Written bySiddharth Tyagi ·
The eighth season of Game of Thrones was universally panned by viewers and critics alike.
Viewers criticized its lack of character development and haphazard ending, in various online forums.
HBO programming president Casey Bloys recently talked about the hate that GoT finale The Iron Throne received, saying that one has to take the online reactions "with a grain of salt."
Here's what he said.
Bloys was asked by Deadline about his reaction to the fan backlash.
He said, "To tell you the truth, for a show this big and this sprawling and for a show that has this passionate a fan base, I don't think there is any way that all fans would've been happy."
He pointed out that "everybody is feeling really passionate about [GoT]".
Bloys continued, "[The reaction] does seem split and I think that's about right- some people are going to love it, some people are going to hate it."
"I think everybody had [their own] hopes for the characters. But Dan, David had a plan for how they wanted [GoT] to go for a long time. They did it the way they thought fit as creators."
"They landed a big plane, which was not easy. You are never going to keep everybody happy, but I don't think that's what they were trying to do," Bloys said.
This is in direct contrast with the kind of reviews the finale has received.
Twitter reactions ranged from "y'all did this for 8 years???" to "I really hate this f****g show!"
Ok seriously gonna go to sleep but Arya went through all that training for... that? Didn’t wear one person face this season!!— Samantha Reyes (@samtayrey) May 20, 2019
so let me get this straight. the most powerful women on the show:— Fran Tirado (@fransquishco) May 20, 2019
- crushed by rocks
- no longer powerful because virgin
- stabbed by boyfriend because too emotional
- had big say in the fate of the world but deferred to the group
- be like “well, guess i’ll just study abroad!”
Well, the series might be over but the story has just begun. HBO is reportedly planning as many as five prequels set in various points in time.
Three of them are past the conceptualization stage and one (tentatively titled Bloodmoon) is already in the process of filming the pilot.
It is reportedly based on George RR Martin's novel, Fire and Blood.
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