Rick and Morty creators Dan Harmon and Justin Roiland have weighed in on Game of Thrones season 8. Unlike a great many vocal fans online, they actually loved the way the show wrapped up. Harmon, for his part, doesn't quite see what fans are so upset about and thinks that, perhaps, they expect too much.
Why does it matter what the Rick and Morty guys think of the Game of Thrones finale? In a way, it doesn't. But GoT Creators David Benioff and D.B. Weiss were amongst the first people to come out in support of Harmon and Roiland's now-beloved animated comedy. They even did a commentary track for the Pickle Rick episode. So there's something of a fondness there between the two duos. Dan Harmon had this to say when asked about the fantasy series' ending in a recent interview.
"I was afraid to watch it for a while because I didn't want it to end. I wanted to keep this soap opera in my life. But I knew it had to end, and I was as satisfied as I possibly could be watching a staple in my life wrap up and all of the characters taking each other out. As a showrunner, I was amazed at the amount they were able to accomplish, especially given the meta-reality of having run out of books to adapt. Watching The Hound fight The Mountain on the stairs, I was like, 'This is all great, man.' I was aware of the disappointment factor with [Daenerys Targaryen's] dark turn. I'm not going to say fans are too cynical and ungrateful, but I guess I did just say that."
Dan Harmon isn't the type who is afraid to speak his mind. So, calling fans cynical and/or ungrateful isn't exactly out of character for him. Justin Roiland didn't go so far as to point the finger at fans and their expectations (which were, understandably, high). Though, he did echo the feeling that he was happy with the way things wrapped up, only expressing that he wanted it to keep going for selfish reasons.
"I echo all of Dan's sentiments about the show. Structurally, I think it was great. I just selfishly wanted more episodes. I wanted to get to those plot points at a slower pace. I didn't want it to end either. I wished it was stepped out over three more seasons, or three or four more episodes. There's not going to be another show that big. I shouldn't say that because there's always something potentially looming around the corner. But that show was a phenomenon. It was insanely big. Everybody was watching it. And I love [GoT showrunners David Benioff and Dan Weiss], they're f****** awesome guys."
Few things in the history of TV have ever been as hyped up as the final season of Game of Thrones. Yet, by the time the finale rolled around, many viewers weren't exactly happy with the direction Benioff and Weiss had gone with it. And the finale itself has been subject to a great deal of scrutiny.
As for Rick and Morty, the Adult Swim animated hit is finally returning for a fourth season this November, after a two-year break. Dan Harmon and Justin Roiland signed a massive 70-episode renewal last year, which will ensure the series stays on the air for years to come, even if it takes a long time for new episodes to actually make it to air. This news comes to us via Entertainment Weekly.