When Game of Thrones ended earlier this year, many fans were left upset. Not just because of the prospect of a life without a weekly check-in with their favorite Westerosi, either. Many found the final season of the show to be disappointing - feeling rushed, ill-thought-through, and not faithful to the story they'd followed so far.
And now the writer of the original Song of Ice & Fire books the series was based on has offered his opinion. The writer claims he, too, felt less than satisfied with the way the show's controversial final season went. Curious about what George R.R. Martin has to say? Keep reading for his exclusive quotes
Game of Thrones first aired in 2011.It ran for an epic eight seasons before finally reaching its conclusion earlier this year.
The show was set in the fictional world of Westeros.And although it certainly had many fantastical aspects, it really centered around the deeply human characters.
It was really huge in scale.The dedication showrunners put in to create believable settings and well-rounded characters (and seemingly hundreds of them) made the fantasy seem oddly believable.
Of course, there were some unbelievable aspects.Although even the dragons seemed somehow par for the course in this epic, political drama.
The show wasn't totally original, though.
via: AmazonGame of Thrones was based on a series of fantasy novels called A Song of Ice & Fire, by esteemed writer George R.R. Martin.
Martin was a big name in the fantasy scene.
via: WikipediaAnd he's been very productive in his time, creating many more fantasy worlds than just the famous Westeros.
It was clear Game of Thrones creators were taking the show seriously.Because they ensured Martin was included in the show's creation, making sure the series stayed true to his original vision.
And fans appreciated it.For the first seasons, Game of Thrones gained a cult following, many of whom loved the shows epic scale and attention to detail.
That is, until season eight.After a two-year hiatus, the show returned for its final season earlier this year - but got distinctly mixed reviews.
And let's not even get started on the show's finale.Many Game of Thrones fans were bitterly disappointed in the way the fates of their favorite characters (and of Westeros overall) were handled.
In fact, fans were pretty annoyed.Angry Game of Throners created a "Remake Game of Thrones Season 8 with competent writers," which picked up more than 1.7 million signatures.
The main two people fans were annoyed at?
via: Getty ImagesShow creators, David Benioff and D.B. Weiss. The petition read, the two "have proven themselves to be woefully incompetent writers when they have no source material (i.e. the books) to fall back on."