Warning: this article contains spoilers for Game of Thrones Season 8.
The final season of the hugely popular Game of Thrones franchise has come to an end. And while the series is in many respects an incredible accomplishment in storytelling and drama, the final season has left fans a little disappointed.
Whether it be complaints that the final product, which took showrunners Daniel Weiss and David Benioff nearly two years to complete, felt rushed or incomplete in parts, or that characters didn’t have believable arcs and lacked relatable motivations for their actions, the fans aren't happy, resulting in the show's worst ratings since its inception.
As it turns out, the show famous for subverting audience expectations and from which myriad convoluted fan theories have been produced, wrapped up in one final unexpected twist. The ending everyone had been eagerly anticipating for all these years was not a crowd-pleaser, but rather – if the abysmal 36 per cent (and sinking) approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes is any indication – a giant flop. What a twist.
Who could have guessed? Well, if you had of paid close attention to the cast during one of their many public appearances, the clues were all there.
The video below is a hilarious compilation of reactions and opinions from the Game of Thrones’ cast about season 8. From the brutally honest Kit Harrington, who just comes right out and calls the ending “disappointing”, to the sardonic Peter Dinklage, who, tongue dripping in acid and eyes rolling skyward, says of David Benioff and Dan Weiss, that there are “no finer writers in all of Hollywood”.
Obviously, there are contractual obligations in place that prevent an actor shitting on the final product, damaging its reputation prior to release, so watching the cast pretend that they are psyched for the final season’s release while sending obvious “help me” signs to the camera is sure to be one of the more redeeming moments for fans disappointed by the latest season.