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    • Phenomenal synopsis as usual.

      Overall I really enjoyed the episode, as exhausting as it was (about 40 minutes in I thought "surely this is almost over"). My friends and I put together a deathpool which made the whole experience 10x more fun. I was torn on Jorah's death because I love his character but I needed those points to clinch the win...

    • Regarding the battle itself, it was a total SNAFU. Wired posted an article that sums it up beautifully:

      Air support was terrible. Use of physical barriers was terrible. Use of cavalry was abysmal. Thank heavens Bran can apparently see the future because he was the only one with any semblance of a plan, not that he bothered to share it. Perhaps he knew the battle needed to be a catastrophe in order to get the Night King to lower his guard?

    • The good news is this episode is going to look amazing on Blu-ray or potentially in future, better streams and downloads. [1]

      The bad news is one word.


      But there are exceptions to that, and one of them has to do with how compression handles color and brightness. Basically, when the image is very dark, it can't display color very well.

      The color of winter. [1]

      We usually don’t notice a loss of film quality from compression during streaming, but night scenes look horrible. That’s why watching it on Blue Ray, without the streaming compression, will look amazing for the five people who didn’t watch it last night.

      [1] TechCrunch. Why did last night's 'Game of Thrones' look so bad?

    • Thank heavens Bran can apparently see the future because he was the only one with any semblance of a plan, not that he bothered to share it. Perhaps he knew the battle needed to be a catastrophe in order to get the Night King to lower his guard?

      As a certain somebody said in a certain movie (identities hidden to prevent spoilers), "If I tell you what happens, it won't happen".

    • HBO foreshadowed this issue in a documentary they also produced called "Silicon Valley".

    • Watching it again, I think I understand what went wrong with the plan and it started at the very beginning with the Dothraki. I think they were meant to protect the artillery while the trebuchets thinned the herd. But then the Red Woman comes along and gives them flaming swords. Dothraki are already pretty confident, set their swords on fire and they suddenly feel invincible. So they charge ahead while everyone else is still trying to figure out what's going on.

      Daenerys sees her bloodriders slaughtered and abandons her post (she and Jon were supposed to wait for the Night King). Jon tries to stop her, saying "the Night King is coming." She responds with "the dead are already here!" and mounts her dragon. Once airborne she is unable to see the signals from the castle walls to light the trenches, forcing the Unsullied out into the open to protect the Red Woman as she attempts to ignite the trenches manually. It works, but it seems that the disruption to the plan has stunned the troops and they fail to take advantage of the opportunity before the wights start throwing themselves into the flames. It's not until Davos sees them begin to get through that he gives the order to "man the walls". Had he done this sooner their archers would've been much more effective against the stationary targets.

      Meanwhile, Jon is steadfast in holding his position when he could be strafing the undead army with close air support. Ironically it seems he is the only one sticking to the original plan and it probably cost them dearly. Instead, the undead breach the walls the Soviet way: by throwing bodies at it and an undead giant breaches the poorly defended main gate. Even with Lady Mormont's heroic sacrifice to neutralize the giant, the damage is done and chaos reigns.

      The moral of the story? Never trust a Dothraki Bloodrider with a flaming sword to play defense.

    • I love these BTS videos that Game of Thrones produces for YouTube. Even if this wasn't my favourite episode, it was still fascinating to see how they filmed it and to see the cast's reaction to the story.

      My favourite part was seeing how they filmed Lady Mormont's scene with the giant. Old school, new school, all mixed together to get a great moment on camera.

    • I saw this, and someone responded on Twitter comparing this to how Steve Jobs once said "you're holding it wrong" in response to reports that the iPhone 4 was suffering from dropped signals.

      People just don't want to admit when they made a mistake.

    • Wow, her dying wish was to live long enough to watch the Battle of Winterfell. She died the next evening, but not only did she live long enough to watch the battle, she received video messages from several of the cast.

    • Some people are really annoyed about Arya suddenly becoming one of the best killers in GoT. I don't deny she's a great assassin, but a fighter? She does have finesse and agility unlike any of the others, reminds me of Oberyn Martell's fighting style, but I don't think she'd do well on a battlefield. She's smart and can easily take out a group of guys in closed quarters, but on the battlefield she would probably find it difficult to survive.

    • Not to mention she had a helluva lot more plot armor than most. Grey Worm is #1 in my book because he had plans for retirement and still didn’t die.

    • Last update before this week's episode.

      Looks like the critics over at RT didn't like the Battle of Winterfell either.