The dust has settled on Game of Thrones Season 8, with six new episodes to add to the pantheon. And with the show now done for good, it's time to look back over all the previous instalments. It's a good chance to reminisce over the early days, really see how the show's changed, see what types of episodes are the best, which season was the most consistent, which writers and directors are the best, start a bit of a debate, all that jazz.
Game of Thrones has been running since 2011, with 73 episodes over the course of eight seasons. That's a lot of episodes. What makes it difficult though, is the fact that over the course of the past eight seasons and 73 episodes, Game of Thrones has never been bad.
Sure, some seasons are weaker than others, and they've made some very poor decisions, but even sub-par Game of Thrones is generally decent TV. Some do stand out as clearly the best, and there are some more obviously worse, but for the most part there is a consistent quality, and not an awful lot separating it all.
So, after going back over all the seasons, a bit of deliberation with colleagues, pulling my hair out, reordering certain episodes multiple times, and making some tough calls that I'll no doubt regret as soon as this list is out there, here we are. From Winter Is Coming to The Iron Throne, here's every single episode of Game of Thrones, ranked from worst to best, or 'good' to 'break the internet'.
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