The Game of Thrones series finale divided fan opinion like never before and was heavily criticized for its writing. With the huge impact the show has had on popular culture, its no wonder people have strong opinions, and that includes the show’s stars. Natalia Tena, who portrayed the wildling Osha until Season 6 is one.
Speaking on Yahoo’s White Wine Question Time podcast, Tena revealed that the ending left her so enraged that her boyfriend left the houseboat they were sharing at the moment to escape her rants!
Describing the experience, Tena said, “I was a few glasses of wine in when I watched it. I’d binge-watched the whole thing, but I ended up… my boyfriend had to leave the boat because I was ranting for an hour at him about how much I didn’t like it. And then I rang my friend to rant to him.”
Game of Thrones series finale left a huge portion of viewers angry, particularly on account of the writing.
Tena revealed that she liked the story up until the point when Arya kills the Night King, but it all went downhill from there. Like many fans, she holds the writing of the last few episodes to blame. In her words,
“I liked it to the bit where she [Arya] stabs him [the Night King] in the heart. I liked it up to then. But after that, I just feel like… I just didn’t understand. The calibre of writing towards the end and the plots and everything that happens and how they wrapped it up compared to any other season, any other bit, it just feels like it’s been written by different people. It doesn’t make sense, for me.”
Tena, however, doesn’t hold with petitioning to remake the final season, as some disgruntled fans are doing. She said,
“It’s done. I don’t think I’d go as far as a petition. I think they had to end it. [But] I don’t understand why they made those choices.”
A large section of the fans shares the same confusion, still. What do you guys think? Talk to us in the comments, down below!
Game of Thrones ended over half a year ago, and we’re still not done talking about the ending. While many of us might have ripped the ending apart because of its poor storytelling, actor Nikolaj Coster-Waldau thinks that there was another reason behind the hate. Read on!
Speaking to NME, Nikolaj, who played the role of Jaime Lannister on the show, discussed the show’s passionate fandom:
“I’ve travelled around the world and what has really been wonderful is how these communities have grown out of a love of this one show.”
He said he thinks the love that people have for the show might also be the fuel for their hatred of the ending:
“And I also think that’s one of the reasons a lot of people are pissed off.
They didn’t want it to end, just period. Did not want it to end. Because does that mean I’m gonna lose my friends that I’ve been hanging out with? People have online communities around the world, and it’s been about this show and our love.”
“Also I’ve met people that say ‘no no we’re going to carry on, we’re gonna keep going’”.
Well, he’s not entirely wrong, but then again, we could have used better writing on the show. What do you guys think? Talk to us in the comments, down below!
Game of Thrones finale aired seven months ago. Even after so many months, one of the most appreciated aspects of the show remains its battle sequences. Rowley Irlam, the stunt coordinator, recently spoke in detail about the most famous battle sequences of the show.
Speaking with Hollywood Reporter Rowley Irlam began with Daenerys Targaryen’s first dragon-riding flight sequence:
“I remember in the VFX previews, they had the dragon torching one guy, then he turns the other way and he torches two guys, and then another two guys.”
“They asked me what I thought, and I said, ‘I think you should try and torch four guys, then six, then another six and then two more.’ I looked at everyone around the table thinking they must have thought I was coming on a little strong — but very quickly, we got the nod.”
While the dragon scene was epic in its own right, what really pushed the envelope for Irlam was the Battle of the Bastards. Irlam said:
“You hope that in the middle of your career, you haven’t done your finest work, but the reality of the situation is, if I get through the whole of my career and the best thing I ever did was ‘Battle of the Bastards,’ then I’ll settle for that.”
Talking generally about the Thrones’ battle sequences he added
“We’re trying to make something look as energetic and as dynamic as possible, but we’re also trying to keep everybody safe. Collateral damage is not acceptable to us. We want everyone to go home and come back the next day.”
Irlam also had a challenge of keeping each battle entirely different from the other. Speaking about ‘The Bells’, the penultimate episode of the series, Irlam said:
“We wanted to show the horror of war. We wanted to make it unpleasant. We didn’t want it to feel like entertainment, particularly. We tried to think of the most nasty images we could possibly conjure up and put them onscreen: an amputee with his legs dripping blood, children burning. It wasn’t trying to be gratuitous. We’re trying to show what people can do to other people.”
Well, we feel Rowley Irlam did a terrific job and set the benchmark for others to follow. His work is going to be remembered for years to come. Tell us about your views in the comments below!
John Bradley played the character of Samwell Tarly in Game of Thrones for eight seasons, nearly a decade. In a show full of mavericks, geniuses, warriors and dragons, Samwell’s character was perhaps one of the sanest on the show.
Recently while speaking with Giles Paley-Phillips and comedian Jim Daly on the Blank Podcast, he shed some light about his portrayal of Samwell. Bradley said:
“I got into this trap with Sam, I set myself traps, because he had a traumatic childhood and suffered a lot – and it manifested through a stammer and a twitch sometimes”.
Bradley also spoke about how the character of Samwell began affecting his performances outside of Thrones. He added:
“Towards the end of that journey, that stammer would turn up in non-Sam acting and I’d do auditions when I’d stammer because it just seemed like the default place that I went to when I acted”.
Bradley found himself so much into the character that, at times his co-stars had to politely push him to speak quicker. He recalled an incident with Kit Harington:
“In one scene I came in first with Kit Harington and in the nicest way he said to me “can you come in a bit quicker?” so I can react a bit quicker and I was like “I can’t, I just can’t.
As lovely as the crew were, they assumed it was because I had forgotten my lines. It took me a while to get out of it and it went away over time.”
Well, John Bradley sure seems like a perfectionist doesn’t he? It almost seems fitting that he played the most studious character of them all in a show full of larger than life characters.
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