The new Queen of the North is not a fan of the recent online petitions created after the rushed final season of Game of Thrones. Speaking to the New York Times following the Season 8 finale, "The Iron Throne," Sophie Turner blasted the fan outcry that's been running amuck on the internet for the past few weeks, going so far as to call them "disrespectful." Honestly, she has a point.
"I'm not surprised. People always have an idea in their heads of how they want a show to finish, and so when it doesn't go to their liking, they start to speak up about it and rebel," She explained to the NYT. "All of these petitions and things like that — I think it's disrespectful to the crew, and the writers, and the filmmakers who have worked tirelessly over 10 years, and for 11 months shooting the last season. Like 50-something night shoots. So many people worked so, so hard on it, and for people to just rubbish it because it's not what they want to see is just disrespectful."
Turner is not the first Game of Thrones cast member to address the fact that viewers haven't been pleased.
In the week leading up to the finale Jacob Anderson, who plays Grey Worm, called the backlash petitions "rude," explaining, "I was there, and the crew in particular on our show are like the hardest-working group of people I've ever met or ever had the pleasure to work with, and I think to kind of trivialize their work in that way, I find it kind of sad. Less so for us because we just get to fight people and look cool."
New King of Westeros and the Six Kingdoms, Isaac Hempstead Wright, has also gone on the record to defend the show while slamming the online petitions, telling The Hollywood Reporter, "It's just absurd. I can't even fathom it. It's just ridiculous. It's ridiculous that people think they can just demand a different ending because they don't like it."
However, unlike Grey Worm and Bran, fans have also been up in arms over Sansa's storyline throughout Season 8 and how it appeared that she was attributing her character growth to her past abusers. Turner would also like to clear the air around that, explaining that her dialogue in-episode was taken out of context.
"It was that she was strong in spite of all of the horrific things that she's gone through, not because of them," the actress said. "She's had resilience since the very beginning, and despite all of these awful things that happened to her, she's kept that resilience. Sansa to the core is resilient and brave and strong, and that had nothing to do with her abusers."
So if you're thinking about starting any more petitions about Sansa and the Game of Thrones finale, best keep that to yourself for now.
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