Peter Dinklage Opens Up About Backlash To ‘Game Of Thrones’ Finale

Peter Dinklage revealed his thoughts on the considerable backlash the Game of Thrones finale received.

It’s no secret that the conversation surrounding Game of Thrones turned quite vitriolic when the series came to a close. Fans and critics were largely disappointed with the way the HBO fantasy series handled its final season. Negative feedback ranged from a rushed final season to a finale that didn’t amount to much pay off and neglected the central marketed theme of the show: “Who would win the Iron Throne?”

Peter Dinklage, who appeared as Tyrion Lannister for the entire run of the series, recently discussed with The New York Times how the eighth season was the natural conclusion for Game of Thrones.

“It was the right time. You don’t want to wear out your welcome, although I’m not sure that show could have. But I think the reason there was some backlash about the ending is because they were angry at us for breaking up with them. We were going off the air and they didn’t know what to do with their Sunday nights anymore. They wanted more, so they backlashed about that.”

The outlet then asked Peter Dinklage how he felt about fans who wanted the series finale to have a “happy ending”. The star then had some choice words to say about those who expected a somewhat peachy finale.

“They wanted the pretty white people to ride off into the sunset together. By the way, it’s fiction. There’s dragons in it. Move on. [Laughs] No, but the show subverts what you think, and that’s what I love about it.”

“Yeah, it was called ‘Game of Thrones,’ but at the end, the whole dialogue when people would approach me on the street was, ‘Who’s going to be on the throne?’ I don’t know why that was their takeaway because the show really was more than that. One of my favorite moments was when the dragon burned the throne because it sort of just killed that whole conversation, which is really irreverent and kind of brilliant on behalf of the show’s creators: ‘Shut up, it’s not about that.’”

While it’s easy to chalk up fan complaints to simply “they didn’t get the outcome they wanted”, many are firmly in the camp that the season was rushed with only six episodes, barely allowing the intended narrative to flourish. Beyond that, the entire marketing of the show focused on the rivalry between characters who wanted the throne. Regardless of the outcome of the series finale, the Game of Thrones franchise is set to return later next year with the House of the Dragon spin-off.

Here is the synopsis for the latest Game of Thrones spin-off series, House of Dragons:

Based on George R.R. Martin’s book Fire & Blood, the series will tell the story of House Targaryen (a.k.a. the House that gave us the Mother of Dragons herself, Daenerys Targaryen) and take place 300 years before the events of Game of Thrones.

Miguel Sapochnik will serve as the showrunner with Martin and Ryan Condal. House of the Dragon stars Matt Smith, Olivia Cooke, Emma D’Arcy, and Paddy Considine, Rhys Ifans, Steve Toussaint, Eve Best, and Sonoya Mizuno.

All episodes of Game of Thrones are available to stream on HBO Max. Stay tuned for all the latest news surrounding the Game of Thrones prequels and be sure to subscribe to The Hamden Journal’s YouTube channel for more original video content.

Source: The New York Times