GAME OF THRONES Author Responds To Final Season Backlash: "How Has Everything Become So Toxic?"

It's fair to say the final season of HBO's Game of Thrones left a lot of fans very disappointed, and George R.R. Martin has now addressed the backlash in a new interview.

The final season of HBO's Game of Thrones does have its share of defenders, but it was generally considered to be a disappointing swansong for the mega-popular fantasy drama series.

The final two episodes, in particular, came in for a lot of backlash thanks to some highly controversial creative decisions, one of which saw fan-favorite character Daenerys Targaryen (Emilia Clarke) "break bad" by laying waste to King's Landing and the thousands of innocent people who lived there just so she could exact her revenge on Cersi Lannister (Lena Headey).

Then, in the series finale, Jon Snow (Kit Harington) killed his lover/aunt when he realized that she'd succumbed to madness and was planning to execute Tyrion (Peter Dinklage), and Bran "The Broken" (Isaac Hempstead Wright) was crowned King of the Seven Kingdoms.

Even if you happened to be on board with these choices, the consensus was that season 8 was rushed, with storylines and character arcs that should have been given a lot more time to fully develop and flesh out brought to unsatisfactory conclusions.

During an interview with The Independent, A Song of Ice and Fire author George R.R. Martin - who also served as an exec producer on the show - addressed what he considered to be a "toxic" reaction from the fanbase.

"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?"

It's easy enough to see where Martin is coming from in one respect - after all, you're never going to please everyone no matter what. That said, it would be nice if he'd acknowledge at least some of the genuine/valid grievances fans had with the final season.

What do you guys think? Was the reaction to the Game of Thrones finale justified, or a little OTT?

GAME OF THRONES Author George R.R. Martin Says He Was Left Out Of The Loop During Later Seasons
Related:

GAME OF THRONES Author George R.R. Martin Says He Was Left "Out Of The Loop" During Later Seasons

GAME OF THRONES Prequel Series HOUSE OF THE DRAGON Will Not Depict Graphic Sexual Violence
Recommended For You:

GAME OF THRONES Prequel Series HOUSE OF THE DRAGON Will Not Depict Graphic Sexual Violence

DISCLAIMER: This post was submitted by a user who has agreed to our Terms of Service and Community Guidelines. As a user-generated content platform, Comic Book Movie and Best Little Sites LLC is protected under the DMCA... [MORE]
Related
GAME OF THRONES Author George R.R. Martin Says He Was Left Out Of The Loop During Later Seasons
Most Game of Thrones fans agree that the show's quality declined once it started veering away from George R.R. Martin's novels, and the author now says he was sidelined during those final few seasons.
GAME OF THRONES Prequel Series HOUSE OF THE DRAGON Will Not Depict Graphic Sexual Violence
HBO's Game of Thrones was widely criticized for its depictions of sexual violence against women, but House of the Dragon producer Sara Hess has now made it clear that the prequel series won't follow suit.
GAME OF THRONES Prequel HOUSE OF THE DRAGON Gets An Action-Packed New Trailer Ahead Of Comic-Con
HBO has released a surprise new trailer for Game of Thrones prequel series House of the Dragon, and it brings a whole heap of blood and fire to Westeros during the "Dance of the Dragons." Check it out!
GAME OF THRONES Creator George R.R. Martin Confirms His Novels Will End Differently To HBO's TV Series
The final season of Game of Thrones was hugely divisive, and The Winds of Winter author George R.R. Martin has now confirmed that his book will differ greatly from what we saw in the series finale...
Lena Headey Was Cut From THOR: LOVE AND THUNDER... And Is Now Being Sued By Her Former Agency!
It's come to light that Game of Thrones star Lena Headey originally had a role in Thor: Love and Thunder, and the actress is now being sued by her former agency over unpaid commission fees.

The Best Little Sites Network (BLS)

Action Movie and TV News - AnimeMojo.com
Anime News, Trailers & More - AnimeMojo.com
Superhero News, Videos, Rumors & More - ComicBookMovie.com
Horror News - FearHQ.com
Video Game News, Reviews, Trailers & More - GameFragger.com
Sci-Fi and Fantasy News, Videos, Rumors & More - SFFGazette.com
Cartoon and Animated Film News, Videos, Rumors & More - Toonado.com
Professional Wrestling News, Videos, Rumors & More - TheRingReport.com