HBO Boss Praises 'Game of Thrones' Final Season Amid Backlash

The network's programming chief Casey Bloys shares in a new interview that criticism is unavoidable, saying, 'There's no way you're going to please everybody.'

AceShowbiz - While some fans and critics are expressing their disappointment in the eighth and final season of "Game of Thrones", HBO's programming chief has nothing but good words for the hit fantasy show.

"I think the guys did a great job," Casey Bloys told Variety of the final season of the series adaptation of George R.R. Martin's novels. "It's always sad when a show departs, but that's part of the TV life cycle, and life moves on. But obviously we’re really proud of the show."

Bloys added that criticism was unavoidable, saying, "I think to a certain extent it was expected that for a show this big, there's no way you're going to please everybody." He continued, "It's roughly split with some people loving it and some people disliking it. That's about what you'd expect. I think the guys landed a massive plane and did a great job doing it. But you're never going to make everybody happy, nor should that be the goal."

"File this under you can't please everybody," he went on saying. "The guys have had a very, very specific plan in their head for a long time. This was not something that was kind of slapdash, where at the end of last season we said, 'Eh, we only feel like doing six.' They were very, very deliberate. This was well thought out."

Fans recently launched an online petition, which had garnered over 500,000 signatures, demanding a remake for the 6-part final season. Sophie Turner, who plays Sansa Stark on the series, however, slammed fans who were urging HBO bosses to remake the final season of "Game of Thrones", calling their online campaign "disrespectful."

"All of these petitions and things like that, I think it's disrespectful to the crew, and the writers, and the filmmakers who have worked tirelessly over 10 years, and for 11 months shooting the last season," she told The New York Times.

"(We had), like, 50-something night shoots. So many people worked so, so hard on it, and for people to just rubbish it because it's not what they want to see is just disrespectful," she added. Of her character's final role as the Queen of the North, Sophie said, "I loved it. It's the only place that she really, truly feels safe. It's the place that she's the most capable of ruling. She would be a fair and loving ruler, and it's what she's been striving for this whole series: to go back home, to protect her home. And finally she has that."

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