Each season ranked by Rotten Tomatoes score

Few modern TV series have had such a strong impact on the audience as Game of Thrones. This fantasy drama was created by David Benioff and DB Weiss based on the series of novels by George RR Martin A Song of Ice and Fire. It premiered on HBO in April 2011 and ran until May 2019, when it ended its eighth and final season. With one of the biggest casts on television, Game of Thrones is set on the fictional continents of Westeros and Essos, and follows, among several story arcs, the battle between several noble families for the Iron Throne.

Over the course of its seasons, this HBO series has not only garnered a large fan base eagerly awaiting the premiere of each episode, but also widespread acclaim. Currently, Game of Thrones holds the record for the total number of Emmy awards won for a scripted television series with 59 statuettes, and over the course of the series it won 272 awards from almost 800 nominations. As with any famous series, expectations for the series finale were very high. For this reason, and many others, its eighth season was met with widespread condemnation. More, Game of Thrones remains a favorite of the audience, and his universe is constantly expanding: this year the premiere of the film was shown The house of the dragonprequel series based on Martin’s novel Fire and blood, set 200 years before the events of the original series. Here is an overview of each season Game of Thronesordered by Rotten Tomatoes achieve.


8/8 Season 8 — 55%

Arya from Game of Thrones

Game of ThronesThe eighth season premiered in 2019, and compared to the previous ones, it was very poorly received by critics and audiences for several reasons. Bearing in mind that she was supposed to wrap up all the arcs of the story that opened throughout the series, the audience felt that making only six episodes was not the best choice, and that the story was rushed to the end. Furthermore, the material for the show is no longer downloaded A Song of Ice and Fire, but with original content, and even that failed to convince the public. The series’ eighth season scored a 55 percent on Rotten Tomatoes, with a 30 percent audience rating, the series’ lowest rating.

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7/8 Season 1 — 90%

Ned Stark from Game of Thrones

While not one of the show’s best seasons, the first one paves the way for what would become an impressive series. Premiering in April 2011, this season featured ten episodes that featured the main storylines Game of Thrones, as well as the original cast: Sean Bean, Mark Addy, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Michelle Fairley, Lena Headey, Iain Glen, Peter Dinklage, Emilia Clarke, Kit Harington, Sophie Turner and Maisie Williams, among others. A lesser-known fact about the series is that its pilot was filmed twice, as the first version did not meet the expectations of the production company and creators (via EW).

6/8 Season 7 — 93%

Daenerys and Jon Snow from Game of Thrones

The seventh season of the series premiered in July 2017, and slowly began to pave the way for the final season, focusing mainly on the stories of the main characters already known. Unlike the previous one Game of Thrones seasons, which contained ten episodes each, this one released only seven, showing mostly original content not found in Martin’s novels. As in all seasons, the actors’ performances were highly praised, and in this case Peter Dinklage was awarded an Emmy for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series.

5/8 Season 5 — 93%

Cersei Lannister from Game of Thrones

The show’s fifth season, which debuted in June 2015, was set in Westeros and Essos, and featured some of the most iconic scenes of the entire series, such as Jon Snow’s death and Cersei Lannister’s Walk of Shame, to name a few. This season, which scored 93% on Rotten Tomatoes, consists of material from the fourth, fifth and sixth novels A Song of Ice and Fire, but also introduces source material. Furthermore, it set a Guinness World Record by winning 12 Emmy Awards out of 24 nominations, the most Emmys awarded to a series in a single season and year (via Winter Is Coming).

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4/8 Season 6 — 94%

Jon Snow

The sixth season of the series features one of the most epic fights in its entirety Game of Thrones: Battle of the Bastards, in which Jon Snow and Ramsay Bolton clashed over taking control of Winterfell, resulting in the latter being killed by his own dogs. This season premiered in April 2016 and once again made the series the most nominated series at the Emmy Awards, with 23 nominations and 12 wins.

3/8 Season 2 — 96%

Daenerys Targaryen from Game of Thrones
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Game of ThronesThe first season was the one that paved the way for the second season to establish the series as the phenomenon it was and still is. In April 2012, this acclaimed season premiered, mostly based on the second novel in Martin’s series. It follows the aftermath of Ned Stark’s unexpected death, within his House and everyone else, and depicts the beginning of the War of the Five Kings. This season has a 96% rating on Rotten Tomatoes and was widely praised at the time, garnering numerous nominations and awards.

2/8 Season 3 — 96%

Game of Thrones

This season continues to deal with the War of the Five Kings, although it also gives an increasing place to Daenerys Targaryen, Jon Snow and the Stark children’s stories. It boasts one of the most memorable episodes of the series: “The Rains of Castamere”, famous for the Red Wedding. It also marked the appearance of some of the main characters, performed by Nathalie Emmanuel, Diana Rigg, Ciarán Hinds and Iwan Rheon. It premiered in March 2013 and, as in almost every season, viewership increased significantly compared to the previous one.

1/8 Season 4 — 97%

Joffrey Baratheon from Game of Thrones

Rounding out the list with a 97% Rotten Tomatoes score and audience rating is season four Game of Thrones, which premiered in April 2014. This season’s material is mainly adapted from the novels A Storm of Swords, A Feast for Crows and A Dance with Dragons. It follows the aftermath of the Red Wedding and depicts the dramatic assassination of King Joffrey on his wedding day. All ten episodes have received critical acclaim and garnered nearly 100 award nominations, with 28 wins.

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