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Game of Thrones’ Joe Dempsie thinks backlash for the show was inevitable

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More than a year has gone by since that fateful final season of Game of Thrones ended. But, people are still talking about it, and not a lot of it is praise. However, Joe Dempsie, who played Gendry in the show, believes that the backlash the HBO Original got was inevitable.

Game of Thrones showrunners had a real tough task on their hands

While talking to Digital Spy, Dempsie opened up about the hard work the showrunners put into Game of Thrones. He said that he never wanted to be in the place of David Benioff and Dan Weiss, saying:

In the years leading up to season eight, there was not a moment when I envied Dave and Dan’s task of bringing this thing to a conclusion that was broadly satisfying but also surprising.

Furthermore, Dempsie also said that Game of Thrones was successful because of the many possible endings. There were countless theories on the internet, and David and Dan still wanted to subvert everyone’s expectations. And that was a difficult task when every theory under the sun was on Reddit. Dempsie said:

One of the major components of Game of Thrones‘ success was that it was a show that lends itself so well to almost endless theorizing about how it’s going to end, so they had to find a way to do that that hadn’t already been widely suggested on the internet. I guess almost every eventuality probably had been suggested on the internet already, and audiences want to be surprised.

Joe Dempsie believes fans would have been angry regardless

Game of Thrones Joe Dempsie thinks backlash for the show was inevitable
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Moreover, Joe Dempsie believed that even if a fan predicted the end correctly, they would have still been angry. Angry at the fact that Game of Thrones failed to subvert his expectations:

Even if your prediction was exactly how the show ended up finishing, you would have had about 10 minutes of smugness before you felt really pissed off that it hadn’t surprised you in the way you were hoping, so I think it was inevitable there was going to be a backlash and the ending wasn’t going to please everyone.

When Dempsie first read the ending, he knew it would piss some people off. Even though he himself liked it:

I think when I read it, I thought, ‘Well, I quite like this, but I know a lot of people aren’t.

Dempsie liked the Game of Thrones ending

Joe Dempsie also admitted that he liked that Game of Thrones had an egalitarian ending. In a way, every person in that universe finally got a stake at how Westeros should be ruled. And even though Dempsie didn’t initially agree with the ending, it didn’t surprise him:

I think that the final episode was the building blocks of a new society, and how you can hopefully give everyone a stake – everyone in society has a stake in how it would be governed. And that was the message of the finale. And I think, you know, if there’s that much reaction, it’s something I think you should come to expect now, really. I didn’t agree with it, but I remember – I didn’t agree with it but I wasn’t surprised.

Dempsie highlighted an interesting dilemma that the Game of Thrones showrunners faced. Should they have subverted everyone’s expectations, or should they have gone with the ending the show was building up towards for the past 8 years? Arya Stark (Maisie Williams) killing the Night King and shocking everyone on Earth was a truly jaw-dropping moment. And then there was Bran Stark (Isaac Hempstead Wright) winning the race to the Iron Throne. And the whole Jon Snow (Kit Harington) killing Daenerys Targaryen (Emilia Clarke) fiasco. But, was it the best route for the show? What do you guys think? Let us know in the comments below.

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