Nikolaj Coster-Waldau who is best known as the knight Ser Jaime Lannister in Game of Thrones (GOT) opens up about what he really felt of the series finale backlash.
As we all know, GOT fans are some of the most passionate in television history. And when it came to what most thought was a disappointing series finale, the fans were not afraid to voice out their frustrations. The massive wave of fans took to various social media platforms to blast the series accusing showrunners David Benioff and D.B. Weiss of butchering the acclaimed HBO show.
Coster-Waldau addressed the massive backlash that even inspired an online petition to remake the series with “competent writers” that garnered over 1.6 million signatures and counting. In a Q & A panel at the Con of Thrones, the actor said,
“Every season has been intense in terms of the attention and discussion, but it was extraordinarily intense for a final season.”
“And we have this WhatsApp group, the actors, and I saw some people getting a little upset because some of the stuff is vicious, and if you make the mistake of start reading all that shit, because if you guys get really angry about something―I’m sure you did, some of you―so you write to each other and go, ‘Fucking assholes. This is so not what would happen! They ruined, they butchered George [R.R. Martin’s] world!’ It’s just fun for you, but of course, some got a little upset.”
As for what the cast and crew felt, “There was that kind of weird feeling of, What the hell? We worked so hard,” Coster-Waldau said.
“I’m not asking anyone to feel sorry, by the way. That’s not what I’m saying. I’m just saying how it was to get through that whole thing.”
“For anyone to imagine or to think that the two creators of the show are not the most passionate, the greatest, the most invested of all and to for a second think they didn’t spend the last 10 years thinking how they were gonna end it is kinda silly,” the actor said.
“And also know that they too read the comments. Even though you sit on your own and go ‘Fucking stupid writers! Assholes!’ They really, like everyone on Game of Thrones, every single person—and there are thousands—we worked our asses off to make the best show we could for the ending.”