Though HBO’s big-budget fantasy series “Game of Thrones” has only increased in viewership with time, critical praise for the recent fifth season was a big muted when compared to some of the year’s past – mostly for some uneven pacing early on.
One person who isn’t happy about the criticism is “Lost” creator Damon Lindelof who has gone on a long online rant against the ‘haters’ with EW. He also touched upon the fact that author George R.R. Martin, who created the ‘Thrones’ books, was not a fan of the “Lost” finale:
“I don’t watch television to find things to gripe about, and I think we live in a clickbait-y media culture that exists to pick things apart. I love-watch Game of Thrones, so I’m immensely forgiving of things that perhaps are not the strongest attributes of the show.
And despite the fact that George R. R. Martin has flamed the Lost finale, there is a schadenfreude aspect of me saying, “Well, I kind of hope Game of Thrones sucks at the end, too, so they’ll know it feels to have somebody say that to you.” But I don’t think the Lost finale sucks. And I want Game of Thrones to end awesome, because I’m a huge fan, and I have every reason to believe that it is going to end awesomely.”
But when you are in the zeitgeist, and when you are loved, there’s this part of it – people threaten to stop watching, people say “it’s not as good as it used to be,” people say, “If you kill this character, I will stop watching the show.” One of the things that people fell in love with about Thrones was its willingness to kill anyone – but you can’t kill Jon Snow, you know? You can kill anyone – but you can’t kill Tyrion. And you can’t kill Dany. As long as you don’t kill those three. And it’s like: “But I thought you loved the show because we killed Ned Stark! He was the un-killable character!” So we have to be willing to do that…
And I see people pushing against Thrones where it’s like, literally from week to week, someone will say, “This is the most excellent show, this season is firing on all cylinders, it’s never been better.” And then because of one story move – Stannis burns his daughter – suddenly [the reaction is] like, “I cannot watch this show anymore. I’m quitting you, Game of Thrones.” And I’m thinking: “No, you’re not. Don’t be an ass.” That’s like my 8-year-old saying, “We’re not best friends anymore.”
When I see a blogger – thank God I’m not on Twitter anymore, because I get into all sorts of trouble – or a critic, or a recapper say, “I’m done with your show,” if I were running that show I would call them up and say, “You are not allowed to watch my show anymore. I’m going to f–king alert everybody in your life to watch you. I’m going to hire a private eye to tap your media consumption, and you better not ever watch it again. Are you sure you want to do this?”
Lindelof says that key episodes like “Hardhome” which scored rave reviews only work because some of the previous episodes spent proper time developing and setting up that world and the narrative.