Charles Dance says he would sign petition to remake ‘disappointing’ Game of Thrones finale

Tywin Lannister actor was ‘underwhelmed’ by final episode

Isobel Lewis
Tuesday 18 August 2020 15:10
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Charles Dance has admitted that he would sign a petition calling for the “underwhelming” final season of Game of Thrones to be remade.

In 2019, the hugely popular fantasy series came to end, with its final season dividing viewers to the extent that a petition was created demanding the show be redone with “competent writers”.

Now Dance, who played Lannister family patriarch Tywin on the first four seasons, has shown his support for the cause, telling “If there was a petition, I would sign it.

“I continued to watch the whole series even after I’d been killed off in the lavatory, because I just thought it’s a fantastic television show, you know,” Dance said.

“There were storylines [where] I wanted to know what was going to happen to these people! I know that the finale satisfied a lot of people. It also disappointed a lot of people, and I’m afraid I am in the latter camp.”

Charles Dance as Tywin Lannister in HBO’s ‘Game of Thrones’

The actor explained that he took the biggest issue with Bran (Isaac Hempstead-Wright) being appointed King of Westeros by the Great Council, adding that he thought writers David Benioff and DB Weiss had done a “phenomenal” job up until that point.

“For the whole thing to end up as a committee, I just thought, ‘Hmm, no,’” he said. “I would say I was somewhat underwhelmed by [that].”

The petition, which states that Game of Thrones “deserves a final season that makes sense”, has currently been signed more than 1.8 million times.

The ending and its backlash are still being discussed a year later, with Jaime Lannister actor Nikolaj Coster-Waldau admitting last week that he had “almost wanted to donate to” the campaign himself.

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“I think everyone had their own opinion,” he said. “I find the world of fandom really interesting. Everyone wanted something specific and different from what they got.

“It’s a combination of – you imagine an ending; but also, I think if you’re a hardcore fan, it was really upsetting that it ended. You lived with this for eight seasons. I think there was a real fear that was going to go away.”

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