Now that Game of Thrones has finally finished, many fans are being very vocal about their perception on whether the finale for the show was good or not. HBO's boss has responded to this controversy, and its a quite level headed response.
In a recent interview with Deadline, HBO's programming president, Casey Bloys was asked if he was surprised with the fan reaction or was this something he expected. His response was "No. To tell you the truth, for a show this big and this sprawling and for a show that has this passionate a fan base, I don't think there is any way that all fans would've been happy. I think based on online reaction, which you do have to take with a grain of salt, it does seem split and I think that's about right - some people are going to love it, some people are going to hate it. But the point is, everybody is feeling really passionate about it."
He continued and said "I think everybody had hopes for where the characters might go or should go. But Dan and David have had a plan for how they wanted the show to go for a long time, and they did it the way they thought fit as creators. I think they did a spectacular job. They landed a big plane, which was not easy. You are never going to keep everybody happy, but I don't think that's what they were trying to do."
Despite what Bloys says, many fans are still going to stick to their guns in saying that this season of Game of Thrones was by far the worst one yet. This accusation is mainly derived from the fact that the writers of the show were not going off the books written by George R.R Martin. The reason for the show writers not using the books as a reference was due to the final book in the series not being finished yet. To counter this point and provide a more non-bias perspective, Martin was still heavily involved within the writing of 8th season, this is still not enough for some fans.