So, one of the biggest blockbuster TV series of the 21st century just aired its final episode, and the amount of mixed reaction it got was simply preposterous. There was a LOT of hardcore Game of Thrones fans that were clearly frustrated and disappointed by the way the saga ended.
You know you must have done something wrong when 2 million fans write a petition asking you to redo the entire season altogether. One of those controversial scenes in the final episode was when Arya launches out from underneath a heap of dead bodies and drives a hole right through the Night King’s Cold heart.
Fans have been particularly furious about that scene, asking why there was no build-up to how she got there, to begin with. The director of the final episode of Game of Thrones has finally revealed why.
Miguel Sapochnik, who directed The Long Night episode in his interview told the Hollywood Reporter that the decision was taken to maintain a balance between wish-fulfillment versus Credibility.
After all, one of the eminent components that caught the Night king off-guard was Arya’s sudden appearance out of nowhere. Sapochnik also went on to reveal that at one point they did consider showing the entire sequence of Arya fighting her way through the Weirwood forest. However, they realized she has already done that in the previous episodes, so it felt like a redo of what the fans had already witnessed.
He further justifies the scene by saying that the ultimate surprise element was all that mattered. (Spoiler alert!) He says “What mattered was setting up that moment when the Night King catches Arya mid-air, and we think she’s done for, but she pulls her knife switch and stabs his cold heart.”
The final episode of the Game of Thrones was far from perfect. At least that’s what the fans thought. From not having the fan-favorite Jon Snow kill the Night King (which was more than expected) to the episode’s dark lighting, fans continue to be salty about it.
Source: The Hollywood Reporter