Every single episode in the eighth and final season of Game of Thrones had fans furious to the point of starting petitions. And last night’s episode, the series finale—was no exception. In fact, viewers are calling it the worst series finale in television history.
— lowëlla (@lowellasegovia) May 20, 2019
If you think that season was good. You need to reassess your reasons because clearly you are doing it for reasons and not because you loved Game of Thrones.
Worst ending ever. Worse then lost. Infact losts final season and game of thrones final season are so bad I can’t choose.
— SH (@ShehzadHassam) May 20, 2019
— Seungri Who? (@myjamisinfires) May 20, 2019
— Theon Greyjoy (@Kay_Mantanga) May 20, 2019
— Michael Tope (@MichaelTope) May 20, 2019
The fan outrage to the series finale prompted author Joy Reid to kick off a poll asking Twitter users about what they believe to be the most disappointing television series finale.
Reid included Lost, The X Files, Game of Thrones, and other/none of the above as choices.
Most disappointing series finale (for a show you faithfully watched):— Joy Reid (@JoyAnnReid) May 20, 2019
Her poll (which has eight+ hours left at the time of writing) was met with an onslaught of responses, many of which called out shows Reid did not list—particularly Dexter and How I Met Your Mother—as having the worst series finales.
Ok I never watched "How I Met You Mother" and I bailed on my Showtime subscription before the Dexter finale but apparently both endings were super bad....— Joy Reid (@JoyAnnReid) May 20, 2019
Here’s what people had to say:
Dexter had, by far, thee worst ending ever. EVER!!!! LOL.
— JacquelineB (@Pebbiss2000) May 20, 2019
Dexter. WORST ending EVER.
— OUFENIX (D) (@oufenix) May 20, 2019
— Devyn (@guccidropout) May 20, 2019
I was a huge fan of the series “Dexter.” The finale is one of the most reviled hours of television in history. It really sucked. Like, REALLY sucked. But, insane as it may sound, I not only didn’t petition Showtime to redo it, I actually went pleasantly along with my life.
— Richard Marx (@richardmarx) May 20, 2019
— tím (@tjbell1999) May 20, 2019
— Joey (@geojohwee) May 20, 2019
The Seinfeld finale was awful.
— Lawrence Stern (@LawrenceHughes) May 20, 2019
2010 – Lost: Worst ending ever for a long-running series.
2019 – Game of Thrones: Hold my beer. pic.twitter.com/t5Mmgn2ZBQ
— MagShirts (@MagShirts) May 20, 2019
Not the best ending ever, but “Lost” is still the worst by far. #GoT
— Pablo (@pablogl) May 20, 2019
This entirely. The Lost ending was extinction level event bad.
— Joy Reid (@JoyAnnReid) May 20, 2019
(Though, as with every other show on this list, there were those who disagreed…)
I loved LOST’s finale. Such emotional resonance and care given to the characters we grew to love over the years. #GameofThrones took a huge dump on some of the characters who deserved better.
— BravestGirlonEarth (@cellardoor815) May 20, 2019
4. Battlestar Galactica
Battlestar Galactica, But only the last five minutes.
— Nick Mancuso (@MancusoNR) May 20, 2019
5. How I Met Your Mother
HIMYM still the worst ending for me. After HIMYM I felt anger, disappointment, embarrassment, rage. With GOT I just feel disappointment and laughing at all this nonsense and in my mind I’m already moving on
— Nej (@delenafatalist) May 20, 2019
How I Met Your Mother. No contest.
— Jane Fairall (@FairallJane) May 20, 2019
So dad… this isnt the story of how you met our mother, this is the story of how you met aunt robin… I wanted to toss the tv
— mystic spiral stan (@BklynGee) May 20, 2019
“How I Met Your Mother”, no question. Because it not only ended the series poorly, after a bad final season, but its big twists recontextualized the narration and framing scenes in EVERY PREVIOUS EPISODE, making them all retroactively worse.
— Loren Collins (@LorenCollins) May 20, 2019
6. The Sopranos
Worst ending ever? Hands down- “The Sopranos”#Gameofthrones
Recap ICYMI- they went to a diner…. pic.twitter.com/bqITpyWrou
— Stephanie (@Stephynb) May 20, 2019
The Sopranos ending was pretty bad, too.
They were like “eh, screw it, we’re just going to have really dramatic music for a couple minutes and then make everybody think their cable got disconnected”
— Pé Resists (@4everNeverTrump) May 20, 2019
— Liz B (@LizzB17) May 20, 2019
7. The X Files
Girl, The X-Files win no doubt https://t.co/FiUEyFsSI4
— Stella MadamS (@MyGillianA) May 20, 2019
MASH was the worst one for a show I really enjoyed (yes, I know I just dated myself! )
— Toni Cook (@Iliftupmyeyes) May 20, 2019
9. Sons of Anarchy
Son’s of Anarchy
— I-resist-for-our-future?? (@moondancephotos) May 20, 2019
10. True Blood
I still think True Blood had the worst ending I have ever seen it ruined the entire previous seasons ……mind you the last book wasn’t that great either it was like the author was sick of it just wanted to finish it up
— mareefeb (@mareefeb) May 20, 2019
I have literally seen worst endings…. y’all remember True Bloods ending? #GamefThrones
— Phe (@Dash_of_Melanin) May 20, 2019
True Blood tied with Game of Thrones. HBO does NOT know how to end a series.
— Emily Cline Bronze (@emilycbronze) May 20, 2019
“Hey, here’s your adorable iconic alien favourite getting taken by the government to be cut up and experimented on! Bye!”
— ?Brian K. Pittman? (@HolyNosebleed) May 20, 2019
Roseanne with the “it was all a stupid dream” cop-out. https://t.co/YKrHMBOqCk
— Elli Can’t Stop Won’t Stop (@ElliAdventurer) May 20, 2019
13. Pretty Little Liars
I need everyone to understand that pretty little liars had the worst series finale of all time https://t.co/qvzmXKIl1V
— emma ?? (@emmaisjokes) May 20, 2019
Pretty Little Liars. Everything about it was terrible. ? https://t.co/2z3inFxx4v
— Daisya Spencer (@DaisyaSpencer) May 20, 2019
Pretty little liars ? https://t.co/zpaK1o0SQ7
— Jisa (@jisa_salim) May 20, 2019
Buffy. That whole season was a mess. https://t.co/fgUxIIkjIs
— ? Nightwing’s Boom Tube ? (@KissMyKAPOW) May 20, 2019
While there were plenty of other responses, fans genuinely seemed to be most disappointed by Dexter and How I Met Your Mother.
Though some decided to share their favorite series finales (which, if you note, include several shows on the previous list of ‘worst ever’ endings).
Though I think we can all agree that this is without a doubt the worst ending we’ve seen yet: