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Game of Thrones backlash: why do fans hate the ending of the 'rubbish' series - and the writers - so much?

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Emilia Clarke in Game of Thrones

Emilia Clarke in Game of Thrones

Emilia Clarke in Game of Thrones

King’s Landing has been razed to the ground – and with it went any possibility of Game of Thrones pulling out of its late-season plunge into television infamy.

**WARNING: SPOILERS FOR FINALE**

Jaime Lannister’s redemption arc was revealed to be a cheap joke at the audience’s expense in the penultimate episode, The Bells. Daenerys Targaryen was retrofitted as a destructive maniac. Not because that was where the previous 71 hours were leading but because it was where the short-term thinking of show-runners David Benioff and DB Weiss demanded she go. Oh and “Cleganebowl” – can we finally stop calling it that? – had all the dramatic portent of a Star Wars prequel light sabre battle.


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