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The Game of Thrones cast took to the Hall H stage at Comic-Con in San Diego for the very last time tonight. (The showrunners backed out.) Laughs were had, secrets spilled, but most of all there was a sense of an ending permeating every reaction.
What was also different this year was the fact the cast was able to talk openly about spoilers for the first time, and some of the major cast members took the opportunity to talk about their feelings related to the ending of Game of Thrones and specifically how fans reacted to said ending.
While a lot of people on the panel – which included Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, John Bradley, Isaac Hempstead Wright, Maisie Williams, Liam Cunningham, Jacob Anderson and Conleth Hill—had thoughts about the fan reaction to the ending. Coster-Waldau, who played Jaime Lannister through most of the show's run, maybe had the most poignant thought related to the blowback regarding how Game of Thrones ultimately wrapped its HBO run. He said:
The comment was part of a larger thought that also mentioned Game of Thrones had courted controversy online numerous times in the past, and no, we’re not talking about the coffee cup incident. Nikolaj Coster-Waldau also believes the fans’ gut-instinct response happened throughout the show’s run, but it’s only really being highlighted now in light of the ending. He also noted he felt the online petition was pretty absurd.
According to Conleth Hill, who played Varys throughout most of the Game of Thrones run, he maintains the faction of fans who were disappointed in the finale was very small, also noting:
Ultimately, what you thought of the ending -- which characters died, which took over power, which dealt with the aftermath of the upheaval – doesn’t matter as much to Davos actor Liam Cunningham as the whole journey with the fans. He noted during the major Game of Thrones panel:
So, there you have it. There wasn’t a ton of talk about the ending beyond the cast responding with positivity, although moderator James Hibberd asked if the cast wished anything would have been done differently, to which Liam Cunningham replied, ‘I should have been on the throne.’ The Onion Knight is apparently getting a little big for his lordly britches.
Ultimately, over a million people signed the petition asking for revisions, which does seem like a large number, but there are doubtless plenty of fans out there who felt the show wrapped up in a satisfying manner, even if it didn't hit all of the beats we would have wanted, myself included. Where do you stand?
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