The final season of Game of Thrones has been a whirlwind, to put it mildly. Since the premiere on April 14, the episodes have caused some fans to criticize showrunners David Benioff and D.B. Weiss for their choices, while others have continued to support the plot points and twists. The most recent episode, “The Bells,” shows fans are truly no longer in agreement on the series.
On Rotten Tomatoes, “The Bells” has landed the lowest score in Game of Thrones history, earning a 49 percent approval rating. In contrast, the Season 8 premiere “Winterfell” scored a 92 percent approval. Each episode has scored lower than its predecessor.
The site’s “Critics Consensus” concludes that “Death, destruction, and the deterioration of Daenerys's 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 a little unearned.”
Considering the series as a whole has a rating of 91 percent on Rotten Tomatoes, with a whopping 22 episodes receiving a perfect score of 100 percent, it’s shocking to see this season fall so behind. The rating for “The Bells” echoes what fans have been saying on social media, leaving many desperate for something better in the finale.
Game of Thrones returns one final time this Sunday.
This article also appears on Mental Floss.