You’d be hard-pressed to name an episode of a scripted television series that was more hotly anticipated than Game of Thrones‘ "The Long Night" with its 85-minute depiction of the Battle of Winterfell.
With expectations so absurdly high, we suppose it was inevitable that some fans would find themselves disappointed after the dust settled.
Viewers complained that the low lighting combined with the frequent jump cuts made it difficult to follow the action.
Others griped about the writing, arguing that more top-tier characters should have been snuffed out, both for the sake of believability (they were battling a massive army of zombies, after all) and for the emotional payoff (the previous episode seemed to set the stage for several tearjerker send-offs).
(Sure, Theon and Jorah bit the dust, but was anyone harboring a strong emotional attachment to either character?)
While those critiques are certainly valid, defenders of the episode pointed out that viewers had never previously witnessed anything of its kind.
Many reminded the haters that it’s a freakin’ miracle what this show has been able to accomplish over the course of its eight seasons, and in just three weeks’ time, we’ll never again have the pleasure of dissecting and arguing over a new episode of GoT.
Needless to say, there’s unrest in the kingdom.
And there’s only one person who could possibly unite these warring factions at this crucial time.
We’re talking of course, about the Mother of Dragons, the Breaker of Chains, the Khaleesi of the Great Grass Sea herself — Emilia Clarke.
Clarke appeared on Jimmy Kimmel Live Thursday night, and she issued an unexpected proclamation to GoT obsessives:
Apparently, nothing we’ve seen up to this point can prepare us for what lies ahead in episode five.
"Episode five is bigger," Clarke said in response to Kimmel’s queries about the Battle of Winterfell.
"Episode five is, I mean, four and five and six, they’re all insane, but like… Find the biggest TV you can."
Obviously, actors always hype their upcoming projects on talk shows, but we know better than to question the Khaleesi.
If Emilia says the best is yet to come, we’re inclined to believe her.
Of course, raising expectations means setting the stage for further butthurt disappointment, but this show is well accustomed to dividing its fanbase.