‘Game Of Thrones’ Triumphs At Emmys For Contentious ‘Long Night’ Episode

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UPDATED with final wins total: Despite much fan derision, Game of Thrones took home three Emmys early Sunday for the episode “The Long Night”: Sound Mixing, Score and Music Composition. Given that fans complained they couldn’t see the episode since it was so dark, it perhaps makes sense that so far it’s won for aural attributes.

By the end of the Sunday night, Game of Thrones had taken home 10 Emmys, half of them for The Long Night episode. The series has a record 32 nominations.

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Speaking backstage at the Creative Arts Emmys tonight, re-recording mixer Matthew Waters, who won for sound mixing with his team, said the episode had been challenging sound-wise because of the sheer length and tone of the episode. Maintaining energy was tough.

“The entire episode was a scene, he said, “a whole storyline, and we had to keep the energy of it up…it was really a lot of tricks in our craft.”

He noted the standout nature of the episode only by saying, “It was very different and super fun, but that was the hardest to keep that energy up for an hour and-a-half.”

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