With only one more episode to go, Game of Thrones is about to close its curtains after nearly a decade of being hailed as one of the best shows on television. As the seasons progressed, a steady stream of praise have slowly turned into frequent criticism, even from ardent fans of the show. If people were unhappy with how season seven went down, then they are livid with the shoddy writing in the finale. But it’s not just you, some of the GoT stars are unhappy with how things are ending as well.
It’s not like we didn’t have an inkling about why and when some of the characters would meet their pre-designed fate, it’s the how that everyone is upset with including the stars.
Lena Headey (Cersei Lannister) required some amount of convincing for her final scene, “I wanted her to have some big piece or fight with somebody,” before giving in and agreeing with the show runners’ vision for her character. Nikolaj Coster-Waldau also expressed his unease with how hurriedly the Jaime-Brienne romance started and got over before you could even blink.
When Kit Harrington (Jon Snow) was asked to describe the final episode in one word at another interview, he ended up saying “disappointing” before adding “or epic” when the reporter seemed thrown off guard.
Even when Emilia Clarke (Daenerys Targaryen) was asked if she was happy about how her final moments came to be on the show, she refused to answer and gave a nervous giggle instead during an interview. Peter Dinklage (Tyrion Lannister) has also been caught on camera dissing the stupid things his character has been upto in the past few episodes despite always being lauded for being one of the smartest.
However Conleth Hill (Varys) was the most outspoken about how disappointed he really was. Hill to Entertainment Weekly, “I took it very personally. I took it as a person, not as an actor or an artist. I understood the reactions of previous actors who had been in same position a lot more than I did at the time. You can’t help feeling that you failed in some way, that you haven’t lived up to some expectation that you didn’t know about. The only thing that consoles you is people who worked a lot harder than you are in the same boat. So that helps. I don’t think anybody who hasn’t been through it can identify with it. They think, “What’s all the fuss about? You’re all finishing anyway.” But you take it personally, you can’t help it.”
But he was quick to express his gratitude for being on the show, “All brilliant. All noble. He was absolutely true to his word the whole way through. All he wanted was the right person on the throne and a fair person on the throne. He said it so many times in the scripts. I don’t have the distraction of love or desire or any of those things. And the people he needed to see clearly were both in love. So that makes perfect sense. And now with hindsight, I’m okay, but I really was inconsolable.”
Someone actually made a compilation video on YouTube of all the entire cast expressing their disappointment for three-minute straight. There’s also a bit about how GRR Martin spoke about the importance of sticking to a storyline and not changing it for shock value even if a viewer has predicted the conclusion as a cheeky dig to the GoT showrunners DB Weiss and David Benioff.