• Network: HBO
  • Series Premiere Date: Apr 17, 2011
Season #: 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1
Metascore
74

Generally favorable reviews - based on 12 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 10 out of 12
  2. Negative: 1 out of 12

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Critic Reviews

  1. Reviewed by: Brian Lowry
    Apr 14, 2019
    100
    The show has stepped up its pacing. For the most part, that has been immensely satisfying, yielding crowd-pleasing moments that the and that the series generally avoided in the often-grim journey, especially for the Stark kids, which has led to this point.
  2. Reviewed by: Lorraine Ali
    Apr 14, 2019
    90
    The most dynamic and eventful season opener in the HBO drama’s nine-year history. ... Dots were connected at a brisk pace ... but not at the expense of eloquently cut dialogue, ongoing character development, stunning scenery and an often wicked sense of humor.
  3. 90
    What makes this premiere work is the way it combines necessary plot milestones with sequences of straightforward indulgence. ... The Game of Thrones premiere gives me hope that this final season will be a return to what made the series work so well at the start.
  4. Reviewed by: Dan Fienberg
    Apr 14, 2019
    80
    Game of Thrones may be the biggest show on TV, but for 55 minutes, what I relished was how small it could be.
  5. Reviewed by: Todd VanDerWerff
    Apr 14, 2019
    80
    A terrific start to the series’ final run.
  6. Reviewed by: Daniel D'Addario
    Apr 14, 2019
    80
    “Thrones” is doing absolutely stellar work within the bounds set around its current era: Highly burnished entertainment that lingers on no story point a beat more than strictly necessary to communicate the idea. Dwelling on the shows it once was and no longer is seems perhaps beyond the point.
  7. Reviewed by: Alex McLevy
    Apr 14, 2019
    75
    [The season premiere] does a lot of work in a short amount of time, but unlike some previous episodes that engaged in significant table setting, it never feels too rushed or like characters are being given short shrift in the effort to hurry to the next beat. It plays as elegant, for the most part.
  8. Reviewed by: Verne Gay
    Apr 14, 2019
    75
    More of a fan-pleaser than crowd pleaser. ... So yes — absolutely — well worth the wait.
  9. Reviewed by: Kelly Lawler
    Apr 14, 2019
    70
    The pacing was too fast at some points and too slow at others, but it sets up the season for success, if writers can squeeze everything into those five remaining episodes without making them seem overstuffed (no big deal).
  10. Reviewed by: Hanh Nguyen
    Apr 14, 2019
    67
    The episode might be full of laughs and warm reunions, but this atrocity, this eerie undead fate, is what all of these characters are facing. It’s a good reminder of what is at stake, and frankly, the episode could have used more of these weighty moments and heightened tension. ... This is not to say that the sweeter and lighter character moments are unwelcome. But they should also exist alongside the dangerous moments.
  11. Reviewed by: Willa Paskin
    Apr 14, 2019
    50
    [A] blandly decent first episode ... Momentum, the idea that we are hurtling toward some conclusion that will explain it all, has been so encoded into the Game of Thrones experience that in the absence of any forward motion, the show is … kind of dull.
  12. Reviewed by: Judy Berman
    Apr 15, 2019
    30
    As in season 7, the big problem with “Winterfell”—the reason it felt more like an unlucky videographer’s rendering of an exceptionally dysfunctional family reunion than like a carefully crafted story—was the pacing.
User Score
4.1

Mixed or average reviews- based on 1425 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. May 1, 2019
    1
    Sorry, but the 3rd episode made this show look childish, it took out any meaning but the game of thrones. I feel so sad about the cast andSorry, but the 3rd episode made this show look childish, it took out any meaning but the game of thrones. I feel so sad about the cast and especially the fans. Because it all ended with the eternal winter of the spotless mind. If you remember The Lost and it's ending, then this seems to be even worse. The big question remains - who is the writer of these last episodes? It can't be martin, maybe it's swift... Full Review »
  2. Apr 29, 2019
    2
    They took a piece of art and turned it into a commodity. Its all Hollywood now and the essence of the show that initially captured me is longThey took a piece of art and turned it into a commodity. Its all Hollywood now and the essence of the show that initially captured me is long gone. They are just trying to sycophantically please people for the interest of profit and not do anything controversial at this point. Full Review »
  3. May 20, 2019
    0
    This review contains spoilers, click full review link to view. Between Coffee gate Water bottle gate and Jamie growing back a hand the season feels like a real pile of junk. With out Martins work to guide them the show writers are just lost, terrible dialog makes it clear that the show has lost its way, all of the characterless are card board cuts of heroes and villains now, just what Martin set out to avoid in the books, the only hope is every one dies and it becomes a zombie show, may be Ash can save us. Full Review »