Game Of Thrones Was Really Dark Last Night

Game Of Thrones Was Really Dark Last Night

The night is dark and full of blurry camera cuts. Last night’s episode of Game of Thrones delivered one long, brutal battle, and Kotaku Splitscreen is here to talk about it.

We spoil the episode in its entirety, and also talk about differences between the show and the books. However, we do not discuss any leaked show spoilers, and any speculation about what might come in future episodes is just that.

This week, Kirk and I give our thoughts on “The Long Night,” recapping the whole episode and talking about what we liked and didn’t like, from the disorienting battles to Arya’s ultimate superhero moment.

I found this episode to be pretty dreary and disorienting, often to the point where I was bored watching. Kirk was higher on it. I dunno. Maybe I just don’t like this show’s battle sequences. Or maybe I’m bummed out that one of my favourite series of books ever is going out like this.

Kirk and I talk about the dead coming back to life, the consequences of Jon and Daenerys’s bad decisions, and how the deaths in “The Long Night” didn’t make quite the impact that one might have hoped. We talk about the Night King casting Raise Dead level 40, Arya sneaking past guards like that Shinra HQ mini-game from Final Fantasy VII, and whether or not the Battle of Winterfell was really a victory. (Maybe it wasn’t!)

We also talk about some of our hopes for the rest of the season, and how relieved I am that we’ve gotten past the good-vs.-evil zombie trope and now we can get into some good old-fashioned political machinations. Can’t wait.

As always, you can find Splitscreen on Apple Podcasts and Google Play. Reach us at [email protected] with any and all questions, requests, and suggestions.


  • In terms of shows being so dark you can’t see it, I tend to find its due to the settings on the TV not being set properly for it. Contrast and brightness can be off by a mile for the show some times.

    • This was my takeaway too.
      A few minutes in, I adjusted the brightness and contrast, and was fine from there on in.
      I actually found the darkness quite effective – I don’t think you were ever *supposed* to see every detail on every face of the White Walkers. They were intended to be an oppressive, lurking fear just on the fringe of your eyesight – like they were for every man, woman and child in Winterfell.

      I thought the episode was excellent, I thoroughly enjoyed it.

  • Either my brightness has always been up too high or I have Superman level vision because I didn’t have a problem with any of the scenes. Sure it was dark but I thought considering it takes place at night what were people expecting? And if that wasn’t the best episode of got ever despite the dark then there’s no satisfying some people!!

  • Well the thing about this episode, its main distinguishing feature is that its black – and the thing about night, the colour of night, your basic night colour is…its black. So how are you supposed to see em?

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