Game of Thrones

Game of Thrones

The Complete Eighth Season

DVD - 2019
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With the Army of the Dead--led by the Night King, his White Walkers and an undead dragon--bearing down on Jon and Dany and their combined forces, a denouement eight seasons in the making will be reached, answering a myriad of questions surrounding the fate of the series' protagonists. Meanwhile, Jon's true identity promises to undermine Dany's claim to the Iron Throne...and, or course, Cersei has a devious strategy of her own.
Publisher: [Los Angeles, CA] : Home Box Office : HBO Home Entertainment, [2019]
Branch Call Number: DVD TV-SER Gam, 4 disc
Characteristics: 4 videodiscs (approximately 425 minutes) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in
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TBrien
Jan 16, 2020

I understand both the fans' disappointment in the season - it did feel hurried and unsatisfying - as well as the enormous task in front of the creative team to wrap up eight seasons
of complex story lines, character arcs, theme threads and past intrigues. Guess you can't please everyone.

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goso
Jan 14, 2020

other than Pod singing nothing but bloat

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xiaojunbpl12
Jan 10, 2020

The ending is ingenious, courageous for world wide audience at home watching TV drama series.

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FellariJasmin
Dec 26, 2019

I haven't seen it yet, but I am not holding my breath. This much celebrated series had only two things going for it, the good job of the actors and that of hair&make up team. The writing is so so poor and the plot is so full of holes, it only leaves three words in your mind: "How" and "What happened".

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jimg2000
Dec 19, 2019

A bit let down just like its performance in the Emmy Awards in Sep. 2019 with 32 nominations but won only two (Outstanding Drama Series and Supporting Actor in a Drama Series--Peter Dinklage as Tyrion Lannister.) Much of the actions seem to be preordained in Season 7, only pending are who would remain standing at the end. The mystery has stopped before the two main characters chitchat about dragon diet in episode one. The film makers discuss their choices of the survivors in the final two episodes ... but I am still on the bandwagon with unsatisfying critics.*** Nonetheless, a closure of the most celebrated television event of 2019.

*** Rotten Tomatoes critics rate GOT's S1 to S7 at 90% to 97%. And for S8, it is at 58%.

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Eagle_dancer
Dec 19, 2019

Wowzers!!! I was fortunate enough to find it on the express shelf. I was ready to wait for months to see it. A huge series to wind up. And well done. The whole thing was epic. The actors all gave great performances. Did not want to see the end of it. It's sad the some watchers feel compelled to "pick it apart". It is a FANTASY. There were a lot of stories, and lives to finish. And the makers did that. A good, highly entertaining series. Well done.

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Rswarren
Dec 14, 2019

Don't waste your time. Unsatisfying,loose ends, a complete and utter hack job. The last season was rushed and nowhere near the stellar quality of the first six. The actors can only do so much to mitigate the abominable script and poor writing that led to the catastrophic failure of season eight and the unbelievable insult to all their hard work over so many years. Thrones as it should have been ended in season 7. What a shame.

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isaachar
Dec 11, 2019

It's difficult to rate this season without adding to the deluge of unhappy fan complaints. The best way would probably be to make it a "review sandwich". Start with compliment bread. Get to the problematic meat of the issue. Then end with another compliment bread.

Bread: The season starts off strong. There were a lot of travel and timing issues from season 7 that had people worried. This season kicked it up a notch, but it's still all worth it to finally get the story rolling.

Now meat: Holy-hot garbage-moly, Batman! So many problems. Where to start? Bad lighting for battles. Worst set editing (can you spot the infamous Starbucks mugs?). Plot lines that made no sense. Character arcs that erase all prior character development. Dragons, ships, crossbows, armies and main characters that are overpowered one moment, invisible the next and incompetent or weakly just as soon after. A twist ending that required, at minimum, another full season of additional character development to make sense. There are those who would argue that the show cleverly subverted audiences expectations. There is an argument for the artistic value of that medium of story telling. That's a valid take, but its over use in popular film (likely as an after excuse for bad writing) has gotten a bit tiring. Sadly, the culprit is more likely rushed indifference. HBO offered the show-runners additional seasons for big paychecks and they declined.

Top it off with a conclusion so random and unfeeling that makes re-watching old seasons unpalatable. Adding to that annoyance were a cringe-worthy interview where the show-runners admitted they didn't know what they were doing for most of the show and a fan Q&A attended by cast members that the show-runners purposefully dodged.

More bread: At least the show offered an ending, where the author for the books is showing no signs of ever completing the story. Though at this point, if the story is a reflection of the show that might be a wise move. One and a half stars, generously.

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ishaf213
Dec 08, 2019

I'm only checking this DVD out just for the Cast Reunion special and that's my ONLY reason. This season really dropped the ball BIG TIME. Objectively the Worst Final Season I have seen to a show next to Dexter and Lost. It's such a shame that this great show had to be devalued because of how the final season played out. All of the characters, lore and world-building throw out of the window because D&D sold this show for cheap shock value because they believe that's what makes a good story, when it's really not. Subverting expectations can be used in a positive way if you build up to it properly, but if you use it just to shock audiences because you want to surprise them with something they never would've expected without building up to it, it ruins everything. And I guess that was really my problem with this season. The writing was just absurd. I have never seen so many characters ruined this badly that quickly. These were well respected and loved character of 10 years. For the writers to destroy all of their main characters narrative arcs like that with no build up is enraging. I've only been invested for about 4 years unlike the millions who've been on this journey since day one, yet I feel hurt by this debacle. Other than that, writing flaws were all over the place with this season. Consistency: Drained. Continuity: Non-Existent. It's like no one really cared. With Starbucks cups, Water Bottles and continuity with hair, makeup and costuming (Despite the latter 3 all looking fantastic, they don't match the context of some scenes). 6 episodes were clearly not enough to wrap this story up properly, but I'll give credit where its really well deserved.....

-The Acting was Top Notch. Got to hand it to the cast for acting the heck out of it with this bad script. Especially Emilia Clarke (Daenerys) who did the best she could to sell what they did with her character.
-Music is as beautiful as always. Ramin Djawadi deserved that Emmy
-Cinematography was Jaw-Dropping and impressive as always.

Can I recommend this show knowing how it ends? No.
Instead, I'll recommend
-Breaking Bad
-The Sopranos
-Killing Eve
-Downton Abbey
-The Crown

Thank You.

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katver
Oct 03, 2019

I don't understand why many people were so unhappy about the last season. Some surprises. It was well done and I feel the complex characters were given a proper ending. It's hard to let go of them after so long though.

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Dec 09, 2019

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jimg2000
Dec 19, 2019

Extensive full context quotes in wikiquote for all GOT seasons, including S8:

https://en.wikiquote.org/wiki/Game_of_Thrones/Season_8

Funny that this wildly quoted on dragon diet is not include:

May I ask, how are we meant to feed the greatest army the world has ever seen? While I ensured our stores would last through winter, I didn't account for Dothraki, Unsullied and two full-grown dragons. What do dragons eat, anyway?

-Whatever they want.

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