Two months after the uber-successful series aired, the cast of Game of Thrones reunited to discuss the critical acclaim vs. the fan backlash. This year, the HBO hit scooped up an unprecedented 32 Emmy nominations, but the season was simultaneously dubbed “the worst” ever.
Fans streamed in San Diego’s Comic-Con Friday to hear what Isaac Hempstead Wright (Bran Stark), Conleth Hill (Varys), Nikolaj Coster-Waldau (Jaime Lannister), Maisie Williams (Arya Stark), John Bradley (Samwell Tarly), Jacob Anderson (Grey Worm), and Liam Cunningham (Ser Davos) had to say.
They addressed the online petition that called for a redo of the final season, this time with “competent writers.”
They even poked fun at one scene that included a coffee cup, enraging many. When the actors took their seats, they sipped wryly from the coffee cups waiting at their seats.
“It was a surprising level… the absurdity of the online petition,” said Coster-Waldau, adding, People reports, that important plot points from previous seasons also infuriated some fans.
“Every season we had huge controversies. From Ned Stark being killed and then there was the Red Wedding,” he went on. “So obviously when it comes to the end it’s gonna piss you off no matter what, because it’s the end.”
Hill, meanwhile, pointed to the passionate attendees as vindication.
“Look at the amount of people here,” Hill said, gesturing to the 8,000-some people in Hall H. “We're very grateful to your fandom over the years … this is the reality as opposed to the media-led hate campaign.”
The finale brought in 19.3 million viewers.