The end of HBO’s ‘Game of Thrones‘ has come and gone and much like an ex, we still can’t stop talking about it. In fact, Peter Dinklage shares this could be one of the main reasons people have had such a problem with the series finale. We know that “all good things must come to an end,” but not everyone agrees that the final season was good. Even as someone who loved where all the characters ended up, I wasn’t one of the viewers who were at all thrilled about the pacing of our final outing in Westeros.
Dinklage brought this up when he was asked by The New Yorker if he had been following the fan response to the series:
“No. Well, everybody’s always going to have an opinion, and that means an ownership. It’s like breaking up with somebody. They get upset. I can’t speak for everybody, but my feeling is they didn’t want it to end, so a lot of people got angry. I feel like what [the showrunners] Dave [Benioff] and Dan [Weiss] did was extraordinary. This happens. Monsters are created. And you don’t see it coming. We vote them into office. You look the other way. So for everybody to get upset because they loved a character so much and they had so much faith in that person—there were signposts all along the way for that character.”
I do agree this holds true to every character in the series, even if the hints were ignored or brushed aside. That being said, Dinklage was referring to Daenerys Targaryen here and not his half-brother on the show:
“That’s because of what was happening all along. It added up to something. There are people who’ve named their children Khaleesi. You’ve just got to maybe wait till the series finale before you get that tattoo or name your golden retriever Daenerys! I can’t help you! I’m sorry. She went mad. She was driven to that, and she’s a victim as well in terms of how she was treated. She went through it, and she came out angry, as a lot of us do.”
As to if he thought our favorite Lannister would survive to the end of the series? “No. None of us did. We were all nervous when we got the scripts.” Entertainingly enough, he was the only one of his siblings to make it through alive.
Do you agree with Peter Dinklage’s assessment as to why many may not have liked the final season of ‘Game of Thrones’? What are your thoughts on the groundwork having been laid that Daenerys Targaryen was on the path to madness and becoming a dictator? Share your thoughts in the comments below!