TV Review: Game of Thrones: Season 8 (2019)

GoT Season 8 poster This is it, this is the end…so many emotions, so many tears.

Stars: Emilia Clarke, Peter Dinklage, Kit Harington, Maisie Williams, Sophie Turner, Lena Headey, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Aidan Gillen, Alfie Allen, Gwendoline Christie
David Benioff, D.B. Weiss

This will contain spoilers to previous seasons, you have been warned, so you’re encouraged to have watched them before proceeding or at least read my reviews for ONE, TWO, THREE, FOUR, FIVE, SIX  and SEVEN first.

Synopsis: The Night King has broken through the wall and is heading straight for Winterfell. All forces are headed to the North in order to help protect the realms of men….all except Cersei’s of course. She is playing her own game and refusing to send aid, instead letting them all kill themselves so she can keep the throne and rule over what is left. Only Jaime has deserted her and heads north to help because as we know he is an honourable man and always keeps his word. So all players have gathered, all teams are about to meet and the world as we know it is about to battle until the enemies from the North are beaten and then move to the south until someone worthy sits on that Iron Throne and rightly rules over Westeros.

Opinion: So apparently my opinion of this season sits in the unpopular side of things or so the internet tells me. I genuinely liked it and while it had it’s fair share of ups and downs it was in no way as terrible as people are making it out to be. Maybe this is because I watched all of the seasons in such close succession so everything was fresh in my mind which meant when a certain Dragon Queen started behaving a certain way, I really wasn’t surprised. It was something that could clearly be seen from right back near the start bubbling beneath the surface in little things she did here and there. Also, when you have a show as iconic and epic as this one, there is no way you will be able to please everyone with how it came about.

This season we had 6 episodes only and a whole lot of stuff to get through which did make things feel a bit rushed but only in comparison to the rest of the series. This has always been a slow paced show with character building and story arcs strung out over multiple episodes, however, we have reached the end of everything and while I do think they could have maybe given us an extra couple of episodes to spread things out, I also believe adding more seasons on would have risked dragging it out too long and making it feel old and tired. After all, we have spent 7 seasons aiming for the same two things, how much longer could it honestly be kept going for?

With only 6 episodes from the very start it was known that a lot was going to happen and not everyone would survive and dammit if I didn’t cry in every stupid episode. There are just so many characters in this show that you find yourself way too invested in and when someone dies, well we can’t ever say that this show doesn’t use music and audio to really hit feelings home when needed. There was a lot of finality too throughout with many moments of goodbyes which of course fit the scene with people travelling off to kings landing or whatever but in reality were also a final goodbye from the show (sob). Those moments combined with some of the most epic battle sequences yet and some really incredible visual imagery, it was a season of conclusions, of final moments, of endings, of oh god what do I do with my life now?

Favourite Episode: No questions about it, episode 3 – The Long Night. Dear god that episode was epic! I have watched it twice and both times it had the exact same reactions from me. This of course is the big battle of Winterfell against the Night King and literally from the opening moments it builds such an incredible amount of tension and unease which lasts the entirety of the episode (which I need to note runs for 82 minutes). This isn’t an exaggeration either, I was on the edge of my seat the entire time and every time you thought there was a pause in the action something else would happen to keep you on that edge and keep that adrenaline pumping. It wasn’t until right at the end were it all concluded that I let out the breath I did’t realise I had been holding the entire time. It’s an incredible watch from start to finish and while people complained a lot about the darkness, I genuinely didn’t find it too bad. There was only one section where I was like ummm am I meant to be seeing something but for the most part it just helped keep that creepy tension feeling alive. Best episode of the season and one of the best in the entire series.

Final Note: Overall I have very much enjoyed this show and this season too. Yes there were some weaker moments in this than the others but there were also some incredible stand out moments that only this show could provide. It never quite made it to the top of my list of favourite shows, that’s an elite post for Breaking Bad which only just topped Sopranos, but it’s right up there as one of the best. I have now also gone out and purchased all of the Blurays because it’s an extremely re-watchable show.


GoT Season 8 rating

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