Warning: this article contains Game of Thrones spoilers.
Last Sunday’s installment of Game of Thrones is now the lowest-rated episode in the show’s history on Rotten Tomatoes. The show’s penultimate episode “The Bells” has dropped to a tragic 47 percent, earning the show its third ever green splat and its second this season after last week’s “The Last of the Starks” (57 percent).
When the review round-up site originally posted the news on Twitter, “The Bells” was sitting at 54 percent fresh, which tied it with season five’s “Unbowed, Unbent, Unbroken,” aka the episode in which Sansa Stark gets brutally raped by Ramsey Bolton. It has since dipped to become the worst ever, according to critics.
The consensus among critics is that the show has essentially thrown character development out the window faster than Tommen Baratheon jumped from the Red Keep in season six, with particular ire thrown at Daenerys Targaryen’s abrupt turn from breaker of chains to war criminal.
The Verge, for example, wrote “‘The Bells’ is full of characters being their dumbest, most ill-considered selves, solely in the pursuit of momentary conflicts and payoffs.” While Consequence of Sound said the episode was a masterpiece in technical terms, but in terms of “the culmination of the arcs of some of the show’s most important characters, it is, if not a complete failure, then certainly a true disappointment.”
Elsewhere, CNN asked, “If we’re supposed to buy Dany turning Mad Queen after seasons of building her up as a hero and a revolutionary, why did she get about 3.5 seconds of screen time once she started burning everything down?”
Rolling Stone echoed that sentiment, as did the LA Times, Mashable, The Hollywood Reporter, and more. You can read the reviews for yourself here.
And judging by the video below, perhaps the Game of Thrones cast isn’t thrilled by how the final season turned out either.