Dec 05, 2019

Winter Has Come: Ranking the Seasons of Games of Thrones

There are two kinds of people in the world—those who’ve seen Game of Thrones, and those who haven’t. It’s no secret the HBO show made a striking impact on pop culture with fans still buzzing after the series finale in 2019. To keep the conversation going, we’ve put together a definitive ranking of all eight seasons from best to worst (spoilers ahead, obviously).


  • It’s never easy to say goodbye to an awesome show, especially when the ending really sucks. The six-episode season rushed the plotline and didn’t allot enough time to witness some key moments. Dany and Jon’s final conversation lacked emotion, Cersei didn’t have enough screen time, and the finale was questionable, to list a few issues. Even Arya slaying the Night King and a heartwarming fireside singalong couldn’t save this season’s poor ranking. Fans are so passionately upset that a Change.org petition has over two million supporters demanding a remake of the season.

  • Game of Thrones initially kept die-hard fans happy with an  accurate depiction of the storyline fans enjoyed in the original books, but season six marks  the first time writers went off script. This move paid off because a ton of questions were answered and narratives finally tied together throughout these episodes. It was a big season for Sansa who was finally able to take action of her own lifeand she didn’t hold back. The best Sansa moment is a toss up between her saving Jon in The Battle of the Bastards and feeding Ramsay to his own dogs.

  • You can’t talk about Game of Thrones without mentioning The Red Wedding. It’s one of the scenes that defined the show and reminded fans never to get too comfortable with its central heroes. Though it seemed the entire season was building towards victory for the Starks and the King of the North, everything changed in the very last moments of season three. Over the course of the season, the storyline also shifted viewers’ opinions of the Kingslayer, who went from being passionately hated to a fan favorite.

  • Season One clearly did something right, otherwise the next seven wouldn’t exist. It set the tone for the series by tricking viewers into thinking Ned Stark was the hero we’d be watching, only for him to be killed in episode nine. The showrunners quickly told viewers that anything can and will happen to characters, good and bad. Plus, they did an excellent job at carefully laying the groundwork for plotlines to come.

  • After losing who we thought would be the show’s leading man, fans wondered how things would move forward in season two. Luckily, the season does a good job at expanding the storyline and the GOT universe. The second season really built characters’ personalities and backgrounds, giving fans a chance to deeply connect with their onscreen favorite (and mourn them, of course, when the inevitable happened). A special shoutout goes to episode “Blackwater” which goes down as a fan favourite moment.

  • Much like season eight, fans were questioning whether season seven should have taken more time with its narrative. Only seven episodes were released, which meant viewers were constantly keeping up with new plots and character interactions. Part of the Game of Thrones experience is the series’ movie-like feel, but the jam-packed sequences in season seven stray away from that. “Beyond the Wall” is one example of a storyline that could have been fleshed out over multiple episodes. However, the season wasn’t a complete miss because we finally discovered that Jon is a Targaryen and Arya made her return to Winterfell.

  • This season was a disappointing follow up to season four. While it does include some memorable scenes like Jon getting murdered by the Night’s Watch and the iconic shaming of Cersei, it’s a below average season. Many fans found it particularly hard to watch because of the graphic depictions of Ramsay Bolton sexually abusing Sansa. There was also lots of potential for the writers to make Arya’s training with the Faceless Men great, but instead we watched her boringly mop floors for Jaqen.

  • It’s never easy to say goodbye to an awesome show, especially when the ending really sucks. The six-episode season rushed the plotline and didn’t allot enough time to witness some key moments. Dany and Jon’s final conversation lacked emotion, Cersei didn’t have enough screen time, and the finale was questionable, to list a few issues. Even Arya slaying the Night King and a heartwarming fireside singalong couldn’t save this season’s poor ranking. Fans are so passionately upset that a Change.org petition has over two million supporters demanding a remake of the season.

     

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