Warning! You're entering dangerous spoiler territory, so if you haven't seen Game of Thrones Season 8, Episode 3, minimize the window until you watch it. Now that we've got that out of our way... Damn! The night really was dark and full of terrors. But thank you, Melisandre, for liting up our screens. It would have been a pity to miss out on the reportedly longest battle sequence ever put on film. Director Miguel Sapochnik told Entertainment Weekly he couldn't find a longer battle scene in a movie. The closest was the 40-minute siege of Helm's Deep in "The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers," which has become the gold standard for epic cinematic combats. Naturally, after the fans of the HBO show devoured the Battle of Winterfell, they flooded social media to post their reactions to it. Here are some of the best ones!

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C 3 weeks ago

A GIRL HAS NO NAME!!!

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If you look at Sapochnik's resume, it becomes pretty obvious why he was chosen as director for this episode. He shot "Hardhome" and "Battle of the Bastards" -- arguably the two most intense and acclaimed action sequences the show has done before season 8.

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HANS 3 weeks ago

She's going to need night vision goggles.

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"What we have asked the production team and crew to do this year truly has never been done in television or in a movie," says co-executive producer Bryan Cogman. "This final face-off between the Army of the Dead and the army of the living is completely unprecedented and relentless and a mixture of genres even within the battle. There are sequences built within sequences built within sequences. David and Dan [wrote] an amazing puzzle and Miguel came in and took it apart and put it together again. It’s been exhausting but I think it will blow everybody away."

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Kelly Murray 3 weeks ago

I had to turn off the lamp in my living room so I could see better.

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One of the biggest directorial challenges was figuring out which character to focus on in each scene when so many heroes are involved. "The [GoT battles] I've done previously were generally from Jon's perspective," Sapochnik said. "Here I’ve got 20-some cast members and everyone would like it to be their scene. That’s complicated because I find the best battle sequences are when you have a strong point of view. I keep thinking: 'Whose story am I telling right now?'"

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Luis Milian 3 weeks ago

for someone that sees all, he did not see that coming...or did he

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Part of Sapochnik’s strategy is asking the actors to fill in the blanks of their storyline of what happens whenever the camera focuses on somebody else. As John Bradley (the actor who portrays Samwell Tarly) said, "We may not have seen Sam for 10 minutes but something has happened to Sam in those 10 minutes — you’ve been fighting, or you’ve been running, or you’ve been hiding. How has your story developed? You have to hold in your mind what’s happened since we saw you last."

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Michele Holberg 3 weeks ago

Omg! This picture💜💛🧡💚💙❤️

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"We built this massive new part of Winterfell and originally thought, 'We’ll film this part here and this part there,' and basically broke it down into so many pieces it would be shot like a Marvel movie, with never any flow or improvisation," Sapochnik added. "Even on Star Wars, they build certain parts of the set and then add huge elements of green screen. And that makes sense. There’s an efficiency to that. But I turned to the producers and said, 'I don’t want to do 11 weeks of night shoots and no one else does. But if we don’t we’re going to lose what makes Game of Thrones cool and that is that it feels real.'"

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HANS 3 weeks ago

That was hell of a one night stand.

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Sarah O'Dwyer 3 weeks ago

This, right here, is why so many people had issues with her sex scene...we've basically seen her grow up from this into the badassed lady she is now...

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Mark Pompeo 3 weeks ago (edited)

that's actually perfect

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Julie moreau quilliou 3 weeks ago

if they're not one...

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C 3 weeks ago

Lets not forget who gave Arya that DAGGER!!! Bran knew!

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Jenn Babos 3 weeks ago

The feels! It was a good death for her though, tough until the end!

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Berta 3 weeks ago

honestly I haven't really liked her until this episode

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Christina Sersif 3 weeks ago

Why didn't he warg into one of the dragons? Wtf was the crow supposed to do?

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Phoebe Bean 3 weeks ago

Well, they were battling the Darkness after all...that´s my guess on why this episode was so dark making it literally so difficult to watch, like experiencing a world full of darkness in anticipation to victory.

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Alexia 3 weeks ago

The ladies are missing, especially Lady Stark and Ygritte =))

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Dibbo Sadhukhan 3 weeks ago

theon you have been a good man thank you (for the wifi)

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Phoebe Bean 3 weeks ago

The Hound has a heart after all.

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Mary Waisanen 3 weeks ago

he saw it coming

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Evgeniya Khon 3 weeks ago

Question, did ghost survive?

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Fabian Ortiz 3 weeks ago

I just hear it!!

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Borna Majnarić 3 weeks ago

The idea to make the episode so dark (literally) was brilliant! First, it put an accent on the grim atmosphere, second it gave a whole new dimension to the chaotic combat!

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Kevin Hand 3 weeks ago

YOU GUYS HAD ONE JOB!!!!!

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Gwendolyn Peterson 3 weeks ago

But she IS left handed.

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Ashley Bare 3 weeks ago

"Felt cute might delete the night king later idk" FTFY

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C 3 weeks ago

I really thought his time had come. I hope they wrote SOMETHING into the show for him

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Rory August 3 weeks ago

The night WAS dark and full of terrors....

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Phoebe Bean 3 weeks ago

Danaerys!! LOL

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Phoebe Bean 3 weeks ago

The Night King´s mistake was underestimating men, particularly women.

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Camilla Melander Drakenborg 3 weeks ago

Think we almost knew it but still, the tension, it was so darn good!

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alwaysMispelled 3 weeks ago

How bad ass was it, though? He fucking took out dozens of white walkers and then the Night King himself was the one who took him out! Much better to be killed by the Night King than one of his zombie lackies.

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Me trying to see where the Dothraki went

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Hard 2 Guess 3 weeks ago

Me trying to see pretty much anything in that whole episode.

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William Teach 3 weeks ago

Other than getting other people killed for several seasons and then sitting there like a target, what has Bran contributed? Other than the creepy stares, of course.

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Phoebe Bean 3 weeks ago

She always knew how it was going to end for her.

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Link 3 weeks ago

Too soon

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Phoebe Bean 3 weeks ago (edited)

Stan and Ollie (sobbing)...

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Phoebe Bean 3 weeks ago

Arya right behind him.

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Berta 3 weeks ago

more like 99% of the game

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Vlatko Šagud 3 weeks ago (edited)

Well, Bran told everyone what Little finger did, revealed John his real name (true, together with Sam), gave Arya the dagger... But this battle, I agree, he sucked (I'm not being sarcastic).

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Phoebe Bean 3 weeks ago

Give him some credit, he has done a lot unlike his predecesor.

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Bill 3 weeks ago

How the heck did Sam survive?

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Phoebe Bean 3 weeks ago

After all she did in the past (Shireen), I think Melisandre finally found redemption in S8E3.

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ZombieGirl5591 3 weeks ago

Its funnier in GIF form

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Phoebe Bean 3 weeks ago

Ha ha ha, considering what little Drogon accomplished...

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Phoebe Bean 3 weeks ago

Still no comments? :D

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Rory O'Flaherty 3 weeks ago

Couldn't he have just said, 'Stand behind me' or something?

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