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Death, destruction, and the deterioration of Daenerys' sanity make "The Bells" an episode for the ages; but too much plot in too little time muddles the story and may leave some viewers feeling its conclusions are unearned.
There were "touching" moments everywhere in this well-lit battle episode - and I put quotes around that word because, with the final season's hasty pace and sudden personality shifts, only a few of them truly landed.
The show is hitting viewers in the nose, extremely hard, with an idea that has been latent since the beginning: that rooting for anyone is a loser's game.
It was one of those episodes designed to exhaust fans as much as sate curiosities - their own "Game of Thrones" drinking contests now ended in one, bloody whoosh.
I found it one of the most powerful, most viscerally truthful, hours of television I have ever seen.
Dany got a raw deal.
...a perfect encapsulation of everything good and everything bad about the show.
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.
The cinematography was spectacular.
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]
It's better in theory than it is in execution...
[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]
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.