If you haven’t been happy with “Game of Thrones” for the majority of season five — there have been a lot of divergences from the books, and one in particular that has received a lot of backlash from fans — you’re going to want to make sure you catch up for the final episodes.
While Nielsen ratings for the series have been trending downward this season, Sunday’s episode eight not only made a ridiculous turnaround with over 7 million viewers, but it’s also now the best-rated episode by fans ever for the series.
This chart from GraphTV, a site which tracks the IMDB ratings of series by episodes, shows that Sunday night’s episode “Hardhome” is currently the highest-rated fan episode of the series.
The only episodes that have received fan ratings anywhere as close were season 3, episode 9, “The Rains of Castamere,” in which the notorious Red Wedding occurred, and season 4, episode 2, “The Lion and the Rose,” where a major character was killed off.
If you’ve seen the episode, that shouldn’t come as a surprise.
Warning: There are some spoilers ahead if you’re not caught up!
The conclusion of episode 8 consisted of a 15-minute fight sequence resulting in one of the best episodes that has aired in a while.
Another departure from the books, the episode went into unchartered territory not shown in the books by giving fans a good look at the mysterious White Walkers and their leader, the Night King.
Viewers were introduced to a fighting army of the walking dead which would easily give the AMC series of the same name a run for its money.
The tremendous reaction to this episode is in complete juxtaposition with reactions to an episode that aired two weeks ago when the series produced arguably one of fans’ most detested episodes in which a popular character is raped.
Regardless, one thing’s clear, with two episodes of the season left, no one is complaining anymore about the direction of where the series is heading next.
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