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Hated 'Game of Thrones' Season 8? So Did These 'Thrones' Stars


It's always a bummer when something you've devoted years of your life to doesn't turn out quit the way you'd hoped. Of course this is true for things that actually matter like marriages and friendships, but as a significant portion of the Game of Thrones fanbase can attest, it's also relevant to the final season of the hit HBO fantasy epic.

But if you think you were unhappy with how Season 8 went as a viewer, just imagine how you'd feel if you were an actor who devoted a decade of your career to that story? They didn't just invest in the characters' storylines — they actually physically portrayed them and had no say in how they unfolded.

While some of the players may have been just fine with how things wrapped up, a few of our favorite Westerosi have definitely implied they're right there with fans on this lackluster final season. See all the shade actors like Emilia Clarke and Nikolaj Coster-Waldau have thrown on the way Game of Thrones ended.

1. Ian McElhinney (Ser Barristan Selmy)

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Ian's disappointment goes back a lot further than Season 8. He took exception to the fact that David Benioff and D.B. Weiss killed off his character in Season 5, even though at that point in the books, his character was still alive. At a Q&A, the series creators even admitted that his pleading on behalf of his character only made them want to kill him off more. Seems like a weird way to approach storytelling but OK.