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Game of Thrones Creators Know the Season Eight Finale Will Be Controversial

The final season of Game of Thrones premieres 14 April

As we inch closer to the long awaited final season of Game of Thrones, details are slowly trickling out—and by details, I mean anything HBO will allow out of its top-secret production. On Monday, with fewer than 40 days until Season Eight premieres, Entertainment Weekly published a massive cover story detailing the upcoming Winterfell battle that promises to be the largest fight sequence ever filmed.

Near the end of this article detailing the intense conditions of the battle scene is a little bit of information about an episode that's even more top-secret than the rest of the season. For the big series finale, EW reports that "only crew members wearing a special Episode 6 badge were allowed on set during filming and some scenes were shot on a closed set."

For the climactic conclusion to the biggest TV event in history, showrunners David Benioff and Dan Weiss have taken it upon themselves to direct the final episode of Game of Thrones. The article notes that Benioff and Weiss have long ignored what people say they want out of the conclusion of Game of Thrones.

However, they say they're well aware of the expectations.

“We want people to love it,” Weiss tells EW. “It matters a lot to us. We’ve spent 11 years doing this. We also know no matter what we do, even if it’s the optimal version, that a certain number of people will hate the best of all possible versions. There is no version where everybody says, ‘I have to admit, I agree with every other person on the planet that this is the perfect way to do this’—that’s an impossible reality that doesn’t exist. I’m hoping for the Breaking Bad [finale] argument where it’s like, ‘Is that an A or an A+?’”



Benioff confirmed that they were certainly worried about what people think about the finale, which will air on 19 May. “From the beginning we’ve talked about how the show would end. A good story isn’t a good story if you have a bad ending. Of course we worry,” he said.

Which certainly seems like a different approach to how the show has played out since it passed George R.R. Martin's original source material. Maybe fans are just too good at putting together all the hints, but, so far, Game of Thrones the TV show has delivered on all of the biggest theories out there. In fact, it has been so similar to what you'll find on Reddit and on blogs, that I likened Season Seven to fancy fan fiction.

So that tease about the Season Eight finale is promising. If Benioff and Weiss are going to ignore fan expectations and do something unexpected, it could make for a great conclusion that no one saw coming. Of course, regardless of what they do, there will be immense fan backlash.

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