The Winds of Winter is the 60th episode of Game of Thrones, and 10th episode for its season 6, which marks it as season 6’s finale. It’s a fantasy TV series on HBO, which has received many universal critic acclaims till date and it is considered to be the best episode of the series of all times. In the US, the viewership has reached to 8.89 million during its initial broadcast only.
In the UK the viewership was 2.49 million on Sky Atlantic, making it the highest-rated broadcast that week on this channel. Due to its very high popularity, it has got 99% on Rotten Tomatoes. The episode has got a 10/10 rating on IMDB even after several weeks later it was 9.9/10 making it amongst a top scorer of all times.
“Game of Thrones concluded what’s arguably its best season with one of its finest — and the bloodiest — episodes, “The Winds of Winter”, which excelled in dramatic storytelling just as last week’s “Battle of the Bastards” raised the bar for action sequences.
Though the finale shifted from the battlefield, the events were, if anything, far more seismic, with game-changing revelations and huge moves from every corner of the realm that established some very clear new conflicts going into season 7.
Just look at all that happened in those 69 minutes: Dany set sail for Westeros, Dorne joined forces with both Dany and the Tyrells, Arya returned to Westeros and crossed a major name off her list, Jon became King in the North, and Cersei blew up her enemies and then claimed the Iron Throne for herself.
There were death and destruction galore, but it was also, rather gleeful death and destruction, as favourite characters mostly got exactly what they wanted.” Said James Hibberd from Entertainment Weekly “The Winds of Winter” was directed by Miguel Sapochnik. He previously directed the fifth season episodes “The Gift” and “Hardhome”, and the sixth season episode “Battle of the Bastards”.
The Winds of Winter was written by the series’ creators David Benioff and D. B. Weiss. The episode was the longest in the show’s history, to that point, with a run time of 68 minutes. The finale of season 6 – “The Winds of Winter”, has seen the departure of many cast members including, Dean-Charles Chapman as King Tommen Baratheon, Natalie Dormer as Queen Margaery Tyrell, Jonathan Pryce as High Sparrow, Eugene Simon, Julian Glover, Roger Ashton-Griffiths, Finn Jones, and Ian Gelder, who portrayed Lancel Lannister, Pycelle, Mace Tyrell, Loras Tyrell, and Kevan Lannister, respectively, also made their final appearance in the series. A totally new cast is being portrayed from season 7 onwards.
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