As the “Game of Thrones” final season unfurled, the series underwent a barrage of criticism from fans. Some hated the way it rushed through its storylines, or seemingly fumbled the ending to some subplots that had been established carefully over the years.
Others felt the actions of the characters betrayed what had came before. Those involved from showrunners David Benioff and D.B. Weiss to the various cast and crew have no doubt heard the criticism.
This week one of them, Danish actor Nikolaj Coster-Waldau who played Jaime Lannister on the show, appeared at Con of Thrones and discussed the blowback to that final season and the final episode in particular. It seems he’s all for the divisiveness:
“We’re so lucky to be part of a show where people care so much about it that you also get upset when it doesn’t go the way you want it to, and that’s fantastic, and I love it, and I love that there was an online petition to have it rewritten.”
The only thing I’ll say is that for anyone to imagine or to think that the two creators of this show are not the most passionate, the greatest, the most invested of all, and to for a second think that they didn’t spend the last ten years thinking about how they were gonna end it, is kinda silly.
And also know that they too read the comments, and even though you sit on your own and go, ‘F–king stupid writers! Assholes!’ They really, like everyone on Game of Thrones, and there are thousands, we worked our asses off to make the best show we could for the ending.”
The reaction comes as that final season pulled in 32 nominations for this year’s Emmy Awards yesterday, setting a new record for the most nominated show in a year – a record that hadn’t shifted in 25 years.
The final season will be released on disc on December 3rd.