The battle of Winterfell. The battle of the living vs the dead. What a battle it was, no episode in “Game of Thrones” history was anything like this one. Rocketing the season into full swing and bringing exactly what was expected after the last season ended.
The world will never be the same. A catastrophe, this episode was. The death toll had changed the landscape and the amount of characters killed in one episode had topped that of the explosion that destroyed the Sept of Baelor, back in season 6 episode 10. With the deaths of characters like Jormund Mormont, Theon Greyjoy and even Lyanna Mormont, among others, no one was ready for the emotions brought forth by this episode.
With every character accepting their deaths in the last episode, it really didn’t hit full force emotionally until the battle commenced. Every character realized there was no hope. The look of devastation from this realization mixed with such an amazing soundtrack made it feel so real. It made it seem as though whoever was watching, was there and unable to help the friends they have observed for the past 8 years. It was heartbreaking.
Another factor that made this episode so amazing was the villain. The Night King. Without even the utterance of a word, you felt his power, he makes you quake in your boots, as he draws near. Appearing only half way through the episode, The Night King (Vladimir Furdik) stole the whole show, making you believe that there was no hope. Until Arya Stark (Maisie Williams) fulfilled her destiny and created a theory of what may come in the future.
In conclusion, I believe that every episode this season is just getting better and better so far. I had but one problem with this episode and it was a minor one at that. Not enough main characters died. I felt as though it would’ve hit harder if more had died, but I know they may not survive the rest of the season anyways. So with that, it brings up the questions. What is the next move? Will Arya Stark actually kill Cersei? And who will win the Game of Thrones?