The Bells
Game of Thrones Season 8



Critic Ratings: 107
Critics Consensus

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.

Episode Info

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.


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
John Bradley
as Samwell Tarly
Alfie Allen
as Theon Greyjoy
Liam Cunningham
as Davos Seaworth
Kristofer Hivju
as Tormund Giantsbane
Iain Glen
as Jorah Mormont
Rory McCann
as Sandor "The Hound" Clegane
Pilou Asbæk
as Euron Greyjoy
Marc Rissmann
as Harry Strickland
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Critic Reviews for The Bells

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.

May 13, 2019 | Full Review…

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.

May 14, 2019 | Full Review…
Top Critic

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.

May 14, 2019 | Full Review…
Top Critic

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

May 14, 2019 | Full Review…

Dany got a raw deal.

May 13, 2019 | Full Review…
Top Critic

...a perfect encapsulation of everything good and everything bad about the show.

May 13, 2019 | Rating: 15/20 | Full Review…

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.

Aug 22, 2019 | Rating: 6/10 | Full Review…

The cinematography was spectacular.

Jul 23, 2019 | Full Review…

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]

Jun 5, 2019 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

It's better in theory than it is in execution...

May 12, 2019 | Full Review…

[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]

May 19, 2019 | Full Review…

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.

May 19, 2019 | Full Review…

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