Moderator / Reviewer
- Apr 4, 2017
My AV System
- Preamp, Processor or Receiver
- Yamaha TRS-7850 Atmos Receiver
- Other Amp
- Peavy IPR 3000 for subs
- Universal / Blu-ray / CD Player
- Sony ubx800 4K UHD Player
- Front Speakers
- Cheap Thrills Mains
- Center Channel Speaker
- Cheap Thrills Center
- Surround Speakers
- Volt 10 Surrounds
- Surround Back Speakers
- Volt 10 Reach Surrounds
- Rear Height Speakers
- Volt 6 Overheads
- 2x Marty subs (full size with SI 18's)
- Video Display Device
- JVC RS-46 Projector
- Draper Cineperm M1300 119 inch Static Screen
Nothing is more terrifying for viewers (and most likely creators alike) than the final season of a good show. In fact, the better the show the more nervous we are about it’s ending. When a good show ends the viewers are satisfied with a good ending, but when a show has spiraled into the heavens and reached peaks never seen before (well, at least not seen for many a year), then the stakes are exponentially higher. Game of Thrones has been THE show to beat for the better part of a decade, as it basically revitalized the Cable TV market into the more “mature” market that it is today, and reinvented intricate and serialized plots that could do more than just pull off an “episode of the week” style of storytelling. Most of us saw the minor chinks in the armor of the show after the series passed the time line of George R.R. Martin’s novels, but most of us hoped for a satisfactory ending after the jaw dropping season finale of Season 7.
Unfortunately the 8th and final season kind of sucker punches the viewer, and pulls off one of the biggest faux pas of television production. Making a season that just isn’t mediocre and unsatisfactory, but one that actually enrages the fan base for how out of left field it is. Many of you may remember How I Met Your Mother, a show that was considered one of the better sitcoms of the 21st century, only for the ending to come out of left field and completely undermine what has happened before. Sadly this is what happened with the final season of Game of Thrones, as the writers altered character motivations, whole characters themselves, and seemed content to let a myriad of smaller plot lines just fizzle off into nothing at the expense of wrapping up the lives and deaths of the main characters in rapid fashion.
On the flip side of things, the meeting of the council for the new king was exquisitely done. I had a sneaking suspicion over the last couple of years that that particular person would become the ruler of the iron throne (or what’s to replace the iron throne), and it was extremely satisfying to see said person ascend to their rightful place. Peter Dinklage once more steals every scenes as the Hand of the King (or Queen in this case) and his particular arc is probably the most fruitful and satisfying according to what has come before.
Rated TV-MA by the MPAA
4K Video: Video:
• When Winter Falls: Exclusive 30-minute featurette with showrunners David Benioff and D.B. Weiss, along with major stars and behind-the-scenes players, breaking down all that went into the colossal filming of the "Battle of Winterfell" in Season 8, Episode 3.
• Duty is the Death of Love: A compelling look at how the team behind Game of Thrones and its major stars, including Kit Harington, Peter Dinklage and Emilia Clarke, brought the show to its conclusion in the series finale, "The Iron Throne."
• Audio Commentaries: 10 Audio Commentaries with cast and crew, including the show's creators, Benioff and Weiss, on the final season.
• Deleted and Extended Scenes: 5 never-before-seen deleted or extended scenes from season 8.
• Histories and Lore: New animated pieces giving the history and background of notable season 8 locations and storylines.
Game of Thrones: The Complete Eighth Season is not a train wreck or an abomination, but it certainly is a major let down after all of the incredible storytelling that has come before it. The writers appeared to have been over their hands, and instead of actually understanding and respecting the character arcs, just wrote the characters into whatever position they wanted in order to achieve the ending that they wanted. As such, this 6 episode finale to the giant phenomenon known as Game of Thrones fizzles rather than goes out with a bang. HBO’s technical specs for the 4K UHD set is not to be underestimated though. It carries a killer Atmos track, stunning video, and the 4K UHD set (only the second season to ever get the 4K treatment outside of the first season) is given a steelbook set to match the re-released steelbooks of the first 4 seasons with Atmos. While I hesitate to recommend this set based upon the merits of it’s quality, I will say this. Fans of the show will not want to leave one season missing from their collection, and most certainly will be happy enough with the tech specs to pick it up.
Starring: Emilia Clarke, Peter Dinklage, Lena Headey, Kit Harrington, Sophie Turner, Maisie Williams, Isaac Hempstead Wright
Created by: David Benioff, D.B. Weiss
Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1 HEVC
Audio: English: Dolby Atmos (Dolby TrueHD 7.1 Core), English, French, Spanish (Castilian), German, Norwegian, Italian DD 5.1, Portuguese, Czech, Hungarian, Polish, Spanish (Latin) DD 2.0
Subtitles: English SDH, French, Lain, Spanish, Castilian, Polish, Brazilian, Portuguese, Dutch, Danish, Finnish, Norwegian, Swedish
Runtime: 425 Minutes
Blu-ray Release Date: December 3rd, 2019
Recommendation: Not Great, but fans will need to see it