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While the wait for Game of Thrones Season 7 was far longer than its predecessors, it was definitely worth it. And with just a handful of episodes left before the story concludes forever, the fandom has been taking in every frame of the fantasy drama. The fans are certainly sad to see the massively popular show end, but it seems like the starring cast is ready to move on, and stop traveling every year and being away from home for months at a time. Actor Nikolaj Coster-Waldau has played Jaime Lannister since the very first episode, and he's recently revealed why he's happy to see Game of Thrones come to an end: so the ending will be perfect.
At the same time, I think it's a good thing we're ending. The story is coming to an end, which is very satisfying. I'm sure HBO would have loved to have done another few seasons, but I really respect Dan [Weiss] and David [Benioff], the writers, for saying, 'No, this is it. This is how long it's going to be.' I'm going to miss the people and I'm going to miss that annual journey to Belfast, but at the same time, it's going to be nice to go on and do something else.
This is a great way to look at the looming series finale of Game of Thrones. Because while the network and cast probably could have milked the series for another few years, instead the creators are crafting an ending that will hopefully satisfy the generations of fans.
Nikolaj Coster-Waldau's comment to Collider might help the rabid Game of Thrones fanbase cope with the fact that their favorite show is coming to an end. New episodes of Game of Thrones are pop culture events, and the show is the quintessential water cooler talk. With so many fans eager to see the dragons, battles, and occasional incest, it would stand to reason that HBO would keep the show running past Season 8. But they're going with quality of quantity, which is probably the smart move.
Series finales are a very difficult thing to nail in the world of TV. While shows like Breaking Bad and Buffy the Vampire Slayer delivered emotional and epic endings, there have been plenty of terrible finales over the years. In many cases, this is because the show has run for too long, and the conclusion was somewhat of an afterthought. With Dan Weiss and David Benioff collaborating with George R.R. Martin and crafting an ending over the course of two seasons, hopefully it will be a finale for the record books.
Game of Thrones recently concluded its second to last season and is now in the middle of another excruciating hiatus. In the meantime, check out our fall premiere list to plan your next binge watch.