Emilia Clarke said the show had "shaped me as a woman, as an actor and as a human being"

The final episode of Game of Thrones has been broadcast, drawing to a close one of the most successful series in television history.

But the season eight finale has received a mixed reaction from fans and critics.

More than a million viewers signed a petition to have the eighth season remade with more “competent writers”.

And, if the early reactions to the finale are anything to go by, the critics aren’t far behind them.

“There’s no doubt this season has been a rushed business,” wrote Lucy Mangan in The Guardian.

“It has wasted opportunities, squandered goodwill and failed to do justice to its characters or its actors.

“But,” she added, “the finale just about delivered.

“When you play the Game of Thrones, you win or you die. Overall, I think, it won.”

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