Game of Thrones, season 8, episode 3: The Long Night
Melisandre: “What do we say to the god of death?"
Arya Stark: “Not today."
release year: 2019
genre: TV fantasy/drama
viewing setting: live broadcast 4/28/19
synopsis: This can't be done without spoiling anything; see general notes below.
impressions: This was it: an entire 80-minute episode pretty much devoted to the biggest and most important battle so far. I'll get the major complaint out of the way: almost every scene was in the dark, and it was extremely difficult to see who was who. But the battle scenes were generally good, and several characters had a chance to shine, and also several characters met their ends in this one. Again, this show isn't something you can just start watching in a later season, because characters and events won't mean much. And as always, the plot and events are extremely complex, and accordingly, stupid people shouldn't watch this show.
acting: One thing that won't change in any of my season reviews of this show: there's a huge ensemble cast, and I'm no longer going to talk about any or all of the characters. There are dozens of significant and memorable cast members, and this is one of those shows where you often have to check things on wikipedia after an episode.
final word: Good, if complex, medieval intrigue and mayhem.
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