'Game Of Thrones' Showrunners Admit To Being 'Inexperienced', And Fans Have Major Thoughts
In a recent panel at the Austin Film Festival, 'Game of Thrones' series creators DB Weiss and David Benioff held a Q&A where they admitted to being hugely inexperienced for the job.
Those that were in the audience of the session live-tweeted some of Weiss and Benioff's responses, which has enraged fans and critics of HBO's landmark series.
According to one Twitter account, @ForArya, who live-tweeted a bulk of the session, the showrunners claimed that they were so inexperienced during the production of the series that they called it 'an expensive film school'.
When they were quizzed as to why they wrote episodes themselves by the moderator, they responded, "Because we didn't know better".
Additionally, the men revealed that just months before the pilot aired, episodes were coming in at under 40 minutes -- so they filmed additional scenes to pad out runtimes. They also admitted to not listening to feedback from fans as the series progressed.
While the series broke viewership records for HBO in its eighth and final season, critically the show was panned -- with the final few episodes being torn apart by fans who began circulating petitions to have the season remade with "competent writers".
A change.org petition gained so much momentum calling for Weiss and Benioff to be replaced that the president of HBO was repeatedly asked about it. The cast of the series slammed the petitions, calling it 'disrespectful', 'ridiculous' and 'insulting'.
Despite the fan backlash of the final season, the series was nominated for a whopping 160 Emmy Awards -- with a record-breaking 32 nominations for the final season alone. Across the entire series, 'Game of Thrones' took home 59 Emmy awards.
Following the Q&A, more outrage has sparked online with Benioff and Weiss basically admitting they did not deserve the job -- but that they also acted as gatekeepers, preventing others (especially women and people of colour) with more experience from being part of the production.
Admitting their pilot was full of "basic writing mistakes" and saying that they weren't even sure why series creator George R.R. Martin had trusted them with the adaptation because of their lack of experiences, Benioff and Weiss are being criticised for their shocking candour.
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