HBO Boss On Backlash To The Ending Of Game Of Thrones

Game of Thrones has been huge and after 73 episodes spread across eight seasons, it finally ended on Sunday night. It would be fair to say the ending created some negative reactions from the fan base.

I always thought the ending to this show would be controversial, because of the desires I have read from fans. There are those out there who wanted the dead to destroy everyone in a nihilistic finale. There are those that wanted the dead destroyed, but everyone else killed along with them. There are even those that hoped they’d all have happy endings with Dany and Jon married and ruling the kingdoms as kind benevolent rulers. It was always going to be impossible for the show to satisfy everyone’s expectations.

Yet, for me, and many others, the ending wasn’t the problem, it was the journey to the end where things went bad for Game of Thrones. I won’t discuss that in more detail here, you can check out my article on everything that was wrong with the way Game of Thrones ended in the related section below.

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However, HBO programming president Casey Bloys recently spoke with Deadline and he was asked what he thoughts about the online reaction to the Game of Thrones finale.

“No. 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. I think based on online reaction, which you do have to take with a grain of salt, it does seem split and I think that’s about right — some people are going to love it, some people are going to hate it. But the point is, everybody is feeling really passionate about it. I think everybody had hopes for where the characters might go or should go. But Dan and David have had a plan for how they wanted the show to go for a long time, and they did it the way they thought fit as creators. I think they did a spectacular job. 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.”

Whilst I can see where Bloys is coming from, I think I have to disagree that the divisiveness was down to expectations, some of it might have been, but a lot of solid reasoning points to bad writing choices and rushed storylines. Either way as boss of HBO he did likely expect some people to be unhappy, but, honestly I’ve not come across that many people who were actually happy with this final season from the word go.

What do you think of Bloys’ comments, and what did you think of the ending of Game of Thrones? Sound off below as always.

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SOURCE: Deadline

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Campbell Clark

Cam is Senior Editor at LRM Online, and has a passion for all things geeky, including sci-fi, fantasy, and comic book movies.

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