For the vast majority of its run, Game of Thrones has been a critical and popular success, which can be seen in its stellar performance on Rotten Tomatoes' Tomatometer. However, the two most recent episodes of Season 8 have become the series' lowest points on the scale since Season 5, indicating critics' displeasure with their quality.
Season 8 started strong on the Tomatometer (which measures the percentage of critics that rated a particular film, television series or an episode of television with a positive review), with the first episode, "Winterfell," achieving a score of 92% and "Knight of the Seven Kingdoms" following with 88%. However, since then, the episodes have been significantly less well-received. "The Long Night" was still respectable and Fresh with 75%, but the fourth and fifth episodes of the season have plummeted far into Rotten territory.
"The Last of the Starks" currently sits at 57%, and the most recent episode, "The Bells" comes in at 47%. These episodes represent the first time the HBO series has dipped below 60% on the Tomatometer since the show's fifth season, when "Unbowed, Unbent, Unbroken" scored 54%.
With one episode left in the entire series, Game of Thrones has a final attempt to win over audiences and have Season 8 earn the acclaim that the previous seasons have brought to the franchise. The poor performance of recent episodes could be worth it if Episode 6 wraps the series up neatly. We will have to wait until Sunday to see whether this is the case.
Airing Sundays at 9 p.m. ET on HBO, Game of Thrones stars Peter Dinklage as Tyrion Lannister, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau as Jaime Lannister, Lena Headey as Cersei Lannister, Emilia Clarke as Daenerys Targaryen, Sophie Turner as Sansa Stark, Maisie Williams as Arya Stark and Kit Harington as Jon Snow.