It’s 2023, and we’re still in our feelings every time the subject of the last season of Game of Thrones is brought up. And when we say feelings, we don’t exactly mean good feelings. So yeah, Conleth Hill saying that “the last couple of seasons weren’t his favorite” feels both like duh and like validation. Because the last two seasons were hot garbage and it’s good that even the actors are getting to a point where they can admit that.
Hill, however, went beyond just saying the seasons were bad — which they were, he provided a little bit of an explanation as to why they were. And though we kinda knew it all before, it’s still kinda good to know know.
Nothing is going to give us back the time we invested, make Jon’s ending make sense, Bran’s turn as King anything but nonsensical or make Daenerys’ turn earned, but at least we now know for sure that the problem was indeed that HBO and showrunners David Benioff and D.B. Weiss were very much in disagreement about where the season should go. Which is how we ended up with …that.
Maybe they flipped a coin?
“I think the writers wanted to do one thing to end it and the studio HBO wanted to do another. I felt that last [season] was a bit rushed. I was inconsolable, but now I’m fine about it.” Hill said in the interview.
He’s being kinda nice about it still, because kinda rushed isn’t the word we would use. And we’re all kinda fine about it, because we’re adults and have moved on, but in some ways, we will always look back at what could have been and mourn.
So yeah, Game of Thrones Seasons 7 and 8 sucked. Everyone knows it. The end.