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All Game of Thrones Episodes, Ranked by Tomatometer

The final episodes of Game of Thrones 89% smashed viewership records for the series, once again proving that it, like its Mother of Dragons, has the love of the masses — until they didn’t. Season 8’s episodes were extremely divisive among both critics and on social media, and several were battling for last place on the Tomatometer.

The series, from creators David Benioff and D.B. Weiss and based on author George R.R. Martin‘s A Song of Ice and Fire book series, released 73 episodes since it first began airing on HBO in 2011. Over the years, a vast pool of Tomatometer-eligible TV critics have weighed in season-by-season, week-after-week to be counted toward the episodic scores of one of the biggest phenomenons in TV history.

We give you a full accounting below, ranking the episodes by score from lowest to highest, with ties being broken by the number of reviews, so that an episode with more reviews ranks higher on the list. Where two or more episodes had the same score and the same number of reviews, the number of “Top Critics” weighing in broke those ties.



For five and a half seasons, the series managed to stay entirely Fresh. Not every episode reached 100% on the Tomatometer, of course, but there were no Rotten episodes to be seen until “Unbowed, Unbent, Unbroken” (episode 6 of season 5), which was the only Rotten episode until May 2019, when two more episodes turned up Rotten.

The final season, with four episodes ranked in the bottom five of the entire series, is last among the series’ eight seasons with a 67% score. The other seven seasons were Certified Fresh with scores in the 90th percentile. Season 1 is the next lowest–scoring season with an excellent 91% Tomatometer score.

Season 3 currently boasts the most episodes in the top 10: four. Seasons 4 and 5 follow close behind, with two episodes earning 100% scores with more than 40 reviews each. Season 4 has the highest season-level score of any of the seven at 97% on the Tomatometer. While season 6 saw an episode average of 94% on the Tomatometer, “Book of the Stranger” (episode 4) wowed 63 critics, earning it a 100% score and the coveted top spot in our ranking.

Seasons 1 and 2 saw fairly high episodic scores (the average score across their 20 episodes was 97%), but that was when approximately 20 critics were reviewing each episode. The number of weekly reviews practically doubled after season 3. Virtually every new season saw a jump in coverage; each year, approximately five new critics began covering Game of Thrones episodically. By the end of season 7, more than 60 critics covered the series week to week. For season 8, the number of critics weighing in each week rose to over 100.

Read on to find out exactly where the final episodes ranked in our list of every episode of Game of Thrones ranked by Tomatometer.

Updated 5/21: Episode 6: "The Iron Throne" 49% of season 8 ranks at #72 with 116 reviews on our most recent update.

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SEASON 8, EPISODE 5: "THE BELLS" 49%


#73Daenerys and Cersei weigh their options as an epic conflict looms at King’s Landing.

Critics Consensus: Death, destruction, and the deterioration of Daenerys’ sanity make “The Bells” an episode for the ages; but too much plot in too little time muddles the story and may leave some viewers feeling its conclusions are unearned.


SEASON 8, EPISODE 6: "THE IRON THRONE" 49%


#72Jon and Tyrion confront the grim aftermath of war, while Daenerys rallies her troops to continue liberating oppressed people throughout the world. Beloved characters face futures no one would have imagined when first introduced to George R.R. Martin’s world of A Song of Ice and Fire.

Critics Consensus: If nothing else, “The Iron Throne” is a bittersweet — if unfortunately bland — series finale that ensures Game of Thrones fans will linger on the fate of their favorite characters for some time. Will they ever be satisfied by the show’s conclusions? Ask us again in 10 years.


SEASON 5, EPISODE 6: "UNBOWED, UNBENT, UNBROKEN" 54%


#71The Sand Snakes attack when their prey practically lands in their laps. Meanwhile, Arya continues her training in Braavos; Trystane and Myrcella discuss their future; Jorah and Tyrion have a run-in with slavers; and Littlefinger meets with Cersei to declare his loyalty to the throne.

Critics Consensus: Unbalanced storytelling and unnecessary, excessive brutality add up to disturbing viewing, although “Unbowed, Unbent, Unbroken” still includes enough plot revelations to offer hope for future episodes.


SEASON 8, EPISODE 4: "THE LAST OF THE STARKS" 58%


#70In the wake of a costly victory, Jon and Daenerys look to the south as Tyrion eyes a compromise that could save countless lives.

Critics Consensus: “The Last of the Starks” strains to set the board for Game of Thrones‘ conclusion, but serves up enough political intrigue and touching character interactions to satisfy.


SEASON 8, EPISODE 3: "THE LONG NIGHT" 74%


#69Arya looks to prove her worth as a fighter.

Critics Consensus: Winter is here and Arya Stark may officially be the baddest woman in the land, but despite delivering some epic and emotional moments “The Long Night” leaves a few things to be desired (lighting, anyone?) heading into the final stretch.


SEASON 3, EPISODE 7: "THE BEAR AND THE MAIDEN FAIR" 77%


#68Dany exchanges gifts in Yunkai; Brienne faces a formidable foe in Harrenhal.

Critics Consensus: “The Bear and the Maiden Fair” feels like a bit of a holding pattern as Game of Thrones moves its pieces into place for the final three episodes.


SEASON 3, EPISODE 6: "THE CLIMB" 83%


#67Four Houses consider make-or-break alliances. Jon and the Wildlings face a daunting climb.

Critics Consensus: Tywin Lannister and Olenna Tyrell steal the show with their exquisite negotiation as “The Climb” builds towards the Wildlings’ death-defying scaling of The Wall.


SEASON 5, EPISODE 7: "THE GIFT" 83%


#66Sansa reaches out to Theon; Jon senses conflict is near; Brienne patiently waits for a sign; Stannis’ stubborn streak prevails; Jaime tries to reconnect with family.

Critics Consensus: “The Gift” is a jam-packed installment that delivers long-awaited plot turns in a satisfying manner, even though it continues a disturbing theme from the previous episode.


SEASON 5, EPISODE 9: "THE DANCE OF DRAGONS" 83%


#65Jon returns to the Wall with the surviving wildlings, though most of his men aren’t too happy to see him—or them. Meanwhile, Arya runs into someone from her past when Mace Tyrell arrives in Braavos to visit the Iron Bank; Stannis faces a difficult decision after a surprise attack; and Daenerys oversees a resumption of an ancient tradition.

Critics Consensus: Underscored by an especially heartwrenching moment and spectacular display of power, “The Dance of Dragons” successfully delivers the shock and awe audiences have come to expect from the series’ penultimate episodes.


SEASON 7, EPISODE 6: "BEYOND THE WALL" 84%


#64Jon’s mission continues north of the Wall, but the odds against his ragged band of misfits may be greater than he imagined. Meanwhile, Sansa’s and Arya’s suspicions of one another increase, widening the rift between them; and Tyrion and Daenerys discuss the future of her reign.

Critics Consensus: “Beyond The Wall” delivered the epic battles and plot twists that are expected from the penultimate episode of a Game of Thrones season — although sometimes in ways that defied logic.


SEASON 6, EPISODE 8: "NO ONE" 85%


#63Brienne confronts Jaime during the siege at Riverrun; Cersei delivers a defiant response; Tyrion’s plan starts to come together; Arya is presented with a new challenge.

Critics Consensus: “No One” sees some fan favorites back in action and moves the final few pieces into place for a momentous — and long-awaited — battle.


SEASON 1, EPISODE 3: "LORD SNOW" 86%


#62Jon impresses Tyrion at Castle Black; Ned confronts his past and future at King’s Landing; Daenerys finds herself at odds with Viserys.

Critics Consensus: “Lord Snow” is an intriguing and heavy transitional episode with standout performances from Bean and Gillen, though it would be better served with more focus on character change and development.


SEASON 6, EPISODE 1: "THE RED WOMAN" 86%


#61In the Season 6 premiere, Sansa and Theon are on the run from Winterfell and Bolton’s soldiers; Jaime delivers bad news to Cersei on his return from Dorne; Davos sends for help from the Wall; and Daenerys explains her identity to Khal Moro as Daario and Jorah continue their search for her, while Tyrion and Varys wander the eerily empty streets of Meereen.

Critics Consensus: A solid season opener, The Red Woman balances its ongoing mysteries with a bit of humor and features Sansa’s touching reunion with Brienne of Tarth.


SEASON 6, EPISODE 3: "OATHBREAKER" 87%


#60Bran glimpses a pivotal battle from his father’s past; Daenerys learns what’s in store for her at Vaes Dothrak; the High Sparrow discusses the importance of faith with Tommen; Arya crosses a threshold in her training to be No One; Varys comes up with a solution to a vexing problem; Ramsay gets a gift and news from the North.

Critics Consensus: The most solid episode of season six so far, “Oathbreaker” boasts no shocking reveals or breathless cliffhangers, just strong forward-moving storytelling.


SEASON 7, EPISODE 7: "THE DRAGON AND THE WOLF" 87%


#59In the Season 7 finale, Jon, Daenerys and their allies have a tense meeting in King’s Landing with Cersei, who is horrified by the evidence they brought from beyond the Wall, but isn’t quite ready to commit to their cause. Meanwhile, Sansa stages a trial for an unsuspecting defendant at Winterfell; and the Night King unveils his dangerous new weapon at Eastwatch.

Critics Consensus: While much slower in pace than the season that preceded it, “The Dragon and the Wolf” delivered satisfying conclusions to several story arcs, and masterfully set up the series’ final season.


SEASON 6, EPISODE 2: "HOME" 87%


#58Bran trains under the guidance of the Three-Eyed Raven; Tommen gets advice from Jaime; Tyrion must get creative to find good news; Thorne has the support of the Night’s Watch; Balon Greyjoy hears several proposals; Ramsay comes up with a new plan.

Critics Consensus: Full of new revelations and one very anticipated resurrection, “Home” is a slow burn that finally sets the last pieces in play for a thrilling season six.


SEASON 6, EPISODE 6: "BLOOD OF MY BLOOD" 88%


#57Gilly meets Sam’s family; Arya mulls a difficult decision; Jaime confronts the High Sparrow.

Critics Consensus: Crucial power dynamics are reassessed and significant characters return in the skillfully plotted “Blood of My Blood.”


SEASON 8, EPISODE 2: "A KNIGHT OF THE SEVEN KINGDOMS" 88%


#56Jaime argues his case before a skeptical audience.

Critics Consensus: What “A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms” lacks in forward narrative momentum it makes up for in cryptic callbacks, intimate moments, and the promise of imminent battle — though some fans may find their patience tested. The things we do for love.


SEASON 2, EPISODE 2: "THE NIGHT LANDS" 89%


#55Arya shares a secret with a familiar recruit; a scout returns to Dany with disturbing news; Theon comes home to the Iron Islands and his real family; Tyrion administers justice; Jon witnesses a terrible crime.

Critics Consensus: Moodier than the premiere and full of dark intrigue, “The Night Lands” introduces viewers to exotic new locations in Westeros and delivers some pivotal character moments.


SEASON 3, EPISODE 2: "DARK WINGS, DARK WORDS" 89%


#54Arya runs into the Brotherhood Without Banners; Jaime finds a way to pass the time.

Critics Consensus: Burdened with character and plot reintroductions, “Dark Wings, Dark Words” starts slow before revving up and delving into the real intrigues of the season.


SEASON 7, EPISODE 3: "THE QUEEN'S JUSTICE" 89%


#53Daenerys greets Jon Snow in her court at Dragonstone, but their first meeting doesn’t proceed as either one of them had expected. Meanwhile, Cersei makes a promise to the Iron Bank after getting revenge on a bitter rival as only she can; Sansa is confused by a reunion at Winterfell; and Jaime learns how to outsmart a new enemy from an old foe.

Critics Consensus: “The Queens Justice” saw the much-anticipated meeting between Jon Snow and Daenerys Targaryen — but had much larger surprises in store before its shocking end.


SEASON 2, EPISODE 10: "VALAR MORGHULIS" 92%


#52Season 2 Finale. Tyrion awakens to a changed situation. King Joffrey doles out rewards. As Theon stirs his men to action, Luwin offers some final advice. Brienne silences Jaime; Arya receives a gift; Dany goes to a strange place; Jon proves himself.

Critics Consensus: Smart writing, a few surprising plot developments, and an ominous final scene make “Valar Morghulis” a satisfying conclusion to a stellar season.


SEASON 3, EPISODE 3: "WALK OF PUNISHMENT" 92%


#51Tyrion gains new responsibilities; Jon is taken to the Fist of the First Men; Daenerys meets with the slavers; Jaime strikes a deal with his captors.

Critics Consensus: A bit of well-placed levity perfectly compliments the shocking final scenes of “Walk of Punishment,” adding up to hands down the most thrilling episode of the season so far– minus one hand.


SEASON 5, EPISODE 10: "MOTHER'S MERCY" 92%


#50Stannis is on the march in the Season 5 finale. Meanwhile, Cersei seeks forgiveness; Jon faces a new challenge; Arya plots to cross a name off her list; Tyrion sees a familiar face; and Daenerys finds herself surrounded by strangers.

Critics Consensus: “Mother’s Mercy” wraps up a particularly dark Game of Thrones season with a finale that delivers strong character work and and a handful of appropriately bleak cliffhangers.


SEASON 8, EPISODE 1: "WINTERFELL" 92%


#49With the Night King finally breaching the Wall alongside a full-grown dragon under his command, the new alliances and betrayals will determine the fate of everyone in Westeros.

Critics Consensus: Though surprisingly bloodless, hard-fought reunions, bone-chilling surprises, and unexpected humor help “Winterfell” set the stage for what should be an epic final season.


SEASON 7, EPISODE 1: "DRAGONSTONE" 93%


#48In the Season 7 premiere, Jon organizes the defense of the North, but Sansa is concerned that his sole focus on the White Walkers could come back to haunt him. Meanwhile, Sam uncovers a vital piece of information at the Citadel that could help the North’s cause; Cersei and Jaime face an uphill battle securing meaningful alliances; and Daenerys comes home.

Critics Consensus: With a blistering opening salvo, Game of Thrones charts an assured path for its anxiously-anticipated final stretch.


SEASON 4, EPISODE 9: "THE WATCHERS ON THE WALL" 94%


#47The Night’s Watch are confronted with the most dangerous challenge to Castle Black ever seen, as Wildlings attack the ancient fortress from both sides of the Wall.

Critics Consensus: While “The Watchers of the Wall” lacks the emotional punch of previous episodes this season, it succeeds as an action-packed hour with cinema-worthy visuals.


SEASON 1, EPISODE 5: "THE WOLF AND THE LION" 95%


#46Incensed over news of Daenerys’ alliance with the Dothrakis, Robert orders a pre-emptive strike on the Targaryens that drives a wedge in his relationship with Ned. A captive Tyrion helps Catelyn. Arya overhears a plot against her father.

Critics Consensus: With “The Wolf and the Lion,” Game of Thrones tightens its grip while ratcheting up the tension through powerful writing, terrific acting, and an evocative, immersive setting.


SEASON 4, EPISODE 1: "TWO SWORDS" 95%


#45In the Season 4 premiere, Tyrion welcomes a surprise guest to King’s Landing for the royal wedding, but fears he’s come to the Red Keep for something else. Meanwhile, Jon warns his skeptical Night’s Watch superiors about an impending attack; Jaime struggles to regain his status at home; Arya encounters a face from her past; and Daario Naharis discusses strategy with Daenerys on the journey to the slave city Meereen.

Critics Consensus: While not particularly eventful, “Two Swords” expertly lays the foundation for the coming excitement of season four with superb writing.


SEASON 7, EPISODE 5: "EASTWATCH" 95%


#44Daenerys demands loyalty from the surviving Lannister soldiers, but resists Tyrion’s plea for leniency. Meanwhile, Jon heeds Bran’s warning about White Walkers on the move; Davos finds an important ally in King’s Landing; and Sam reconsiders his training at the Citadel when there are more pressing matters in the north.

Critics Consensus: “Eastwatch” traded the fiery spectacle of Thrones’ previous episode for a slow-burn approach, but nonetheless delivered some spectacular revelations and reunions.


SEASON 2, EPISODE 5: "THE GHOST OF HARRENHAL" 96%


#43The Baratheon rivalry ends; Tyrion learns of Cersei’s secret weapon; Dany suffers a loss; Arya collects a debt she didn’t know was owed; Jon and the Night’s Watch man an ancient fortress and meet a legend.

Critics Consensus: “The Ghost of Harrenhal” utilizes some unexpected character pairings to explore GOT’s shifting power structure and build momentum leading into the second half of the season.


SEASON 2, EPISODE 7: "A MAN WITHOUT HONOR" 96%


#42Jaime meets a distant relative; Dany receives an invitation to the House of the Undying; Theon leads a search party; Jon loses his way in the wilderness; Cersei counsels Sansa.

Critics Consensus: Quieter and more meditative than previous episodes, “A Man Without Honor” is bolstered by incredible performances and a welcome return to an unlikely but surprisingly satisfying onscreen duo.


SEASON 5, EPISODE 1: "THE WARS TO COME" 96%


#41In the Season 5 premiere, Varys struggles to convince Tyrion to think outside the box while discussing a potential occupant of the Iron Throne. Meanwhile, Stannis leans on Jon to secure loyalty from a rival; Daenerys ignores tradition to remain on her progressive path; and Cersei and Jaime try to move on from Tywin’s demise.

Critics Consensus: A solid season premiere, “The Wars to Come” ratchets up the anticipation for inevitable bloodshed while deepening focus on characters and locales.


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