‘Game of Thrones’ Review: In Bleak ‘The Long Night,’ Awesome Flaming Swords Can Still Rise

[Editor’s note: The following contains spoilers for “Game of Thrones” Season 8, Episode 3, “The Long Night.”]Season 8 of “Game of Thrones” may be taking its time with its biggest moments, but that doesn’t mean the show’s creators aren’t delivering on the epic expectations weighing upon them.

While the past two installments were devoted nearly entirely to character development, “The Long Night,” Episode 3 of the final season, is all about delivering on the prime conflict that consumes the hard-scrabbling citizens of Westeros: Protecting their lands from the oncoming scourge of the White Walkers.This episode was rumored to be non-stop action and to a degree that proved to be true.

“The Long Night” begins with the eerie quiet that some might call the calm before the storm, a silence that proves portentous given the events about to unfold; the way in which the show is essentially holding its breath in those early minutes spoke to how

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