Actors Kit Harington and Emilia Clarke on set of the eighth season of Thronespil.
Helen Sloane HBO
Despite great criticism from fans, the final episode of "Game of Thrones" split the single-night show records on Sunday, with 19.3 million tuning in to watch the final.
The last season of HBO's TV adaptation of George RR Martin's "A Song of Ice and Fire" was criticized much by fans who felt pacing and its treatment of past character developments was not entirely up to each other .
Still, the show continued with record breaking. Each episode spares for a toppled viewer counting from the seven finals season, which was the series high ahead of the season eight release.
Every year, "Game of Thrones" has seen its audience grow, a rarity for television shows. A series will typically lose viewers during a race. The eighth season ran high viewers because it was the show's last. More than a decade of the story came to an end, and everyone wanted to know what happened.
While some fans of the long-running fantasy drama felt satisfied with the show's final bow, others were quick to express their dissatisfaction with how events unfolded. One of the main complaints about the eighth and last season was its pacing and its treatment of earlier character developments.
While the first six seasons all contained 10 episodes, season 7 was only in seven tranches, and season 8 only had six. The cut-off character of the last season seemed to have played a major factor in the fan's dissatisfaction. Plot lines that may have been developed further given more time fell flat for many long time viewers of the show.
* Warning: Spoilers for "Play of Thrones" Final to follow. *  "Obviously, the authors knew the story they wanted to tell," wrote Myles McNutt from the AV Club in a review of Sunday's finals. "They told the story of the girl who grew up believing that her family had been wronged and that it was her responsibility to correct it."
"[Daenerys] battles in Westeros felt arbitrary and driven by stupid military strategy more than anything else," he added. "The thematic value of her struggle was always there, but in the execution, the show was at a different pace than before that it had none of the patches that had founded its story to that point."
It was always a coin throw for Daenerys to either become like her father the Mad King or the shun who was angry for a more moderate, temperate justice. Throughout the show, Dany has used her power and her dragons to burn cities to earth in the name of liberation. Only in these cases were the men slaves and tyrants, and fans could set aside the high death penalty because Dany's motives were "good".
In the eighth season, when she decimates King's Landing with drag fire, it is not completely out of character. It is only now that the people she kills are considered to be more innocent than her previous conquests, that fans and characters in the series begin to cling to her actions.
"The final wrapped a few items a little too clean, maybe go against the show's original" good people do not triumph "edicts, but would you really be happy with a defiant Dany standing over all the known bodies, controlling one ruined the world? "James White, from Empire Magazine, asked in his final report. "It was not the end that everyone would have wanted. It was never to be."
It didn't help to start in season five, but Weiss and Benioff started deviating from Martin's source material because Martin had not finished the final books in his series. So, fans who once knew how certain events would unfold were suddenly shaded in the last few years, wondering if what was on the screen really was part of Martin's vision.
One of the final plot points stuck with most people was that Bran Stark, aka Bran the Broken, became king of the six kingdoms, with his sister Sansa, who led the seventh kingdom north.
Many noted that Bran had done little during the series to justify this space of power. He had been referred to being in the background for most of the last few seasons, and apart from his abilities as The Three Eyed Ravens to remember past events and see the future, have no real qualifications for management.
In fact, most of Bran's scenes in the eighth season revolved around him who was disassociated from his family and all other characters he encountered.
"Had Weiss and Benioff brought the show to a more satisfying conclusion, Martin would have had little incentive to finish the series," wrote Nancy Kaffer of Detroit Free Press. "It's safe to say that fans aren't happy, and Martin has a chance to tell the story he was thinking. So … how is it, George?"