We all know Game of Thrones is the biggest show on television. It is a pop culture phenomenon and is adored by critics and fans alike. The Season 7 finale set a series rating record with 16.5 million viewers. While it's always done well in the ratings, not all critics were initially sold. Here are six surprisingly negative reviews, some of which are pretty hilarious.
6. "'Game of Thrones' serves up a lot of confusion in the name of no larger or really relevant idea..."
"'Game of Thrones' is boy fiction patronizingly turned out to reach the population’s other half ... [It] serves up a lot of confusion in the name of no larger or really relevant idea beyond sketchily fleshed-out notions that war is ugly, families are insidious and power is hot. If you are not averse to the Dungeons & Dragons aesthetic, the series might be worth the effort. If you are nearly anyone else, you will hunger for HBO to get back to the business of languages for which we already have a dictionary."
Even the New York Times had criticisms.
5. "It is to television what the Spider-Man musical is to Broadway."
"'Game of Thrones,' one of the supposed biggies this spring, is a big letdown. Why is it so convoluted and punishing? It is to television what the Spider-Man musical is to Broadway."
Ouch. That's a very harsh comparison.
4. "There are unscalable slabs of expositionistic dialogue clogging the forward movement of the story."
"[It's] quasi-medieval, dragon-ridden fantasy crap...There are unscalable slabs of expositionistic dialogue clogging the forward movement of the story. Sonorous and/or schmaltzy talk substitutes for the revelation of character through action. There is the sense of intricacy having been confused with intrigue and of a story transferred all too faithfully from its source and thus not transformed to meet the demands of the screen."
This seems a little biased.
3. "'Game of Thrones' can be a big stein of groggy slog."
"All of which is to say that even for the most open minds, 'Game of Thrones' can be a big stein of groggy slog...[It's] deadly serious about its thees and thous — a fantasy trope that pop culture has been mocking since Dungeons & Dragons emerged from the basement rec-room to invent Google.
2. "Any sense of urgency is missing in action."
"The blood flows freely while the storytelling tends to congeal ... Any sense of urgency is missing in action...Through the first six hours, it can still be a chore to simply keep all of the characters straight. Let alone what kingdoms they inhabit and how many out-of-wedlock children they might have."
1. "The rest of us may have a harder time sitting through 'Game of Thrones.'"
"Those who love the books will probably geek out on the series. The rest of us may have a harder time sitting through 'Game of Thrones.'"
This has proven to be false. There are many people who only watch the show and love it.
After reading these, you have to wonder whether these critics' opinions have changed over the course of the show.