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EntertainmentGame of Thrones' final season is breaking TV records but dividing fans

06:51  15 may  2019
06:51  15 may  2019 Source:   smh.com.au

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Game of Thrones ' final season may be smashing Australian pay TV records , but its standing among online critics is a completely different story. In recent weeks the fantasy blockbuster's Rotten Tomatoes rating has nosedived. So much so that the online review aggregator claims season eight of HBO's

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Game of Thrones' final season is breaking TV records but dividing fans© HBO Arya Stark in a scene from Game of Thrones' penultimate episode The Bells.

Game of Thrones' final season may be smashing Australian pay TV records, but its standing among online critics is a completely different story.

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In recent weeks the fantasy blockbuster's Rotten Tomatoes rating has nosedived. So much so that the online review aggregator claims season eight of HBO's critically-acclaimed drama is the least popular in the show's history.

Season eight kicked-off with an approval rating of above 90 per cent, according to Rotten Tomatoes. The second episode, A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms, netted an 88 per cent approval rating while its successor – The Long Night – continued the downward trend.

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Monday's controversial instalment, The Bells, saw a Game of Thrones episode snare an approval rating below 50 per cent for the first time. The show's penultimate episode dragged season eight's overall approval rating down to 73 per cent, which is also an all-time low. (Every other season of Game of Thrones has an average approval rating of 91 per cent or higher on Rotten Tomatoes.)

Rotten Tomatoes works by measuring the percentage of professional critics reviews that are positive for a film or television show against those that are perceived to be negative. However, some have criticised the review aggregator for simplifying nuanced reviews into either positive or negative categories.

Despite what the critics have to say, it appears those unhappy with recent episodes aren't switching off the TV in protest. The season eight premiere was watched by 962,000 people on Foxtel set-top-boxes, a record for the subscription television service. The previous record was season seven's finale, which was watched by 887,000 traditional Foxtel viewers.

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Since then, more and more Australians have flocked to Foxtel on Monday evenings to watch the last few hours of Game of Thrones unfold. Episodes two and three were watched by around 1 million people. And while episode four dipped to 935,000 set-top-box viewers, The Bells leapt back up to just over 1 million.

The Bells was watched by 1.43 million Foxtel subscribers on Monday when set-top-box numbers and Foxtel Now subscribers are combined.

Dr Neil Ramsey, a lecturer in English at the University of New South Wales, has supervised a student who completed their PhD on Game of Thrones. He suspects that some people are unhappy with the show's final season because its writers have continued to subvert expectations, despite some fans wanting a conventional ending.

"They have had to introduce unexpected events that contradict the overall development of the characters in the narrative so far," he says. "The result is the show doesn't feel like it's concluding organically but is now taking sudden and random turns that are poorly contextualised and developed.

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"Take the narrative where Jaime returns to Cersei. We had seen Jaime grow as a character because he refused to accept Cersei's inhumanity. When Jaime returns to Cersei the show is saying, nope he hasn't grown ... and we have a strange scene at the conclusion of the show celebrating their incestuous love for one another."

Dr Ramsey also pointed to the Jon Snow's narrative arc, in which he started off as loyal and naive but over the course of seven seasons learned to disobey orders for the greater good. However, in this season he appears to stand by Daenerys despite her more questionable actions (at least, for now).

Then there is the issue of realism. In earlier seasons of Game of Thrones, it took months to travel from one part of the continent to another. Now, some characters appear to be able make the journey in a matter of hours. Not to mention that the dragon Rhaegal is easily taken-down by giant crossbows in episode four, but Drogon easily dodges and destroys the weapons in the subsequent instalment.

"Perhaps it's making us question the value of narrative altogether," Dr Ramsey says. "Our postmodern age, in many ways, can be defined as the collapse of grand narratives that had traditionally shaped our culture. We might simply say that we're being a bit old-fashioned to expect good old narrative realism and character development ... we're left with a world that appears far more unconventional, incoherent, amoral and lacking in historical depth."

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Game of Thrones ' ratings exploded during the Sunday night finale , proving that it is the last show to capture the collective imagination. This is also true of some other dramas, including AMC’s Walking Dead and ABC’s Scandal. But the viewership for both those shows dropped this last season .

Game of Thrones will go down as one of the biggest, most exciting shows of all time. . . with an absolutely terrible, no good, very bad season finale . What do you think about the season finale of Game of Thrones ? Do you think we’re being too harsh or did HBO really manage to ruin a good thing?

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