What is going on with the cast and crew of Game of Thrones? As the HBO hit’s final season rolls towards the finale, it’s been met with mixed reviews by long-time fans — and judging from these insiders’ comments, we’re not going to like the last two episodes any better. Over the past few weeks, showrunners David Benioff and D. B. Weiss, along with actors Kit Harington and Emilia Clarke, have all indicated that the GoT finale won’t play out in a way that makes us happy. Here’s a rundown of all the heart-stopping comments made by GoT cast and crew about the finale.
First up: the notoriously cryptic showrunners. Indiewire reports that Benioff and Weiss have big plans for the night the GoT finale airs: they’ll be “in an undisclosed location, turning off [their] phones and opening various bottles.” Benioff specifies that they plan to be “very drunk and very far from the internet,” all of which indicates they think the public’s response will not be good. After all, if they expected Twitter to be singing their praises — or even just appropriately commemorating the end of a beloved show — wouldn’t they want to be around for that?
I have this growing suspicion that all of us are going to be disappointed with the Game of Thrones series finale.
— Morgan Jerkins (@MorganJerkins) May 10, 2019
We know that Benioff and Weiss enjoy pranking cast members and audiences alike, so hopefully they’re exaggerating in their latest comments. We certainly can’t blame them for being nervous about the reception: beyond the impact it has on their careers, the ending of an eight-year run is an emotional moment. “We want people to love it,” Weiss said about the show’s finale. “It matters a lot to us.” And they understand the complexities of pleasing everyone in the show’s massive fanbase: “We also know no matter what we do, even if it’s the optimal version, that a certain number of people will hate the best of all possible versions.” Weiss adds. “There is no version where everybody says, ‘I have to admit, I agree with every other person on the planet that this is the perfect way to do this’ […] you know somebody is not going to like it.”
Put that way, their vision of the finale sounds a little less frightening — but how do we account for the actors’ impressions of the finale? When asked in a PopBuzz video to describe the GoT finale in one word, Kit Harington replied “disappointing.” When his interviewer appeared, well, disappointed by his answer, the actor quickly switched it up: “I don’t know — epic,” he offers next. But what does it mean that disappointing was his first impulse?
Then there’s Emilia Clarke, who made an unforgettable face when asked if she was “happy with how things ended” on Game of Thrones. The actress notably refuses to answer the question — but her slight grimace and stilted giggle kind of say it all.
Of course, we can always hope that Harrington and Clarke were commenting on how their characters’ stories wrap up — and not on how the show ends as a whole. While Jon Snow and Daenerys Targaryen are currently the frontrunners for the Iron Throne, that almost works against them at this point in the season. With two episodes to go, it would be surprising not to have another upset — and Dany or Jon ruling has been too neat a storyline for GoT’s traditional chaos.
Whatever the finale may bring, we’ve heard enough “spoilers” to last us a lifetime — and if it’s as bad as everyone’s hinting it is, well, at least we were warned.
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