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HBO releases photos from Game Of Thrones Season 8 Episode 3: The Long Night

Game of Thrones Season 8 Episode 3 ‘The Long Night’ featured the biggest battle sequence in TV history. Shot through 55 nights of filming in extremely inhospitable conditions, this was truly a magnum opus which took a tremendous amount of work and dedication by the cast and crew. In an “Inside the Episode video published by HBO, the makers talk about how this cinematic feat was brought to life.

At a length of 1 hour and 18 minutes, it was also one of the longest Game of Thrones episodes, so structuring it was a massive challenge for the team. Showrunner and executive producer David Benioff explained the process:

“Because it’s such a long battle in this episode, it is important that we feel the ebb and flow.”

Here are some of the more critical moments from the episode, and how they were constructed.

End of the Dothraki

If you had any doubt about whether this is the end of the Dothraki army, the showrunners firmly dispel those. According to them, what we saw in the episode was “the end of the Dothraki, essentially.”

David and Dan explain,

“We felt like it was important to have that moment of hope … We wanted our characters to feel like maybe this is all gonna work out, maybe things are all gonna be okay.”

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When Melisandre came out of nowhere and a thousand arakhs lit up in the dark, even we thought things might be okay for a while. But that was not to be. As Daenerys and Jon watched from the hill, the flaming army rushed in like a wave and was extinguished one by one, in one of the most bone-chilling moments of the episode.

The plan gone wrong

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The end of Dothraki was a hard blow to all, but most of all to Dany. They represent a considerable chunk of her military might, and they followed her into an alien continent which they never wanted to come to in the first place. “Dany can’t bring herself to just watch them die,” says Weiss. And this leads to the second movement of the episode – when the ‘plan’ starts to fall apart.

The plan. if we remember, was to wait for the Night King to appear and then Jon and Dany attack Viserion together. Maybe then they would have a better chance at defeating the wight dragon. But Dany responded to the urgency of the moment, and Jon followed suit, ultimately leaving him far from the Godswood when the Night King finally came for Bran. However, the Dragonfire plan wasn’t going to work anyway, as Dany’s last attempt showed.

The battles within the battle

HBO releases photos from Game Of Thrones Season 8 Episode 3: The Long Night

Multiple storylines are playing out all through the battle – Jon and Dany on the sky, Northmen and the Unsullied on the ground, Brienne and Jaime on the ramparts, Arya, Beric and Hound within the castle, and Tyrion-Sansa in the crypts. The castle interior, especially, was used to maximize the horror of the situation. David says,

“We always talked about Winterfell as kind of the home for the show … these hallways and rooms where we spent a lot of good times … has now become a horror set because it’s been invaded by these undead soldiers.”

There’s another kind of contrast at play here, between the open battle and the hallway chase sequences. Weiss says, “You have this giant wide open space and everywhere you look there’s something that could be coming to kill you. [But] once you get inside Winterfell everything contracts … something is there in the dark with you but you don’t exactly where it is.”

The secret assassin

There has been some criticism about the fact that Arya seems to appear from nowhere in the last scene. But the showrunners say that was completely intentional. They purposefully shifted the attention from Arya after Melisandre tells her about the “blue eyes” she will shut and she sprints from the room.

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We do not see Arya for the rest of the episode and get invested in the other storylines until in the very last moment she sneaks in behind the Night King. Benioff and Weiss explain the decision behind having Arya deliver that fatal blow:

“She seemed like the best candidate provided we weren’t thinking about her at the moment … We hoped to kind of avoid the expected and Jon Snow has always been the hero, the one who’s been the saviour, but it just didn’t seem right to us for this moment.”

The White Walkers and the undead army have been one of the principle storylines of Game of Thrones, right from the very first scene of the show. The Living versus Dead showdown has been coming along for a long time, and this video puts into perspective how difficult it was for the Living to triumph finally.

Watch the video below:

Did you think ‘The Long Night’ was a fitting conclusion to the White Walker storyline? Tell us the comments!






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See Emilia Clarke in the trailer for her first film post Game of Thrones, Last Christmas

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See Emilia Clarke in the trailer for her first film post Game of Thrones, Last Christmas

Game of Thrones might have made big stars of most of the actors that were on the show, but for nearly a decade, these stars were also somewhat tied down to the show, and couldn’t take on too many other projects. A prime example is Emilia Clarke, who hasn’t appeared in many films or TV series during her time on Game of Thrones. However, now we have the trailer for the first film Emilia is going to be starring in since she wrapped up the show – Last Christmas. Read on!

Last Christmas looks like your typical holiday cheer filled rom-com that we’re all in the mood for around that time. It stars Emilia Clarke in what seems like a role that mirrors her natural bubbly personality, and opposite her is Henry Golding from Crazy Rich Asians fame. Check out the trailer:

Now, this might look like regular Emilia to us, but for those fans of her that have only seen her as Daenerys and not as Emilia herself, it is a far throw from the fire queen. The film also stars Emma Thompson, who is known for her numerous roles, with Professor Terawlney from Harry Potter being one of them, and Michelle Yeoh, who was also in Crazy Rich Asians, among her other acting credits. Paul Feig is at the helm. If you find the name familiar, it’s probably because of a Wham! song by the same name. Heck, the poster also says “Featuring the music of George Michael”, and the trailer is a testament to that. What a treat!

Media outlets are reporting a release date of November 7, 2019, right in time for the holidays. The movie seems like a great pick for your holiday run. What could be better than the mother of dragons dressed channelling a cute little elf?

Excited? Talk to us in the comments, down below!






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Game of Thrones reveals 14 brand new photos from Season 8

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Game of Thrones reveals brand new photos from Season 8

Game of Thrones has finally ended. Through the last couple of seasons, we had some amazing coverage and insight into the show, thanks to Entertainment Weekly, and James Hibberd. The final bits from this coverage are now coming through, and one of those includes a set of fresh photos from Game of Thrones Season 8. Read on!

Entertainment Weekly released this set of 14 photos recently, featuring the cast of the show. Take a look:

Game of Thrones reveals brand new photos from Season 8

Game of Thrones reveals brand new photos from Season 8

Game of Thrones reveals brand new photos from Season 8

Game of Thrones reveals brand new photos from Season 8

Game of Thrones reveals brand new photos from Season 8

Game of Thrones reveals brand new photos from Season 8

Game of Thrones reveals brand new photos from Season 8

Game of Thrones reveals brand new photos from Season 8

Game of Thrones reveals brand new photos from Season 8

Game of Thrones reveals brand new photos from Season 8

Game of Thrones reveals brand new photos from Season 8

Game of Thrones reveals brand new photos from Season 8

Game of Thrones reveals brand new photos from Season 8

What do you guys think about these photos? Talk to us in the comments, down below!






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HBO releases photos from the Game of Thrones documentary, The Last Watch

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HBO releases photos from the Game of Thrones documentary

Game of Thrones might have ended, but we have a bit of a follow up coming up. The behind the scenes bits we have been having through Making Game of Thrones are culminating into a beautiful documentary, called The Last Watch. HBO has now released photos from the same. Read on!

The set has 12 photos and one picture of what looks like an embroidery art/poster featuring the filming of “The Bells”. Check them out:

HBO releases photos from the Game of Thrones documentary

HBO releases photos from the Game of Thrones documentary

HBO releases photos from the Game of Thrones documentary

HBO releases photos from the Game of Thrones documentary

HBO releases photos from the Game of Thrones documentary

HBO releases photos from the Game of Thrones documentary

HBO releases photos from the Game of Thrones documentary

HBO releases photos from the Game of Thrones documentary

HBO releases photos from the Game of Thrones documentary

HBO releases photos from the Game of Thrones documentary

HBO releases photos from the Game of Thrones documentary

HBO releases photos from the Game of Thrones documentary

Excited to take a little trip behind the scenes? The documentary will air this Sunday, 26th May, in the usual Game of Thrones slot of 9 P.M. Talk to us in the comments, down below!






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