Sorceress Melisandre actress Carice van Houten thinks Game of Thrones finale backlash from fans felt "a bit ungrateful." It's been nearly a year since the hit HBO series aired its final episodes, though it seems like it was 10 years ago now. Van Houten personally loved the way the show closed out and compared it to the first season in an interesting way. Fans were not happy at all with the way things ended and they made sure the world knew about it at all times.
In a new interview, Carice van Houten spoke about her love of Game of Thrones. She really liked the idea of Bran Stark becoming the surprise king of the Seven, or Six now, Kingdoms. There are a lot of people who would love to debate van Houten at link over her opinions, but she doesn't seem to care. She explains.
"I loved the randomness and clumsiness of picking a king. That's why I loved the first season, the guy who actually was king [Robert Baratheon], didn't want to be king, so we already got a lesson in the beginning: 'Why are you striving for that sort of power when, obviously, it doesn't make you happy?'"
When it comes down to it, there's no way Game of Thrones showrunners D.B. Weiss and David Benioff were going to be able to please everybody. They ran out of source material from George R.R. Martin years prior and had to resort to ideas from the author scribbled on napkins. Carice van Houten believes the show ended differently from what a lot of people expected, which is where the trouble started. She explains.
"The fact that some people were so disappointed is because everything before that was so good. You've had such great times and then yeah, you're going to be disappointed because it's not going to go exactly how you anticipated. Of course, you're going to have all sorts of criticisms and I just thought it was a sign of how good the show was."
After HBO aired the last Game of Thrones episode, fans went nuclear on social media. As is the case with just about everything these days, a petition was started in order to get HBO to fire David Benioff and D.B. Weiss to have someone else take over a redo the final season. Obviously, that isn't going to happen, but the petition was signed over 1.8 million times. Carice van Houten though the petition was a bit much. She it's, "Beyond fandom. That's extremism. That's scary. Knowing the writers and knowing how f***ing great they are, they don't deserve that."
Even a year after Game of Thrones called it quits, fans are still angry about the way it all came to an end. However, 2020 has provided a lot of people with a decent amount of free time to think about things like their favorite TV shows to hate. As of this writing, there are still people signing the original petition. Carice van Houten just thinks it's completely unnecessary. The interview with van Houten was originally conducted by Insider.