GoT Season 8 Episode Ratings

by alexkross2 | created - 1 month ago | updated - 1 day ago | Public

Overall Season rating: 8½/10. These ratings and reviews are based off of how much I enjoyed each episode. ★ = Great Episode/Season. For reference I've only ever rated 3 episodes a perfect score in Seasons 1-7; BoB, Winds of Winter, and The Door. I decided to focus more on the last four episodes for their sheer length and importance to the story where the first two episode involved mostly buildup and reintroduction to the characters.

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1. Game of Thrones (2011–2019)
Episode: Winterfell (2019)

TV-MA | 54 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

Jon and Daenerys arrive in Winterfell and are met with skepticism. Sam learns about the fate of his family. Cersei gives Euron the reward he aims for. Theon follows his heart.

Director: David Nutter | Stars: Peter Dinklage, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Lena Headey, Emilia Clarke

Votes: 110,059

Directed By David Nutter

When it comes to Game of Thrones season premieres this is one of the best over the years. Basic structure yet more emotional because of what's at stake. The reunions alone provide enough satisfaction for every fan of the show. The episode was very reminiscent of S01E01; with a number of parallels. Overall, great season opener with some powerful scenes and emotional moments.

2. Game of Thrones (2011–2019)
Episode: A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms (2019)

TV-MA | 58 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

Jaime faces judgment and Winterfell prepares for the battle to come.

Director: David Nutter | Stars: Peter Dinklage, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Emilia Clarke, Kit Harington

Votes: 107,691

Directed By David Nutter

This really felt like a true Game of Thrones episode. Since the show has passed the books there has been a noticeable detachment. But this episode feels like A Song of Ice and Fire and also served as great setup to the Battle of Winterfell coming in E03. We got to see the strategy behind the battle and also the things our favourite characters wanted to do on potentially the last night of their lives. It was extremely heartwarming to see Brienne become a Knight, and from the sword of Jaime. They have a great amount of respect for each other. The audience and Jaime know that Brienne is more a Knight than anyone. Jaime admires her for her loyalty and his character arc over the seasons became what it is because of her. Overall this was a great character driven episode that gives us even more of a reason to care about all of our favourite characters.

3. Game of Thrones (2011–2019)
Episode: The Long Night (2019)

TV-MA | 82 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

The Night King and his army have arrived at Winterfell and the great battle begins.

Director: Miguel Sapochnik | Stars: Peter Dinklage, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Emilia Clarke, Kit Harington

Votes: 185,835

9 ★

Directed By Miguel Sapochnik

Forget about the books and the prophecies that George RR Martin introduced to us in his version of the story. This is David and Dan's version and it deserves to be interpreted as such. I think this is the most important thing to accept before you can break down this episode.

Game of Thrones battles, or just regular episodes for that matter, have all been amazing achievements—most notably this one. It truly surpasses the television standard. We saw a similar achievement with the Battle of The Bastards two years ago. This episode surpassed all of the other battles in terms of scope and just pure gore. Opening with a one shot sequence with all of the main characters getting into position before the battle set the tone perfectly. The episode was shot so well that it never makes the audience tired or fatigued from the fighting. It stays fresh and keeps you at the edge of your seat for the entire 1hr and 22min runtime. Looking back to S07E04 at the Godswood, where Arya kills the Night King in this episode, Bran gives Arya the Catspaw dagger. Arya uses that same dagger to kill the Night King, and at the exact same Godswood tree. Bran knows more than anyone and at the end of the episode he looks even more confused than before. This makes me wonder what's next for the story and if this really is the last we see of the White Walkers.

Overall, S08E03 was a cinematic achievement that deserves the praise it will get. But behind all the fighting is something deeper, and I believe the key to this entire story is Bran. He knows all of the pieces to the puzzle and is putting them in place right in front of our eyes. We need to pay more attention to his actions to understand what role he is playing in all of this.

4. Game of Thrones (2011–2019)
Episode: The Last of the Starks (2019)

TV-MA | 78 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

The Battle of Winterfell is over and a new chapter for Westeros begins.

Director: David Nutter | Stars: Peter Dinklage, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Lena Headey, Emilia Clarke

Votes: 139,252


Directed By David Nutter

I'm going to stop looking at the average IMDB ratings for this season and you should too. Last week before S08E03 aired it was cool to love GoT and now because of one episode (which I found to be great) it's cool to hate the show. One of the things wrong with this season is the amount of people determined to hate it; the same people who gave this episode a 1/10 without even watching.

In S08E04 the tides change. The North knows only one King and it's still not Daenerys. But she knows this already; the question is what will she have to do about it? Before Jon told Dany about his true parentage things were much easier for them. With Sansa, Arya, Tyrion, and Varys knowing now as well, it's hard to say what will happen next.

In this episode we see the political jockeying that we were used to in Seasons 1-6. Everyones love for the show started with the politics, and there is no short of them in S08E04. Something to pay extra attention to is Dany's "Destiny" to sit the Iron Throne. She said she will do whatever it takes to get the throne. Cersei isn't the only one in her way anymore. Even though Jon doesn't want to be King, it may not be up to him. He may be the only person who can truly unite the Seven Kingdoms in the way that Daenerys aimed to. I guess the question is if Dany loves Jon more than the Throne. In S02E10 Dany has a vision of the throne room filled with snow. However it's most likely ash; the ash of King's Landing after she destroys everything in her way to fulfill her destiny. This may not be what her future as Queen looks like but rather a warning as to what she could become. A monster and a tyrant, following in her fathers footsteps. Is the vision in S02E10 inevitable or just a look at what could happen if she gets carried away? Perhaps thinking back to the vision will make her more rational in the final moments. I noticed in S04E02 Bran had a vision of a single dragon flying over King's Landing. Pretty fitting since Daenerys only has one left.

Before this episode it seemed like Dany would easily take King's Landing and sit the Iron Throne. But right now I'm as sure about it as Varys is. Dany is filled with emotion right now and she has to channel it to do what is right. She can't fall into any of Cersei's traps and she must stay focussed. But will Dany's anger help destroy Cersei or all of King's Landing?

Overall, S08E04 was a great episode that focused on developing the plot for next weeks Battle at King's Landing. It looks like Dany is starting to deteriorate and it's not a god look. She didn't come this far and lose this many people for nothing. I think she is one betrayal away from going a mad. I can't help but feel that the major plot points are being a rushed at this point but I'm willing to look over it if it helps us get a better ending to the story.

P.S. For the people thinking this episode was filler or uneventful for that matter, maybe it's best you stop watching.

5. Game of Thrones (2011–2019)
Episode: The Bells (2019)

TV-MA | 78 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

Forces have arrived at Kings Landing for the final battle.

Director: Miguel Sapochnik | Stars: Peter Dinklage, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Lena Headey, Emilia Clarke

Votes: 161,799

9 ★

Directed By Miguel Sapochnik

S08E05 opens with Lord Varys compiling messages presumably for the lords of Westeros. We see a girl named Martha inform him that the Queen still hasn’t eaten anything since Missendei’s death. Varys tells Martha to go back to the kitchen and that they’ll try again tomorrow. The first time viewing this it’s easy to miss but it’s quite obvious and also characteristic of Varys that he’s trying to kill Dany (with poison). Varys knows he is running out of time before Dany commands her troops to march for King’s Landing. When Jon arrives to Dragonstone Varys knows he must talk to him. However, Jon’s honour and his care for Dany are just too high for him to take Varys seriously.

After Varys’ meeting with Jon he burns the messages and assumes Jon will be the one to inform Dany of the treason. But it’s Tyrion who gives up Varys. This makes the audience wonder if Tyrion is truly loyal to Dany or scared of her? Varys was Tyrion’s best friend. They shared years of their lives side by side and now it’s all over. I find it hard to believe that Tyrion is more loyal to Dany than Varys. His action was nothing but fear. If Dany found out about anything that Tyrion told her before Tyrion told her, he would have been joining Varys in Drogon’s fire. Tyrion betrays his best friend because he knows it’s better for at least one of them to live.

This opening sequence flows flawlessly and for twenty minutes it has the audience glued to the screen. Game of Thrones has always been amazing at building tension in its audience and this sequence, better yet this entire episode, is no exception to that.

Tyrion joins Dany in the throne room of Dragonstone and advises her on the upcoming battle. He emphasizes to let the city surrender and for her to do no harm to the innocent. He knows that Dany intends to run the Seven Kingdoms with fear rather than loyalty. Dany agrees to give the chance of surrender. This is a good sign for Tyrion that he still has somewhat of a grip on Dany’s decisions. Or does he? Before Tyrion leaves, Dany informs Tyrion that Jaime was caught by her men trying to get past their lines. She warns him that the next time he fails her will be the last.

Just moments after Dany threatens Tyrion, he goes to visit Jaime. He frees him knowing damn well it may cost him his life. He tells him that King’s Landing will fall but that doesn’t mean Cersei has to die. After years of tormenting from Cersei, Tyrion shows Jaime that he still cares about their sister. But Tyrion cares even more for his brother. Jaime was the only one who treated Tyrion like a “regular” man. He knows just how much Jaime loves Cersei and for that very reason he frees Jaime and sends him to save Cersei. He tells Jaime to start a new life somewhere. Somewhere that isn’t King’s landing.

Daenerys takes King Landing quite easily. This makes me wonder why Rhaegal had to die in the last episode. We assumed it was to level the playing field, but things still went over very easy for Dany. Maybe it was necessary for Rhaegal to die so that it’s easier for Jon and Co. to betray her in S08E06? As of yet, no one knows. Perhaps George told David and Dan that in the end Dany only has one dragon and they quickly tried to think of a way to kill off Rhaegal.

We see Dany destroying Kings Landing and simultaneously killing hundreds of thousands of innocent men, woman, and children. This is after the city surrenders. Jon and Tyrion are shocked from what they are seeing. GRRM has talked about how Dragons have a similar use as something like an atomic bomb—and when you put that in the hands of someone like Dany you get something terrifying. King’s Landing was built by Aegon I hundreds of years ago and taken from the Targaryen’s in Robert’s Rebellion. Dany had to take back what her family built. She does it in a way that only she saw fit. It inspires fear in everyone around her and will let her rule with fear. However, Jon and Tyrion are too honourable to let something like this happen. The audience should keep an eye on them in the next episode.

One thing I found fascinating was the contrast of the Wildfire and dragon fire in the city. The Wildfire was dwarfed by Drogon’s fire. King Aerys II planted Wildfire under the city and wanted to burn the city to the ground. We see in this episode that what Aerys intended on doing did only a fraction of the damage that Dany did. After Dany’s attack on King’s Landing if you were to stack the bodies of everyone else killed on the show by Tyrants and fearful leaders, Dany’s stack would be uncontested.

Dany believes that breaking the wheel is what the people of Westeros want. She believes that what she is doing is better for the people. But it isn’t. I think Jon and Tyrion know this and I think they are going to try to stop her. Dany may be the danger for humanity that we all thought the Night King was. When looking at the GoT wiki of Azor Ahai and Nissa Nissa you see Azor Ahai kill Nissa Nissa with a sword through the breast. I can’t help but realize how much this looks like Jon and Dany. In the next episode I believe Jon will kill Dany. Not for himself but for Westeros. Jon’s focus isn’t to rule the Seven Kingdoms, it is to save it. Originally from the Night King, but now from Daenerys.

6. Game of Thrones (2011–2019)
Episode: The Iron Throne (2019)

TV-MA | 80 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

In the aftermath of the devastating attack on King's Landing, Daenerys must face the survivors.

Directors: David Benioff, D.B. Weiss | Stars: Peter Dinklage, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Lena Headey, Emilia Clarke

Votes: 190,327

9 ★

Directed By David Benioff & D.B. Weiss

After 73 Episodes and 9 years since the Pilot episode “Winter is Coming”, Game of Thrones is officially over. Judging from the IMDB ratings on all of the Season 8 episodes I definitely liked this season more than the average user. Even though I would say season 8 is the worst season of the show, it was still quality TV. Did the creators rush the conclusion? Absolutely. But we got what we got and at the end of the day it is still only a show. You can complain about the writing and the plot as much as you want but it won’t change anything; it’ll just make you more upset. I think if you have the willpower to do so, just accept what we got; the best cinematography I may have ever seen, some of the best editing out there, and an achievement in directing for every episode. Everyone, and I mean everyone worked their ass’s off to bring these episodes to screen. There are still TV shows on the air like “Young Sheldon” and “Chicago PD” but GoT fans are complaining about The Long Night battle because Arya killed the Night King in perhaps the most epic battle since The Lord of the Rings. Give an episode of this quality to any other show and it’s at least a 9.9/10 on IMDB, I guarantee it.

I was a little curious about the how the episodes would be rated if I took out all of the 1’s, 2’s and 3’s as I believe a 1, 2, or 3 for any of the episodes is completely unjustifiable and just a bunch of people bashing the show because it didn’t go the way they wanted. This is what I got:

Winterfell.............................................8.3/10 A Night of The Seven Kingdoms..............8.5/10 The Long Night.....................................8.7/10 The Last of the Starks...........................7.5/10 The Bells.............................................8/10 The Iron Throne...................................7.6/10

I think this is a much better representation of what fans actually thought of the season. When you take out the mindless 1’s, 2’s, and 3’s we get a more true and deserving score for each episode.


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