Game of Thrones: Season 8 (2019)

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Season 8
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Game of Thrones' final season shortchanges the women of Westeros, sacrificing satisfying character arcs for spectacular set-pieces in its mad dash to the finish line.

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Critic Ratings: 20

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Air date: Apr 14, 2019

Jon and Daenerys arrive at Winterfell with Unsullied and Dothraki forces, but the Northerners aren't sure what to make of the newcomers. Meanwhile, Cersei learns what happened at the Wall, Theon plots to save his sister, and Arya is reunited with a number of old faces.

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Air date: Apr 21, 2019

Jaime pleads his case before a skeptical audience at Winterfell, where last-minute preparations are made, and unlikely allies come together, in desperate anticipation of an imminent attack by the White Walkers.

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Air date: Apr 28, 2019

The living valiantly endure a seemingly endless assault by the Army of the Dead, but Winterfell's weary and outnumbered defenders' chances of survival, let alone victory, grow more dire by the hour as the Night King executes his battle plan to near perfection.

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Air date: May 5, 2019

The survivors at Winterfell mourn the loss of their fallen comrades and celebrate their hard-fought victory, but they're well aware that another major war looms in the south against Cersei and her new, formidable allies.

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Air date: May 12, 2019

The battle for King's Landing turns into a decidedly one-sided affair, as Daenerys unleashes her full power and might in a shocking display of brutality and carnage that leaves even her closest allies and advisers appalled at the merciless destruction.

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Air date: May 19, 2019

The series ends in the aftermath of Daenerys' obliteration of King's Landing, but many of those who have sworn loyalty to her begin to question her motives and fitness to sit on the Iron Throne.

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Cast

Peter Dinklage
as Tyrion Lannister
Nikolaj Coster-Waldau
as Jaime Lannister
Lena Headey
as Cersei Lannister
Emilia Clarke
as Daenerys Targaryen
Aidan Gillen
as Petyr Baelish
Kit Harington
as Jon Snow
Sophie Turner
as Sansa Stark
Alfie Allen
as Theon Greyjoy
John Bradley
as Samwell Tarly
Liam Cunningham
as Davos Seaworth
Iain Glen
as Jorah Mormont
Kristofer Hivju
as Tormund Giantsbane
Rory McCann
as Sandor "The Hound" Clegane
Pilou Asbæk
as Euron Greyjoy
Daniel Portman
as Podrick Payne
Richard Dormer
as Beric Dondarrion
Ben Crompton
as Eddison Tollett
Bella Ramsey
as Lyanna Mormont
Gemma Whelan
as Yara Greyjoy
Marc Rissmann
as Harry Strickland
Richard Rycroft
as Maester Wolkan
Megan Parkinson
as Alys Karstark
Tobias Menzies
as Edmure Tully
Lino Facioli
as Robin Arryn
Vladimir Furdik
as Night King
Ian Whyte
as Giant Wight
Harry Grasby
as Ned Umber
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Critic Reviews for Game of Thrones Season 8

All Critics (20) | Top Critics (2)

Game of Thrones finally finished, the last episode aptly titled The Long Night and it was a terrible ending, disappointing for fans, causing a collective cringe around the globe.

Dec 17, 2019 | Full Review…

There is something courageous about a television series that is brave enough to reimagine Richard III as a hero.

Mar 16, 2020 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

Season 8 reduced characters to caricatures, didn't earn its character development and the shift in their arcs, baked in several plot holes, and did away with internal logic and consistency.

Jul 3, 2020 | Full Review…

Season eight can be summed up in a phrase - missed opportunities.

Jul 16, 2020 | Rating: 2.5/5 | Full Review…

The current, final season of HBO's Game of Thrones is swinging and missing on both fronts (the production quality and writing) as a hurried journey toward the finish line is ultimately hurting the series and possibly its legacy.

Nov 19, 2019 | Full Review…

Some are saying we'll never have TV like Game of Thrones again, but that simply isn't true - it worked, so of course it will be emulated.

Dec 30, 2019 | Rating: B- | Full Review…

Together, this team made an unimaginably huge mountain out of an unfinished book series. It's okay to be glad that it's over, but let's not forget how great it was when it was on its game.

Dec 16, 2019 | Full Review…

In the final six episodes, Game of Thrones should have felt like a game of chess. Instead, it veered very close to feeling more like a game of checkers. And that's probably why so many viewers felt burned.

Oct 17, 2019 | Full Review…

It's such a fundamental shift of priorities that, for all of season 8's technical virtues and the sound resolution of a few story beats, it still can't help but feel like a betrayal of the show's ethos

Sep 30, 2019 | Full Review…

It was a fitting end to the story.

Sep 17, 2019 | Full Review…

Daenerys and Cersei are portrayed as too ambitious and emotionally unfit to rule the Seven Kingdoms.

May 26, 2019 | Rating: D | Full Review…

Even at its wobbliest, these final episodes demonstrate a stunning degree of filmmaking skill that find even the weakest installments standing head and shoulders over most recent feature films of a similar nature.

Jun 14, 2019 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Game of Thrones: Season 8

  • 5d ago
    Damn! Now i can see why fans were so pissed about this finale. Hell, it doesn't even feel like a finale. It feels more like any other season in this show, only less competent and more stupid. This entire final season feels so corporately manufactured and half-assed that all the aspects that made the other seasons great are nowhere to be found here. The beautiful cinematography and great special effects are nowhere near enough to saving it. It also has a thing for not knowing how to subvert the audience's expectations in a way that works. Instead, the writers slap us in the face with twists that don't make any sense, terrible writing decisions and characters that have been dumbed down so much that we almost don't even recognize them anymore. How was George okay with this? I have no idea. A once-great show ends on a stinker of a final season with an underwhelming and anti-climactic finale. way to go, Hollywood.
  • Sep 14, 2020
    Season 8 completely lacks any of the intrigue, complexity, or cleverness from earlier seasons, making it abundantly clear that very little of the genius of earlier seasons actually came from the show-runners themselves (but rather, entirely from GRRM). Dialogue is minimal and desperately fails to capture the intelligence of previous seasons, and high budget (and admittedly beautiful at times) stunts are used to cheaply disguise the lack of depth in the story this season. Actions no longer have consequences, and foreshadowing is tossed aside for shock-value. There is little logic to how things play out, and it seems who comes out on top is based solely on the show-runners own personal preferences rather than story build up.
  • Sep 12, 2020
    Horribly written and devoid of logic and sense a franchise ruined and sent to oblivion to be forgotten.
  • Sep 12, 2020
    horrible horrible horrible, they ruined the show
  • Sep 11, 2020
    Poorly thought out. Rushed. Seemed underfunded. Unfortunate.
  • Sep 10, 2020
    So many inconsistencies. The intricate and intelligent political games left the series the moment the books stopped. The writers messed up the whole thing. The production value which once was considered canon, is now careless with water bottles and Starbucks cups and horrid lighting. What a horrible disappointment this was. I hope the 'writers' never do any more 'writing'.
  • Sep 09, 2020
    This entire season was pure trash.
  • Sep 05, 2020
    The fact that D&D obviously rushed the final season, due to biting off way more than they could chew career-wise, makes me unable to forgive how horribly and utterly they ruined such a fantastic show and story.
  • Aug 31, 2020
    A pesar de que la temporada en general pareció terminada medio con los dientes y a las corridas, creo que el desarrollo sí fue satisfactorio y que no fue out-of-character. A lo largo de toda la serie nos advirtieron el final de Daenerys, quién se queda con el Trono fue medio un plot twist pero a la vez no, y la verdad que al final quedó demostrado que la historia más importante era la de la familia Stark, con quienes empezamos y terminamos, a los que seguimos a lo largo de todas las temporadas. El invierno llegó y pasó y la verdad que... sí, me gustó mucho el final. The pack survives (and thrives).
  • Aug 31, 2020
    Shortcut major character and story arcs to finish the series. Even the Major action sequences were disappointing - which was seemingly all that this season was aiming for - Battle of Winterfell was nonsensical in the tactics and strategies used (Helms Deep remains the pinnacle). Still consider the overall series unfinished as I cannot sensibly join this to the seasons before in my mind!

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