'Game of Thrones' fans and stars have lost that loving feeling between them after 'woefully incompetent' final season
After intense backlash, including a Change.org petition calling for redoing the final season, stars of the show are hitting back at fans furiously
It may have garnered a whopping 19.3 million viewers on Sunday who tuned in to witness the season finale, but 'Game of Thrones' has received some major backlash from fans who have expressed their displeasure with how events unfolded and had major qualms with the writing.
The cast which had put in some serious time for the show however are having none of it. Take, for instance, Kit Harington. The actor angrily lashed out at the fans following the harsh criticism that the show and the writers received.
"Whatever critic spends half an hour writing about this season and makes their judgment on it, in my head they can go f**k themselves,” he told Esquire. "Because I know how much work was put into this," he said. While Harrington later apologized for not intending to be too mean, he also added that the show meant a lot to the team as a whole.
"A lot of jobs, everyone goes back to their apartments at the end of the day. They have their lives, and they have their families, and they have their girlfriends or boyfriends back home,” Harington said. “I think part of what made (GoT) successful was the fact that we got on like a family. Everyone who came in was welcomed into the family."
His comments followed after more than 1.2 million miffed fans signed a Change.org petition demanding a remake of the last season. The petition stated: "David Benioff and D.B. Weiss have proven themselves to be woefully incompetent writers when they have no source material (i.e. the books) to fall back on," the petition states. “This series deserves a final season that makes sense. Subvert my expectations and make it happen, HBO!"
Benioff and Weiss have been the main targets with many complaining that their writing was lazy in the final run of episodes.
Earlier, Issac Hampstead, who plays Bran Stark too hit out at the petition branding it "absurd" and "ridiculous", before the season finale. Talking to THR, the 22-year old said, "It’s ridiculous that people think they can just demand a different ending because they don’t like it. I have stupidly taken it quite personally, which obviously I shouldn’t."
Also coming in support of the writers and the show was Jacob Anderson, who plays Grey Worm in the show.
Talking to TMZ, the actor said the backlash 'sucks', and also termed the negative reaction 'insulting' to the entire team who have worked pretty hard on the production.
But despite the war of words that has gone on back and forth, there still seems to be some love left between the cast and the fans. One fan tweeted exclusively to MEA WorldWide (MEAWW). @kanova felt that the actors did their best with the material they were given. "Nothing but love for all the actors throughout 8 series. Personally, I thought series 8 was rushed script-wise. I wouldn't vote for it to be remade though. It is what it is," a fan said.
While another fan, @stillill72, said that "Any relationship between a cast and their fans is made up in the minds of the fans." He also went on to add, " They just say the words on the paper, collect a check and go home. If anyone is to blame, it’s the lazy writing and producing. Probably think twice before investing in their work again."
While the comment doesn't exactly side with the stars, he doesn't mince words when it comes to the connection between the fans and their favorite cast members either.
That said, it does look like some love is lost between fans and the stars.
So what do you think? Is it love lost? Or is it a classic case of eventually remembering their stars and moving on?
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