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HBO Programming President Praises Writing of Game of Thrones Finale, Says David Benioff and Dan Weiss Did a ‘Great Job’

May 23, 2019 | Posted by Jeffrey Harris
Game of Thrones Series Finale

Variety recently spoke to HBO Programming President Casey Bloys, who praised the series finale for Game of Thrones, along with the work by showrunners and executive producers David Benioff and Dan Weiss. The finale and Season 8 as a whole for the show have been very controversial among fans, with many critiquing some of the storyline decisions. Below are some highlights.

Bloys on the writing of the series finale: “I think the guys did a great job. It’s always sad when a show departs, but that’s part of the TV life cycle, and life moves on. But obviously we’re really proud of the show.”

Bloys on how the Game of Thrones finale was never going to please everybody: “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. It’s roughly split with some people loving it and some people disliking it. That’s about what you’d expect. I think the guys landed a massive plane and did a great job doing it. But you’re never going to make everybody happy, nor should that be the goal.”

Bloys on how the finale was fully planned and thought out: “The guys have had a very, very specific plan in their head for a long time. This was not something that was kind of slapdash, where at the end of last season we said, ‘Eh, we only feel like doing six.’ They were very, very deliberate. This was well thought out.”

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