Game of Thrones cast is as disappointed with season 8 as you are and they are saying it openly
Like clockwork, a Game of Thrones cast member has publicly expressed their frustration with the final season immediately after a major turning point for their character. Conleth Hill, who played Lord Varys in the hit HBO show, has said that ‘the last couple seasons weren’t my favourite’.
Hill joins the likes of Lena Headey, Gwendoline Christie and several other actors who have, to varying degrees, agreed with fans that the final season of the show hasn’t lived up to expectations. Although season eight has received the highest ratings in the show’s history, it is also the worst-reviewed of the lot, with an aggregate score of 75% on Rotten Tomatoes. Episode five, The Bells, achieved the unenviable distinction of being the worst reviewed chapter in the show’s history.
Varys and Euron Greyjoy were killed in The Bells, and although Hill and Pilou Asbaek (who played Euron in the show) have said that their overall takeaway has been positive, they can’t help but feel that the final season has been a missed opportunity. Asked if he feels his character has been reduced to the sidelines in recent seasons, Hill told Entertainment Weekly, “That’s been my feeling the last couple seasons, that my character became more peripheral, that they concentrated on others more. That’s fine. It’s the nature of a multi-character show. It was kind of frustrating. As a whole, it’s been overwhelmingly positive and brilliant, but I suppose the last couple seasons weren’t my favourite.”
He said he felt Varys was ‘losing his knowledge’ in the last few seasons. “If he was such an intelligent man and he had such resources, how come he didn’t know about things? That added to my dismay. It’s now being rectified with getting a great and noble ending. But that was frustrating for a couple seasons.”
Euron, who dies at the hands of Jaime Lannister in episode five, had killed Daenerys Targaryen’s dragon Rhaegal in the previous episode. Asbaek told IndieWire that fans could have seen another side to Euron. “I wish we could’ve seen — not the seducing side, not the ‘I want to f–k the queen’ side — but something different. Maybe something [darker], more mysterious. It would have been fun to see that side because it’s closer to the books.”
Gwendoline Christie, who plays Brienne in GoT, expressed similar concerns after episode two, in which Brienne was knighted. Christie had said she was so dismayed by showrunners David Benioff and DB Weiss’ decision to send Brienne down a romantic road with Jaime, that she had to take a walk after she read it. “I know it’s just a character and I’m an actor who’s lucky to do her job. It’s so heartbreaking. But it’s life isn’t it? Life is heartbreaking. I never assumed they would be together. I didn’t think that would happen. And now I can feel a million hearts breaking,” she told EW.
Christie wasn’t the only one not on the same page with David and Dan (or D&D as they’re now being called online). Lena Headey has said that she wasn’t at all in favour of Cersei Lannister agreeing to sleep with Euron in episode one. “I kept saying, ‘She wouldn’t, she wouldn’t, that she would keep fighting,’ but (David and Dan) obviously know what they’re doing and were adamant Cersei would do what she had to do.”
Headey also told EW that her reaction to Cersei’s final scene ‘was mixed at first’. “I wanted her to have some big piece or fight with somebody,” she said.
Reacting to how her character was killed off, Nathalie Emmanuel, who played Missandei in the show, told EW, “The one thing I would say is I really had wished that I had more time or scenes this season maybe with Daenerys or even with Cersei, scenes where we get to see her being brilliant before she dies.”
Emilia Clarke, who plays Daenerys, the character who has perhaps witnessed the most drastic change in the final season, told Vanity Fair in an interview that the ending ‘f**cked me up.” She said that “Knowing that is going to be a lasting flavour in someone’s mouth of what Daenerys is…” she couldn’t finish her thought. Episode five confirmed many fans were expecting, and showed Daenerys’ transformation into the Mad Queen.
Jon Snow actor Kit Harington called the season “disappointing” only to backtrack, half-heartedly calling it, “Epic, I dunno.”
Game of Thrones will return for its series finale on Monday, May 20, amid intense fan expectations and scrutiny.
Ranbir Kapoor and Alia Bhatt’s Dream Home Set to be Ready by December 2023: Reports
According to reports, Ranbir and Alia are planning to move into their new house either by December 2023 or January 2024, as the interior work has already begun. Etimes reports that a new boundary wall will be added soon and both Neetu and Alia have been visiting the site frequently to oversee the progress.
The bungalow, which was purchased by Rishi Kapoor and Neetu Kapoor in 1980, was intended to be converted into a high-rise building named after Rishi’s parents, KrishnaRaj. However, the work was delayed due to sanctions, and now the Kapoor family is expected to move into their dream home soon. The new house is said to have a pool, an office floor, and separate floors for Neetu Kapoor and RK-Alia.
The Elephant Whisperer: The Heartwarming Story of a Couple and Their Orphaned Elephant!
In a world where we are often disconnected from nature and the creatures that inhabit it, “The Elephant Whisperers” brings us closer to the heart of one of the most intelligent and majestic animals on earth – the elephant. This documentary, which won the Oscar for Best Documentary in 2023, follows the story of Bomman and Belli, an indigenous couple who become the surrogate parents to an orphaned baby elephant named Raghu.
Set in the breathtakingly beautiful Mudumalai National Park in Tamil Nadu, India, the film takes us on a journey through the wilderness, showing us the natural beauty of the location and the life of the tribal people who live in harmony with nature. From the very beginning, we are captivated by the bond that develops between Bomman, Belli, and Raghu.
When Raghu is first found by the couple, he is a fragile, injured infant who is barely clinging to life. Bomman and Belli take on the responsibility of caring for him, nursing him back to health with love, patience, and a deep understanding of his needs. As the weeks go by, Raghu thrives under their care, becoming a healthy and mischievous juvenile who delights into playing with his human parents and exploring the forest around them.
The film captures the incredible intelligence and emotional depth of elephants, showing us how Raghu communicates with Bomman and Belli through a range of sounds and body language. We see how the couple responds to his needs, anticipating his every move and showering him with love and attention. The bond between them is truly heartwarming, and we can’t help but be moved by the way they care for Raghu.
But “The Elephant Whisperers” is more than just a story of a couple and their pet elephant. It is a celebration of the beauty and richness of the natural world, and a reminder of our duty to protect and preserve it. Through stunning cinematography and insightful commentary, the film shows us the interconnectedness of all life and the importance of living in harmony with the world around us.
The film also raises important questions about the conservation of elephants in India and the threats they face from habitat loss, poaching, and human-elephant conflict. It is a call to action for all of us to take responsibility for the welfare of these magnificent creatures and to work towards a future where they can thrive in their natural habitats.
“The Elephant Whisperers” is a film that will stay with you long after the credits have rolled. It is a powerful reminder of the beauty and fragility of the natural world, and of the incredible capacity for love and compassion that exists within us all. If you haven’t seen it yet, do yourself a favor and watch this incredible documentary – you won’t regret it!
Birthday Special: Take a look at Top 10 melodious tracks of KK
Krishnakumar Kunnath, famously known as KK, was among the best artists in the country. On May 31, the brilliant vocalist died following a cardiac arrest at his show in Kolkata. He was gifted with a disorderly yet smooth voice that will be recalled by his fans for a long time to come. On the event of his 54th birthday, have a look at his best 10 heartwarming tracks. <3
1. Aankhon Mein Teri Ajab Si.
2. Yaaro Dosti.
3. Tadap Tadap Ke.
4. Tu Aashiqui Hai.
5. Tu Hi Meri Shab Hai.
6. Khuda Jaane.
7. Zara Sa.
8. Dil Kyu Yeh Mera.
9. Hai Junoon.
10. Pyaar Ke Pal.
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