As a fellow minority in the one percent that doesn’t and has never watched Game of Thrones, I too am disappointed for the millions of fans that were left angry following the hotly anticipated series finale. Wrapping up eight seasons of perhaps the most successful HBO television series’, the internet is flooding with criticism following the last episode.
While some say many of the prophecies and interweaving story lines were left unexplained and overall didn’t live up to exceptions, Kit Harington is defending the franchise.
“Whatever critic spends half an hour writing about this season and makes their judgement on it, in my head they can go f**k themselves,” he tells Esquire. “Because I know how much work was put into this.”
He goes on to apologise if he comes across as being “mean” but also believes it’s unfair to trash the franchise that has seen some of the most spectacular production in history. This response may also be due to the fact his role as Jon Snow had a large impact on his mental health when filming.
“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 says. “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.”
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Despite his unwavering support, the internet is cruel. At the time of publishing 1.3 million people had signed a petition to rewrite the ending, calling David Benioff and D.B. Weiss “woefully incompetent writers when they have no source material (i.e. the books) to fall back on.”
Original author George R.R. Martin has reiterated on his blog: “No, THE WINDS OF WINTER and A DREAM OF SPRING are not finished. DREAM is not even begun; I am not going to start writing volume seven until I finish volume six.”