Looking back on the final season of HBO’s hit show, it’s impossible not to see the many ways the showrunners let down their story and the characters in it.
Divisive though it (and the final season) may have been, Game of Thrones’ final episode course-corrects in some satisfying ways.
The Mad Queen rears her fire-breathing head in a visually stunning, but narratively baffling penultimate episode.
Westeros finds itself divided on who should lead it, in a frustrating feature-length episode that walks back vital character development.
The war between the living and the dead reaches its apex in the long-awaited, but fairly boilerplate, climax of Game of Thrones.
Brienne gets knighted, Arya checks something off her bucket list, and Dany reckons with Jon’s parentage in another leadup to Game of Thrones’ big battle.
With “Winterfell”, Game of Thrones starts its final season with a reorienting premiere, complicating alliances and setting up conflicts.