GoTs’ ‘Battle Of Winterfell’ Was The Show’s Lowest-Ranked Episode Since Season Five

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And this is why. 

Game Of Thrones is one of the most popular - if not THE most popular - show on TV. 

And for good reason: Thrones is full of epic battles, great characters, complex plots and fantasy/horror/sci-fi elements that keep audiences entertained from start to finish. 

We truly believed Game of Thrones could do no wrong... until last night’s episode. 

The ep titled ‘The Long Night’ earned a 78% Rotten Tomatoes rating, which is much lower than the show’s average 94% score. 

The lowest scoring episode of Game of Thrones ever was in Season Five. ‘Unbowed, Unbent, Unbroken’ earned a 54%, rating because it (controversially) depicted Sansa's rape. 

But the latest episode of Thrones featured no similar scenes, so why the criticism?

There are two main answers. 

The first is that people couldn’t actually SEE the episode in order to properly enjoy it. 

There have been complaints far and wide on the interwebs about how impossibly dark most of the shots were.

As someone who watched it in pitch black darkness at 12am with my glasses on and still struggled, I can vouch for this. 

Some viewers weren’t happy with the episode because of the plot. Or, more specifically, the plot twist. 

If you haven’t watched it yet THEN WHAT ARE YOU DOING. But check out now ‘cause we’re about to drop some serious spoilers. 

Arya Stark kills the Night King and, with him, the entire Army of the Dead. 

Yeah, she’s a total badass. 

But some people have called the end of the White Walker threat “unsatisfying”. 

There are worries that the rest of the season will be boring.

Other fans felt cheated of an epic Night King fight sequence, while some just felt blindsided by Arya’s big move. 

But IMO it’s the twist NO ONE saw coming, and it leaves the very big question of “what happens now?”

BUT if you think about it, Arya is kind of the perfect choice.

I have full faith in the creators and writers of Game of Thrones. Hopefully, they don’t drop the ball on this one. 

Until next week.  

Images: Game of Thrones / HBO, Giphy. 




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