4 thoughts on “When Did Game of Thrones Jump the Shark?

  1. It definitly jumped the shark. I´d say the turning episodes for going downhill were 3 and (like you said) 4 of season 8. The first two building up to the battle were old GoT-fashion. The battle itself felt really climatic – and than the aftermath predicted what was to come: Rushing up the storylines of the remaining characters and totally ignoring some of their arcs to bring it all to a twisty end. I think the moment that showed the show would fall downhill was when Jaime tells Brienne he hasn´t changed right after sleeping with her and going back to Cersei. Wow. Just throwing away all the character development over the last seasons. Jaime had an interesting overall story which was screwed in the end for the sake of ending it.

  2. It definitely jumped the shark, but when… is a good question. I’m in agreement that 8.3 and 8.4 were definitely where all hope of a satisfactory conclusion were lost, but I definitely feel like, aside from an episode, moment, or storyline or two per season, the last two or three seasons felt much more hollow than before.

    I’m tempted to reach back as far as Season 5. Between the Sand Snakes storyline, Grey Worm and Missandei romance, Tyrion’s travels to find Daenerys, Arya’s faceless man training, Ramsay taking Sansa, and what happens to Shireen. Especially what happens to Shireen.

    Hardhome is amazing and there are some insanely good moments in Season 6, but I’d argue that, in retrospect, Game of Thrones jumped the shark Season 5, Episode 9, “The Dance of Dragons.” The Shireen moment happens in this episode, the underwhelming Sons of Harpy attack, a lot of Dorne, a lot of Faceless training, it was the culmination of a lot of poor decisions in the writer’s room that would continue forward more.

    I haven’t watched in a while, and there’s still good to come. But there’s a lot less trust after the wheel spinning this season.

  3. Yeah, season 8 was when it really jumped the shark, but it was already showing cracks with horrible stupid plots like Jaime and Bronn’s side-story in Dorne. Basically, when they started diverging from the books too much even before they ran out of source material to adapt.

  4. The compression of time vs the early seasons is when it jumped the shark. They rushed so many storylines when they saw the finish line. End of season 7, when Jon Snow and company were trapped and surrounded beyond the wall. They were able to send a raven to Dany and have her show up to save them in 15 minutes. That would have taken at least half a season early on. It felt like the show had broken its internal rules, it took away my suspension of disbelief.

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