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The Final Season Of Game Of Thrones Made The Entire Series Unwatchable

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Bassem “Bear” Dahdouh was hopeful when Game Of Thrones premiered in April 2011. Although he hadn’t read a single word of George R.R. Martin’s A Song Of Ice And Fire book series, he was a fan of actor Sean Bean and decided to give the medieval fantasy series a shot.

He was immediately hooked.

“The series premiere had everything – action, drama, horror and a twist,” Dahdouh, an esports professional from Las Vegas, told HuffPost, noting that the show’s performances and thoughtful pacing kept him coming back for more.

And he wasn’t alone. A legion of devoted fans became enraptured with Game Of Thrones, a compelling story about powerful families – the Starks, Lannisters, Baratheons and Targaryens – fighting for control over the fictional world of Westeros. By the final season, which aired last year, an average of 44.2 million viewers were tuning in per episode.

Although the final instalment saw record-breaking ratings, many critics and fans agree that the conclusion torched everything to the ground. Arya Stark (played by Maisie Williams) killed the Night King, beloved heroine Daenerys Targaryen (Emilia Clarke) turned bad, Jon Snow (Kit Harington) – the rightful heir to the Iron Throne – was shipped back off to the Night’s Watch, and Bran Stark (Isaac Hempstead Wright) – the all-seeing Three-Eyed Raven – became king. (Because “who has a better story than Bran the Broken?”)

The abbreviated season, which consisted of six extended episodes, threw character arcs out the window and rendered all the moments that came before it meaningless as showrunners David Benioff and D.B. Weiss made a mad, lazy dash toward the finish line.

Despite prior seasons receiving widespread acclaim, season eight got the lacklustre reviews it deserved. Many viewers agreed that it felt rushed, and that big battles and impressive visuals took precedence over believable storytelling. Though it took home the Emmy Award for Outstanding Drama Series, the final season was ignored by the Golden Globes and has now been mostly disregarded.

Two months after the series’ end in May 2019, HuffPost caught up with fans at San Diego Comic-Con, many of whom said things like they “lost friendships over what happened” and that the final season was a “slap in the face.”

A year later, reactions to the finale don’t seem any better.

“I used to rewatch the show outright every year at least twice before each season’s start, but I haven’t rewatched a single episode since the finale a year ago,” Dahdouh said. “I can’t stomach the show knowing how bad it ends.”

In a HuffPost-YouGov poll of 1,000 respondents, 66% of people said they have not watched or rewatched the show since the start of quarantine two months ago – and they don’t plan to. Meanwhile, only 9% of respondents have watched or rewatched the show over the same time period.

It does feel strange that Game Of Thrones isn’t enjoying a resurgence when streaming data shows that........

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