One of the most talked-about episode of the final season except for the stupid decision to turn Daenerys into a crazy person was the third episode of the final season. After eight years of waiting and 70 episodes later the moment finally arrived, the battle between the living and the dead.
One thing is clear with the director of the episode, Miguel Sapochnik; he supports the cinematographer Fabian Wagner wholeheartedly. Miguel is nominated for directing the episode at this year’s Emmy award.
The director of some of the most memorable episodes of Game of Thrones including ‘Battle of the Bastards’ talked about what it was like reading the Arya storyline for the first times.
Watch: The moment Arya kills the Night King
“I questioned everything, and we worked long and hard to find the right balance of credibility versus wish fulfillment,” the director said in an interview with Hollywood Reporter.
The reason most people were unhappy with the way Night King went out was Arya seemingly came out of nowhere. It was all so convenient in a castle overrun by white walkers all of a sudden Arya comes out of the dark and kills the Night King. It all seemed so fortunate she made her way through to the tree without being stopped by the dead walkers.
The director said they tried to figure out how best to include the scene in the episode, they shot and reshot the scene with multiple sequences but finally came to the realization they don’t need to see the journey to the end.
“Then we shot it and reshot it and found that what was really important was rhythm,” Sapochnik clarified. “At one point, there was an elaborate plan to have her fight her way into the Weirwood forest, but as we progressed we realized she'd already done that earlier in the episode, so it felt like a repeat.”
Watch: Arya fights the walkers inside the castle
It would’ve been awesome to see Arya battle her way through to the Weirwood forest, but it is also understandable they wanted the revelation until the end of the episode, which was another problem for the series, the writers going for shock value instead of character-building stories. Whatever the case, the directors of the series, said they just needed to show the end.
“In the end, we felt it didn't matter how she got there -- what mattered was setting up that moment when the Night King catches her mid-leap, and we think she's done for, then she pulls her knife switch and takes him out,” the director said.
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Everyone thought Jon Snow would be the one facing the Night King alone and defeating him at the end, but it was not the case. Jon didn’t even get close to the Night King during the third episode of the final season.
This was the episode which should’ve been a clear indication the creators were not familiar with the stories they themselves were telling, but we still trusted and got burned by the end of the final episode.
The actors were not at fault for any of the decision made in the final season of Game of Thrones. Michael added to end The Long Night topic, “I loved Maisie's performance post the takedown as well, sharing a moment with her brother, Bran. That weary smile. "Not today."