5 Extremely Harsh Reviews of Game of Thrones's First Season

Helen Sloan, HBO
Helen Sloan, HBO

We all know Game of Thrones is the biggest show on television. It is a pop culture phenomenon and is adored by critics and fans alike. The season 8 premiere set a series rating record with 17.4 million viewers and Hollywood insiders are already predicting that its series finale will be one of the most-watched of all-time.

While ratings have never been an issue for the show, not all critics were initially sold on the concept—or its execution. Here are five surprisingly negative early reviews of Game of Thrones.

1. "Game of Thrones serves up a lot of confusion in the name of no larger or really relevant idea."

"Game of Thrones is boy fiction patronizingly turned out to reach the population’s other half ... [It] serves up a lot of confusion in the name of no larger or really relevant idea beyond sketchily fleshed-out notions that war is ugly, families are insidious, and power is hot. If you are not averse to the Dungeons & Dragons aesthetic, the series might be worth the effort. If you are nearly anyone else, you will hunger for HBO to get back to the business of languages for which we already have a dictionary."

The New York Times

2. "It is to television what the Spider-Man musical is to Broadway."

"Game of Thrones, one of the supposed biggies this spring, is a big letdown. Why is it so convoluted and punishing? It is to television what the Spider-Man musical is to Broadway."

Orlando Sentinel

3. "[It's] quasi-medieval, dragon-ridden fantasy crap."

"[It's] quasi-medieval, dragon-ridden fantasy crap ... There are unscalable slabs of expositionistic dialogue clogging the forward movement of the story. Sonorous and/or schmaltzy talk substitutes for the revelation of character through action. There is the sense of intricacy having been confused with intrigue and of a story transferred all too faithfully from its source and thus not transformed to meet the demands of the screen."

Slate

4. "Game of Thrones can be a big stein of groggy slog."

"[E]ven for the most open minds, Game of Thrones can be a big stein of groggy slog ... [It's] deadly serious about its thees and thous—a fantasy trope that pop culture has been mocking since Dungeons & Dragons emerged from the basement rec-room to invent Google."

The Washington Post

5. "The rest of us may have a harder time sitting through Game of Thrones."

"Those who love the books will probably geek out on the series. The rest of us may have a harder time sitting through Game of Thrones."

Boston Herald

Wayfair’s Fourth of July Clearance Sale Takes Up to 60 Percent Off Grills and Outdoor Furniture

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This Fourth of July, Wayfair is making sure you can turn your backyard into an oasis while keeping your bank account intact with a clearance sale that features savings of up to 60 percent on essentials like chairs, hammocks, games, and grills. Take a look at some of the highlights below.

Outdoor Furniture

Brisbane bench from Wayfair
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Dyna-Glo electric smoker.
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American flag cornhole game.
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The Office Writers Considered Making Michael Scott a Murderer, According to Greg Daniels

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NBCUniversal, Inc.

Greg Daniels is best known as the showrunner of The Office, a job that earned him two of his four Emmys. As reported by Screen Rant, the acclaimed creator dished in a recent interview with The Guardian about why the American version of the much-loved show almost wasn't made, along with a proposed plot twist for Michael Scott that forced Daniels to put his foot down.

"The UK version hadn’t finished airing and I’d never heard of it. My agent sent me a VHS tape of season one. It had a somewhat boring title so I didn’t look at it. He told me he wanted to show it to someone else if I wasn’t interested, so I popped it in. I watched the entire first series that evening," Daniels said.

As the show really got going after Steve Carell's role in The 40-Year-Old Virgin made him a household name, Daniels said some ideas in the writers room got too wacky for their own good. He recalled one particular instance, saying, “There were times where [the writers] would become enamored with a joke, and I'd have to put my foot down. For instance, they really wanted Michael to kill Meredith with his car. That was an early pitch, where he runs her over in the parking lot and then comes back, gets a tire iron and finishes the job. I was like, 'You can’t do that, that’s crazy!'”

Michael being a murderer certainly would have changed the tone of the show, so it makes sense that it never happened. Imagine the courtroom scenes we would have had to endure! The Scranton Strangler storyline would have paled in comparison.

[h/t Screen Rant]