Game Of Thrones Showrunners Didn’t Listen To Fan Feedback Or Try To Understand Books’ Major Elements

I don’t think it’s a controversial thing to say that the end of Game of Thrones did not fully live up to its potential. While some have expressed that the actual events of the show were fine, it was the overall execution of it that seemed to fail. But one can’t dismiss the other many seasons of solid and groundbreaking story that took place over the years — at least in my opinion.

Showrunners David Benioff and D.B. Weiss recently spoke at a session at the Austin Film Festival where twitter user Needle & Pen was in attendance, and it was there that the user summarized some of the questions and answers the pair offered up.

One interesting question was whether or not they were open to listening to fan feedback for the series, and Weiss essentially said he didn’t see the value in considering other people’s reactions. I can see this answer as being somewhat inflammatory towards fans, considering how the show ended, and considering that fans always think they know best, but I think I understand where he is coming from.

As much as we love the idea of “listening to fans,” the reality is that fans aren’t exactly a hivemind, and let’s face it, most fans don’t really know what they’re talking about or what makes a good story. They tend to really only know what they want to happen in the plot, which isn’t always the most helpful of things.

Another question asked was whether or not they tried to “boil the elements of the books down” or “try to understand its major elements.”

The response was “No. We didn’t. The scope was too big. it was about the scenes we were trying to depict and the show as about power.”

This question and response is a bit more difficult to decipher. It’s not clear what they mean by “boil the elements down” or “understand major elements.” Do they mean boil down each aspect of the story, the overall theme, etc.? And what exactly did their reply mean? Did it mean they didn’t try to boil down the essence of the plot and only went to depict the show’s core concept, which revolved around power?

It’s hard to say, and while it’s easy to point at these answers as “wrong,” I do think it’s worth remember just how much content they had to adapt and how much they got right in the grand scheme of things.

What do you think of their responses? Let us know your thoughts down below, as I’m sure they’ll be less forgiving than mine.

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