Look for 8 years these guys have gotten nothing but love and affection for all the great work they've done adapting George's work, and doing a hell of a job of it. I've praised them for 8 years because they deserved it, and gave us something really special. A fantastic show, with beautiful scenery, great cinematography, quality scripts, and fantastic actors. Season 7 was my least favorite, the year GOT started to go Hollywood on us, but still enjoyable.
But I'm sorry they deserve blame for the trainwreck that is Season 8. I'm of the belief that you have to take the good with the bad in life, especially with the arts. For 8 years they've gotten nothing but praise, and love. They dropped the ball big time, and they deserve the criticism. It's not even what they're doing, it's how they're doing it. Had their execution been better, and not rushed, we probably wouldn't be having this conversation right now.
They've had two years to end this thing, and this is the best they could do. You said it yourself they've worked hard as hell for 8 years and truth be told, they're burnt out. HBO told them to take 10 episodes instead of 6, or even take another Season, but they declined (so that's on D and D). Regardless of how terrible this ending is, the show is still going down in my top 5. Now to be fair, are some fans going above and beyond, absolutely. But to say they deserve more appreciation, I think they've gotten enough (hell they got a Star Wars movie out of it).
Look for 8 years these guys have gotten nothing but love and affection for all the great work they've done adapting George's work
The problem is that all that great work never existed. They had great novels easy to adapt, good directors, amazing actors and good CGI. They were just picking the best lines from the novels and piping them to directors and actors.
Once they ran out of source material, and THAT was the moment they had to show their value, they screwed it hard.