The year and a half highly anticipated build up to the final 8th season of “Game of Thrones” was one of the most unprecedented in television history.
Only several shows had this much buzz around them like “Cheers,” “Breaking Bad,” “MASH,” “The Sopranos,” “Friends” and “Seinfeld.” But none of those could hold a candle to the international acclaim for “Game of Thrones.”
Fans are divided over the product. Many are not happy with the 8th and final season, but if you think fans are made with how “Game of Thrones” ends, wait until you hear what the cast had to say.
The opening episode had one wonderful moment. The very last moment in the season 8 premiere episode when Jaime Lannister sees Bran Stark for the first time since the first episode of season one when he pushed him out of a castle window – making eye contact with Bran in the wheelchair – the very reason why he’s in a wheelchair – was a huge payoff that every fan loved.
In the 3rd episode entitled “The Long Night” when the Night King finally storms Winterfell, many fans were irritated because you couldn’t see what was going on because it was intentionally not lit to give you a sense of confusion and claustrophobia.
In the 4th episode, “The Last of the Starks” had one of the biggest blunders in television (or maybe movies for that matter) when there was a Starbucks coffee cup sitting on one of the tables in front of the Mother of Dragons, Daenerys Targaryen.
And in the 5th episode entitled, “The Bells,” which was essentially a 90-minute epic showdown battle at King’s Landing didn’t accomplish their goal of making evil Queen Cersei’s death a crowd pleaser. It was one of the most unfulfilling parts of the whole series.
Also, we know Arya has spent the majority of the series training to become a lethal assassin and looking for revenge against Cersei – and in “The Bells,” episode, the Hound is leading Arya up the stairs in Red Keep towards a showdown with his brother the Mountain and Cersei, and he convinces her to turn back around or she’ll die. That’s it? That’s all it took for her to turn around? Arya was expecting to die. It was a disgraceful moment.
The “Game of Thrones” actors have been coy and perhaps a little tepid when asked how they think the final season wrapped up but most of them are not happy about it too.
Emilia Clarke, Jacob Anderson and Nathalie Emmanuel were all on a red carpet for the premiere – they were asked if they were happy about how the series wrapped up and Emilia Clarke nervously laughed – as if to say, “it’s a disaster.” The reporter even called her out and said, “you didn’t say yes!” It made Anderson and Emmanuel uncomfortable.
Joe Dempsie (Gendry) said when asked about how the “Avengers assemble” and Dempsie cut him off with “Oh that’s totally what season 7 was all about. Character development? Nah. STORY.” Seconds later he admitted, “I really need to shut up.”
But the most striking moment was when an interviewer from “Pop Buzz” asking Kit Harington (Jon Snow), “But I couldn’t let you go without asking you a little question about ‘Game of Thrones’,” and he said, “Sure.” She followed up with, “If you could describe the season finale of ‘Game of Thrones’ in one word, how would you describe it?”
Harrington thought for a second and then simply said, “disappointing.” She was stunned.
So it looks like the fans are not alone.