During an interview with Variety, HBO programming president Casey Bloys discussed the negatives reactions to the series finale of Game of Thrones and shared his thoughts on the general sentiment that the final two seasons should have been longer.
After nearly two full years of anticipation, the final season of Game of Thrones arrived in April only to underwhelm if not outright infuriate most fans of the series. However, HBO programming president Casey Bloys commended series creators David Benioff and D.B. Weiss for successfully closing out the series and noted that a divided response from viewers was to be expected:
“I think to a certain extent it was expected that for a show this big, there’s no way you’re going to please everybody. It’s roughly split with some people loving it and some people disliking it. That’s about what you’d expect. I think the guys landed a massive plane and did a great job doing it. But you’re never going to make everybody happy, nor should that be the goal.”
One of the common criticisms of the last two seasons of Game of Thrones is that the shortened episode count resulted in rushed storylines that led to hasty character development, particularly regarding Daenerys Targaryen’s descent into madness. Fans have suggested a longer final season would have allowed the writers to craft more detailed stories and character arcs, but the HBO programming chief explained David Benioff and D.B. Weiss had “well thought out” how the series should conclude:
“File this under you can’t please everybody. The guys have had a very, very specific plan in their head for a long time. This was not something that was kind of slapdash, where at the end of last season we said, ‘Eh, we only feel like doing six.’ They were very, very deliberate. This was well thought out.”
How do you feel about the final season of Game of Thrones? Do you believe an extended final season would have benefited the HBO series? Share your thoughts in the comments section below!
Game of Thrones stars Peter Dinklage as Tyrion Lannister, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau as Jaime Lannister, Lena Headey as Cersei Lannister, Kit Harington as Jon Snow, Emilia Clarke as Daenerys Targaryen, Liam Cunningham as Ser Davos Seaworth, Carice van Houten as Melisandre, Rory McCann as Sandor “The Hound” Clegane, Maisie Williams as Arya Stark, Conleth Hill as Varys, Alfie Allen as Theon Greyjoy, John Bradley as Samwell Tarly, Gwendoline Christie as Brienne of Tarth, Kristofer Hivju as Tormund Giantsbane, Isaac Hempstead Wright as Bran Stark, Jerome Flynn as Bronn, Iain Glen as Jorah Mormont, Hannah Murray as Gilly.
New ‘Dark Phoenix’ Character Posters Featuring Sophie Turner & More Revealed
New character posters for 20th Century Fox's next X-Men film Dark Phoenix feature Sophie Turner, Michael Fassbender and more.
This Summer, 20th Century Fox's X-Men series will take another shot at trying to adapt the classic Marvel Comics story "The Dark Phoenix Saga" by Chris Claremont. With Dark Phoenix's release date fast approaching, IGN has revealed new posters featuring Sophie Turner's Jean Grey, Michael Fassbender's Magneto and more characters from the movie.
You can check out the first character poster featuring Sophie Turner's Jean Grey below and click "Next" to scroll through the gallery.
Veteran X-Men producer Simon Kinberg makes his directorial debut with Dark Phoenix in addition to producing the film with Hutch Parker, Lauren Schuler Donner and Todd Hallowell. Dark Phoenix is expected to be Fox's final X-Men film featuring the core X-Men cast in the cinematic universe launched by director Bryan Singer in 2000 with the Disney-Fox merger now complete.
X-Men: Dark Phoenix stars James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Jennifer Lawrence, Nicholas Hoult, Tye Sheridan, Sophie Turner, Alexandra Shipp, Kodi Smit-McPhee, Evan Peters, and Jessica Chastain. Here's the film's synopsis:
“This is the story of one of the X-Men’s most beloved characters, Jean Grey, as she evolves into the iconic DARK PHOENIX. During a life-threatening rescue mission in space, Jean is hit by a cosmic force that transforms her into one of the most powerful mutants of all. Wrestling with this increasingly unstable power as well as her own personal demons, Jean spirals out of control, tearing the X-Men family apart and threatening to destroy the very fabric of our planet. The film is the most intense and emotional X-Men movie ever made. It is the culmination of 20 years of X-Men movies, as the family of mutants that we’ve come to know and love must face their most devastating enemy yet — one of their own.”
Dark Phoenix is set to hit theaters on June 7, 2019. Stay tuned to Heroic Hollywood for the latest news on the future of the X-Men.