Conleth Hill
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‘Game of Thrones’ Season 8 was one of the most anticipated events in recent TV history, but as the final six episodes rolled out, that rabid anticipation slowly began to sour for many fans, as they became frustrated by certain story developments and creative choices (a nearly completely pitch dark episode?).  An online petition popped up after the final episode, demanding HBO remake the entire last season with “competent writers”– over 1.7 million have signed– but Conleth Hill (Varys) stated that it was the media that stirred the negative sentiments directed at Season 8.

At the finale (?) ‘Game of Thrones’ panel at San Diego Comic-Con, Hill surveyed the massive crowd of fans and declared:

“You look at the amount of people that are here, and we’re here to thank you for watching us all these years. We’re very grateful for your fandom over the years and I think this is the reality, rather than a media-led hate campaign.”

This isn’t the first time someone involved with a media project has blamed poor reaction or reviews on the “media” and ‘Game of Thrones’ S8 did get uncharacteristically poor reviews– 58% on Rotten Tomatoes– but the “media” just awarded S8 with the most Emmy nominations one show has ever gotten in for one season (32).

And the “media” doesn’t make memes.  That’s alllllllllllll fanbase.  A bitter fanbase who spent years supporting the show only to feel betrayed by certain creative choices with the final season.  It should be noted that the online petition is still up and people are still signing it.  It won’t amount to anything, but maybe people just need an outlet to vent their frustration.

But hopefully, over time, fans’ sour feelings will change.  It happened for ‘Lost’ ‘Dexter’ ‘Seinfeld’ ‘How I Met Your Mother’ (Um, okay, I guess that never happens.)

Do you agree with Hill, that the media fueled the backlash against ‘Game of Thrones’?  Or was the season really just subpar without the media’s assistance?


Source: Screen Rant