Is it true that everybody hates the end of an extraordinary show at first? The popular cut-to-black ending of The Sopranos was criticized and discussed for a really long time after first aired in 2007. In any case, since some time has passed, the show has reclaimed its rightful spot as the gold standard for modern television drama. Will Game of Thrones, which was pitched to HBO as “The Sopranos meets Middle-earth,” go through the same ups and downs? Despite the fact that it’s just been a long time since the last season of the fantasy epic, which made many individuals sad, a ton has occurred in that time. The eighth and last season of Game of Thrones holds up much better than you probably remember. This is on the grounds that it happens in a world full of fire and pain and isn’t attempting to impact the world by showing its ending in real-time.
Everything revolves around “The Bells.” One of the most important creative decisions made for the last season of Game of Thrones was to dump the show’s usual 10-episode format in favor of six long episodes. Not all hour-and-a-half episodes are the same, however, the last season relies upon two particular: “The Long Night,” which shows last stand of the living humans against the undead forces of the Night King, and “The Bells,” which shows Daenerys Targaryen’s (Emilia Clarke) anticipated victory of King’s Landing. Most of the other four episodes are about getting to and from these two key confrontations, so the success or failure of season 8 really relies on how well these two episodes work.
“The Long Night” had the most clashes of any episode of Game of Thrones, which says everything. It was made to be far better than “Hardhome” and “The Battle of the Bastards” by the same director, Miguel Sapochnik. Yet, while those fights occurred in the cold light of day, Sapochnik and his team made the most important creative decision for “The Long Night” by putting viewers and actors in the same darkness as the characters they were watching the battle.
Sapochnik and the showrunners of Game of Thrones, David Benioff and D.B. Weiss, wanted to show a fight between life and death, darkness and light, and ice and fire. This approach prompts some spectacular scenes, like when Jon Snow (Kit Harington) and Dany pursue the Night King on dragonback above the clouds, or when the Dothraki ride out with their flaming scimitars to confront the crowd, just for their torches to go out one by one in the overwhelming darkness.
Rhaegal’s demise was a critical part of Dany’s drop into madness, however, its placement in “The Last of the Starks” appears to have been done mostly to add some action to an episode where characters for the most part talk about things viewers already know and to give the impression that Dany’s attack on Cersei Lannister (Lena Headey) may be a fair battle.
Filmmakers like cinematographer Fabian Wagner said that viewers didn’t have their TVs set up right, yet the episode is really confusing.