It’s not exactly a secret that viewers were extremely let down by the Game of Thrones series finale. Fans of the show quickly took to social media to roast the ending as if they were one of Daenerys Targaryen’s dragons spitting fire on King’s Landing.
Phrases like, “I’ve wasted [eight] years for this ending” and “trash finale” flooded Twitter. And some people still aren’t over it, even though it’s been quite a while since the show ended in May 2019.
With that, fans have found themselves wondering whether a Game of Thrones sequel will ever happen. But based on comments from HBO programming president Casey Bloys, they probably shouldn’t count on one.
A ‘Game of Thrones’ sequel is not an option at HBO
Despite the criticism, Bloys is happy with the way the show ultimately unfolded and, therefore, isn’t planning on creating a spin-off.
“I don’t want to take characters from this world that they did beautifully and put them off into another world with someone else creating it,” he told The Hollywood Reporter. “I want to let it be the artistic piece they’ve got.”
Bloys added that he doesn’t want to do “the same show over” and would rather focus on creating something more distinct. “That’s probably one of the reasons why, right now, a sequel or picking up any of the other characters doesn’t make sense for us.” he continued.
Why do people hate the ‘Game of Thrones’ finale?
Lots of reasons, TBH. Fans of the show have called the finale disappointing, anticlimactic, and rushed. But it ultimately appears that viewers are upset with how some storylines turned out.
There are at least three storylines viewers aren’t happy with. For starters, Daenerys’ turned into a mass murderer almost out of nowhere, which blindsided viewers.
Then there’s Bran, who — of all people — became the new king of Westeros.
And then there’s Cersei Lannister, arguably the “villain” of the show, who died after being crushed by rocks. Yep — instead of having her die at the hands of one of her many rivals, writers decided that Lannister should be killed by rubble. Really?
What have the ‘Game of Thrones’ actors said about the finale?
Charles Dance, who starred as Tywin Lannister, seemingly isn’t a fan of the series finale. “I was confused,” he told Good Morning Britain. Dance added, “[I] got to the very end and I thought, ‘Hmmm, okay…’”
Lena Headey, who played Cersei Lannister, wishes she died another way. “I will say I wanted a better death,” Headey told The Guardian. “Obviously you dream of your death. You could go in any way on that show. So I was kind of gutted.”
Maisie Williams told Entertainment Weekly she wishes her character, Arya Stark, got to fulfill her wish of killing Cersei. “I wanted Arya to kill Cersei even if it means [Arya] dies too,” she told the outlet.
But don’t rule out future ‘Game of Thrones’ projects
So a Game of Thrones sequel might not be happening, but some prequels are reportedly in the works. Bloys told The Hollywood Reporter that three are in the works. Two are in development and the pilot for the third will film in June.
Well, hey — that’s better than nothing.