Nikolaj Coster-Waldau was pretty amused by the backlash to the “Game of Thrones” finale.
In an interview with Variety, the actor, who played Jaime Lannister on the show, talked about the reaction to the controversial ending.
“I didn’t follow it at all. [Pauses.] Obviously, I heard about it. I was aware of the petition for a new ending, which I thought was hilarious. I almost wanted to donate to that petition. HBO saying, ‘You’re right, so many people want it, we’re going to do it,'” he said.
“I think everyone had their own opinion. I find the world of fandom really interesting. Everyone wanted something specific and different from what they got. It’s a combination of — you imagine an ending; but also, I think if you’re a hardcore fan, it was really upsetting that it ended,” he continued. “You lived with this for eight seasons. There is still a massive community dedicated to ‘Game of Thrones’. I think there was a real fear that was going to go away. It had to end.”
Asked what he would change about the ending if it were up to him, Coster-Waldau joked, “Oh, how did it end? He was — no, it was fine. It was great. It was fine. How do you end that story? Let’s talk about this in 10 years, then you can talk about it. But now, I think it’s a little too recent.”
Meanwhile, Coster-Waldau’s fellow “GOT” star, Charles Dance, (aka Tywin Lannister) also said that he’d sign a petition to remake the final season of the show.
“I mean, I saw it. I continue to watch the whole series even after I’d been killed off in the lavatory,” he shared in an interview with PopCulture.
“Because I just thought it’s a fantastic television show, you know? I was very lucky to be part of it. I loved it; there were storylines [where] I wanted to know what was going to happen to these people!”
He added, “I know that the finale satisfied a lot of people. It also disappointed a lot of people, and I’m afraid I am in the latter camp.”
Despite praising writers David Benioff and D.B. Weiss for their writing in the earlier seasons, Dance conceded that he didn’t enjoy the “committee” writing that happened towards the end of the show.
“I think David and Dan raised the bar when it came to television screenplay writing,” he said. “They are phenomenal. And for the whole thing to end up as a committee, I just thought, ‘Hmm, no.’ I would say I was somewhat underwhelmed by.”