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Game Of Thrones Season 8 Story Decisions & Showrunners Defended By Director-TGN


  • Matt Shakman, who directed 2 episodes of Game of Thrones season 7, defends season 8 and showrunners D.B. Weiss and David Benioff, expressing that they “finished telling the story they intended to tell.”
  • Season 8 of the show is infamously divisive, with viewers taking issue with a number of storytelling decisions.
  • The main source of season 8’s problems is its reduced episode count (and the reduced episode count of season 7), which meant that the show’s many storylines and character arcs ended up feeling compressed.



Game of Thrones season 8 is defended by Matt Shakman, who directed 2 episodes of season 7. Based on the acclaimed fantasy novels by author George R.R. Martin, Game of Thrones first premiered in 2011, with David Benioff and D.B. Weiss serving as showrunners. The show, which was a massive hit for HBO, came to an end in 2019 with season 8, but the final batch of episodes wasn’t particularly well-received by viewers.

Now, in a recent interview with Inverse, Shakman, who is best known for directing most of the episodes of It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia and who serves as one of the directors and executive producers for Monarch: Legacy of Monsters, addresses the divisive Game of Thrones season 8. The filmmaker defends not only the show itself, but also Benioff and Weiss. Check out Shakman’s full comment below:

“I think those guys are brilliant and I think they finished telling the story they intended to tell. I know that it was divisive, but I would never want to say anything about how they could have done something better.”

Why Game Of Thrones Season 8 Was So Controversial

Dany and Jon in Game of Thrones season 8

Steadily gaining steam since its premiere in 2011, Game of Thrones would eventually become one of the most popular shows on television, following a large and diverse group of characters as they battled over control of the Iron Throne of Westeros. The show wasn’t just popular with audiences, with critics also praising the show for its ability to balance so many characters and storylines. This balancing act, however, would take some serious hits in season 7 and, especially, in season 8.

A major source of Game of Thrones season 8 criticism stems from its reduced episode count. While a typical season ran 10 episodes long, season 7 was only 7 episodes long, and season 8 was only 6. This meant that sprawling storylines and character arcs, some of which had been set up back in season 1, were wrapped up far too quickly. The invasion of the White Walkers, for example, which had long been teased as the real threat while various parties battled for the Iron Throne, was essentially wrapped up with a bow in a single episode.

This reduced episode count resulted in the arc for Danaerys Targaryen (Emilia Clarke) feeling especially rushed, with her transformation into the Mad Queen, which included the slaughtering of innocent civilians in King’s Landing, coming on jarringly quickly. There are also specific story decisions in the Game of Thrones series finale that proved divisive, such as Bran becoming King, or the conclusion of Cersei (Lena Headey) and Jaime’s (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau) story, but it’s the compressed nature of the final 2 seasons where most of season 8’s problems truly lie.

Source: Inverse

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