Game of Thrones Episode 3 Instant Take: “The Long Night”

Game of Thrones Episode 3 Instant Take
Game of Thrones Episode 3 Instant Take

Game of Thrones Episode 3 Instant Take: “The Long Night”

We survived the Battle of Winterfell … well, most of us. As flames illuminated the darkness, we cheered. As heroes turned to one another for help, we cried. “The Long Night” was dynamic, exciting, dizzying, and maybe a touch too convenient.

“Game of Thrones” Season 8 Episode 3 shifted effortlessly from action, to drama, to horror, to parable. Hear our immediate thoughts while we prepare for Tuesday’s Deep Dive. VALAR DOHAERIS!

Storyline for Episode 3: “The Long Night”
Upon reaching Winterfell with their combined armies, Jon and Daenerys learn the Army of the Dead has breached the Wall and the Night King commands the undead Viserion. The Northern lords and their allies rally around Winterfell, but distrust Daenerys and doubt Cersei’s pledge. At King’s Landing, Euron returns from Essos with the Golden Company and entices Cersei to consummate their union. On Cersei’s orders, Qyburn hires Bronn to assassinate Tyrion and Jaime. Theon rescues Yara, who then sets out to retake the Iron Islands, while Theon returns to Winterfell. At Winterfell, Jon reunites with Bran and Arya, and later learns to ride Rhaegal. Sam meets Daenerys who reveals that she executed his father and brother. After Sam and Jon are reunited, Sam tells Jon his true identity is Aegon Targaryen, king and rightful heir to the Iron Throne. At House Umber’s seat of Last Hearth, Tormund and Beric encounter Edd and other Night’s Watch members. They find the castle’s occupants dead and Ned Umber’s body used as a gruesome message from the Night King. Jaime arrives at Winterfell where Bran is awaiting him.

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7 Responses

  1. Sharon Rosenberg says:

    Long time listener ; first comment. After watching 8-3 and listening to y’all, I too was shocked with the defeat of the Night King with 3 remaining episodes. Then something occurred to me; then name of the show is Game of Thrones so wouldn’t it make sense that the final struggle would be between the remaining houses?

  2. Wackb says:

    I understand why you guys were less than impressed with Sam but he’s been at all the major events. I believe he is there purely to chronicle everything especially updating Jaime’s Whitepage

  3. Michael weir says:

    Now that the night king is dead I’m confused on why bran was needed. He served no purpose in defeating the night king and up to this point only assisted in helping Jon know his real parents. I’m confused why the living needed the three eyed raven.

    • Gene Lyons says:

      Bran was critical to drawing the Night King to the Godswood where he could be destroyed. But yeah, he also spent a lot of time just being a bird.

  4. Allison says:

    Really enjoyed your take this morning but you made an error when taking about peoples relationship and where they were standing. Arya didn’t sleep with Poddrick but with Gendry.

    Thanks for a great insta take!

    • Gene Lyons says:

      Good catch. We record the Instacast immediately after watching without time for retakes, so sometimes immediacy supersedes accuracy.

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