The final six episodes of Game of Thrones have inspired great ratings as well as endless chatter, making it as much or perhaps more discussed than even Avengers: Endgame. But as with the MCU epic, not all of that talk has been positive. These last episodes have proven divisive, and not just the one that was almost impossible to literally see.
With only two episodes remaining, the show could stick the landing. But until we know for sure, all we can do is wait…and discuss the handful of shows whose ending was as great as the rest of it.
Much of this talk has started with a single tweet — one of those semi-innocent queries that inspire waves upon waves of re-tweeted answers.
Wall Street Journal sports writer Jared Diamond kicked it off, asking social media a simple question: “Since everybody apparently is mad at ‘Game of Thrones’ now, here’s a question for you: What’s a TV show that you thought ended well?
Diamond didn’t offer his own answer, but he got plenty of responses.
Honestly, not enough mentioned the out-there (and much-parodied) twist ending to the‘80s hospital drama St. Elsewhere. (Nor, for that matter, was there nearly enough talk of The Sopranos, which c’mon.) But one finale that got a ton of love? Breaking Bad.
Of course, mentioning Breaking Bad and Game of Thrones in the same breath doesn’t always reflect well on the latter.
Then again, these aren’t the only people in love with the way Breaking Bad ended (which we won’t spoil, you’re welcome). Only last month Game of Thrones showrunners David Benioff and D.B. Weiss were talking about how they not only adore the way Breaking Bad closed, they also want to spiritually emulate it.
“I’m hoping we get the Breaking Bad [finale] argument where it’s like, ‘Is that an A or an A+?’ I want that to be the argument,” Weiss told Entertainment Weekly. Of course, being a show set in a fantasy realm, they can’t end their show with a killer Badfinger deep cut, much less a Journey all-timer.