How the fans of HBO’s Game of Thrones rated the latest episode of the hit series based on the novels by George R.R.
How Fans Rated the Last Episode of Game of Thrones
When I write an article about one of your favorite TV shows, you’re going to see a lot of comments from other fans. There will likely be a few about the lack of plot twists as the series progresses, or that the characters have somewhat of a black and white perspective. But most of the comments I have written about Game of Thrones are in the way that they notice certain plot points that are relatively understated, or a specific visual choice or personal feeling, whether it be due to a more thoughtful writing or performance or something else entirely. But when it comes to reviewing it, the similarities to other television programs I reviewed were pretty clear: some things are good, some things are bad. Some things are on par with what other shows have already done. And some things are above average, right up there with Game of Thrones itself.
Of course, every television show has a fan base that is passionate and vocal about the series. There are thousands, if not millions, of people watching Game of Thrones every week, and each one of them is going to have their own criteria for measuring whether the episodes meet expectations, whether they live up to the standards set by other shows, and when a show is simply “good enough.” And because of that level of passion, certain shows aren’t always as appreciated as others.
It’s much easier to compare reviews of a show to others when compared to a genre show like Game of Thrones, which doesn’t really have a stable and separate rating system. Some of the show’s fans I talked to have even referred to the show as “Generation 1,” instead of “Thrones,” because there hasn’t been a new episode since Season 2. And for these fans, ratings mean a great deal. Some feel that as an extended season, Game of Thrones doesn’t have quite the storytelling gravitas that more recent shows can. But the fact is, every show, whether it is based on novels, has a beginning, middle, and end, a beginning and an end to what it’s meant to explore. Fans will often complain about their favorite shows when their favorites don’t match their standards. But because of the way their show works in its novelistic mode, it can be quite hard to realize that a show is finished and gone.
But a few caveats: some of the extremely negative reviews I read when I first started reviewing TV shows were actually based on game theory principles that I had never even heard of before. They’re laid out in the December 2008 book, The Economics of Popular TV Shows, by Alexander Malikov, and they might be the only thing in the book that anyone’s actually read. These criticisms, if they are valid, may also go against Game of Thrones’ overarching philosophy of “No wrong anymore.”
So, without further ado, here’s what most of the fans said about the last episode, “The Dragon and the Wolf.”
Jeri Hagen: “The most frustrating part of this episode, which quite frankly is equal parts fascinating and infuriating, is that we as viewers literally know the show is ending and the characters know the show is ending but that doesn’t stop the endless dread of when it is that inevitable day.”
Evan B. Brown: “There is so much possibility and backstory to be unlocked. This episode cautions me of what’s to come for the characters.”
Sara Martinez: “Thirteen years. It’s about time to give these characters a wrap.”
Clare Evolei: “The ending is gut-wrenching. And heartbreaking. And I am thankful for it.”
Noah Scott: “Totally worth it to see Dany’s face. The best face in television ever!”
Richard Smith: “It could be viewed as a surprisingly thoughtful episode which makes me wonder why they stopped there.”
Scott Bouldin: “Great finale that ties it all up beautifully. So I guess the riddle of the finale remains.”
Megan Perrella: “Some pretty solid choice shots and editing throughout.”
Saul Burke: “Love seeing like-minded fans together and in genuine agreement. This show is consistent.”
Jordan: “Beyond from the raging heights of the story that it reaches, the finale is moving and full of satisfaction.”
William: “I had no clue what was going to happen the rest of the way. I can’t tell you how happy I am.�