Game of Thrones Season 8 Episode 3: The Long Night – Recap: Winterfell awaits the Army of the Dead: Jon and Daenerys fly the dragons to a hill overlooking the battlefield; Sansa and Arya keep watch from the battlements; Theon and his Ironborn take Bran to the Godswood; on horseback, Jorah leads the Dothraki horde, the first line of defense. A lone rider approaches — Melisandre. Taking hold of a Dothraki arakh, she sets the horde’s weapons ablaze, and continues on to the castle. Davos is conflicted by her presence, but she assures him there is no need to execute her, as she will be “dead before the dawn.”
Horns blast, and the Dothraki set off. Those still waiting at Winterfell watch in terror as the blazing arakhs disappear one by one and only a few horses, Dothraki fighters, and Jorah return. The massive wight army appears behind them and tears into the defending line. Brienne and Jaime try to hold their ground; Arya and Sansa watch helplessly from the battlements. Daenerys and Jon offer a small respite by mounting their dragons and blasting the wight army with flames, but are soon blinded by an immense storm.
Arya tells her sister it’s time for her to shelter in the crypts. Sansa hesitates, wanting to remain with her people, but reluctantly agrees to follow the original plan. Arya hands her a dragonglass dagger, with simple instructions: “Stick them with the pointy end.”
The battle continues on the ground. Sam, out of his depths, is narrowly rescued by Edd. Turning to thanks his Night’s Watch brother, Sam watches in horror as Edd is stabbed from behind. The troops are ordered to fall back. Lyanna Mormont instructs her men to open and protect the gate as Grey Worm’s Unsullied guard the retreat. Shooting arrows from above, Arya protects the Hound from oncoming wights.
Davos waves two torches to signal to Daenerys and Jon to ignite the massive trench around Winterfell, but they are unable to see through the fog. Desperate, the archers shoot flaming arrows at the trench, but the wet kindling will not spark. Melisandre steps into the fray, flanked by Unsullied. Kneeling and muttering in Valyrian, she struggles but finally lights the trench, creating a growing wall of flame. The wights stop and stand their ground…waiting.
“It’s the most heroic thing we can do now: look the truth in the face.” — Sansa Stark
In the crypts, Tyrion is frustrated he isn’t on the battlefield possibly spotting something helpful that the others wouldn’t notice. Sansa forces him to admit they are of no use in battle. The two of them reflect on their marriage, and while Sansa notes Tyrion was the best of her husbands, his loyalty to the Dragon Queen would have caused issues. Irritated by this remark, Missandei moves to another place in the crypt.
In the Godswood, Theon tries to apologize to Bran for his past behavior, but Bran tells him it all brought him to where he belongs: home. Bran wargs, flying a group of ravens into the air, and sees the Night King approaching on Viserion.
The Night King commands the mindless wights to jump into the flaming trench. As the bodies pile up, Davos realizes they have started to smother sections of the fire. The wights break through the flames and start climbing the castle walls. Gendry, Jamie, Brienne, Grey Worm, Jorah, and Sam fight off the flow of wights atop the walls. Arya’s training kicks into full gear as she, too, fights the dead army, but the stream is unending. She falls and hits her head, fleeing unsteadily.
The Hound, frozen by his certainty of impending death, ignores Beric Dondarrion’s cries for assistance until he sees Arya needing help above. He takes off in her direction, followed by Beric.
Lyanna Mormont and her men do their best to protect the gate, but the young warrior meets her match when a giant wight comes crashing through. Knocked aside, she rallies, rushing the enormous creature. The giant picks up the small girl, slowly crushing her, but not before she stabs it in the eye to kill it as her final act.
“What do we say to the God of Death?” — Melisandre
Arya tries to avoid roaming wights by hiding in the stacks of Winterfell’s library. She makes her way from one side to the other, thinking the worst is over, until a new group breaks through in the hallway and pins her to the ground. The Hound and Beric rush to her aid. Beric dies shielding the Hound and Arya, who narrowly escape with their lives. They discover Melisandre in the Great Hall, and the priestess reminds the girl of the prediction she voiced long ago: Arya would close many eyes, brown, green … and blue. Understanding, the young Stark rushes off.
The Night King uses Viserion’s flames to blast a hole in Winterfell’s wall. Rhaegal and Jon barrel into them. As the dragons fight; Rhaegal feels the blows more significantly than his dead brother. Daenerys and Drogon knock into Viserion, causing the Night King to fall from his ride. His wing injured, Rhaegal topples to the ground.
Still in the air, Daenerys faces off with the Night King. “Dracarys,” she commands Drogon, who blasts the leader of the Army of the Dead with full force. She is shocked when the Night King emerges from the flames unharmed. He raises his spear, and she takes off.
Jon makes his way towards the Night King as quickly as he can on foot. Fear in his eyes, he watches as his enemy raises his arms, and the newly dead rise. Daenerys and Drogon land nearby to help, and Jon sets off toward the Godswood as Drogon is attacked by wights.
Daenerys, thrown to the ground, is unable to do anything but watch as her dragon flies off. Jorah arrives to fight for his khaleesi. Daenerys grabs a nearby dragonglass sword to help as her devoted friend defends her valiantly.
The people in the crypt wind up in the fight as the dead begin to break out of their vaults and attack. Tyrion and Sansa give each other a knowing look and take hold of their daggers. Tyrion kisses Sansa’s hand, and the two join the battle. Meanwhile, those above ground find themselves fighting both foes they’ve already killed and former friends reanimated as wights.
“Theon — you’re a good man. Thank you.” — Bran Stark
The Ironborn fight to protect Bran. Consumed by the brawl, Theon only stops when he realizes he is the last man standing. The wights around the Godswood form a circle, parting for the Night King and his White Walkers. Bran thanks Theon for all he has done, and the redeemed Greyjoy dies in a charge at the Night King.
Time running out, Jon’s path to the Godswood is blocked by Viserion. With little choice, he faces the dragon.
The Night King approaches Bran slowly and triumphantly. He reaches for his sword, but someone comes hurtling through the air: Arya. The Night King grabs the girl by her neck to block her attack, but she drops her raised Valyrian steel dagger to her other hand and stabs the blade deep into her enemy. The Night King shatters and Viserion collapses. The Army of the Dead drops. The war is over.
Jorah falls to the ground. Assured Daenerys is safe, he succumbs to his wounds. She cries over her friend, joined by a mournful Drogon.
Her role fulfilled, Melisandre walks from Winterfell towards the horizon. She removes her necklace and begins to age rapidly, finally turning to dust.
Reason Why Game of Thrones Season 8 has Failed According to Reddit
Reason Why Game of Thrones Season 8 has Failed According to Reddit: The TV series was founded on George RR Martin’s hugely successful A Song of Fire and Ice literary saga – and also its first few seasons were adaptations.
But as the series progressed, it started to overtake Martin’s job – and really, even now, the writer nevertheless has just two books left to write.
After the series began treading its path concerning storylines and character growth, that is when some enthusiasts have contended that it started to lose its way – and today Reddit consumer StillFlyingHalfAShip has submitted a well-received suggestion regarding how and why.
They explained: “It’s been pointed out by Youtuber ‘The Dragon Demands’ that D&D [showrunners David Benioff and DB Weiss] seem to be fixated on close ups of the main actors emoting without dialogue.
“As the series progressed from GRRM’s material to their own this became more and more prevalent, with the absolute extreme scenario occurring in the final episode (which they directed). We see Tyrion looking at things, crying, shocked and saddened, all with barely any talking whatsoever.
“In ‘The Bells’ there was meant to be a 7-minute long take just following Arya and her reactions as the city is destroyed. The scenes will be full of Cersei smirks, Jon Snow brooding, Arya stares, Tyrion worried faces – so much time dedicated to moments with barely any dialogue at all.
“Why do you think everyone was raving about the acting this season? Don’t get me wrong, they’re all incredibly talented, but so much of the focus is on non-verbal emoting that all we have to talk about is the performances.”
They added: “So we come to the strange irony of the last few seasons… they would actually work better as a book than as a show.
“We can’t always figure out what’s going on in the character’s heads from performance alone. Sometimes we need dialogue and actions to help us out.
“If the internal monologue was written on a page it would be simple, but often it was impossible to tell what was going on.
“I point to season 7 episode 7 as an example. Jaime has just informed Cersei that he wishes to desert and ride to Winterfell. She looks at The Mountain as some sort of threat that she’ll unleash him against her brother(?).
“Jaime looks back at her horrified. Then she gives a kind of evil stare, he walks towards the mountain (I legit thought he was gonna die at this point) and then just walks past him and out the courtyard, with no consequence.
“If Cersei had said something I would better understand just what the hell Cersei & Ser Gregor were playing at.
“Despite not being adapted from book material, the later seasons are full of non-dialogue scenes where only a written internal monologue would let us know what the characters were thinking.”
Do you agree? Read the full discussion on Reddit here.
Game of Thrones: We Can’t Discount Drogon Eating Daenerys Says Forensic Anthropologist
Game of Thrones: We Can’t Discount Drogon Eating Daenerys Says Forensic Anthropologist: While audiences are expecting Drogon was shooting Daenerys straight back to her ancestral home, a forensic specialist considers the dragon might have simply consumed her.
While it looks like everything was examined and rehashed concerning the Season 8 finale of HBO’s epic fantasy series, Game of Thrones, a forensic specialist has now entered the ring concerning the destiny of Daenerys Targaryen (Emilia Clarke).
SPOILER ALERT: This Report discusses the Last season of HBO’s Game of Thrones. Please proceed with caution when you haven’t yet seen each the episodes in Season 8 and also want to prevent spoilers.
In the last installment of Game of Thrones, Daenerys maintained the iron throne but was murdered by her nephew and buff, Jon Snow (Kit Harington). He melted the iron cop with his passion prior to picking her up in his claws and flying off with her dead body.
It was shown near the end of the last incident that Daenerys had led east towards Volantis and Bran Stark (Isaac Hempstead Wright) said he’d attempt to find the dragon.
Since that time, fans have speculated about why Drogon has been led in that way.
As mentioned previously by us, among those theories sees Drogon carrying Daenerys into Volantis to be able to possess her vaccinated with a reddish priestess. But, based on a meeting a forensic anthropologist did together with all the Huffington Post, there can be a more mundane ending for Daenerys’ body: Drogon could have eaten her.
“Might he eat her? Possibly, yes,” Dr. Carolyn Rando, a forensic anthropologist at the UCL Institute of Archaeology said.
“I don’t think we can discount that he was going off to eat her.”
But, how did Rando come to this conclusion?
There’s proof in the actual world that under certain conditions, creatures might be direct to eating their own owners. But a number of these situations arise from a pet being not able to depart a place after their owner dies and there are not any other food except to their proprietor.
Another motive sees creatures occasionally unintentionally getting mixed up into eating following licking or nudging their deceased owner as they attempt to work out exactly what’s happening — something which has been evidenced by Drogon at the last episode of Game of Thrones if he nudged Daenerys later Jon stabbed.
“So [the animal] tends to lick, and there’s a lot of blood and then eating might happen, but more out of just stress or something like that.”
Moreover, Rando also indicates that malnutrition may factor into this concept. In Season 8 Game of Thrones, Daenerys had said her dragons weren’t eating well. This was set down to the simple fact that dragons don’t deal well in the colder weather of the North. Therefore, after shooting Daenerys away, as Drogon attained a warmer place, it might have triggered an insatiable desire to eat .
But although it’s likely that Drogon ate Daenerys, Rando isn’t convinced that really occurred. Rather, she would rather believe that Drogon did not consume the Mother of Dragons and, rather, only flew off into the sunset together with Daenerys and had been only grieving the loss of his own mother.
Season 8 was the final season of HBO’s Game of Thrones. HBO is currently in production on a prequel series set in the same universe as Game of Thrones. However, no release date has yet been announced for this new series.
Sophie Turner and Maisie Williams wants to Write a Story on the Friendship
Everybody knows that Game of Thrones stars Sophie Turner (played Sansa Stark) and Maisie Williams (played Arya Stark) has a strong bond from the beginning.
In a new video from Vogue Paris, in which Turner eats dinner with her Dark Phoenix costar Jessica Chastain, the 23-year-old actress shared her future career ambitions, saying that one day she’d like to produce and direct.
“As an actor, you can only have so much creative control,” Turner told Chastain. “I want to be able to have full creative control and create my own vision and that’s something I’m quite passionate about.”
Sophie mentioned that she would like to work again with her Game of Thrones costar and BFF Maisie Williams in future. Both played as a sisters Sansa and Arya Stark respectively, throughout the all eight seasons of HBO’s Game of Thrones.
“My best friend Maisie, she and I have a very intense friendship, a friendship that I haven’t had with any of my other girlfriends before,” Turner shared. “We felt like we wanted to write a movie about a friendship where it’s kind of like you’re soulmates, but you’re friends and it’s like this beautiful connection but it can also be quite destructive.”
Though Turner said the duo hasn’t started writing the movie just yet, she revealed she’s begun preparing for the moment they do.
“I bought a screenplay writing book!” Turner told Chastain. “To teach myself. Because I can’t write well, but I want to. But I’m just not talented enough.”
“You are talented enough!” Chastain replied supportively.
Turner and Williams’ friendship has been well-documented over the years, as the two grew up together on the set of Game of Thrones. The pair even has matching tattoos commemorating the date they were both cast on the show.
In April, Turner — who recently tied the knot with Joe Jonas in a Vegas wedding — shared that Williams will be her maid of honor at the couple’s larger ceremony this summer. “I don’t know why she’s thinking about [what she’s wearing to my wedding]. I’m giving her the bridesmaid dress!” Turner said to Entertainment Tonight after she found out Williams had told the outlet she was trying to pick out a dress.
“She’s my maid of honor! One of two,” Turner added.
“Maisie is definitely my protector and I’m hers, too,” Turner previously told Glamour UK. “I know if anything happened — especially if it was on Game of Thrones, which it never, ever would — she’d go crazy and protect me… Maisie is my strong home.”
In the same interview, Williams shared a similar sentiment about her costar.
“Sophie knows too much about me to not be my friend,” she shared. “I can’t tell you the amount of times Sophie said, ‘Go to therapy’ before I actually did. She really helped me through some messy break-ups and some friend break-ups. Whenever I’m like, ‘I need help! This is bigger than anything I can sort out on my own,’ Sophie is my point of call.”
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