There is nothing more irritating to a fan than when a season finale does something stupid, but when a series finale ends poorly it’s irrevocable. Don’t get me wrong, I never watched Game of Thrones but like the rest of the world, it was plenty spoken of. People complained about the titular throne being melted down, and about one main character falling to her own insanity or something, and one of the other main characters being banished?
No matter what anyone thought of the final season, the show in whole was incredibly successful. HBO made millions off the series that ended up lasting 8 seasons, with or without the original writer’s help. Because HBO picked the show up before the series was completed, they caught up to the books and were left with having to go their own way. Unlike JK Rowling, George R.R. Martin has yet to complete the series of which only five of the planned seven books have been written, one reportedly taking 6 years to complete!
The finale of the show disappointed nearly every fan and critic. 19.3 million people tuned in and were hoping something would shift in the final episode to make the rest of the final season not so much of a disappointment. The opposite happened instead. After watching, the general consensus was that it made a mockery of the first 7 seasons and for a few hardcore fans, ruined the entire series for them.
While being interviewed by the New York Times, Tyrion Lannister actor Peter Dinklage, was asked about the finale. He complained about how often people would ask him which character would end up on the Iron Throne, that massive prop that’s been recreated for hundreds of conventions. He told interviewers that the fans missed the point.
Watch the show or not, one thing I can tell you is that no fan is going to be thrilled to hear about actors dissing them or their intelligence. Fan loyalty is what keeps fantasy, sci-fi, or even law enforcement procedurals on the air. Without that kind of loyalty from your fan base, you’re just another flopped show.
But that wasn’t even the worst of Dinklage’s comments.
“[Fans] wanted the pretty white people to ride off into the sunset together. By the way, it’s fiction. There’s dragons in it. Move on,” the 52-year-old actor said according to the Daily Wire.
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I’m sorry, the what now? The pretty white people? I have always heard that Peter Dinklage is very secure with himself and his stature, but that sounds like a load of bitter bull manure to me. As a white man who was hired to be on the show, one can’t help but wonder what exactly he’s complaining about. It comes off as virtue-signaling lip service. If he’s complaining about not being pretty, he doesn’t have that monopolized either. We’ve all seen enough commercials and promotions to know that there were some very not attractive people on that show right alongside Dinklage.
Not only did he bring race into a situation that needed absolutely no commentary on, but he also insulted the fans of the show. “By the way, it fiction. There’s dragons in it” he quipped, as if fans were too stupid to understand that dragons are fictional along with the rest of the series. As if the audience couldn’t figure that out on their own.
Of course, he could have been poking fun of the fact that people take these shows and others like them too seriously, but is that any reason to insult the very people that have made you rich? Mentioning race just made him look like another leftwing sycophant kissing up to Hollywood in hopes of more work.
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