Game of Thrones Episode 5 Is ‘Bigger’ Than the Battle of Winterfell

Warning: Spoilers for Game of Thrones through “The Long Night” follow…

With the Night King down for the count and the Long Night averted, one could assume the biggest danger on Game of Thrones has been defeated halfway through the final season. Queen Cersei is a badass, for sure, but she’s not a mystical monster from a frozen hellscape who can command the dead.

That being said, this could be the show’s chance to truly prove how formidable and cunning Cersei can be. We know she’s got the Iron Fleet, the Lannister army, the Golden Company (sans elephants), and a lot of wildfire. And she’s got Qyburn working on something nasty for Dany’s dragons. Plus, what she was counting on happening at the end of Season 7, happened. Jon and Daenerys spent thousands upon thousands of lives thwarting the Army of the Dead.

“The Long Night” is the highest rated episode of Game of Thrones and the most-Tweeted about scripted episode of television ever. For more on this epic episode, read about why Lyanna Mormont needed that huge moment during the Battle of Winterfell, the cast responding to Arya’s Night King takedown, our episode 4 trailer breakdown and photo preview, plus check out who lived and who died in the Battle of Winterfell, and how to adjust your TV if the episode was too dark.

Matt Fowler is a writer for IGN and a member of the Television Critics Association. Follow him on Twitter at @TheMattFowler and Facebook at

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