Peter Dinklage as Tyrion Lannister in the final episode of Game of Thrones.
Peter Dinklage as Tyrion Lannister in the final episode of Game of Thrones.

Game of Thrones ends in flames, series finale The Iron Throne is worst rated episode in show’s history

The series finale of Game of Thrones, The Iron Throne, is the worst rated episode of the show’s history on IMDb, and the second worst reviewed episode ever on Rotten Tomatoes. Here’s how it compares to previous seasons.
Hindustan Times | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON MAY 21, 2019 05:01 PM IST

The series finale of HBO’s Game of Thrones is the worst-rated episode of the show on IMDb, and the second worst-reviewed episode in the show’s history, as per review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes. The Iron Throne, which has divided fans and critics alike, has a 4.4 score on IMDb, based on over 140,000 ratings, and a 48% score on RT - just 1% above the series-worst 47% score for episode five - based on 104 reviews.

The website critics’ consensus reads, “If nothing else, The Iron Throne is a bittersweet -- if unfortunately bland -- series finale that ensures Game of Thrones fans will linger on the fate of their favourite characters for some time. Will they ever be satisfied by the show’s conclusions? Ask us again in 10 years.”

 

“As a fan of the TV show, I felt battered into submission. This season has been the same story over and over again: a lot of tin-eared writing trying to justify some of the most drastic story developments imaginable, as quickly as possible,” the Atlantic’s David Sims wrote. “The kindest thing I can say about the Games of Thrones series finale is that it might have satisfied Plato,” Time magazine’s Judy Berman wrote.

“The final episode of Game of Thrones, arguably the world’s most popular show, went out with a whimper,” noted the Hindustan Times review, awarding it three out of five stars.

Season eight, one of the most highly anticipated seasons in television history, is the worst reviewed of the show’s run, with a Rotten Tomatoes score of 67% and a 36% fan score. By comparison, the first season had a 91% score, seasons two and three retain a 96%, season four is the best rated with a 97% score, while seasons five, six and seven have 93%, 94% and 93% score, respectively.

Every week, it seemed, the bar kept being lowered. Episode one, Winterfell, has a 92% score; episode 2, A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms has an 88% score; episode three, The Long Night has a 75% score, which was eclipsed by The Last of the Starks’ 57% score, and then by The Bells’ 48%.

 

On IMDb, the worst rated episode prior to season eight was season five’s controversial Unbowed, Unbent, Unbroken. Each of the final season’s six episodes has an IMDb rating either equal to or lower than that of Unbowed, Unbent, Unbroken’s 8.1

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