back. Thankfully we don’t have to see them fighting their comrades.
And like a cat falling out of a tree it’s ARYA! *gasp!* *groan* No! she was SOOOO CLOSE!! *gasp*
And we are treated to explosions of the White Walkers shortly after their Night King bites the ice dust and then to all of the Army of the Dead just falling over and that’s it!
Melisandre, as promised and watched by Ser Davos, walks out of the gates of Winterfell into the snowy plain surprisingly devoid of bodies or any other signs of the battle that just took place, takes off her amulet necklace that we remember is used by her to look young and beautiful and the stone stops glowing once it’s on the ground so I’m guessing the magic is gone from it. She strips herself of her cloak and as she ages, the rest of her clothes slide off until she stumbles to the ground and is no more.
Jorah of course dies in Daenerys’ arms and Drogon whimpers as he curls up around the two. It’s a debate if Drogon is mourning Jorah or if it’s because Daenerys is heartbroken. Either way, it’s touching.
I am still wondering about Rhaegal as we haven’t seen him for a bit. And we know that Viserion is truly gone. Hey, a girl had hope!
Phew. That was a lot of emotional crap right there. And all in darkness as well. But they made it as we knew they would! There are currently some we are not sure about: Ghost, Gilly and Little Sam, that adorable little girl from the previous episode who said she’d protect the crypt, did Sam get his family sword back and my faith in keeping the dragons brothers alive.
Some generous assumptions:
9,980 Dothraki (not the full army) +
8,000 Unsullied (more than half their full number) +
7,000 Westerosi knights and infantry (more than half their full number) +
200 assorted other unfortunate people in the crypts and in battle +
1 Edd Tollett +
1 Lyanna Mormont +
1 Beric Dondarrion +
1 Jorah Mormont +
1 Theon Greyjoy +
1 Melisandre of Asshai +
0 wights (what’s dead may never die, remember?) =
25,186 dearly departed souls. R.I.P.
Until next time, did you notice the face lift this blog got last week? Last night’s GoT episode was emotional and not just for the viewers. I have thoughts on that I do. But we will see when I get that one out.
Oh and one spoiler that’s not a spoiler. Last night’s episode featured a Starbucks cup sitting on the table by Daenerys. It’s all over the internet by now so I’m sure you’ve seen it. Need to go back and watch it to actually SEE it. Guess my Starbucks radar only works on Earth and not on Westeros.