Season 8. 6 episodes.
Who's in the cast: Emilia Clarke, Kit Harington, Sophie Turner, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, countless others
What it's about: Presumptive, incestuous highborns squabbling for power in a medieval realm that's about to be attacked by a supernatural horde.
Why it's a good TV show: I mean, it's Thrones! After 73 episodes, a gajillion character deaths, and lots of intrigue, betrayal, and trauma, the show's watch has ended. Absolutely the worst of its eight seasons, with rushed plot resolutions, cloying heapings of fan-service, preposterously dimly-lit scenes, and a finale that sparked controversy and not a little bit of fury, Game of Thrones nonetheless captured what seemed like the entire world's constant attention for six weeks this spring. Was it all a dream? Did Euron really possess god-tier dragon-harpoon aim that one time and then literally never again? Did the Winterfell battle plan really entail both sending all the Dothraki, Jorah Mormont and Ghost (!) out first and also failing to foresee that the Night King would raise the newly fallen as well as the long dead down in the crypts? Did Cersei really have a more ho-hum death than Dolorous Edd? Sigh. No question, compared with any of its other installments, Season 8 was pretty bad. So why am I including it here? Because a lot of the very accurate and indisputable complaints about how it all wrapped up are ultimately outweighed by one thing no one gives Season 8 credit for: It exists. Boo-hoo all you want about how your insanely high expectations weren't met instead of admitting that you're as cunning as whoever wrote the script pages that killed off Rhaegal to think the show was ever going to have an even remotely satisfying ending without George R. R. Martin involved. This season completed a 73-episode run based on a book series involving dragons, wargs, giant wolves, perfectly detestable villains, trees with bleeding faces, zombies, a magical wall of ice, copious wine-guzzling, epic disses, and cave sex. Even its worst (again, by far) season is a miracle.
Who should watch: Completists, and also apparently TV critics who actually welcome perturbed anonymous trolls who come here solely to comment that "anyone who would have Star Trek Discovery and GOT in their top TV list is either a network shill or has a very poor grasp of what good TV is in 2019"