The Iron Throne
Game of Thrones Season 8



Critic Ratings: 133
Critics Consensus

If nothing else, "The Iron Throne" is a bittersweet -- if unfortunately bland -- series finale that ensures Game of Thrones fans will linger on the fate of their favorite characters for some time. Will they ever be satisfied by the show's conclusions? Ask us again in 10 years.

Episode Info

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.


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
Gemma Whelan
as Yara Greyjoy
Tobias Menzies
as Edmure Tully
Kristofer Hivju
as Tormund Giantsbane
Daniel Portman
as Podrick Payne
Lino Facioli
as Robin Arryn
Richard Rycroft
as Maester Wolkan
Rory McCann
as Sandor "The Hound" Clegane
Pilou Asbæk
as Euron Greyjoy
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Critic Reviews for The Iron Throne

It's an ending only a writer could love.

May 23, 2019 | Full Review…
Top Critic

The oddest aspect of the long-awaited, much derided, but actually pretty good finale of Game of Thrones is that it tries to sell an aristocratic coup as a glorious revolution.

May 23, 2019 | Full Review…
Top Critic

In this final episode, needing only to execute George R.R. Martin's ending, they clearly made a choice: to lean into the things their show does better than most other shows. It was the right choice!

May 21, 2019 | Full Review…
Top Critic

The more they stay the same.

May 21, 2019 | Full Review…

Benioff and Weiss organized their entire series around an ending that they didn't write to.

May 21, 2019 | Full Review…
Top Critic

Feels lazy and false. It's not much of a happy ending to go from placing our faith in kings and queens to trusting the judgment of unseen and unaccountable committee meetings.

May 21, 2019 | Full Review…
Top Critic

Finales should leave you needing a moment to take it all in. All 'The Iron Throne' will leave you is either laughing, groaning, or wondering what's on the other side.

Aug 22, 2019 | Rating: 4/10 | Full Review…

The Game of Thrones finale seems to occupy the space between Lost and The Sopranos, not quite in the realm of outlandish but certainly not fully satisfying either.

Jul 23, 2019 | Full Review…

It was not happy or sad, it was simply an end. Bittersweet may be more appropriate, nothing free of controversy and discussion but, an end after all. [Full Review in Spanish]

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

In the series finale of Game of Thrones, we see the future of Westeros unfold before our eyes.

May 29, 2019 | Full Review…

This is not the kind of storytelling we fell in love with, and this ending is not an earned ending.

May 29, 2019 | Full Review…

Stately slow, immense, roughly silent, which is everything it should have been, while wrapping with wit, lack of urgency, cadences worthy of Chopin's preludes.

May 28, 2019 | Full Review…

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