Fans who expressed disappointment with the final season of “Game of Thrones” have finally heard back from HBO, and the pay-cable channel’s answer is, essentially, deal with it.
CNN reports that even though the season was a ratings juggernaut and helped push HBO to a record number of Emmy nominations, the season — and in particular the series finale — received poor reviews from critics as well as viewers.
Casey Bloys, head of programming for HBO, addressed the situation Wednesday at HBO’s Television Critics Association summer press day.
“There are very few downsides to having a hugely popular show and one I can think of is that many people have big opinions on how it should end and how they should see any characters’ stories come through,” Bloys said.
Bloys added that, even after petitions were circulated insisting on a re-shoot of the finale, HBO won’t be doing one. He noted that he “can’t imagine any other network would” either.
CNN adds: “In response to whether the criticism has changed how HBO will approach its planned prequel to the medieval-style fantasy series, Bloys said, ‘It has not at all.'”