When the final season of Game of Thrones ended last year, the reaction was immediate and heated. Tons of people tuned in to see the series finale, “The Iron Throne,” and a lot of them had problems with it. Even cast members like Charles Dance (Tywin Lannister) have admitted that they found it “disappointing.”
And the discussion goes on even today. For instance, take what happened when actor Amanda Peet appeared on the latest episode of Watch What Happens Live with Andy Cohen. Peet is married to Game of Thrones co-creator David Benioff, who along with fellow creator Dan Weiss is the target of the lion’s share of criticism. Remember that petition to remake the final season of the show with “competent writers,” the one that has nearly 2 million signatures? They’re talking about Benioff and Weiss.
In any case, Peet stands by the episode:
I had read it, and I loved it when I read it, and I continued to stand by it. I feel like some people didn’t want to say goodbye. I don’t know. Look, maybe I’m just too close to it, but I didn’t understand the blowback. For God’s sake, people, it’s a television show.
I love that David Benioff is right offscreen clapping! That’s what happens when you have to have talk shows with social distancing in mind.
Of course, it’s not a shock that Peet would support the finale. This is also the closest we’ve come to getting David Benioff’s input on the matter for a long while; he and Weiss never seemed very interested in giving interviews, whether during the show’s heyday or after it ended. I’ll watch that retrospective, whenever it comes.
It’s also kind of amazing that the finale is still a talking point this long after it aired, but that just puts into context how popular the show really was.