When Game of Thrones ended, 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.
Well, it turns out the beloved Lord of the Northern Fortress, Ned Stark (played by Sean Bean), isn't aware of the show's controversial ending...
Game of Thrones first aired in 2011.
It ran for an epic 8 seasons before finally reaching its conclusion in 2019.
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.
Game 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.
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 show's epic scale and attention to detail.
That is, until season eight.
After a 2-year hiatus, the show returned for its final season - 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 2 people fans were annoyed at?
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Show creators, David Benioff and D.B. Weiss.
The petition read, the 2 "have proven themselves to be woefully incompetent writers when they have no source material (i.e. the books) to fall back on."
Fans felt the two had ruined what Martin had started.
"This series deserves a final season that makes sense. Subvert my expectations and make it happen, HBO!"
But the show's stars reacted pretty poorly.
Jon Snow (or Kit Harrington) told Esquire, "How I feel about the show right now is quite defiant. I think no matter what anyone thinks about this season - and I don't mean to sound mean about critics here - but whatever critic spends half an hour writing about this season and makes their [negative] judgment on it, in my head they can go **** themselves."
And that's not all.
Harrington wasn't the only one.Sophie Turner, wife of Joe Jonas and actress behind Sansa Stark, also called the petition "disrespectful."
Well, two years since the show's finale, Sean Bean has shocked fans.
Sean Bean played the beloved Lord of Winterfell Eddard (Ned) Stark.
sean bean about the rest of GoT after his season pic.twitter.com/M1UJTbrSW3— kal ☠ (@cptnboromir) June 1, 2021
I wish I was Sean Bean for the specific purpose of having not seen the final season https://t.co/r5hpx9qWI7— centipede (@dusktilljuan) June 1, 2021
Sean Bean's character Ned Stark is old friends with the King of Westeros, Robert Baratheon.
When he is offered to be 'hand of the king', he travels away from the northern fortress of Westeros with his daughters Arya (Maisie Williams) and Sansa (Sophie Turner) to protect the king. Ned eventually concludes that all of Robert's heirs with his wife Cersei (Lena Heady) are illegitimate, the product of her incest with her twin brother Jaime (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau).
Despite only being in the first series, he quickly became and remained a fan favorite.
He is put to death by the Queen Cersei for treason, besides being completely innocent. The death was the first of many main characters and shocked the fan base.
However in a new interview with the Times, Sean Bean admitted he hadn't watched the show since his exit in 2011.
When posed a question by a reporter, Bean was asked whether the Starks' decision to withdraw from the rest of Westeros could be seen as similar to Brexit. He replied "No. What happened?"
The reporter didn't want to ruin the ending for him, as the 2019 finale had caused quite a divide when it aired.
"I'll have forgotten by then, go on," before asking for details on the show's conclusion. "So did Winterfell stay separate? Oh, good for them," he said.
There are more Game of Thrones spin offs in the works.
It was revealed last month that one of six spin off shows had begun production. Set 300 years before the timeline of Game of Thrones, House of the Dragon follows the House Targaryen. The series is based on author George R.R. Martin's novel Fire & Blood, published in 2018.
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