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Game of Thrones’ The Long Night is series’ second worst rated episode on Rotten Tomatoes. Can you guess the worst one?

Game of Thrones’ season eight episode three, The Long Night, has become the second worst rated episode in the show’s history.

tv Updated: May 01, 2019 16:13 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times, New Delhi
The Night King’s dread finally ended in Game of Thrones’ latest episode but some were still not happy.
The Night King’s dread finally ended in Game of Thrones’ latest episode but some were still not happy.

Earlier this week, Game of Thrones latest episode The Long Night became the most tweeted about television episode in Twitter history. It received more than 52 million tweets in just a single day, an impressive feat for any film or show. While most fans were in awe of the episode, its blurry and dark cinematography and the unbelievable twist at the end left some dissatisfied.

According to a new report on review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes, critics were not all love for the episode. The episode received a fresh but disappointing rating of 75% after registering 93 reviews, making it the second worst rated episode in the entire series. While for any other film or TV show, 75% rating would be called healthy and hopeful, the same doesn’t stand true for Game of Thrones, 22 episodes of which have earned 100% ratings so far.

For those wondering which episode still maintains the worst rating, it is fifth season’s sixth episode titled Unbowed, Unbent, Unbroken. As a refresher, it is the same episode that showed Sansa Stark’s wedding to Ramsay Bolton and her horrible rape right after. The scene became majorly controversial and earned a lot of flak from viewers all around the world.

Sansa’s rape by her husband Ramsay was called out by viewers.
Sansa’s rape by her husband Ramsay was called out by viewers.

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However, The Long Night still ranks below The Bear and the Maiden Fair (77%). As for the 22 episodes rated 100%, eight belong to season one itself. Others include Blackwater, The Rains of Castermere, Hardhome and The Lion and The Rose (The Purple Wedding).

As for The Long Night, many viewers and critics complained that the episode was literally too dark to make out what was happening. Several people took to Twitter to complain about it as well.


Fabian Wagner, the man behind the lens for the episode explained the much-criticised dimly-lit cinematography. “A lot of the problem is that a lot of people don’t know how to tune their TVs properly. A lot of people also unfortunately watch it on small iPads, which in no way can do justice to a show like that anyway... If you watch a night scene in a brightly lit room then that won’t help you see the image properly,” he said.

He said it was a conscious decision to limit the use of lighting on the nighttime battlefield. “The showrunners decided that this had to be a dark episode. We’d seen so many battle scenes over the years – to make it truly impactful and to care for the characters, you have to find a unique way of portraying the story,” Wagner said.

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First Published: May 01, 2019 15:15 IST

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