2:14pm PT by Josh Wigler
'Game of Thrones' Final Season Podcast: What Comes After the Winterfell War?
Welcome back to Series Regular, The Hollywood Reporter's new podcast dedicated to diving deep into hit TV shows — starting with Game of Thrones.
Every episode of Series Regular comes courtesy of Josh Wigler (that's me!), taking a closer look at a new corner of Westeros. What are the circumstances that brought Jon Snow (Kit Harington), Daenerys Targaryen (Emilia Clarke), Cersei Lannister (Lena Headey) and the Seven Kingdoms' other heroes and villains into their current conflicts? Look no further than Series Regular for the answers to those questions and more, as the final season unfolds.
In the week's edition of Series Regular, Wigler is joined by THR TV critic and TV's Top Five co-host Daniel Fienberg for a discussion of "The Long Night," the sprawling 82-minute installment from director Miguel Sapochnik. Among the topics covered:
1. The "Night" Is Dark. Before delving into the story content, Wigler and Fienberg shine a light on the lighting issues that plagued "The Long Night." Why was the long-awaited battle so difficult to see, and was it an issue with picture quality, with editing, or something altogether? The conversation about "The Long Night" from a technical standpoint begins at the 1:47 mark.
2. The Night King Slayer. Few people entered "The Long Night" expecting the Night King to exit the scene, but that's exactly what happened when Arya Stark (Maisie Williams) came roaring into the picture with Valyrian dagger in hand. Was it a satisfying ending to the frozen menace? And what of the viewers complaining about Jon Snow and his lack of a role in the final fight? The talk starts at the 9:55 mark.
3. White Walking On. With the Night King dead, Game of Thrones now moves into its final three episodes without the undead menace in play. It's a surprising move for some. Is it a surprising move for Wigler and Fienberg? They dig into what might be next thematically at the 18:40 mark.
4. Bring Out the Dead. Beyond the Night King, several characters died in "The Long Night," including Theon Greyjoy (Alfie Allen), Jorah Mormont (Iain Glen) and Lyanna Mormont (Bella Ramsey). Did enough characters die? Did the ones who passed provide enough emotional impact? Hear why Wigler and Fienberg are split on the issue at the 25:40 mark.
5. Watching the Throne. With three episodes left, it's clear Game of Thrones is moving into a final rush toward the seat of Westeros' power. Given the content of the final season's first three installments, are Wigler or Fienberg moved in any new directions about the fate of the Iron Throne? Their updated predictions close out the show at the 35:36 mark.
Hear it all now on Series Regular. Be sure to subscribe to the podcast to never miss an episode. Follow Wigler on Twitter at @roundhoward and send suggestions for future topics and questions to SeriesRegular@THR.com.
Series Regular is part of THR's roster of podcasts, including TV's Top 5, the weekly TV news analysis podcast hosted by West Coast TV editor Lesley Goldberg and chief TV critic Daniel Fienberg; Awards Chatter, Scott Feinberg's weekly in-depth (and award-winning) interview show focusing on the most interesting talents of the Oscar and Emmy seasons; crafts expert Carolyn Giardina's weekly series, Behind the Screen, which explores the top artists and technologies creating film and TV magic; and Seth Abramovitch's monthly series, It Happened in Hollywood, which revisits indelible moments from 90 years of THR's entertainment history. Other podcasts are in the works.
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