As Game of Thrones nears its conclusion, there are still a lot of epic battles that need to be won. But it's unlikely that any will be as epic as episode three, "The Long Night." In the incredible, feature-film length episode, multiple main characters joined together to battle an enemy even greater than themselves, the zombified White Walkers, led by the terrifying Night King. And although reviews of the episode have been largely hugely favorable, viewers had one distinctive complaint.
As the name of the episode suggests, the battle took place over the course of one night. Great for a spooky atmosphere, sure - but not so great for being able to see what's going on... Fans around the world complained that the episode was just too dark. And now the show's creators have spoken out on the subject with a slightly strange excuse.
Game of Thrones is currently in its eighth and final season.Which may explain why it seems to be all anyone wants to talk about at the moment!
There are only three episodes left.And there's still so much left to sort out! But one of the biggest loose ends was tied up on Sunday.
For seasons now, Westeros has been under threat.The White Walkers, a group of zombified men and terrifying creatures, have been threatening to break over the Wall for some time.
They have a truly frightening leader.The Night King is one of the scariest and most memorable television villains of all time - which is pretty impressive, considering we barely know anything about him.
What's the scariest thing about him?He can raise the dead to fight, mindlessly and fearlessly, in his evil army. This means that his ranks are ever-growing.
Game of Thrones is well known for its battle scenes.The season six epic, "Battle of the Bastards," is one of the show's most popular episodes. The creators really know how to use fights to tell a story.
We've even seen battles with White Walkers before.In the season five episode, "Hardhome," we saw a horrifying fight between the White Walkers and the Wildlings.
But we knew that the worst was yet to come.Because the White Walkers were not yet defeated - and they had crossed the Wall and managed to start making their way into Westeros.
The place they were headed?Well, it was the northernmost of the lands of the seven kingdoms, the Stark residence, Winterfell.
And on Sunday night's episode, it all began.The episode was entitled "The Long Night," and was an epic, eighty two minute battle scene set entirely within the castle.
It had everything that Game of Thrones fans love.Including all fans' favorite characters (together in one place, for once), brilliantly written one-liners, series-old tensions coming to a head, plus, of course, dragons.
Some characters finally met for the first time.Including Bran Stark and the Night King, who many have long suspected have a deeper connection than we know.
The episode supplied some tragedies.For example, the death of Theon Greyjoy, whose redemption arc over the eight seasons has been truly amazing to see.
But it also gave us a deeply satisfying conclusion.Almost unarguably the biggest badass on the show, Arya Stark, truly shone in the episode, while fans cheered her on from the comfort of their homes.
Because it was Arya who managed to do what no one else could.She defeated the Night King, and, by doing so, became the true saviour of all of Westeros. Not bad for a teenage girl!
It's safe to say that the episode was a big deal.
Spoilers without context #GameofThrones https://t.co/JIPrnGJJI1— Almaz (@Almaz)1556620779.0
But there was one aspect that people particularly loved.
A girl has a name. Everything that happened to her leads to THAT scene. The girl is Arya Stark of Winterfell.… https://t.co/VHgew6ujIt— Harshal (@Harshal)1556617426.0
Of course, people had their jokes.
🗣 "We knew they were a tough side and playing in the snow is never easy. Happy with my finish obviously, but it's a… https://t.co/CcgIKKnXbj— Dream Team (@Dream Team)1556618525.0
And we loved it!
Everyone after Arya ended the Night King's whole career 🙌 #GameOfThrones https://t.co/Box66thpJN— Jon Snow (@Jon Snow)1556616641.0
We just hope that Arya's winning streak continues.
You know Maisie Williams is going to walk in to any future auditions shouting "I killed the Night King, bitches!"… https://t.co/tu1zyRteA2— John 🏴 (@John 🏴)1556620889.0
People also pointed out this coincidence.
In just one weekend, two starks have saved the world. #GameOfThrones #AvengersEndgame https://t.co/ESNF48bqkW— memes_waale_log (@memes_waale_log)1556620362.0
People also pointed this out.
Men fight wars, women win wars, Arya Stark #GameofThrones https://t.co/sCRY6iLr3H— Wood doctor👨⚕️ #endsars⚡⚡ (@Wood doctor👨⚕️ #endsars⚡⚡)1556622799.0
Even actors from the show had something to say.Sophie Turner, who plays Arya's sister, Sansa, had a typically on-brand, hilarious reaction to the battle scene, which she shared on social media.
However, there was one big complaint.
Amazing tweet about Got last episode #GameofThrones https://t.co/QknI5Drpf8— WypeTCG (@WypeTCG)1556618729.0
This was particularly confusing, as it was a battle sequence.
Me trying to see who’s fighting whom in the dark. #GameofThrones https://t.co/Ztv98xNb84— Deanne Mullins (@Deanne Mullins)1556507221.0
Some even thought that it might have been a mistake.
My favorite scenes from the battle of Winterfell #GameofThrones https://t.co/7UNLBsATbn— Mehmood Amjad (@Mehmood Amjad)1556618276.0
Fabian Wagner defended the episode.
Let's just all take a moment to thank Mellisendre for lighting up the trench and allowing us to see the battle.… https://t.co/KUpJbVKgJz— Tocchie ⛓Fairchild♠️ (@Tocchie ⛓Fairchild♠️)1556621315.0
He claims that there was a reason for the low light.
'Game of Thrones' Cinematographer Defends Battle of Winterfell's Darkness https://t.co/AaCkylKtdJ— TMZ (@TMZ)1556611473.0
Though fans aren't exactly convinced.
My friends and I trying to watch this dark af episode #GameofThrones https://t.co/3wFwSMM0AC— Shelbs (@Shelbs)1556521626.0
But viewers of the episode are insistent.
I'm not saying Game Of Thrones was dark this week but I think Bran saw more than I did.— MATT LUCAS (@MATT LUCAS)1556544608.0