With the release of the new season of the Game of Thrones, ‘The Long Night’ was quite appalling as it ended the most marvellous battle in the history of the series. The viewers had their heart prepared for the uncertainty of the lives at stake and were prepared for the worse. The episode portrayed the knight king and his army proceeding towards Winterfell to bring never-ending winters to Westeros.
The Night King took down by Arya Stark
After eight thousand years of standing between the Seven Kingdoms of Westeros and the lands beyond, the inevitable has finally happened – the Wall has been breached. That deadliest Night King, who was hell-bent on finding and destroying Bran, was taken down by the fan’s favourite Arya Stark which made them the most tweeted characters. When the Night King’s army was making it convenient for him to reach Bran, Arya suddenly stabs him and end his story forever. There have been a lot of controversies in that relation but at the end of the day fan’s do realise that Arya has been turned to a true warrior making the impossible, possible. As it has been a long journey for Arya, she transformed herself into who she really is.
Melisandre was no less of a hero
What do you say to the god of death? Not today.
Melisandre was the first to trust her instincts about the dangers of the Dark night. Despite being manipulative, she helped to win the battle by using her extreme wit and tactics. The flaming of the Dothraki’s sword emerged out to obliterate the battle. She proved to be a great help to Arya by reminding her of her fate- she would forever close many blue eyes.
Cinematography and the Battle Sequence
With stunning visuals and brilliant execution, this episode managed to have me at the edge of my seat throughout its running time. The dark background, though hindered us to really comprehend what exactly was going on, set impeccably well with the setting of this episode. The battle was well choreographed which definitely exceeded the expectations of the viewers. The air battle between the dragons and the view of the moon from the above was just splendid. Overall, if I were to say that this is indeed one of the best battle sequences in TV history, it would not be an overstatement.
Theon’s Redemption Arc
If there is one character who has earned our hearts without even setting out to do so, it would be Theon Greyjoy. Flashback to season one, he was a complete douche. He was cocky and arrogant and even ignorant. He did some horrible deeds when he betrayed the Starks but once he got captured and tortured by Ramsey Bolton, we all but could feel sorry for him. The sufferings he went through gave him a new identity and purpose. Throughout the course of this show his struggle of being an Iron born but raised a Stark pulls him down but only when he comes to terms with who he is without any name attached to it that he shines as a hero in his own right. “You are a good man Theon.” is the validation he has needed since his journey to his redemption and Bran giving it to him makes it even more worthwhile. Well, in his own right, he died a hero fighting for the Starks till his very last breath.
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