If the penultimate episode of Game of Thrones made your nose crinkle up like a latte that's been sitting on a table for a week, you are not alone. The episode that aired on Sunday, May 12 is currently one of the lowest-rated Game of Thrones episodes on Rotten Tomatoes. The episode that gave us Daenerys Targaryen's heel turn was not exactly a smash: "The Bells" is one of a few Game of Thrones episodes that is "Rotten" on Rotten Tomatoes, meaning that less than 60% of the reviews are favorable. Only three out of the 72 episodes that have aired thus far are "Rotten"; the rest are "Fresh." Moreover, most of the "Fresh" Game of Thrones episodes boast a score of 85% or higher.
Now, before we take a look at the seven lowest-rated Game of Thrones episodes (seven episodes because the Seven Kingdoms? Sure, that feels right) let's make one thing extremely clear: The first four episodes featured on this list are, in the grand scheme of things, extremely well-rated. Many TV shows would be so lucky to have a few episodes that earned an 83% on the ol’ Tomatometer, but for Game of Thrones? The bar is so high for this show that an 83% or a 77% are considered "low" scores.
But again, there are three episodes of Game of Thrones that have been hit with the "Rotten" label. And whew, do those Rotten scores stick out like sore, greyscale-infected thumbs. But hey, you don't have to take my word for it. To the list we go.