The long-awaited and announced battle was in the foreground of Winterfell. We could see how two powerful armies clashed with each other. We know who left the battle victorious, unfortunately, it is not a spectator.
I perfectly remember that when we were reviewing the 7th season of Game of Thrones in the editorial office. We set out the consequences of the characters’ actions, we can say that we approached the series by examining its television structure, analyzing themes, weighing the climate, stigmatizing potential scenario slips. With the 8th season, “Game of thrones” this is not possible. Or at least, it shouldn’t be done.
The final series of the biggest hit HBO is not only pure entertainment closed in dozens of minutes of episodes, which we wait for every week. This is the last straight line before the finish, this is the culmination of 8 years of work on the series, which changed the television. This is finally the production that must not only leave the heroes and this time line of Westeros, but also the fans who have proven over the years how important the production is for this brutal tale based on Georg R.R. Martin’s prose.
The culmination of this series must be not only impressive, it is to be a tribute to the heroes, the world and fans. Therefore, the first two episodes did not push the plot forward. They were a series of farewells, a great festival of closing small, personal stories. And although it may seem that this is an exaggeration and that it’s time to slam into the plot of the fictional horse, then you can understand the decision of the screenwriters. Numerous heroes demanded meetings after years, this was also what fans expected and, let’s say it clearly, such a finale closes the threads opened for years, even if it takes a long time.
The 8th season is the closure of an important chapter in the history of television and maybe we should not look at it as a series, or rather as a phenomenon, an event in pop culture. From this perspective, it is easy to turn a blind eye to scriptural mistakes, implementation deficiencies or minor problems that have little impact on the experience itself, which is the final screening of “Game of thrones”.
However, it is difficult to look at the third episode of the 8th series in this way. We were finally dealing with a great battle that we could have expected in principle since we found out who the White Wanderers are and that Dany has dragons. If you think about it any longer, you can come to the conclusion that the creators have dragged this obvious confrontation far too long. The expectations were very large, and – unfortunately! – the battle that took the whole, very long episode to the creators of “Game of thrones”, did not belong to the successful ones.
Above all, the production was poor. The battle happens at night, the Night King additionally brings a blizzard to make it more difficult for the lively and scared defenders to fight effectively, and the aerial cavalry on dragons prevent the ignition of fire. It is a pity, however, that the difficult weather conditions not only influenced the capabilities of Jon Snow’s army, but also significantly impeded the seance of the audience. It looked as if someone had taken too hard to say that entertainment must be immersive. Of course, there are no imperfections in the dark, and the snow will be covered by inferior special effects. It is a pity that it also overwhelms the dynamics of the battle, which makes the entire fight seem hellishly chaotic and visually pointless.
There were no ideas for orderly presentation of the clash, but also consequences. On the one hand, the episode is supposed to resemble a horror movie, when individual heroes flee from an army of undead, hide in climatic rooms, their chances – we know it! – they are minimal. On the other hand, there is no shortage of heroic acts and acrobatics, like from action movies. Suffice it to say that the episode attempts to maneuver between different aesthetics so that finally none of them is convincing.
This is a serious problem, because please note that this horror atmosphere and what we have been accustomed to by “Game of thrones” in the 8th season does not seem to apply anymore. This clash demanded blood, demanded the blood of the protagonists in the foreground, serious and completely final breaks. I am surprised that the most beautiful (yes, this “Game of thrones”) and heroic death was given to Lyanna Mormont, whom we probably liked, but in fact we will not feel the lack of it. Where is directness and ruthlessness, where are the heroes of the characters we love, without whom we can not imagine the show? It looks like the screenwriters have softened and unfortunately this is to the detriment of the series.
Of course, the 3rd episode of “Game of thrones” has moments. The final scene with the Night King, undead in the crypt, skirmish in defense of Bran or the clash of dragons – these things are worth remembering and I am going to make a bet that they will stay with the fans for a long time. Especially since Arya was really great in this final and somehow justifies that for one whole season we watched him take a stick.
Unfortunately, at the end of these capitalistic moments, the implementation of scarcity, a rather weak plot and ultimately incompetent tension are lost. If Jon and Dany plan the skirmishes with Cercei that way, the series will end prematurely. I was surprised, for example, by the lack of other Night Travelers who would help the undead horde gain walls. There were no emotions associated with tilting the victory scale on the battlefield. Jon Snow was missing, who would be helpful in any way.
Ultimately, I think that although the creators of “Game of thrones” want to fulfill their hero, please the fans, giving them happy finals, ending themes, and forget that we loved this series for the fact that it didn’t mind us.