Quirky fact that may explain why GoT suddenly felt like a different show

This article is just for the fun of it. The theory is that the HBO show “Game of Thrones” changed substantially in tone and feel during its latter seasons because fewer words were included in each episode.

I always think of “Freakonomics” by Stephen J. Dubner and Steven Levitt when anyone sagely suggests that fact A must be the cause of consequence B, when they may have nothing to do with each other. For one thing, as noted below, the increasing number of battle scenes changed the tenor of the show in many ways and reduced the number of words spoken in each episode. For another, the show went beyond what George R.R. Martin (the author of the books underlying the show) has yet published and thus the show’s writers lacked the guidance of the tight construction of the books. Many reasons, but people will argue endlessly anyway.


This Data Might Explain Why “Game Of Thrones” Felt So Weird In The Later Seasons

It is known.

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Whether or not you were happy with the way Game of Thronesended, I think we can all agree that the show really felt ~different~ in the last couple of seasons.


Well, according to a chart using data from opensubtitles.org, there may actually be a reason why the show felt so weird as it went on — basically, the data shows that the number of words in each episode declined throughout the show:

Joanna Robinson


There it is.

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The chart was made by github user mrquart, and you can find the code here, if that’s your thing.

Of course, fans were quick to make jokes, specifically about their frustrations with the final season:


This says a lot… unlike the S8 episodes themselves 😉

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Mike Lenahan@misterlenahan

“She’s my queen” or “you’re my queen” or “I don’t want it” = roughly 60 percent of Jon Snow season 8 dialogue?

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Jeff Ruberg ㋐ FANIME@jeffinitelyjeff

The thing I find most frustrating and damning about this is how the show’s popularity directly correlated with trading in dialogue & world building for increasingly empty spectacle.

Joanna Robinson


There it is.

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While others pointed out how the increasing lack of dialogue actually made sense:

Jay Sherer@JaySherer

This seems very appropriate given the increasingly cinematic nature of the show. When it followed the books there was more conveyed via words. Later, on its own, it became more visual.

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Kevin Harmon@imadness

I’m interested to hear your conclusions. To me, this makes a lot of sense – you have to explain the story and characters at the beginning and if you’ve done the job right, by the end all you need is Tyrions facial expressions lol.

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It also sparked a conversation about the lack of dialogue among the female characters on the show:

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The final season of ‘Game of Thrones’ had the lowest % of female dialogue in the show’s history, says an analysis by Ceretai.

It centered around a conflict between queens Cersei and Daenerys, but women got just 22% of the lines.

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Ryan Mongelluzzo@rymong

I got the feeling there was apprehension writing dialogue for certain characters after they left the source material, especially Cersei.

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And while you could argue that the increasing lack of dialogue each season may be a “reason” why some fans felt dissatisfied in the end, there’s no denying that it did not stop the growing popularity of the show:

Jon Erlichman


Game of Thrones live viewers:

Season 8 finale: 13.6 million
Season 7 finale: 12.1 million
Season 6 finale: 8.9 million
Season 5 finale: 8.1 million
Season 4 finale: 7.1 million
Season 3 finale: 5.4 million
Season 2 finale: 4.2 million
Season 1 finale: 3.0 million

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Welp. Can’t win ’em all!


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