Game of Thrones: Season 8 Reviews

July 3, 2020
Season 8 reduced characters to caricatures, didn't earn its character development and the shift in their arcs, baked in several plot holes, and did away with internal logic and consistency.
March 17, 2020
There is something courageous about a television series that is brave enough to reimagine Richard III as a hero.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
December 30, 2019
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.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
December 17, 2019
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.
December 17, 2019
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.
November 19, 2019
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.
October 17, 2019
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.
September 30, 2019
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
September 17, 2019
It was a fitting end to the story.
June 14, 2019
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.
June 4, 2019
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.
May 27, 2019
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 26, 2019
Daenerys and Cersei are portrayed as too ambitious and emotionally unfit to rule the Seven Kingdoms.
Full Review | Original Score: D
May 24, 2019
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
May 23, 2019
Season 8 is the weakest, but it's still good. It's just "Good" in amongst a series that constantly hit "Excellent" makes it really stand out...
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
May 22, 2019
[This season] made choices that I just didn't have to wrap it up somehow, and this season is just full of more extremes and it just doesn't work anymore or fit in with the rest...
May 22, 2019
Season 8 doesn't feel like it was earned, with too little time dedicated to growing characters paired with a greater emphasis on rushing to major plot points, rather than proving to those of us watching how inevitable they were.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
May 21, 2019
I don't think anyone can be happy that this season focused, in the end, on Jon Snow, the least complicated main character on an ensemble full of brutal instincts and grasping ambition.
Full Review | Original Score: C
May 20, 2019
This concluding season may not live up to its promise, but it finds a sense of peace for its survivors.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5