During a recent appearance at a fan event for HBO’s Game of Thrones, Ser Jaime Lannister actor Nikolaj Coster-Waldau came to the defense of the showrunners David Benioff and D.B. Weiss following the conclusion of the hit series with the eighth and final season.
Coster-Waldau, who brought Jaime Lannister to life for eight seasons participated in a fan Q&A for Game of Thrones and felt it was necessary to address fan backlash regarding the final season. Through this, Coster-Waldau gave some insight into how he and his fellow co-stars dealt with such backlash while also coming to the swift defense of Benioff and Weiss, both of whom received the brunt of the outrage from fans:
“Every season has been intense in terms of the attention and discussion, but it was extraordinarily intense for a final season,. nd we have this WhatsApp group, the actors, and I saw some people getting a little upset because some of the stuff is vicious, and if you make the mistake of start reading all that shit, because if you guys get really angry about something ― I’m sure you did, some of you ― so you write to each other and go, ‘Fucking assholes. This is so not what would happen! They ruined, they butchered George’s world!’ It’s just fun for you, but of course some got a little upset.”
Coster-Waldau continued to explain his frustration with the backlash given how hard he and the rest of the cast and crew worked in bringing the final season of Game of Thrones to life:
“There was that kind of weird feeling of, ‘What the hell? We worked so hard. I’m not asking anyone to feel sorry, by the way. That’s not what I’m saying. I’m just saying how it was to get through that whole thing.”
The final season of Game of Thrones has been subject to major fan criticism due to numerous factors. Many fans complained about the season’s short 6-episode span while others criticized Benioff and Weiss’ writing in regards to certain character arcs, one of which includes Jaime Lannister. Some felt that the eventual fate of Jaime Lannister was underwhelming and served as a betrayal of his character arc, which grew to become a highpoint for many fans and turned Jaime Lannister into a fan-favorite character.
Regardless of how one may feel about the final season of Game of Thrones as well as Jaime Lannister’s ultimate fate, it is important for fans not to directly berate the writers, cast and crew on a personal level. After all, finishing the final season of one of the biggest shows in television history is not an easy task, and backlash against the writers in particular can go to far if it goes beyond just constructive criticism.
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.
Source: Huffington Post