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They might have worked "so hard on it", but I'm not sure some of the the most important people were giving it 100% anymore.cdrive said:
Right before I started the podcast I read on twitter about Sophie Turner saying:
"All of these petitions and things like that — I think it's disrespectful to the crew, and the writers, and the filmmakers who have worked tirelessly over 10 years, and for 11 months shooting the last season," she said. "Like 50-something night shoots. So many people worked so, so hard on it, and for people to just rubbish it because it's not what they want to see is just disrespectful."
Then I went into the podcast thinking 'oh great watch how me reading that right before jumping in is going to shade my enjoyment of the podcast.'
I think it's pretty unrealistic for people to be upset with the critics when a beloved show ends in the midst of an ongoing quality decline added on to what certainly appears to be the producers trying to end it ASAP. The Sopranos and Mad Men didn't seem to have nearly these issues even with controversial endings.
And please don't try the argument that D&D were just petrified that everyone would be angry about filler as the reason that they wanted to end the show quickly, there was plenty of stuff that needed to be discussed....
I doubt the show would have generated nearly the audience and critical acclaim it had had it started off with the quality of the last few seasons. Disappointing people is a tough thing, the D&D’s cut short the end on purpose. I don’t know why they apparently don’t have the sense of ownership for Game of Thrones that the Villigang have for the Breaking Bad world. I don’t think it’s much of a stretch to think you could’ve found people to do the last few seasons better.
Dividing the blame between GRRM and he D&Ds is purely academic. It’s the end product that matters.
Have you considered the idea that the fandom is actually honest? That there’s actually a significant quality drop off that people are legitimately complaining about? Look at Mr. Robot for example, the 2nd season was crapped on but I’m pretty sure the overwhelming majority of fans have climbed back on board after Season 3. The opposite has been happening with GoTMthomp32 said:A ron sounds so sad/angry in this final episode. I genuinely feel bummed listening to it.
I’ve noticed those who are really invested in the series (a lot of podcasters and journalists who comment and critique on the show) are totally outside of themselves. Everyone I’ve spoken to about this season (IRL) loves it and felt the conclusion was pretty fitting given that there is absolutely zero source material - meaning the story is inevitably less complex and truncated. But those people don’t geek out as much as me and listen to podcasts etc. I think the a rons and Dave Chen’s and Mallory rubins of the world have lost sight of two things:
1) it’s not you’re show. Might sound harsh but this show doesn’t belong to the fans. All of the creative decisions that you’re all lambasting were made with the intention to create the best thing they could (Also *they have no books*). Every critique I’ve heard is essentially around how said commentator would have set it up better...than the creators...as Sophie turner said in her ET interview this week: that is disrespectful (and honestly kind of delusional).
2) you - the thought leaders in this community - have an outsized impact on the general conversation online. So it’s a bit of a viscous cycle. Joanna Robinson writes 6 articles that come out 30 seconds after the show ends about how the show runners fucked up and then records 3 podcasts about how everyone thinks they fucked up? That’s a bit crazy making as a listened.
Ultimately, it used to be really fun to hear you all dissect and critique the show (talk about what you liked and didn’t like) but it’s become suuuuper depressing since the show ran past the books.
I want to state that this ending is pretty gorgeous IMO and the breaks in logic and storytelling are easy to forgive for me because (as George stated last week) the creators are missing approximately 3,000 pages of story.
I actually think Grey Worm ganking Jon Snow actually helps balance out the rest of the storybook Stark endings and makes total sense....Murderbear said:I will say too though that the fact that Grey Worm either didn't IMMEDIATELY murder Jon or was just cool with him living out his life makes little to no sense. I guess because he knew Dany loved him? Or maybe ultimately what Dany was doing was wrong and even he couldn't get behind it? That was the biggest stretch of the episode for me.