Peter Dinklage Says He Knows Why Fans Hated The “Game Of Thrones” Series Finale
Cast your memory back to 2019. I know it hurts, but try. It wasn’t the best of times, but it also wasn’t the worst of times. 2019 brought us a bunch of stories that initially enraptured us but were never thought of again and they certainly didn’t reverberate well into 2020. For example, remember when Jussie Smollet was attacked?! That was wild, wonder if they ever caught whoever did it. Also, can you believe Tristan Thompson cheated on Khloe Kardashian, both of Lori Loughlin’s daughters got into USC, Alex Trebek died leaving Jeopardy! temporarily hostless and Lady Gaga, of all people, was doing the most for an Oscar campaign. Whew, 2019 — What a time to be alive! But there was one story that year still has legs. I don’t know about you but I haven’t slept a wink since the series finale of Game of Thrones. Thank God for Peter Dinklage who has finally answered the question that has been dogging us for years — The REAL reason everyone hated the GOT finale. Hint: It’s not because it was absolute dog shit. It’s because we’re dumb and possibly racist.
In case you haven’t been stewing in a miasma of disappointment and rage these three years hence GOT ended not with a whimper, but with a splooge of liquefied diarrhea, let me remind you what happened. GOT ran for 8 seasons from 2011 to 2019, with the final season being so poorly written and sloppy that a petition to remake the entire season garnered almost 2 million signatures. Showrunners D.B. Weiss and David Benioff were mostly to blame for shitting the bed at Westeros, but the actors were the ones who kept getting asked about the poopy sheets. So maybe that’s why Peter’s taken a defensive stance against inquiries into the exact nature of said feces. Don’t like it, well you just don’t understand the complexities and nuances of shit. According to People:
“They 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,” joked Dinklage, who is set to star as the romantic lead in the new movie musical Cyrano.
I’m not sure what his point here is but I, for one, thought the entire show was pretty white. And I think most fans were rooting for the few non-white people to catch a W but instead it was Musty Harry Potter and Peter’s character Tyrion who won the game in the end.
To recap, in the final episodes, that one lady with the bad wig got stabbed by her cousin/lover after her pet dragon started wiling out and burnt shit up. That other lady with the worse wig got crushed under some rubble and she and her brother/lover died in each other’s arms. Then the first lady’s cousin/lover gets banished and his brother, a nosy magic kid in a wheelchair, gets to be King Hot Shit because Tyrion thinks his slam poetry is the best. Then King Hot Shit’s sister literally sails off into the sunset. But Peter says that who won the titular Game of Thrones is not what’s important, you imbeciles.
“No, but the show subverts what you think, and that’s what I love about it. Yeah, it was called Game of Thrones, but at the end, the whole dialogue when people would approach me on the street was, ‘Who’s going to be on the throne?’ I don’t know why that was their takeaway because the show really was more than that,” the actor continued.
“One of my favorite moments was when the dragon burned the throne because it sort of just killed that whole conversation, which is really irreverent and kind of brilliant on behalf of the show’s creators: ‘Shut up, it’s not about that,’ ” he shared. “They constantly did that, where you thought one thing and they delivered another. Everybody had their own stories going on while watching that show, but nobody’s was as good as what the show delivered, I think.”
It was a terrible ending to a terrible season in which, by the time the final episode aired, couldn’t come fast enough. But Peter seems to think people were upset because they wanted more.
As for why he believes fans disliked the ending so much? Dinklage said: “I think the reason there was some backlash about the ending is because they were angry at us for breaking up with them.”
The star added, “We were going off the air and they didn’t know what to do with their Sunday nights anymore. They wanted more, so they backlashed about that. We had to end when we did, because what the show was really good at was breaking preconceived notions: Villains became heroes, and heroes became villains.”
Well, good that’s settled. We can now forge ahead into 2022 with the GOT monkey off our backs. Endless and exhausting HBO discourse is so 2019!