This New Chart Might Explain Why ‘Game of Thrones’ Fans Hated Season 8
Game of Thrones fans think this new chart might explain why the show got so bad.
The hit HBO series may be over, but many viewers are still upset over who took the Iron Throne and what happened to Daenerys Targaryen. Basically, a lot of them believe the writing was not up to par with the earlier seasons of the show and people have even started a petition to remake Season 8 with "competent writers."
But according to new data, which was charted by Github user mrquart using information from OpenSubtitles.org, there may a reason why fans were not impressed by the final season and it might have to do with the lack of dialogue between characters.
The chart was shared by Vanity Fair writer Joanna Robinson on Twitter and it details the average number of words spoken per minute throughout each GoT season. The results show that Season 1 had nearly 70 words spoken per minute, with those numbers later gradually decreasing to under 40 words per minute in the last season.
In fact, the show's infamously dark Season 8 episode, "The Long Night," which featured the longest battle sequence in TV history, had only 15 words per minute.
This proves that there were definitely fewer conversations between the characters. But, as Robinson later clarified in a second tweet, the decrease in dialogue absolutely doesn't confirm why fans were far less interested in seasons seven and eight. It just provides a little insight into the difference between the earlier and later seasons.
"a) This isn’t INHERENTLY bad, obviously. I just like the earlier dialogue-heavy stuff so much personally b) I wonder which S6 episode that is c) you don’t really need to see this lovely graph if you’ve looked at the scripts themselves—the difference is stunning," Robinson wrote.
However, that didn't stop fans from using this data as a way to quantify their disappointment.