'Game of Thrones' series finale scores 57% on Rotten Tomatoes, slightly higher than episode 5's 49%

'Game of Thrones' series finale scores 57% on Rotten Tomatoes, slightly higher than episode 5's 49%

After about a decade of strife, blood and battles, 'Game of Thrones' has come to an end, and it is now time to see how it has fared in the ratings race.

The series created by D.B. Weiss and David Benioff has come fresh off the Tomatometer with a score of 91%.  Well, after the long fight for the 'Iron Throne', the score seems to disappoint thanks to season 8 not being all that appealing to fans. The last season of the show has been disappointing for many fans and has received the lowest ratings in the past 10 years.  With the season finales of seasons 1 and 3 hitting a 100% on the Tomatometer, it seems only disappointing that the series finale, which the entire series built up to has received only a 57% rating till now but will hopefully increase. The penultimate episode of the show has garnered only 49%.

The only other sixth episode in the entire show to have gotten a similar rating of 54% is in season 5. The episode of 'Unbowed, Unbent, Unbroken' where the Sand Snakes attack when their prey practically lands in their laps.  Arya Stark was seen continuing her training in Bravos; Trystane and Myrcella were talking about their future; Jorah and Tyrion had a run-in with slavers, and Littlefinger met with Cersei to declare his loyalty to the throne.  Unbalanced storytelling and unnecessary, excessive brutality add up to disturbing viewing, although "Unbowed, Unbent, Unbroken" still included enough plot revelations to offer hope for future episodes was the criticism received by the episode.  Whereas, the series finale was criticized saying, " If nothing else the bittersweet, unfortunately, bland series finale ensures Game of Thrones fans will linger on the fate of their favorite characters for some time -- but will they ever be satisfied by the series' conclusions? Ask us again in 10 years." 

The cast of Game of Thrones attend the "Game of Thrones" Season 8 premiere screening at Waterfront Hall on April 12, 2019 in Belfast, Northern Ireland. The first episode of the final season of the HBO series will air this weekend.

Although the series finale has received a rather low score, the first episode of the season seemed to have hit it out of the park.  It was evidenced from the 'GoT' season 8 receiving a score of 97 percent on Rotten Tomatoes' Tomatometer. Early scores before the reviews started coming in had shown the series a 100 percent score on the Tomatometer.  This isn't, however, the first time that a season premiere has received such massive ratings. Season 1 Episode 1 is fresh at 100% on the Tomatometer along with Season 2 Episode 1, Season 3 Episode 1 and Season 5 Episode 1. The other season premieres have it at above 90 percent, with Season 4 Episode 1 Fresh at 96%, Season 7 Episode 1 at 93%, apart from Season 6 Episode 1 which is Fresh at 89% on the Tomatometer.  

Claiming to be disappointed in D&D (the writers), this season was surrounded by drama. From certain unnecessary killings to the character arcs being unsatisfactory, the outrage extended so far as to fans starting a petition to rewrite the season. This petition which was created by a fan on Change.org has received more than 1,159, 000 signatures and seems to be increasing every minute. The petition claimed that "David Benioff and D.B. Weiss have proven themselves to be woefully incompetent writers when they have no source material (i.e. the books) to fall back on. This series deserves a final season that makes sense. Subvert my expectations and make it happen, HBO!" The outrage has also attracted the proofreading and ghostwriting website, EduBirdie to offer their services to help the creators make a better season. 

Moreover, the Guinness World Records partnered with Parrot Analytics for a recent survey which found that HBO's fantasy saga had thwarted all previous records. The survey is based on the application of artificial intelligence that analyses the demand for shows across social media, fan sites and other such platforms. "'Game of Thrones' amassed a per capita global audience demand of 25.46 on April 14, 2019, its season 8 premiere day. Compared to its per capita global demand of 24.74 on the day of its season 7 premiere, the latest and final season has premiered 2.9% higher globally. Premiere day demand has been particularly strong in the United States, United Kingdom and France," said Samuel Stadler, VP of marketing, Parrot Analytics. 

Well, rewritten or not, Season 8 saw the end of an era for all 'Westerosi' and shall remain Fresh on the Tomatometer for ages to come. 

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