David Benioff jokingly compared the infamous coffee cup blunder to a Persian rug:
In Persian rugs it’s tradition that you make a little mistake when making the rug, because only God can do anything perfect. That’s why I put the coffee cup there. It was a conscious, concerted statement of our imperfection.
Benioff admitted the mistake did embarrass them both:
We were concentrating so much on Daenerys and Jon Snow that we just didn’t see this coffee cup right in the middle.At first I couldn’t believe it and then it was embarrassment, because how did we not see this coffee cup in the middle of the shot?…Eventually it was just kind of funny. Because this one is just a mistake and it’s just kind of funny to us now.
Benioff also commented on Gwendoline Christie’s Emmy nomination:
Brienne of Tarth has always been one of our favourite characters and the moment where she is knighted by Jamie Lannister is just a wonderful thing in the story. To see Gwyn’s face in that moment – I’ve probably watched that scene 400 times and every time it gets me.
The many plots twists of Game of Thrones eighth and final season left audiences, well, filled with emotions.
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Many fans of the show, book lovers or not, were angry with how their favorite characters went and how they ended up. It turns out that not a whole lot of the actors were happy either, and the list has been ever-growing since the show’s conclusion.
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From a crafty man with all the answers, Tyrion seems to have suffered some sort of off-screen head injury. What’s my proof? Well, look at what Peter Dinklage has to say about eighteen minutes into this video…
We’re in a crypt. Nobody thought of that. [The Night is] bringing all the dead people back to life and they’ve put the women and the children in crypt with all the dead people so…Tyrion is smart, but I guess not that smart”
While he hasn’t come out against his decision against what happened to his character, this quote is a hint of how he truly feels. That, and we have this from 2018 before the final season had aired.
“You’re being held hostage and wont be released until you record yourself supporting us as writers”
Varys went from The Spider who conspired in the darkness to a man who spoke openly on a crowded beach side about how he was conspiring against the Queen, a a decision left actor Conleth Hill telling The Independent that:
That’s been my feeling the last couple seasons, that my character became more peripheral, that they concentrated on others more. That’s fine. It’s the nature of a multi-character show…It was kind of frustrating. As a whole it’s been overwhelmingly positive and brilliant but I suppose the last couple seasons weren’t my favourite. It just felt like after season six, I kind of dropped off the edge.
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Queen Daenerys did a complete 180 from wanting to break the chains of the slaves to burning civilians alive because, the bells reminded her about her past…?
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Emilia Clarke describing the season is, well, telling.
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But here at Bookstr we’ve been stuck in a quandary: Ever since Jaime Lannister abandoned Brienne of Tarah so he can return to his sister/lover Cersei because, well, we’re not entirely ‘why’ but he ‘does’ but either way…what do the actors think of this ‘choice’?
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It fell upon Gwendoline Christie and Nikolaj Coster-Waldau to not only read this scene, but also to portray it. Nikolaj told Vanity Fairhis rationalization for this scene with this:
Most people have moments in their life where you go, ‘Can I really, fundamentally change?’ . . . The core of him has always been Cersei. . . . When that’s taken away, what are you then? What’s left? Is there anything left? When he leaves [King’s Landing at the end of Season 7], obviously he has no idea. He doesn’t know the answer to that question
Okay. Well, what does Gwendoline Christie think of this scene?
Gwendoline Christie told Deadlinethat after reading the scene:
…I realized I had moved into that space where I feel deeply, deeply protective of this character
So can we add Gwendoline Christie to the list of actors disappointed by the way Game of Thrones ended? Not quite. Christie is an actor first and foremost, and thus instead of fuming at the direction of plot, focused on her character and how, as an actor, “it meant getting to use some real acting muscles”.
Disregarding the plot, Christie does have a point when it comes discussing her character:
I did feel angry for the character in that moment, but what was brilliant is that she goes straight back to work, and ultimately, she supersedes her ambition
When viewed as a whole, Brienne of Tarth not only makes it out of the Game of Thrones, but she actually ends up being one of the characters better off. After all, Brienne is more than her relationship to Jamie. Her story is about a woman disrespected and hated by her peers who, through her own sheer will and ambition, becomes something more than anyone could ever dream of.
She wanted to be a member of Renly’s Kingsguard, and in the end she becomes Lord Commander of Bran’s Kingsguard. She’s in charge…It’s all about her skill as a knight. Her abilities, her intelligence. I felt, by the end, like she’d stepped into her own power.
With this in mind, it’s a no-brainier that when HBO didn’t submit Christie for an Emmy nomination, Christie took a Que from her character and submitted herself for an Emmy nomination as a “testament” to Brienne.
If this a case of reality reflecting art, or art reflecting reality? Either way, we hope she gets the nomination and, down the line, the win.
Game of Throneswent 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.
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HBO’s previous record holder for most watched was the final episode of The Sopranosback 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!
Season 8 of Game of Thrones was always going to be controversial, but who would have suspected that fans would be so outraged that they would petition demanding a remake of the entire season?
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After a year of waiting, the highly anticipated final season of Game of Thrones has not been well received. Critics are Season 8 some of the series’ lowest scores, and the shared disappointment doesn’t end there.
The show is seen to have gone so downhill that even the actors and the author of the books have criticised writers David Benioff and D.B. Weiss.
Last week, avid Game of Thrones fan Dylan D. created a Change.org petition, directed at HBO demanding a remake of the final season “with competent writers.”
David Benioff and D.B. Weiss have proven themselves to be woefully incompetent writers when they have no source material (i.e. the books) to fall back on.
This series deserves a final season that makes sense.
Subvert my expectations and make it happen, HBO!
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With nearly 700,000 signatures already, let’s hope that HBO will listen to what everyone is saying, and remake a better ending for this fantastic show.If you are a huge fan of Game Of Thrones and would like to add your name to the petition, please click here!
(This article was recently updated to keep up with the number of signatures this petition has gained. From nearly 400,000 to 700,000 in one day?! Seems like a remake could most definitely be in the works.)
Jaime has come a long way from his early days on Game of Thrones. He began as a villain on the show, so devoted to an incestuous relationship with his sister, Cersei Lannister that he did terrible things, such as pushing Bran Stark out a window, thus crippling the boy for life. But as the series progressed, he began to move down a path of redemption, growing as a person through his interactions with Brienne of Tarth and being further humbled through the loss of his hand. Jaime proved himself as a person capable of change, of growth, while Cersei doubled down on her own inner flaws and became a fully fledged tyrant. Both siblings began to drift apart, clearly showing Jaime as a fundamentally better person than Cersei (though that is not hard.) All signs pointed towards Jaime becoming a hero and this seemed to be confirmed in his last scene with Cersei in Season 7. Cersei had just been shown absolute proof that the White Walkers were real and coming to kill everyone in Westeros. She seemed to ally with Jon Snow and Daenerys to fight the oncoming threat but later revealed to Jaime that she was lying, hoping to weaken her enemies and claim the Iron Throne unopposed.
Jaime was horrified by this plan, so much so that he rode away from King’s Landing and joined with the forces of Winterfell this season. His arc seemed to be reaching a happy conclusion, especially with him and Brienne consummating their mutual attraction to each other.
Until, well, all that character development suddenly did a swan dive off a cliff.
Jamie and Cersei’s relationship had clearly fractured, broken by the paths their mutual character development had taken them down. Jaime’s path had evolved naturally to make him a better person, which is why it was sudden and jarring when he appeared to do a 180. After bedding Brienne, suddenly and seemingly out of nowhere, Jaime left her in the middle of the night, told her how ‘hateful’ he was while claiming his devotion to Cersei, and rode off to be with her in King’s Landing. This could have been seen as perhaps a lie, a trick, or setting up for Jamie to even kill Cersei as had longed been hinted at but nope! In the latest episode of Game of Thrones, The Bells, Jamie dies in the arms of Cersei while claiming his love to her before they’re both buried in the collapse of the Red Keep.
This felt wrong. Jamie should not have returned to Cersei. Their relationship had naturally broken over the course of the series and for them to embrace each other as if nothing had ever happened between them, as if their mutual paths meant nothing, just feels like honestly a slap in the face. Jaime deserved so much better than what he got in the past few episodes, where he seemingly forgot all that he had learned, endured, and seen in favor of dying with the woman he had grown to hate. Perhaps this could have worked if more time had been devoted to showing why Jamie still loved Cersei, why he was willing to abandon his friends to go back to her, but thanks to the rather rushed pace of this season, it comes out of the blue and seems to ignore the character’s internal logic.
Jamie’s arc had naturally pointed to him rising above his twisted beginnings and becoming a good man. And he almost did! But at the last minute, he just reversed back to his origins in Season 1. A lot of the characterizations in Season 8 have been rather wonky but Jamie’s especially stings, as it feels like the writers just chose to ignore his redemption arc for no real reason. Jamie keeps claiming he loves Cersei, even though we’ve seen that clearly isn’t the case anymore. But instead, he dies a rather pathetic death, buried under a pile of rocks with the woman who mere episodes ago he was disgusted by. It was an insulting end to one of the show’s best characters, especially one who had evolved so far and shown so much more depth than what he appeared to be at first glance.
What were your thoughts on Jamie’s characterization this season? Tell us in the comments!