The Battle of Winterfell Continues Among 'Game of Thrones' Fans and Critics

Credit: Helen Sloan/HBO

Credit: Helen Sloan/HBO

(This is pretty much spoiler-free, but you really need to watch the episode immediately)

The third episode from the final season of Game of Thrones was truly an event. ”The Long Night” contained off one of the most action-packed 82 minutes in the history of TV or film.

But something this huge and consequential also runs the risk of producing some very divisive reactions. It seems like for every “That was incredible,” there was an equal and opposite “Worst episode ever.”

And we wanted to back this up, so we looked at online engagement from the day after to see what people really thought about the Battle of Winterfell.



Not surprisingly, a lot of people had a lot to say. But it was a jaw-dropping amount of people. We showed in our previous article that online mentions of Game of Thrones after the first episode were through the roof. The dip in the second episode is understandable after the show got back on track, but this third episode generated an astonishing amount of internet discussion for a single day. If there was any question about people being invested in the series, this seems pretty definitive.



As far as the gender split, it seems to be holding pretty steady at nearly a 50/50 split between men and women who are discussing the show. A spoiler-rich article would maybe try and extrapolate why there was slightest widening for this episode, but if you’ve seen it then you can produce your own theories.



Now, here is where a once nearly unbeatable show is showing some cracks in its armor. While the audience sentiment is still on the positive side, it slid even further for “The Long Night.” Considering that the show has enjoyed sentiment in the 70s for most of its run, this is no doubt a decline. As you may know from our own social circles, there is clearly a greater division between the true believers and those who think the show is running out of steam or trying to find an easy way out.

Will the diehards or the detractors win? Only three more episodes to find out.