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Latest Game Of Thrones Episode Is Lowest Rated In Show's History

Latest Game Of Thrones Episode Is Lowest Rated In Show's History

'The Bells' didn't hit the right notes with everyone

Tom Wood

Tom Wood


As you might have heard by now, there was an episode of Game of Thrones the other day that has got people talking. Everyone seems to have an opinion on it, even people who don't watch Game of Thrones.

Yes, we get it. You've never seen it. Clever you.

Anyway, when we say it has got people talking, that doesn't mean that people are massively impressed with it. In fact, so far the episode has the worst Rotten Tomatoes rating of any episode ever.

This is something of a metaphor for the series.

That seems a bit harsh. Sure, it went a bit crazy for not that good a reason, but they had been telling us that exactly this was going to happen at some point, hadn't they?

Also, it looked beautiful and we got to see the Cleganebowl. What more do people want?

Apparently, much more than 'The Bells' could deliver.

It currently sits at 49 percent fresh on the TV and film ratings website - that's a full five percent behind the previous back-marker, season five's 'Unbowed, Unbent, Unbroken'.

On Rotten Tomatoes, the episode description reads: "Death, destruction, and the deterioration of Daenerys' sanity make 'The Bells' an episode for the ages; but too much plot in too little time muddles the story and may leave some viewers feeling its conclusions are a little unearned."

That seems pretty fair, to be quite honest.

Well, it certainly escalated quickly.

Sure, it was expensive looking and beautifully shot. It obviously took loads of time and effort to get right, too.

However, it all seems to happen - like so much in this short six-episode final season - too quickly. Perhaps an extra beat before or after some of the action would allow for the horror and the drama to be explained a bit more and really land?

Then again, they said that they were going to wrap it up quickly and they're certainly on their way to doing just that.

We were told to expect a bloodbath, so we can't complain now that we've got exactly what we were told to expect.

Varys bit the dust early on.

What do you reckon, though?

Does Westeros stand a chance of surviving the Mad Queen? Who is going to step up to the plate and stand up to her?

Come tell us over at Game of Thrones: Westeros Posting on Facebook.

The final ever - yes, ever - episode of Game of Thrones airs on Sky Atlantic at 2am on Monday 20 May, then is repeated at 9pm that same day for UK and Ireland viewers.

Featured Image Credit: HBO

Topics: TV and Film, UK Entertainment, US Entertainment, Game of Thrones