The actor who made Jon Snow an indelible piece of pop culture history admits to feeling “quite defiant” in the face of relentless fan backlash about the HBO hit’s final season.
RECAP: Game of Thrones finale
“Whatever critic spends half an hour writing about this season and makes their judgment on it, in my head they can go f**k themselves,” he told Esquire.
“Because I know how much work was put into this.”
He went on to apologise (“I don’t mean to sound mean about critics”) but said the show meant far too much to him to let it be dragged mercilessly.
“A lot of jobs, everyone goes back to their apartments at the end of the day. They have their lives, and they have their families, and they have their girlfriends or boyfriends back home,” Harington said. “I think part of what made (GoT) successful was the fact that we got on like a family. Everyone who came in was welcomed into the family.”
Alas, the backlash burns on.
Before the season eight finale had even aired, disgruntled fans were already calling for a do-over. More than 1.2 million keyboard warriors have “signed” a Change.org petition demanding a remake of the last season.
“David Benioff and D.B. Weiss have proven themselves to be woefully incompetent writers when they have no source material (i.e. the books) to fall back on,” rages petition launcher Dylan D., of Fort Worth, Texas. “This series deserves a final season that makes sense. Subvert my expectations and make it happen, HBO!”
Benioff and Weiss are taking quite the digital drubbing over what diehard fans consider a lazy last effort. The backlash started brewing with complaints about the too-dark-to-see Battle of Winterfell and gained steam right up until “Coffeegate” — when a Starbucks-like coffee cup was accidentally left in a scene.
The digital dragging reached its boiling point when a promo image in which Jaime Lannister’s (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau) severed right hand appeared to have miraculously grown back leaked online — and outraged viewers went in hard.
“Jaime’s hand magically healed in Episode 5,” one fan groused in a since-deleted tweet. “As if we needed any more proof D & D simply stopped caring about GoT a long time ago.”
Viewers who felt the finale didn’t deliver can always look forward to the first of four prequel spin-offs in the works at HBO.
The new series reportedly is filming in Belfast under the working title “Bloodmoon”.
This story originally appeared on the NY Post and was reproduced with permission