It’s no secret that the final season of HBO’s Game of Thrones was rushed; all the key indicators of a “let’s get this over with” attitude was present, from forgotten Starbucks cups on the set to a somewhat dissatisfying ending of one of the best television shows ever made. Actor Conleth Hill, who portrayed Varys in the series, recently opened up and discussed his frustration with the show’s final two seasons.
Conleth Hill played Varys on Game of Thrones and now, years later, is still upset over the rushed nature of the show’s final two seasons.
According to ComicBook.com, the final two seasons of Game of Thrones, a series previously known for taking its time, felt rushed to many viewers—because they were. And fans weren’t the only ones who felt that the narrative was speeding through the plot points at a rapid rate. Conleth Hill, who portrayed Lord Varys since the beginning of the series, also expressed that the cast members thought the series was being rushed towards its ending as well. Hill also stated that the sudden rush might’ve stemmed from creative differences between the writers and the studio.
Conleth Hill thinks Game of Thrones simplied his complex character in the final seasons, removing the nuance and cunning that fans fell in love with.
Whatever the case, the fact remains that the ending seasons of Game of Thrones feel a bit rushed, and Hill also shared that the rush to get things over with brought some unfortunate changes to his character, whose role shifted from all-knowing and strategic character to a less nuanced and more simplified portrayal. This was one of the changes that were highly criticized by the fans of the series and the source material, so it’s entirely possible that the creative differences behind the scenes might’ve caused the series to end the way it did.
It’s rather peculiar, to be honest, considering the overwhelming success of the Game of Thrones series and the fact that HBO could’ve kept making the show for years to come until its timely ending. This seems like the most logical course of action for the company owned by Warner Bros., which is a known reactionary player in the entertainment industry—the one that likes to cash in on known, working recipes. So, what exactly pushed the writers or the studio to end the series earlier remains unknown for the time being.
Despite the controversial ending, Game of Thrones lives on with the successful prequel, House of the Dragon, currently filming its second season.
And while the fans and the stars aren’t happy with how Game of Thrones as a mainline series has ended, the franchise doesn’t show signs of slowing down anytime soon, especially with the House of the Dragon, an acclaimed prequel series, currently in production on its second season. Rumors suggest that the series’ star, Matt Smith, was offered a role in the upcoming Fantastic Four movie, where he would allegedly portray Reese Richards, but subsequent reports suggest that he wasn’t cast. A conflicting schedule, perhaps?
Whatever the case might be, HBO has more plans for the Game of Thrones franchise, mostly tied to numerous other spinoffs the company has planned, including a series dedicated to Jon Snow and several other projects. It would seem that the rush ending of the mainline Game of Thrones show did little to impact the overall velocity of the franchise as a whole, and the fandom can look forward to future releases as well. We can just hope that they won’t be as rushed as the main series.