Maisie Williams has been open about the quality of Game of Thrones. In its early seasons, the series received widespread acclaim. However, the final six episodes, which aired in 2019, divided fans.
Since the show’s end, several cast members have defended how David Benioff and DB Weiss wrapped up the story despite complaints that they rushed Daenerys Targaryen’s storyline. After the finale aired, one dissatisfied viewer started a petition asking HBO to remake the final season, and over a million people signed it. During a conversation about the series with her brother, Talfuin, on his Twitch channel, Williams, who played Arya Stark, said that she recently rewatched the entire series.
You know, I rewatched it all recently. Erm, it was… It definitely fell off at the end.
Giggling, she continued: “But it started really strong. I was heartbroken when Ned died, and I knew it was coming. For the first time, I could really feel the story.” Others who have criticized the last season include series director Neil Marshall and Lord Varys actor Conleth Hill. Hill opened up about being “inconsolable” after learning his character’s fate and suggested that Varys had been done a disservice in the final seasons.
“That’s been my feeling the last couple seasons, that my character became more peripheral, that they concentrated on others more,” he said.
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.
Cersei Lannister’s actress, Lena Headey, admits to having “mixed feelings” when she first learned how her character’s story would end. Meanwhile, Tyrion Lannister actor Peter Dinklage defended Benioff and Weiss, stating: “I know a lot of people were supposedly surprised by the ending, but if you paid attention, the clues were there. We told you not to name your dog Khaleesi.” Williams also recently shared her candid views on Spider-Man: No Way Home, which she branded the most “disappointing” film of the year.
The first of the planned Game of Thrones spin-offs, House of the Dragon, will air its first season finale on Sunday (23 October). Game of Thrones is now available on NOW. To get the latest updates, keep an eye on Thirsty.
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