Game Of Thrones: The Battle Of Winterfell is the LOWEST ranked episode since season five
It was the 82 minute epic that saw the bloodcurdling demise of the evil Night King at the hands of Arya Stark.
But Game Of Thrones’ The Battle of Winterfell episode has become the lowest ranked episode on review site Rotten Tomatoes since season five.
Episode three, entitled The Long Night, currently holds a 74 per cent rating on the respected site, taken from 87 reviews.
Epic: Game Of Thrones’ The Battle of Winterfell episode has become the lowest ranked episode on review site Rotten Tomatoes since season five
Explosive: Episode three, entitled The Long Night, currently holds a 74 per cent rating on the respected site, taken from 87 reviews
This is the lowest rating on record since season five and the second lowest rated episode in the fantasy drama’s history.
One review read: ‘This was a daunting task, and Game of Thrones succeeded-but somehow, this incredibly major episode doesn’t feel quite as satisfying as it should.
Another added: ‘The Long Night left me with mixed feelings that leaned toward disappointment and some confusion.
A third wrote: ‘Game of Thrones has had battles before, monstrous battles, titanic battles, but nothing on the scale of this one. It was a remorseless, punishing onslaught, not just for the combatants, but for the viewer.’
Iconic: This is the lowest rating on record since season five and the second lowest rated episode in the fantasy drama’s history
The critics consensus read: ‘Winter is here and Arya Stark may officially be the baddest woman in the land, but despite delivering some epic and emotional moments
‘”The Long Night” leaves a few things to be desired (lighting, anyone?) heading into the final stretch.
In the wake of the episode airing, fans took to social media to complain that many scenes were so dark, it was difficult to make out the action.
Although the rating is still in the upper echelons for the site, it is a different story for Game Of Thrones, which averages an exemplary 94 per cent for each episode.
The opening episode – Winterfell – of the eighth and final season garnered a 92 per cent rating on the site, while the second – A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms – stands at 88 percent.
Rating: The episode ranks 74 per cent compared to the 92 per cent held by the first episode of season eight
Reaction; Fans took to social media to comment on the episode
The lowest rated Game Of Thrones episode of all time came in season five, with episode six, Unbowed, Unbent, Unbroken, scoring 54 per cent.
The episode featured Sansa Stark (Sophie Turner) being subjected to a horrifying rape by Ramsey Bolton (Iwan Rheon) , with critics left aghast at the deviation from the book storyline.
The third worst rated episode was season three, episode seven, The Bear and the Maiden Fair which scored 77 per cent.
Theon Greyjoy (Alfie Allen) was horrifically tortured by Ramsey in lengthy scenes which was criticised by fans and critics.
This comes as the Game Of Thrones’ director defiantly defended the Battle Of Winterfell episode against moaning fans complaints it was too dark.
Fabian Wagner, who has been hailed by fans for his work on episodes Battle of the Bastards and Hardhome, boldly claimed the Battle Of Winterfell was a ‘cool episode’.
Quality: The Game Of Thrones’ director defiantly defended the Battle Of Winterfell episode against moaning fans complaints it was too dark
The TV expert insisted the third episode wasn’t too dark as he blamed the streaming service for the poor quality.
He told TMZ: ‘We tried to give the viewers and fans a cool episode to watch. I know it wasn’t too dark because I shot it.’
The director also said he planned for the episode three to be dark to ensure the atmosphere was ‘claustrophobic and disorientating’.
He added: ‘Game Of Thrones has always been very dark and a very cinematic show.’
Fabian explained the dark colours on the televisions screens could be a result of HBO’s compression of the episode which he said leads to poor visual quality.
Killed: The creators of the show revealed they always knew Arya Stark would be the Winterfell warrior to kill the Night King
The director also pointed out fans could be experiencing problems because of a weak connection on streaming services.
He recommended Game Of Thrones fans should watch the episode in a dark room, fashioned like a cinema.
Many viewers complained about the amount of darkness during Sunday night’s episode and shared a number of GIFs about their experience.
The Night King sent fans into a frenzy when he was killed during the Battle of Winterfell by Arya Stark (Maisie Williams) after it appeared that all hope was seemingly lost
She stabbed him with her valyrian steel dagger, killing him and all of the white walkers en masse.
It wasn’t me: Kit Harington (Jon Snow) also said he was surprised his character didn’t get to strike the killer blow against the evil warlord and kill the White Walkers
The creators of the show revealed they always knew she would be the Winterfell warrior to kill the Night King.
On the Game of Thrones after show, David Benioff and D.B. Weiss said they had planned Arya’s finest moment for about three years.
David said: ‘For, god, I think it’s probably three years now, we’ve known that it was going to be Arya who delivers that fatal blow.
‘We hoped to kind of avoid the expected. Jon Snow has always been the hero, the one who’s been the saviour, but it just didn’t seem right to us, for this moment.’
Kit Harington (Jon Snow) also said he was surprised his character didn’t get to strike the killer blow against the evil warlord and kill the White Walkers.
Talking to Entertainment Weekly, he said: ‘But I like it. It gives Arya’s training a purpose to have an end goal. It’s much better how she does it the way she does it.
Treacherous: The cast also revealed it took 55 nights to film the battle, finishing at 7am every day and working in awful conditions
‘I think it will frustrate some in the audience that Jon’s hunting the Night King and you’re expecting this epic fight and it never happens – that’s kind of Thrones.
‘But it’s the right thing for the characters. There’s also something about it not being the person you expect. The young lady sticks it to the man.’
The cast also revealed it took 55 nights to film the battle, finishing at 7am every day and working in awful conditions.
Maisie Williams told EW that she had been left ‘broken’ by the schedule.
She said: ‘Nothing can prepare you for how physically draining it is. It’s night after night, and again and again, and it just doesn’t stop.
‘You can’t get sick, and you have to look out for yourself because there’s so much to do that nobody else can do… there are moments you’re just broken as a human and just want to cry.’
Jacob Anderson (Grey Worm) revealed everyone looked ‘slightly haunted’ by week three of filming, while Daniel Portman (Podrick Payne) said: ‘At the time, we all were going crazy. We weren’t getting enough vitamin D, we weren’t eating well enough, we were all weird. Nobody could go to the gym or anything — it was odd.’
However Isaac Hempstead-Wright, who plays Bran said on Foxtel’s Thrones360,: ‘I can’t really complain because I was sitting down with my nice little fluffy duvet.’
Farewell: The Night King sent fans into a frenzy when he was killed during the Battle of Winterfell byArya Stark (Maisie Williams) after it appeared that all hope was seemingly lost
Bye: She stabbed him with her valyrian steel dagger, killing him with her dragon glass blade, and killing all of the white walkers en masse
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