The Long Night (Game of Thrones)

"The Long Night" is the third episode of the eighth season of HBO's medieval fantasy television series Game of Thrones, and the 70th episode overall. It was written by series co-creators David Benioff and D. B. Weiss, and directed by Miguel Sapochnik.[1] First aired on April 28, 2019, it is the longest episode of the series, with a running time of 81 minutes.[2]

"The Long Night"
Game of Thrones episode
Arya Stark attacks the Night King. The lighting design in the episode drew heavy criticism.
Episode no.Season 8
Episode 3
Directed byMiguel Sapochnik
Written byDavid Benioff
D. B. Weiss
Featured musicRamin Djawadi
Cinematography byFabian Wagner
Editing byTim Porter
Original air dateApril 28, 2019 (2019-04-28)
Running time81 minutes
Guest appearances
Episode chronology
"A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms"
"The Last of the Starks"
Game of Thrones (season 8)
List of episodes

"The Long Night" takes place entirely at Winterfell and depicts the final battle between the Army of the Dead and the combined armies of the living, ending one of the series' primary storylines. The episode's title refers to the prolonged winter that occurred thousands of years earlier, in which the White Walkers first descended upon Westeros.

The episode received generally positive reviews. Critics praised Arya Stark's storyline as its highlights, as well as the episodes direction and cinematography, while criticism targeted its handling of the White Walker conflict and the episode's production lighting. It received eleven Primetime Emmy Award nominations, including Outstanding Directing for a Drama Series, Outstanding Music Composition for a Series (Original Dramatic Score) for Ramin Djawadi, and Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series for Carice van Houten for her final performance as Melisandre.[3] It was later picked by Alfie Allen and Maisie Williams to support their nominations for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series and Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series, respectively. It received a total of five Primetime Emmy Awards.

This episode marks the final appearances of Carice van Houten (Melisandre), Megan Parkinson (Alys Karstark), and Vladimir Furdik (The Night King).

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