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The Game of Thrones finale aired in May, which is only five months ago, but those five months have been packed with scalding hot takes from people who loved, hated, or had mixed feelings about the series' end. Alfie Allen played Theon Greyjoy through all eight seasons, and finally got an Emmy nomination -- thanks to his own submission -- for the final season. (I think he deserved a win for Season 2.) But now Alfie Allen is trying to move on, promoting new projects like his role in the Taika Waititi film Jojo Rabbit.
So when Alfie Allen was on the red carpet of a recent Jojo Rabbit premiere, and ET asked him to look back and reflect on the Game of Thrones ending and say where he stands now, he had only three words to say:
I'm over it.
Succinct! My first thought was to agree, but I really agree with this commenter below ET reporter Lauren Zima's tweet:
Exactly. I say I'm over it, but if you get me started, I will go off again.
Listen, Game of Thrones fans waited two years for the final season. Season 7 -- which also disappointed a lot of fans -- aired in 2017. We waited until 2019 for Season 8 which only had six episodes. The result was divisive, to say the least, with fans maybe only agreeing on the head-shake hilarity of that coffee cup in the Winterfell scene.
It was always going to be hard for Game of Thrones to stick the landing, but the cast members probably didn't expect to have to answer for it to the extent that they did. The showrunners pretty much ran away, so it was up to the cast to answer fan questions -- often while they were trying to promote follow-up projects. Some Game of Thrones stars shared honest criticisms for their characters' storylines, while others ranted in anger about the finale, or defended the show, or told fans to shut up because the finale was "perfect."
Alfie Allen has spoken out in defense of the Game of Thrones finale, as he did here as part of a longer interview with Deadline:
I think we’ve seen it before, in other shows that have been massive, where people didn’t agree with how things ended. Where people are like, 'This is not really feeding what I need anymore.' So inevitably, that was going to happen. [Showrunners] David and Dan were under huge pressure to finish this series off and do it in the right way. ... What pisses me off, though, is when you see people like the camera operators, who are the best in the world—people behind the scenes who break their backs for this show—who are then getting trolled online by people. I can’t even delve into that world too much, for my own sanity. But to read all that stuff… People laying into the DPs. It blows my mind.
The director of photography complaints would've been related to the dark Battle of Winterfell episode "The Long Night," where Theon made his last stand -- if you could see it.
Alfie Allen may be over the Game of Thrones finale, but he's still expected to talk about the show when promoting projects. That just happened on Ellen's show, when she asked about how he met the Game of Thrones cast:
It was funny. I think the first time we all kind of met each other and had a big dinner together, it was Halloween, I think. So I presumed everybody was going to come dressed -- it was the first time we'd all met each other, so I assumed that everybody was going to come in Halloween outfits. So I turned up with these people that I'm going to work for about eight years with as Jason from Friday the 13th, with a hockey mask and plastic knife coming out of my ribs. They loved me from day one.
Ellen DeGeneres joked that maybe that's when they decided to cut Theon's "todger" off, as Alfie Allen had called Theon's ... you know. Watch the clip to hear Allen talk about submitting himself for an Emmy nomination for Game of Thrones' final season:
Alfie Allen can next be seen in the movie Jojo Rabbit, which opens in select theaters today. He's also listed (with former Game of Thrones sister Gemma Whelan) for the upcoming crime drama series White House Farm. Keep up with everything still airing on TV this year with our handy 2019 fall TV premiere schedule.