The cast of Game of Thrones was asked about the controversy surrounding the conclusion of the show at the 71st Emmy Awards and Kit Harington said that the show had the right ending, even though he still hasn't seen it yet. Game of Thrones won two awards at the Emmys, even though it was nominated in 32 categories, with the final season taking the Outstanding Drama award and Peter Dinklage winning the Outstanding Supporting Actor In A Drama Series award.
The final season of Game of Thrones has been harshly criticized by fans since it was first broadcast earlier this year, which has included celebrities like NFL star Aaron Rodgers criticizing the ending online. The creators of the show have mostly stayed out of the public eye since the final episode was broadcast, which has left the actors with the task of defending the final season on social media and during public appearances. The actors of Game of Thrones have defended the ending, even if some of them seemed less than enthusiastic about the final season during promotional appearances before it was aired.
Last night, Kit Harington attended the 71st Emmy Awards, as he was nominated for the Outstanding Lead Actor In A Drama Series category, which he lost to Billy Porter for his role in Pose. The cast of Game of Thrones was questioned by the press about the controversial ending to the show and the backlash from the fans. According to Deadline, Kit Harington answered the question for the group and defended the ending of Game of Thrones.
“Controversy. I still haven’t seen the show, so that’s how I dealt with that controversy. I haven’t seen the final season, but I know what it took to shoot it and it was hard, and everyone put their love and effort into it. Controversy for us — we knew what we were doing was right story-wise and we knew that it was right for the characters because we lived with them for ten years. Controversy for us — didn’t really effect us."
There is no denying that a lot of dedication and hard work went into shooting the final season of Game of Thrones, especially with episodes like "The Long Night" involving massive battles that were shot at nighttime. The point is whether that hard work paid off in terms of telling a story and leaving the fans satisfied. George R.R. Martin thought the show should continue, which was a sentiment expressed by the fans, as the storyline of the final season felt rushed, with many of the big twists (including Daenery's omnicidal heel turn) coming out of left field.
It's natural that Kit Harington would want to defend the show that has defined his career up to this point, which is also true for all of the actors who were with Game of Thrones from the start. The backlash against the ending of Game of Thrones was incredibly harsh and it can't have been easy for anyone involved with the production to deal with the fallout against decisions that they had no part in making, so it's understandable that they would want to defend the final season, even if they haven't seen it yet.