The Creator Of The Iconic Game Of Thrones Talks About The Backlash The Show Received In Season 8
A Song of Ice and Fire author George R.R. Martin gives his perspective on the overwhelming Game of Thrones season 8 backlash from fans
HBO's tremendously successful adaptation of Martin's books became one of the most-watched TV shows of all time, charting the political intrigue and magical horrors that haunt the kingdoms of Westeros and Essos. The program earned a record 59 Emmy Awards throughout its tenure, the most for any written show. It received critical acclaim for its narrative, acting, production design, and visual effects. The fantasy series' unprecedented popularity prompted HBO to launch a number of spinoffs, with the prequel series House of the Dragon due to air on the company's streaming service later this year.
Despite its global acclaim, Game of Thrones season 8 drew harsh criticism from critics and spectators alike when it premiered in 2019. The series finale has become legendary for having one of the most disappointing endings in television history, with many noting poor writing, horrible lighting, and unsatisfying resolutions to most of the major character storylines. Indeed, the degree of dissatisfaction among viewers was so high that some fans started a petition to rebuild Game of Thrones season 8, which currently has over 2 million signatures. Despite the fact that the program has been off the air for more than three years, it's evident that the lackluster conclusion is still a sore point for many fans.
However, today the author speaks out about the Game of Thrones finale fan response. Martin expresses his astonishment at "how people can come to despise so much something that they once adored" in an interview with The Independent on internet reactions to Season 8. He also argues that some of the show's fan feedback has been "toxic." Check out the rest of Martin's response below:
"I don't understand it, you know. OK, you love a show, you love a character. What's the worst... it's either going to be a good show or a bad show or a mediocre show. Some episodes are good, some are bad. Why are people getting so crazy about it, you know? [...] I don’t understand how people can come to hate so much something that they once loved. If you don’t like a show, don’t watch it! How has everything become so toxic?"
This isn't the first time the fantasy author has reacted to what he sees as "toxic" fan feedback. Martin recently replied to the "vicious" fan clamor for The Winds of Winter, the next book in the series, by calling it "vicious." While Martin may understand the relentless criticism directed at the Game of Thrones conclusion, he clearly cannot comprehend the fury with which fans express their thoughts online. However, this comment also supports the author's argument that TV series do not warrant the kind of fervor sometimes aimed at them, revealing his thoughts about modern fan culture outside of Game of Thrones.
Given that passionate online criticism of the season finale continues to this day, it's unlikely that Martin's statement will persuade many people to reconsider their thoughts. Despite Martin's well-documented creative disagreements with Game of Thrones, it appears the author is willing to defend the contentious final season, if only in the perspective of television in general not deserve such levels of contempt. However, with House of the Dragon premiering on HBO Max on August 21, it won't be long until we find out how the Game of Thrones ending outrage will effect viewing for the new show.
Source: The Independent