As HBO celebrates the Iron Anniversary, one Game of Thrones star has yet to watch the final season since it premiered in the Spring of 2019 to some less-than-stellar reviews.
Michael McElhatton, a.k.a Roose Bolton, spoke to Express recently and said that, although he one day plans to watch the final season, he has put it off in large part to the negative press it received during/after the final season aired on HBO in 2019.
“I didn’t (watch it), you know,” said McElhatton to Express UK. “I always watched them a little bit later, I absolutely loved them, but I wasn’t kind of chomping at the bit to see (the final episodes). And then I guess – I will watch them one day, but it got such negative press, didn’t it? I mean, I just, I was really disappointed. And it’s such a shame. But I will watch it someday. But I haven’t, I’ve seen up to the end of season seven.”
The eighth and final season was the lowest rated of the run which saw HBO and the show reach heights not seen before in television. Showrunners David Benioff and Dan Weiss took the brunt of the criticism as many fans opined that the writing took a turn when the orginal book content no longer existed. The fact that the final two seasons had a three-epsiode reduction each season didn’t help because a complex story felt rushed and incompleted by the time we reached the final episode.
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McElhatton opined that the show really became of victim of its own success. Very rarely do long-running series forsee the right time and way to end the series, something, in hindsight, the Game of Thrones cast and crew wish they would have done.
“Eventually something’s got to give. And in a way, maybe it might have been better to finish at seven seasons. Some series really do suffer from that, you know. They go on way too long and pass their story.”
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