EntertainmentGame of Thrones S8 Episode 3 Recap: The Battle of Winterfell

16:06  29 april  2019
16:06  29 april  2019 Source:   tribute.ca

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First things first. This episode was WAY too dark. Oh, I don't mean figuratively. I mean the lighting was literally too dark at times. I could see pixels. The only way I could come close to getting a decent view of what was going on was by turning out all the lights in my house.

But seriously, this episode must be commended as a milestone in the history of television. The cast and crew of Game of Thrones damn near killed themselves to bring this episode to life. I was literally applauding when the credits rolled.

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I watch a lot of TV, and I'm not always easy on the programs I critique, but this episode gets an A+. It is simultanously technically brilliant and emotionally satisfying. The payoff in this week's episode has been set up since the very first episode of this show, and foreshadowed throughout the show's history.

This show has captured lightning in a bottle, and that lightning has ignited a moment in time that will define a generation.

I call history to record April 28, 2019 as the day television was irrevocably altered. Every new television series now has a new benchmark.

I'd also like to pat myself on the back for predicting the White Walkers would be defeated in last week's review.

I was also correct to point out the advantage humans have over White Walkers is their capacity for love. Arya's love for Bran (Isaac Hempstead Wright) prevented her from hiding in the crypts like a coward. She had no assurance she would survive, and yet she risked everything.

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I also love the subversion of Arya, and not Daenerys' dragons or Jon's sword, being the one to kill the Night King. A girl has overcome all expectations.

We lost a lot of great characters in this week's episode. Apart from losing thousands of Dothraki, Wildlings and Unsullied, we said goodbye to Ser Beric Dondarrion (Richard Dormer) who died defending Arya (Maisie Williams) and The Hound (Rory McCann).

Melisandre (Carice Van Houten) returned to Winterfell, and she assures Arya and The Hound that Ser Beric did not die in vain. The Lord of Light needed Arya to stay alive to kill the Night King. When Melisandre met Arya in Season 3, she correctly predicted that Arya would shut eyes of many colors: including blue.

Sadly, poor Lyanna Mormont (Bella Ramsey) and Ser Jorah Mormont (Iain Glenn) had to die as well, Their sacrifice was not in vain. This is the only way I can console myself after seeing a 10-year-old girl die a HORRIFICALLY GRAPHIC death at the hands (or hand) of a zombie giant.

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As for Ser Jorah, he could not have died a more honorable death. I'm actually happy he died as a hero in battle. It wasn't for nothing. After all, the Night King is dead! All the White Walkers are gone!

As horrible as it was to watch Daenerys (Emilia Clarke) weep for Ser Jorah, we must admit to ourselves that his death would have felt a lot worse if the battle had gone differently.

Now that we know the White Walkers are gone, we can get back to the central conflict at hand: The Game of Thrones.

Tyrion (Peter Dinklage) and Sansa (Sophie Turner) playfully discuss the prospect of being each other's one true love, to which Sansa replies that while Tyrion treated her well, it would never work. Sansa explains it's because she and Tyrion differ over whether or not Daenerys should rule the North.

Missandei (Nathalie Emmanuel) interjects. She reminds them that without Daenerys, everybody in Winterfell would already be dead.

In what they believed were their final moments, Tyrion and Sansa shared an exceptionally raw emotional moment. Was it romantic, or more uncle and niece (which are not mutually exclusive concepts in this show)?

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I would also be remiss to not mention Theon's (Alfie Allen) heroic death. While Bran could not express deep emotion because he's the Three-Eyed Raven, he did call Theon a “good man” before the Night King killed Theon.

Once again, even though Theon's death is sad, it's still not a total tragedy, because of Arya's success.

Nitpick: dragon fire can't kill the Night King, but a dagger can? Consistency people, consistency!/

So where do we go from here? Prophecy fulfillment. Jaime (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau) will kill Cersei (Lena Headey), Sandor will kill Gregor (Hafþór Júlíus Björnsson) and someone will surely kill someone else because of some prophecy.

It's not the journey. It's getting there. And I have to tell you getting there has been one of the most satisfying experiences of my entire life. There are three episodes left. Whatever happens, happens. It's never been about who ends up on that uncomfortable throne. I mean seven hells, it's already established that Westeros is not even the most powerful continent in the world in this universe.

As Melisandre walked to her icy death, she felt reconciled. It was like she was OK with it.

This show has been on the air since 2011. It's time.

I've fallen in love with these characters, and now that the White Walkers are out of the way, I can't wait to spend the next three episodes with them.


OK, I'm done. ~Yanis Khamsi

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