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HBO’s Programming President Responds to Fan Backlash to ‘Game of Thrones’ Finale

According to Insider HBO’s programming boss Casey Bloys has absorbed the (somewhat intense) fan reaction to Game of Throne’s finale. Insider sat down in an interview with Bloys, asking him his personal stance on the interview. When asked about the fan backlash to how the show ended, Bloys noted you have to take online reactions with a grain of salt but he noted the show has a ‘passionate’ fanbase and some hated it, while others liked it, and he noted this was normal for any big series reaching its conclusion. Some fans will enjoy the finale, some won’t, and he thinks this is a normal part of the process. He noted the writers, Dave and Dan, had a plan for the very beginning. Some fans didn’t agree where the characters they loved went in the end but he believes they took the landing and managed a very difficult TV show all the way until the end.

 

Arya, Bran, and Sansa sit on three chairs in a row

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He further noted he was pleased with the water bottle situation, noting that it’s really great that fans are able to notice details like that and keep Game of Thrones in the media by talking about it in massive numbers. He noted the writers, Dave and Dan, were very ‘smart, methodical, and bright’. They had been doing this for a long time and there were no debates about whether the ending was to be changed. Bloys said it was always intended to end this way, even in the early seasons.

Furthermore, he noted production for the spinoff is underway (no word of what the first spinoff will be). The pilot, however, will be shot in June and the script, he noted, looks ‘great’. He did, however, say he didn’t want to overdo it with the spinoffs, noting HBO has much fantastic content beyond just Game of Thrones and he hopes to be developing more original properties to go along with potential spinoffs.

In conclusion, he noted the show wasn’t a juggernaut when it came out and it took time to become a cultural milestone, ending with the highest rated show ever for HBO with this finale. Bloys hopes to find the eventual next big thing but you can’t force it. It just evolves naturally but he hopes to keep the same level of quality in Thrones to all HBO’s other shows.

 

 

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‘Game of Thrones’ Finale Sets Ratings Record for HBO

Game of Thrones went out on a high mark, at least in terms of ratings. The finale episode drew in an audience of 19.3 million episode across HBO’s various platforms, according to BuzzFeed. The new record beat the previous episode, The Bells, which had already set a huge high mark with 18.4 million ratings. The impressive overnight ratings showed that television is still a huge and valid form of entertainment, drawing in millions of viewers if the show is big enough.

 

Sansa sitting on her new throne as Queen of the North

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HBO’s previous record holder for most watched was the final episode of The Sopranos back in 2002, which drew in a then massive audience of 13.4 million. But Game of Thrones has blown that out of the water with nearly every episode this season. Each episode, accounting for streaming and rewatching, has drawn in an average audience of over 44 million viewers! Whoa! That’s massive! HBO must be sad to see the series reaching its conclusion considering the high amount of viewers the season has drawn in but thankfully for both them and fans, more Game of Thrones spinoffs are on the horizon. It remains to be seen in these spinoffs will draw in Game of Throne’s massive fanbase and hold a candle to their parent show but with the established huge audience for the show, anything is possible.

In any case, the final season is a huge milestone for HBO and indeed, TV in general! Congratulations to Game of Thrones!

 

 

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