The Internet Reacts: Game of Thrones S8 Episode 6 (The Finale) in Social Data Charts
By Gemma JoyceMay 21
Published April 3rd 2019
Ever since the release of Love, Death + Robots on Netflix in March, viewers have been going crazy for it.
The 18-part anthology series is a combination of wonderful storytelling and brilliant animations, making every episode a joy to watch.
Plenty of viewers have also compared it to the highly rated Black Mirror Series (and some even say they’ve enjoyed it more!).
Here at Brandwatch we’ve had some heated discussions about which episode was the best. We all had our personal favorites. Some of us liked certain episodes because of its storytelling, while others were enthralled by the stunning visuals. My personal favorite was ‘The Witness’ – one of the more visually appealing episodes – where the witness of a murder and the murderer set upon an exciting cat and mouse chase across a futuristic Tokyo.
Given how everyone has different tastes, I wanted to know what the internet’s overall verdict was.
Here, I’ve ranked the episodes based on a few metrics to see how each episode fares.
This is very simple – we looked at the number of mentions on social media for each episode over the last couple of weeks.
|Ranking||Episode name||Number of mentions|
Sonnie’s Edge, being the first episode, set the tone and benchmark for the rest of the series.
It was so good that, apparently, it needs its own Netflix adaptation!
|Ranking||Episode name||Number of joyful mentions|
|5||Beyond the Aquila Rift||435|
Here’s someone who shares the same sentiment as me:
The Witness episode on Love, Death + Robots is the 💣💣💣💣! Animation, aesthetics, and it didn’t even need much dialogue to deliver a great story. HANDS DOWN! Truly recommended!— Patrick Ramos (@RamosPatrick_) March 30, 2019
Again, a simple metric – how many people said an episode had blown their mind on social media?
|Ranking||Episode name||Volume of "Mind blown" mentions|
|3||Beyond the Aquila Rift||53|
Beyond the Aquila Rift makes its first appearance in the top three here – it was a pretty good episode with the story revolving around a space crew that experienced a routing error in their journey back home. It’s pretty mind blowing stuff, according to the internet.
Here we solely look at mentions that talk about how good the story is.
|Ranking||Episode name||Number of narrative-related mentions|
|3||Beyond the Aquila Rift||331|
Good Hunting makes its first appearance on one of our top fives here. It tells of a friendship between a highly skilled engineer and a shape-shifting spirit.
Here we simply look at mentions that talk about how good the visuals are for each episode.
|Ranking||Episode name||Number of visual-related mentions|
|3||Beyond the Aquila Rift||605|
I’m biased and I do not apologize for it.
We bought in another data source from outside Brandwatch Analytics to add to the weighting – here are the top 5 episodes according to IMDB ratings:
|Rank||Episode Name||IMDB Score|
|1||Beyond the Aquila Rift||8.7|
|4||The Secret War||8.3|
From top to bottom, here’s how all those rankings look together.
Sonnie’s Edge, the first episode, has won the title of ‘best episode’.
|Ep number||Ep name||Volume||Joy||Mind blown||Narrative||Visuals||IMDB ranking||Total||Ranked best to worst|
|7||Beyond the Aquila Rift||6||5||3||3||3||1||21||3|
|18||The Secret War||11||10||11||13||11||4||60||10|
|5||Sucker of Souls||15||14||14||15||14||14||86||15|
|6||When the Yoghurt Took Over||18||18||18||18||18||13||103||18|
I highly recommend not missing out on any of the episodes, and I think this is the main thought that lingers on most watchers’ minds: