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Kit Harington says critics “can go f**k themselves” if they hate Game Of Thrones Season 8

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In an interview with Esquire, the Jon Snow actor made his views on any possible criticism pretty clear: the critics can go f**k themselves.

When asked about the insane amount of hype surrounding the final season and if that puts any pressure on him, Harington said:

“I think no matter what anyone thinks about this season — and I don’t mean to sound mean about critics here — but whatever critic spends half an hour writing about this season and makes their negative judgement on it, in my head they can go f**k themselves.”

 

The (quite unfair) underestimation of a critic’s workload notwithstanding, Harington has his reasons to feel defiant. He told Esquire,

“I know how much work was put into this. I know how much people cared about this. I know how much pressure people put on themselves and I know how many sleepless nights working or otherwise people had on this show. Because they cared about it so much … Because they cared about not letting people down.”

critics can go fuck themselves if they hate season 8 says kit harington

Kit Harington and Maisie Williams in a scene from the upcoming episode 2 of Season 8.

But what if people still feel let down? Harington has previously hinted the possibility that everyone may not be happy with how Game of Thrones ends. But now he says that does not matter to him, because they all tried their hardest and have no regrets. In his own words,

 “Now if people feel let down by it, I don’t give a f**k. That’s how I feel — because everyone tried their hardest … In the end, no one’s bigger fans of the show than we are, and we’re kind of doing it for ourselves. That’s all we could do, really. And I was just happy we got to the end.”

Phew! That sure sounds like a truly Targaryen thing to say.

What’s your opinion on the final season? Tell us in the comments!






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chill out and pop a xan, kit, people are allowed to think what they want to

christian westbrook
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100% agree. The few people I know that have expressed disappointment with how the show is progressing do so because “nothing has happened.” Well, we didn’t come to love the characters by watching one long battle scene. No, it earned a place in our hearts by creating phenomenal character arcs that resonate with the human soul. Just as any self-aware person searches for meaning in their own life, so do our beloved characters in GOT. It’s those “inner struggles” that GRRM talks about that are reflected so beautifully in the show that make it special.

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Well, it isn’t like it is free. They all got paid. If we think that we are not getting our money’s worth. We have been following this story for a long time and have invested our emotions in the characters and story. I don’t read the books but I was drawn into the story. So if we think that Ghost should have gotten more screen or how the hell did Samwell Tarly make it out without a scratch, it is our fucking right.

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People have the freedom to say whatever they want if you’re not okay with this you can go f**k yourself

Hal Jones
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you know nothing jon snow

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Kit, no one’s saying it’s your fault.
It’s writers fault.
Fuck them and fuck you, if you don’t understand it.

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IMHO the quality isn’t there because they have so much to cram into such a short season. Season 8 needs 24 feature length episodes to complete all the story arcs. The scenes seem stilted and rushed. I love the show and will watch to the bitter end, but I just wish they had more time.

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I hate Kit Harington’s attitude. He whines so much about his job. Glad he is finally finished with GOT. Won’t be watching him in anything else.

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Fuck you too then Kit. We were only saying how only writers did awful job, never blamed anyone else. And if you’re doing it for yourself, then any other movie or tv show you will watch by yourself too. I’m not watching anything you’ll be in. Kthxbye.

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Season 8 – a complete failure

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“I had to do 70 times in one day,” says David Bradley about his Red Wedding Speech

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“I had to do 70 times in one day,” says David Bradley about his Red Wedding Speech

What made Game of Thrones different than most other shows was its tendency to do things differently than most of the other shows. It broke all kinds of the stereotype that one associate with a television show. The show was a breath of fresh air in terms of shocking its audience. And perhaps nothing shocked the fans more than the famous Red Wedding episode. Actor David Bradley, who played the role of Walder Frey, was at the center of it all and he recently spoke with The Sun about his preparation for the episode.

As the fans will remember, Red Wedding was the episode that led to the brutal deaths of characters Robb and Catelyn Stark. The episode was always going to be challenging for everyone involved in its making. It was unlike what most of them were used to filming until then and Bradley spoke about it in the interview. He said:

“When the Red Wedding landed in my letterbox I thought ‘oh, this is going to be a little bit different!’” 

He added:

“Even when we filmed it I thought this is going to stir up a few feelings, because I’m getting rid of a lot of favorite characters, but nothing prepared me for the reaction after it came out.”

“I had to do 70 times in one day,” says David Bradley about his Red Wedding Speech

He also went on to speak about his preparation for the scene:

 “All I had to do was remember a four-page speech, which I had to do 70 times in one day, introducing everyone and welcoming everyone with bread and salt,” However, after that, the stunt and prosthetics team took ever and all he had to do was enjoy the ‘show’.

Bradley had earlier talked about how he had had a ton of laughs filming the scene. He once again talked about enjoying the episode:

“After that, I just had to sit back and drink fake wine while they got on with the business of massacring all those people, I just had to sit there and enjoy it.

For Walder Frey, it would be like watching a floor show. He just enjoyed it.”

Well, that’s how the Bradley prepared for one of the greatest massacre scenes on television. Do you still remember the episode? What were your reactions while seeing it for the first time? Let us know in the comments below!






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Pilou Asbaek (Euron Greyjoy) says the Game of Thrones ending was perfect

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There has been a lot of discussion around the final season of Game of Thrones and the ending it left us with. While the opinions are subjective, the uproar was significant. It has divided the fandom into those who were fine with the way things happened and those who were furious about it. The people who were more invested into the story clearly had an imagination of their own; and the final outcome just didn’t match. It’s natural that the members of the cast have weighed in on this and voiced their thoughts. The recently concluded SAG (Screen Actors Guild) Awards saw many stars from the HBO hit show talk about various things. The latest in the list is Pilou Asbaek, who played Euron Greyjoy, he talked to Entertainment Weekly about the last season of Game of Thrones.

Pilou Asbaek (Euron Greyjoy) says Game of Thrones ending was perfect

The Danish actor has become hugely popular for his bad-ass portrayal of Euron. But now the thing that he most often gets from fans across the world is: “Why did you guys screw up season 8?”, Pilou revealed. The reactions have been extreme indeed. But how does he feel about the ending? “We loved the ending!”, Asbaek spoke on behalf of his other co-actors.

He further continued:

“When we had the read-through…in Belfast about two and a half years ago, we ended up doing a standing ovation for 15, 20 minutes. It was a perfect ending. But people were upset because an era finished.”

It was certainly a bummer that Game of Thrones had to end, especially when people felt that there was enough source material to keep it going for even 10 seasons. But it’s hard to gauge whether the anger was over this fact or about the ultimate treatment of the last season. Although the evidence points towards the latter, any end would have made people sad, because the saga was legendary. However, legends end too!

Pilou Asbaek (Euron Greyjoy) says Game of Thrones ending was perfect

Pilou went on, trying to understand the emotions of the fans:

“I kind of get it. I was a big fan of the show before I became a part of it. And if it had ended in that way, I would have been angry as well. Because you know when something you like so much says ‘No!’, it’s like a break-up. And Game of Thrones broke up with millions of people all over the world, and they got upset.”

Pilou’s Euron tried causing quite a few break-ups in the show. He had a wishful affair with the Queen and almost killed the Kingslayer at the shores of King’s Landing before Jaime finally reached Cersei. He came late to the party but played the final round of Game of Thrones daringly, getting some definite moments of silence out of us.

Pilou Asbaek (Euron Greyjoy) says Game of Thrones ending was perfect

Game of Thrones received two victories at the SAG Awards 2020; Outstanding Performance by a Stunt Ensemble & Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor. This is the final lap of honor for Game of Thrones at the awards as it bids us goodbye after 10 feisty years. We hope it keeps coming back to us, with House of the Dragon and other spin-off stories. What do you think? Talk to us in the comments.






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George R.R. Martin says Game of Thrones could have ended with films, hints books will have a different ending

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George R.R. Martin says Game of Thrones could have ended in films

When you anticipate and wait for something for a long time, it changes, just like you do. It has almost been a decade since the last novel (A Dance with Dragons) in the series A Song of Ice and Fire came out. Things have changed drastically since then: a giant of a show came and went, characters and plot-lines took different turns; and though the final destination might just be similar, people are still waiting for the next book, The Winds of Winter. As always, the man we look towards is George R.R. Martin. The author recently gave an interview to Welt, a German news outlet where he discussed Game of Thrones ending in films, the ending to his books, and his engagements at the moment. We thank Redditors u/mellycafe and u/Whitebread100 who translated the interview for all of us. Read on!

The author pointed at a rather interesting detail about the final fate of Game of Thrones being films.

“We had actually considered this option. David Benioff and D.B. Weiss, the two creators behind the TV series, actually wanted to end the saga with three big movies after season 7. Game of Thrones was supposed to end in cinema. It was seriously discussed four to five years ago.” George stated.

George R.R. Martin says Game of Thrones could have ended in films

So, what happened? According to Martin, it wasn’t for him to decide. “HBO controls the film rights for Game of Thrones.” He further said, “HBO didn’t get involved. The executives said: We produce TV shows, we are not in the cinema business. And if HBO does make a movie, like the movie based on Deadwood, they only produce it to show on TV; not on the big screen.” It’s a fair point, we guess. But digital/streaming platforms have changed that. GRRM too says, “Everything is changing at the moment. What is cinema today? Is Netflix producing television or cinema? Everything is mixing up. We no longer know where the boundaries are between cinema, TV, and streaming services.”

Moreover, the biggest question in everyone’s mind right now would be: Will the ending in the books be different from what happened on the show? Well, GRRM answered in a cryptic yet reassuring manner. “People know an ending – but not The ending. The makers of the TV series overtook me which I didn’t expect. Nevertheless, I continue what I’ve been doing for years: I still try to finish the next book ‘The Winds of Winter’ and then the follow-up novel ‘A Dream of Spring’. These are the things I am concentrating on. After that, we will see.”

George R.R. Martin says Game of Thrones could have ended in films

When Martin says “the ending,” he might be referring to the path that he takes to reach the end; and also, a complete conclusion with his own imagination. He has hinted at the possibility on his Not a Blog.

So, there’s no definite answer as to when those books will come out, but a firm take on a possibly different route. Despite all that, it seems difficult to alter the final points that the show arrived at, or does it?

“How many children did Scarlett O’Hara have? In Margaret Mitchell’s novel ‘Gone with the Wind’, she had three children. But in the cinema version of the novel, she only had one child. Which version is the only valid one? – the one with one child or the one with three? The answer is – neither. Because Scarlett O’Hara never existed. She is a fictional character, not a real person who would have had real children.

Or take The Little Mermaid. We know her from the fairy tale of the same name by Hans Christian Andersen and the Disney movie. Which one is the real mermaid? Well, mermaids don’t exist. So, you can choose the version you like the best. That goes for any story adapted for cinema or television. Changes are inevitable in this process. Even if the adaptation is as faithful to the literary source material as it was with Game of Thrones,”  Martin said.

George R.R. Martin says Game of Thrones could have ended in films

It means there’s a good chance that the final story in the books will have its own changes. Before George is able to finish those eagerly-awaited novels, he has been quite busy with a lot of other things.

“I like doing many different things. What I don’t like is writing the same story over and over again. In the beginning of my career, I wrote science fiction, then fantasy, and later horror stories as well. For a while, I also wrote reviews. I taught journalism. Since the mid-80s, I have been writing screenplays; and today, I am also working as a movie producer. Since the completion of Game of Thrones, I am currently developing a prequel series for HBO. Furthermore, I have another deal with the network: I am supposed to produce more shows for them which do not originate from the universe of my stories.” he explained.

One of the projects with HBO includes working with writer Nnedi Okorafor for a film adaptation of her science fiction novel, Who Fears Death. The man even owns an art house cinema of his own in Santa Fe. At the moment, it seems the wizard has his hands full. Where does writing the pending novels fit?

“When it comes to writing novels, I can only take one step at a time. I have writer friends who can work on three or four different projects simultaneously. They start with a novel in the morning, continue with a short story in the afternoon, and write a screenplay at night. I am not able to do that. When I am writing a novel, I dive deeply into the fictional world. It demands my full imagination. I have to live through it, so to say. It is easier to edit a draft, to work as a producer for films, or simply be a cinema owner as compared to writing a novel.” GRRM noted.

George R.R. Martin says Game of Thrones could have ended in films

It’s true that he is long overdue and we can’t wait to get our hands on the remaining novels. But we can see that the man is human after all. May he finish the song soon! Meanwhile, we will keep feasting on whatever ice and fire comes our way. What are your thoughts? Tell us in the comments section.






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