The final episode of Game of Thrones airs Sunday night on HBO, and for Nationals closer Sean Doolittle, that means avoiding spoilers while the Nats play Sunday Night Baseball.

"I think right now as it stands unless we come up with a plan as a group I'll watch it on the train to New York," Doolittle explained. "I won't be on my phone for spoilers."

On top of that, he's been unable to watch the show with his wife, Eireann Dolan, thanks to repeated road trips on Sundays. "I think its fun whenever you're able to share that with your partner or your teammates," Doolittle said.

In a wide-ranging discussion with Todd Dybas on the Racing Presidents podcast, Doolittle said that he agrees with some fans that the ending to the hit show might have been rushed.

As a warning, this post contains spoilers from season eight.

"We talked about this the last time we did the recap about how the show, over the first seven seasons, it has a little bit of a slow burn," Doolittle said. "Things didn't necessarily happen from week to week, they happened kind of season to season. Part of the slower developing storylines gave us a chance to really get to know the characters."


When Daenerys Targaryen burned Kings Landing to the ground, Doolittle thought it felt rushed from the showrunners. 

"To see Dany really just conduct mass genocide after having like maybe like a couple bad weeks was really tough, it felt like a betrayal," Doolittle said. "You know the breaker of chains doing that, to me, it feels like they were trying to rush the mad queen maybe, or maybe they're trying to rush that storyline."

Doolittle also wanted an explanation as to how Euron Greyjoy washed ashore to fight Jaime Lannister.

"It's like 'oh, he's there somehow,' and even that was a bit underwhelming too because Euron never finds out that Cersei isn't pregnant with his baby," Doolittle mused.

But Doolittle has liked some of the episodes on their own. "I think episode five was, as a standalone like piece of television, I think it was maybe one of the most entertaining episodes of Game of Thrones," he explained.

And to close out the season, Doolittle is trying to have high hopes. "I love the show so much and I'm really trying not to be cynical," he said. "I'm still super excited for the finale, I can't wait, so I'm trying to withhold judgment until it's all said and done."