The ratings aren't in yet for the "Game of Thrones" Season 6 premiere, but it's safe to say they will be higher than the red comet of Season 2. Every season premiere has improved in audience size, but the same cannot be said of the audience reaction. After all, you don't know whether you like an episode or not until after you contribute to its viewer tally.
Many critics and fans responded immediately, and the early Season 6 premiere verdict is in: It was good, but not great.
On Monday, Rotten Tomatoes reported that Season 6, Episode 1, "The Red Woman" is certified fresh with an 81 percent score. Matt Atchity, editor-in-chief of Rotten Tomatoes, shared this statement:
"The long-awaited 6th season of Game of Thrones has mostly satisfied critics. As the series has outpaced the novels, book readers no longer have the luxury of knowing major plot points ahead of time. Most critics say that the season premiere is a solid return to form, although some say that the abundance of storylines and characters has started to make the series unwieldy."
So far, 28 reviews have been counted for the Season 6 premiere, with 24 "fresh" and four "rotten." That doesn't sound like a lot of feedback, but it's on par with some of the past seasons. Only this season has the lowest critical rating, so far:
Game of Thrones on Rotten Tomatoes
Season 1 Episode 1 ("Winter Is Coming," 11 reviews) – 100%
Season 2 Episode 1 ("The North Remembers," 15 reviews) – 100%
Season 3 Episode 1 ("Valar Dohaeris," 22 reviews) – 100%
Season 4 Episode 1 ("Two Swords," 32 reviews) – 97%
Season 5 Episode 1 ("The Wars to Come," 27 reviews) – 100%
Season 6 Episode 1 ("The Red Woman," 28 reviews) – 81%
(UPDATE: The day after the premiere, "The Red Woman" jumped to 92 percent on Rotten Tomatoes, from 48 reviews, the most of a premiere to date. So far, there are 44 fresh reviews and only four rotten. However, those four rotten are keeping it at the lowest overall percentage. For now, anyway.)
Meanwhile, over at IMDb, "The Red Woman" currently has a rating of 8.8, from 5,673 user reviews. A few commenters shared their disappointment, and one thread asked viewers to grade the episode, getting responses in the B to C- zone. Still, "The Red Woman" is currently rated higher than the Season 4 premiere, "The Wars to Come," which has an 8.4 rating, although from a much larger IMDb voting base of 11,850.
Fans are still watching and digesting last night's Season 6 premiere so it may take a while to get the full effect of their feedback. What did you think of "The Red Woman," and how would you compare it to past premieres?
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