Yeah, this, really. Honestly, Season 8 has some writing flaws, but it's still full of great dialogue, great acting, and some pretty spectacular action sequences. It's rare for shows to START this strong, much less finish this strong, even if it represents a decline from the show at it's peak. And, years down the road, it's hard to remember just how shocking some of these developments were. I'd read the books so I knew what to expect, and I hadn't started watching the show at the time, but I remember chuckling at the collective meltdown I saw happening on Facebook one morning and realizing the show must have caught up to the Red Wedding. This is worth a watch as a refresher: There aren't too many TV shows I can think of who've ever pulled off such a gut-punch to their viewers. And, personally, I thought Hodor's story was worse, I'm still not over that.