Charles Dance – Tywin Lannister himself – has said that he'd sign a petition calling for the divisive final season of Game of Thrones to be remade.
The veteran British thespian, who dazzled as the brutal patriarch of House Lannister, admitted that while he loved the show, the way season eight rounded out was a disappointment.
“Well if there was a petition, I would sign it,” he said in an interview with Popculture.
Some spoilers follow for those who are yet to watch the series...
“I mean, I saw [the finale]. I continue to watch the whole series even after I'd been killed off in the lavatory,” he went on. “Because I just thought it's a fantastic television show, you know? I was very lucky to be part of it.
“I loved it; 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."
That said, he did praise the show's creators, D.B. Weiss and David Benioff.
“I think David and Dan raised the bar when it came to television screenplay writing. They are phenomenal. And for the whole thing to end up as a committee, I just thought, 'Hmm, no.' I would say I was somewhat underwhelmed by,” he added.
There is indeed still a petition, which was created soon after the finale of season eight aired, branding Benioff and Weiss 'woefully incompetent' and still gathering signatures – as of now it has a massive 1.8 million of them.
Dance joins Danish actor Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, his on-screen son, in recent remarks on the whole petition furore.
Speaking in an interview with Variety, he said he was tempted to sign it himself too.
“I heard about it. I was aware of the petition for a new ending, which I thought was hilarious. I almost wanted to donate to that petition. HBO saying, 'You're right, so many people want it, we're going to do it.' 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.
“There is still a massive community dedicated to Game of Thrones. I think there was a real fear that was going to go away. It had to end.”
A prequel series, House of the Dragon, which is set 300 years before Game of Thrones, is currently in pre-production.