HBO President Responds to 'Game of Thrones' Season 8 Criticism: 'You Can't Please Everybody'
Critics of "Game of Thrones" Season 8 shouldn't expect to find much sympathy from HBO President Casey Bloys. The exec responded to criticism during a recent Variety interview, and he said to "file this under you can't please everybody."
From a viewership standpoint, the final season was a wild success. The "Game of Thrones" series finale set an HBO ratings record. However, many of those fans weren't happy with how the final season played out. A petition calling for a total remake of Season 8 has garnered nearly 1.5 million signatures at the the time of this writing. And yet, Bloys made it clear that he's not worried about the divided response.
"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 told Variety. "It's roughly split with some people loving it and some people disliking it. ... You're never going to make everybody happy, nor should that be the goal."
Bloys commended "Game of Thrones" showrunners David Benioff and D.B. Weiss, saying that they "did a great job." He also defended their decision to only include six episodes in Season 8, noting that they had a "very, very specific plan in their head for a long time."
The HBO head isn't the only one to defend Season 8. Multiple "Game of Thrones" stars have spoken out as well, including Sophie Turner (Sansa Stark), who called the petition "disrespectful" and also chocked people's disappointment up to the show not ending how they wanted it to. We don't think it's fair to discount all fan criticism, but the reaction from people involved with the show is understandable, too. They put a lot of hard work into the season, and we can't imagine it feels good to hear it wasn't good enough.
With the network and actors behind "Game of Thrones" Season 8, the chances of a remake seem to be all but zero. Fans, like the people of the Six Kingdoms, will just have to live with the decisions made by those in power.