How IMDb Voters Have Rated 10 Emmy-Nominated TV Episodes (PHOTOS)

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Game of Thrones, “The Iron Throne”

The HBO hit’s series finale was also the lowest-rated GOT episode on IMDb — and the first Emmy-nominated episode with an IMDb rating below 5.0 in 55 years.

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The Good Wife, “End”

Alicia Florrick’s slapping skills notwithstanding, this CBS legal drama’s Emmy-nominated series finale was divisive to a lesser degree, with a 6.0 rating.

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Lost, “The End”

The controversy around Lost‘s final hour pales in comparison to that of Game of Thrones. The ABC mystery’s series finale scored an 8.2 on IMDb.

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Alias, “Truth Be Told”

And while we’re on the topic of J.J. Abrams dramas, his spy show started Sydney Bristow’s globe-trotting adventures with a series premiere rated 8.4.

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The Handmaid’s Tale, “June”

The handmaids face execution in the Season 2 premiere of this dystopian Hulu drama. The episode scored a 9.0 with IMDb voters.

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Grey’s Anatomy, “It’s the End of the World / As We Know It”

IMDb voters were blown away by the ABC drama’s Super Bowl two-parter — rated 9.6 — which had Meredith Grey (Ellen Pompeo) stabilizing a bomb in a patient’s chest cavity.

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Buffy the Vampire Slayer, “Hush”

Who cut the sound? Joss Whedon, who crafted a terrifying Buffy Season 4 episode — rated 9.7 — wherein the monsters of the hour steal their victims’ voices.

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Mad Men, “The Suitcase”

The professional relationship and rivalry between Don Draper (Jon Hamm) and Peggy Olson (Elisabeth Moss) boiled over in this Season 4 episode, rated 9.7.

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Breaking Bad, “Felina”

Now that’s a series finale. Vince Gilligan & Co. capped off the saga of chemistry teacher-turned-drug kingpin Walter White (Bryan Cranston) with an episode rated 9.9.

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Game of Thrones, “The Rains of Castamere”

That Breaking Bad finale is tied for first with two GOT episodes, the self-explanatory “Battle of the Bastards” and this episode, better known as the Red Wedding.

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If you were surprised that an Outstanding Writing in a Drama Series Emmy nomination went to the Game of Thrones series finale — just one of the show’s record-setting 32 nods this year — you’re not alone. On IMDb, the much-pilloried episode is the worst-rated nominee in the history of the category, according to Streaming Observer’s analysis of all 336 nominees in the category over the last 64 years. 

That said, Game of Thrones also had two episodes that are tied for the best-rated nominee in the category. Check out the gallery above to see a selection of 10 TV show episodes that spans the whole gamut, from worst to best.