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Game of Thrones Director Wanted to “Kill Everyone” in the Battle of Winterfell

The final season of Game of Thrones didn’t get the best reception from fans and there was even a petition that reached over 1.6 million signatures to get the entire season remade. One of the biggest episodes, featuring a massive battle, The Long Night, was also too dark for many viewers and it disappointed many fans. Further, the Battle of Winterfell, although massive, didn’t see a lot of character deaths, something that would have definitely made the episode better if you ask me.

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In a podcast interview with IndieWire (as reported by IGN) the director of the Battle of Winterfell (The Long Night episode), Miguel Sapochnik, spoke out about his feelings regarding the Battle of Winterfell and how he wanted to kill off more characters to raise the stakes of the episode and the season going forward. Mr Sapochnik even tried to convince the Game of Thrones showrunners to kill off more characters.

Mr Sapochnik reportedly explains that:

[perfectpullquote align=”full” bordertop=”false” cite=”” link=”” color=”#33f6ff” class=”” size=”22″] The 17-minute opening that ‘Long Night’ has is because I didn’t want to have a battle. It’s just me trying to hold off as long as f***ing possible because I knew that there is battle fatigue and there is a shelf life for this battle, and once we lose the audience, we’ve lost the audience. And seeing as there’s a battle all the way through to the end, no matter what we do or what we throw at it, it’s just not going to be interesting.


There was the fear of it feeling like a remix of every battle we’ve ever done. There was the dissatisfaction of we couldn’t kill all the people… I wanted to kill everyone. I wanted to kill Jorah in the horse charge at the beginning. I was up for killing absolutely everyone. I wanted it to be ruthless so that in the first 10 minutes you say, “all bets are off, anyone can die.” [/perfectpullquote]

That would have probably made the episode much better if you ask me. At the very least, a few more character deaths would have given viewers that feeling of anyone can die, like we had when Ned Stark’s head got chopped off.

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Do you think that more characters should have been killed off in the Battle of Winterfell and what did you think about the final season of Game of Thrones as a whole? Let us know in the comment section below.

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