Sunday night, Sharon and I watched the series finale of Game of Thrones. While Sharon watched this season with me, she has only really watched the first season of the show. She and I watched the first season together more than three years ago, while I was reading the first book.
The series premiered on HBO in the United States on April 17, 2011. It concluded Sunday night with 73 episodes broadcast over eight seasons. I finished season one in October 2012, season two in February 2013 and season three in June 2013.
My summary for the eighth season is something that I stole from a podcast. The Storm of Spoilers podcast kept saying “efficiency is coming.” David Benioff and D. B. Weiss had the ending from George Martin, but the pacing of the last season is so different from the first four seasons. With the rich source material, the first four seasons had a leisurely pace that allowed for a much richer character development. The rapid pace of the eighth season doesn't allow for the plot to proceed organically; it feels forced. It would have taken Martin two thousand pages to get all of this done...
I think that they should have done two ten episode seasons in seasons 7 and 8. This would have allowed them to set up the ending better. I am still not sure I understand why they did shorter seasons.
In spite of my criticism about a rush to the end this season, I enjoyed season eight and the series finale. I am going to add the second book to my reading list for the next year.