Return of the Jedi had a fantastic satisfying conclusion. We don’t know how Game of Thrones is going to end, but I think the landing defines the series. Shows that had bad endings like Lost of BSG went from pop culture significance to being mostly forgotten. With only 6 episodes GOT has a huge amount of work to do to resolve not only the main story, but the endings of the various characters (there’s at least 20 characters we care about), and tell us the future of Westeros. It’s a huge amount of work, and I don’t see how everything gets done in such limited time. I’m not sure this show can hit the landing it needs to, and with GRR’s influence clearly setting the scripts back a bit I’m more than a little concerned.
I’ve been rewatching the series form the start as I’m up 3 hours with the baby each night. I’m halfway through series 3 and it’s really the high point of the show for me. Every episode had something amazing and unexpected happen. It’s not got the worldbuilding series 1 had, nor the mass character expansion from series 2. And it won’t get caught up in the Tyrion trial from series 4 I think. It’s funny to see the structure of 10 minutes for each plot story, some characters not having any screen time at all, compared to the most recent season that had only a couple of different scenes in the whole episode.