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: 17

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Episodes

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Air date: Apr 14, 2019
2
Air date: Apr 21, 2019
3
Air date: Apr 28, 2019
4
Air date: May 5, 2019
5
Air date: May 12, 2019
6
Air date: May 19, 2019

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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
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 (17) | Top Critics (1)

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…

Season eight made the regrettable mistake of giving half its time to an underwhelming villain at the expense of the characters who made the show special in the first place.

May 27, 2019 | 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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

Game of Thrones found purpose. Not to press our faces to the fire, but to show us those already burned, and teach us how to hold their suffering.

Jun 4, 2019 | Full Review…

If only [David] Benioff and [DB] Weiss had had more faith in these quiet moments. Instead, they tried to load as many epic battles and as much incredible CGI into the final season as they could.

May 24, 2019 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

It was a fitting end to the story.

Sep 17, 2019 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Game of Thrones: Season 8

  • 3d ago
    This season ruined the previous seven and destroyed my interest in watching new series in the Westeros universe.
  • 4d ago
    Straight trash. Waste of time.
  • 5d ago
    I have never seen a show too so spectacularly fail at the conclusion as this did. It's much to the point that it's almost comical because you think that there's no way the writers could be trolling to this degree. No spoilers but on one of the director's commentaries, with a straight face, they say that Danerys just forgot about a pretty major detail. Honestly, if this was intentional though, bravo because I don't think you could have done a worse job.
  • 5d ago
    Everything is very fast, terribly fast. the characters' narrative arches are shredded, the Night King is an idiot, Dany goes crazy at random, and Jon is her doormat.
  • 6d ago
    When you put logic in a story and later take away logic it irritates the audience, but what makes this even worse is that this not the show runner's story and they've damaged the reputation of GRRM's life's work. The show runners had two years to make these six episodes, the two episodes were good because it was bringing up hype but after episode 3 the hype shattered to pieces, and it only got worse as the episodes went on until the end.
  • Feb 14, 2020
    It was a very good example of how to take a great show and ruin it. Felt like a long con. If it ended on episode 3 I would've been wholely satisfied.
  • Feb 13, 2020
    The final 4 episodes some how manage to deplete over 7 seasons worth of character development, story arcs and viewer engagement. Shameful.
  • Feb 12, 2020
    I think that I might be in the minority of fans because yes there were things I would have changed but that is with most seasons of most shows and overall I really enjoyed this last season and it is one of my favorite final seasons of all time. The lead acting was phenomenal especially from Kit Harington, Emilia Clarke, Maisie Williams, Sophie Turner, Peter Dinklage, Lena Headey, Gwendoline Christie, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Rory McCann, Kristofer Hivju, Iain Glen, Isaac Hempstead Wright and Alfie Allen. Pilou Asbæk, Nathalie Emmanuel, John Bradley, Liam Cunningham, Gemma Whelan, Jacob Anderson, Bella Ramsey, Tobias Menzies, Daniel Portman, Jerome Flynn, and Conleth Hill gave outstanding supporting performances. Carice van Houten and Joe Dempsie gave excellent guest performances. The visual effects were exceptional especially in the scene where Jon and Daenerys were riding on Drogon and Rhaegal, the scene where Drogon melts the Iron Throne, and the scene where Viserion was attacking Winterfell, the dragons Drogon, Viserion, and Rhaegal are the best visual effects I have ever seen in a TV show. The costumes wore by Emilia Clarke, Sophie Turner, Lena Headey, Carice van Houten, Kit Harington, Nathalie Emmanuel, Maisie Williams, Gwendoline Christie, Peter Dinklage, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, John Bradley, Alfie Allen, Isaac Hempstead Wright, and Kirstofer Hivju were remarkable. The makeup and hairstyling was stupendous especially on Kit Harington, Peter Dinklage, Hafþór Júlíus Björnsson, Carice van Houten, Nathalie Emmanuel, Emilia Clarke, Sophie Turner, Kristofer Hivju, Pilou Asbæk, Maisie Williams, Lena Headey, Nikolai Coster-Waldau, Gwendoline Christie, Alfie Allen, Isaac Hempstead Wright, John Bradley, Hannah Murray, and Gemma Whelan. The music was superb as always, the opening theme is my favorite opening theme of all time. The writing was great but there were only a few things I didn't like like the way Rhaegal and Missandei we're killed and I didn't like how Daenerys was turned into a tyrant and killed but overall I loved this season and it was another A+ season.
  • Feb 11, 2020
    This doesnt even deserve half star
  • Feb 11, 2020
    Finally got around to watching this & thought it couldn't be as bad as the reaction when aired. It was worse than expected. A complete betrayal. It had the feel of a homework assignment put off until the last minute, then thrown together the night before while watching TV at the same time. Would have given it 2 stars if it wasn't so disrespectful to its previously established legacy.

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