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GAME OF THRONES Season 7 Review & Episode Scores

Game of Thrones Season 7 Review

Game of Thrones: Season Seven

We’ve scored every Game Of Thrones episode (excluding Season 8, of course), and there will be a master list of the ranked episodes forthcoming. The episodes were broken down at the granular level. Each storyline within each episode received score from 1-5 in each of the following areas: Story, Worldbuilding, and Entertainment. The component scores were then combined and used as the basis for the Episode Scores. We’ve published a review of every season to date, and Season Eight will get the same treatment once the full slate of episodes has had a fair chance to resonate.

Previous Entries:

Introduction & Rationale

Season 1 Review

Season 2 Review

Season 3 Review

Season 4 Review

Season 5 Review

Season 6 Review

Without further ado…


Season 7 delivered long-awaited reunions (Sansa and Arya) and first-time-meetings (Daenerys and Jon). Revelations bookended an eye-popping amount of dragon-related spectacle. As with all previous entries, Game of Thrones’ penultimate season delivers, even if it fades noticeably in its later stretch. This season drew increased criticism for eschewing some of the novel-esque method and rigor that the series had become known for. Characters moved across the map of Westeros at a head-spinning pace, and the fan-favorites seemed to dodge certain death at an unsustainable rate for a series that has shocked viewers repeatedly during its run. This is still Thrones, but with a shorter run of seven episodes and an overall breezier approach to storytelling, it often felt like a dragon of a different color.

Dragonstone [7.01]

Dragonstone Episode Game of Thrones

Episode Score: 79 Read more…

GAME OF THRONES Season 6 Review & Episode Scores

Game of Thrones Season 6 Review

Game of Thrones: Season Six

We are building toward a ranked list of every Game Of Thrones episode by combing through the series one season at a time. The episodes are broken down to a granular level. Each storyline within each episode received score from 1-5 in each of the following areas: Story, Worldbuilding, and Entertainment. The component scores were then combined and used as the basis for the Episode Scores. The series will continue all the way through the Season 7 Review, which can be expected sometime around the the Season 8 debut. As you rewatch the show in preparation for the final season and re-listen to Binge Mode, you can also follow along here.

Previous Entries:

Introduction & Rationale

Season 1 Review

Season 2 Review

Season 3 Review

Season 4 Review

Season 5 Review

Without further ado…


The sixth season casts the longest shadow. Jon Snow returns. Hodor holds the door. The bastards battle. Cersei chooses violence. Daenerys moves on from Meereen, finally. It could be recency bias, or it could be that Season Six ends with the marvelous double feature of Battle of the Bastards and The Winds of Winter, but either way, this season clears the deck in a way that makes it arguably the most memorable batch of episodes to date. Not only does this season go out with an unprecedented bang, it’s also the first season to exist almost entirely without established source material. Benioff and Weiss proved that they could handle the reins without the officially published words of George R. R. Martin guiding them. Martin contributed, of course, but this was the season that the show established its storytelling primacy.

The Red Woman [6.01]

The Red Woman Episode

Episode Score: 67 Read more…

GAME OF THRONES Season 5 Review & Episode Scores

Game of Thrones Season 5 Review and Episode Scores

We are building toward a ranked list of every Game Of Thrones episode by combing through the series one season at a time. The episodes are broken down to a granular level. Each storyline within each episode received score from 1-5 in each of the following areas: Story, Worldbuilding, and Entertainment. The component scores were then combined and used as the basis for the Episode Scores. The series will continue all the way through the Season 7 Review, which can be expected around the time of the Season 8 debut. As you rewatch the show in preparation for the final season and re-listen to Binge Mode, you can also follow along here.

Previous Entries:

Introduction & Rationale

Season 1 Review

Season 2 Review

Season 3 Review

Season 4 Review

Without further ado…


From start to finish, Season 5 is an extraordinarily dark season, and for this series, that is no small feat. Though it wallows in a few unpalatable story arcs — Sansa’s plight and Stannis’s folly come to mind — it’s still a genuinely thrilling ten episodes of television. For every story arc that lingers a few episodes too long, there is another that keeps the season humming along. The saga of the Night’s Watch and the Wildlings continues to develop under the influence of Jon Snow. Cersei seeks an extreme solution to what, for most people, would amount to mundane family drama. Arya grapples with what it truly means to become “no one.” Dany learns that Meereen can’t be tamed in a day. Season Five carries the scent of stagnation at times, and a fouler stench at others, but like King’s Landing itself, the grandeur is still there, even when obscured by distracting smells.

[5.01] The Wars To Come

The Wars To Come Episode

Episode Score: 76 Read more…

ANNIHILATION

Annihilation Movie Poster Alex Garland

Annihilation: the novel, the movie… two reviews in one.

This post contains minor spoilers. Despite similarities in theme and tone, the book and movie have very different plots. Both will be lightly discussed here.

What happens when a biologist, an anthropologist, a surveyor, and a psychologist walk into a government quarantine zone? It’s not a bad joke — it’s the set up for Annihilation. 2018 saw the release of Annihilation, a film by Alex Garland and spiritual companion piece to the 2014 novel of the same name by Jeff VanderMeer. Both present science fiction tales of the highest order revolving around scientific expeditions that go sideways.

The Novel (2014)

Area X is an isolated and uninhabited area thought to be some sort of disaster site that receives frequent visitation by government-sanctioned research teams. These teams often come to grief of some sort and, when they do return to their homes, seem fundamentally changed. The biologist, our narrator, joins one of these teams after her husband returns from an earlier expedition and dies not long after. Read more…

GAME OF THRONES Season 4 Review & Episode Scores

Game of Thrones Season 4 Review

In this series, we are building toward a ranked list of every Game Of Thrones episode by combing through the series one season at a time. The episodes are broken down to a granular level, with each storyline within each episode receiving a 1-5 score in each of the following areas: Story, Worldbuilding, and Entertainment. These component scores are then combined and used as the basis for the Episode Scores. The series will continue all the way through the Season 7 Review, which can be expected around the time of the Season 8 debut. As you rewatch the show in preparation for the final season and re-listen to Binge Mode, you can also follow along here.

Previous Entries:

Introduction & Rationale

Season 1 Review

Season 2 Review

Season 3 Review

Without further ado…


Season Four arguably doesn’t have an episode as singularly formidable as Blackwater or as tragic as The Rains of Castamere, but it’s still the steadiest and possibly best season overall. This season runs the gamut of classic television staples; an opulent wedding, courtroom drama, training montages, a great battle, and of course… a few dashes of murder. Whilst wading through practically every standby in the book, this season is marked by the remaining Starks each leveling up in their own way and the remaining Lannisters continuing to find new ways of paying various debts. Rich character development also continues to unfold on every valence in-between the two rival houses. Consistently exquisite. Very few missteps. That is the Season Four experience.

[4.01] Two Swords

Two Swords Episode

Episode Score: 82 Read more…

GAME OF THRONES Season 3 Review & Episode Scores

Game Of Thrones Season 3 Review

In this series, we are building toward a ranked list of every Game Of Thrones episode by combing through the series one season at a time. The episodes are broken down to a granular level, with each storyline within each episode receiving a 1-5 score in each of the following areas: Story, Worldbuilding, and Entertainment. These component scores are then combined and used as the basis for the Episode Scores. The series will continue all the way through the Season 7 Review, which can be expected around the time of the Season 8 debut. As you rewatch the show in preparation for the final season, and re-listen to Binge Mode, you can also follow along here.

Previous Entries:

Introduction & Rationale

Season 1 Review

Season 2 Review

Without further ado…


Did the third season of Game of Thrones manage to top what came before? By and large, yes. Yes, it did. The first 20 episodes were dotted with exceptional hours of television, but Season Three delivers arguably the series’ quintessential episode in The Rains of Castamere. Even with seven seasons of hindsight, it’s no stretch to name Castamere as the show’s signature accomplishment, upping the ante considerably on the Stark family trauma from Season One. This third batch contains a number of exemplary episodes, including Kissed By Fire and Second Sons, that repeatedly push the series to greater heights. These plaudits are slightly tempered, as the series also manages to delve to a new low. The extended (…gulp) torture storyline arguably rears its head in a few too many episodes which gives the season an unnecessarily nasty streak. Still the story continues to broaden and new compelling characters continue to enter the fray. Season Three boasts growth beyond what the first two seasons could offer, while still leaving room for growth. Not a bad place to be.

[3.01] Valar Dohaeris

Valar Dohaeris

Episode Score: 80 Read more…