Game Of Thrones' Jacob Anderson Admits Mixed Reaction To Show's Ending Was 'A Shame'

Grey Worm's character arc was one of many to take swift and unexpected turns in season 8.

Game Of Thrones star Jacob Anderson said the mixed reaction to the show’s ending was a “shame”.

The hugely popular fantasy epic finished its eight-season run in May but many fans were left disappointed and an online petition calling for the final season to be remade with “competent writers” soon attracted more than 1.6 million signatures.

Jacob Anderson
Jacob Anderson
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Jacob, who played warrior Grey Worm, has addressed the reaction, stating that the popularity of the show made it “impossible” to please everyone.

Speaking at the MTV Movie & TV Awards in Santa Monica, he told the Press Association: “I feel like not everybody is going to love everything. There’s no way to make everybody happy.

“It’s a shame when people say something is good or bad with complete resolve anyway, it’s subjective.

“Storytelling is subjective. It’s fine if people don’t like it, some other people did.”

Asked if it would have been “impossible” for writers David Benioff and DB Weiss to produce an ending which satisfied the fanbase, Jacob said: “Yes, completely. I think the boys ended it how they wanted to end it.”

Jacob as Grey Worm
Jacob as Grey Worm
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Grey Worm’s character arc took a number of quick and unexpected turns in the final episodes as he became a villain and ended up on the wrong side of Thrones’ history, going up against Jon Snow.

But Jacob has said he was pleased with how the character turned out.

He explained: “Grey Worm just turned into a jerk at the last minute, he turned into the villain. I kind of enjoyed it, that’s fun.

“It was quite fun to play though that scene where I had to stare everybody down, that kind of trial, was a nightmare because we’re all bad at keeping straight faces.

“I’m probably the worst, so having to look into Joe Dempsie’s (Gendry) eyes and not die laughing was really difficult.”

While Game Of Thrones is finished for good, a number of spin-off shows are in the works with one currently being filmed.

Author George RR Martin has revealed that he’s working on numerous other Westeros-related projects, while also penning the last two novels in the Fire And Ice series.


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