Game of Thrones: Season 8 Episode 5 - TV Reviews - Rotten Tomatoes

Game of Thrones: Season 8 Episode 5 Reviews

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Huw Saunders
Cultured Vultures
August 22, 2019

As ever with Game of Thrones, it's all excellently put together, it's just the reasons that leave something to be desired. It is a tale full of sound and fury, told by - well, you know the rest.

Full Review | Original Score: 6/10
Ian Thomas Malone
Ian Thomas Malone
July 23, 2019

The cinematography was spectacular.

Jorge Rivera Rubio
June 5, 2019

This episode was phenomenal. The best of the season and one of the best in the series. It was not perfect either, I won't say that, but it was what I expected from Game of Thrones. [Full Review in Spanish]

Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Mireia Mullor
May 19, 2019

[I]t can not rain to everyone's taste, although a little more calm, time and attention to detail in this eighth season would have been appreciated. [Full Review in Spanish]

Mike Daringer
Film Inquiry
May 19, 2019

Here, in these moments, Sapochnik delivers the most fluid sequences of action and spectacle that have come to define the later seasons of the show. It's utterly mesmerizing and engulfing.

Daniel Krauze
El Financiero
May 17, 2019

No series that wanted to show human cruelty could avoid an end like this, and even less when power is at stake. [Full review in Spanish]

Víctor Fernández G.
La Nación (Costa Rica)
May 16, 2019

It's a pity that the series in which we have invested so much reaches its final predicament in a hurry to be finished. [Full review in Spanishi]

Tasha Robinson
The Verge
May 14, 2019

"The Bells" is full of characters being their dumbest, most ill-considered selves, solely in the pursuit of momentary conflicts and payoffs.

Julia Alexander
The Verge
May 14, 2019

The Bells fell into the category of "dumb entertainment," and that's not a bad thing - but it's a lot to unpack.

Robert Rorke
New York Post
Top Critic
May 14, 2019

It was shocking, and like the best of "Thrones," unexpected. But you can't say we weren't warned.

Andrew Bloom
Consequence of Sound
May 14, 2019

As a technical piece of filmmaking... "The Bells" is a masterpiece. As the culmination of the arcs of some of the show's most important characters, it is, if not a complete failure, then certainly a true disappointment.

Matt Goldberg
May 14, 2019

There is a way to get to Daenerys, flying high above King's Landing, deciding to burn the whole thing down even though she's already victorious. But "The Bells" didn't get there. It wasn't even close.

Elsa Fernández-Santos
El Pais (Spain)
May 14, 2019

The Kahleesi and Drogon were thus reduced to a dehumanized and abstract entity that only spat terror and fire. [Full Review in Spanish]

AJ Willingham
Top Critic
May 14, 2019

If we're supposed to buy Dany turning Mad Queen after seasons of building her up as a hero and a revolutionary, why did she get about 3.5 seconds of screen time once she started burning everything down?

Alan Sepinwall
Rolling Stone
Top Critic
May 14, 2019

No TV episode has ever looked more impressive than this one. But the technical genius wasn't accompanied by the storytelling equivalent. As a result, the 80-plus minutes soon began to feel punishing.

John Elledge
New Statesman
May 14, 2019

I found it one of the most powerful, most viscerally truthful, hours of television I have ever seen.

Ron Hogan
Den of Geek
May 14, 2019

What The Bells shows is a world in which the powerful take what they want, the identity of the good guys and the bad guys depends solely on whose side you're taking yourself, and nobody is going to get a happy ending.

Karl Quinn
The Age (Australia)
Top Critic
May 14, 2019

So it turns out there is an enemy more fearsome than the Night King for the long-suffering folk of Westeros after all. It's the woman who's come to save them.

Chris Barton
Los Angeles Times
Top Critic
May 14, 2019

Whether that plan can still coalesce into a satisfying "GOT" ending will be decided next week, but with so much hinging on accepting this reversal by Daenerys... that is feeling like another long shot.

Michael Walsh
May 14, 2019

"The Bells," marked the end for five of Game of Thrones' major characters-four to death and one to total madness. And all of these endings, especially the one that led to the complete destruction of King's Landing, came with major problems.

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