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actors respond to ending of season 8


There was a question about the disappointment people felt in regards to season 8 at comic con -
surprisingly, none of the actors said anything critical of season 8, other than that fans always felt disappointment and this and that throughout GoT.

I begin to wonder if there is a possibility of backlash if an actor speaks out critically in regards to the writing/direction of a show - especially if the script is penned by the producers/show runners.

So far, I've seen nothing but purely diplomatic remarks from every GoT actor - none too critical of what transpired in season 8. Emilia Clarke has opted not to show up for the panel at all - wise move, but then apparently she did a few interviews with magazines and again, it was all pure diplomacy - no criticism at all in regards to the writing.

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Angus T. Jones (Jake) criticized "Two and a half men" and look what happened to him.

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Think of it in terms of bad mouthing a former boss; it's something that most HR experts don't recommend. It gives prospective employers the idea that they may be badmouthed themselves.

If these actors want to keep working, they won't do it. They wouldn't want a reputation of badmouthing the work they just finished. Studios don't like it because it affects sales/attendance of the film or play.

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Invertedly, pretending theres nothing to criticize also comes across as flippant and arrogant to the fanbase so theres a good chance this could backfire on them anyway.

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If I was an actor and my role in a TV show put food on the table, then I would not bite the hand that feeds me, even if the writers that gave me my lines and motivations in the TV show had taken leave of their senses and inadvertantly assassinated my character.

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It's a fine line to walk. Yes, you have to listen patiently to your audience but not commit career suicide doing it.

Most people learn to have a "filter" between their mouth and brain if they are career minded in any way.

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"I begin to wonder if there is a possibility of backlash if an actor speaks out critically in regards to the writing/direction of a show"

Yes, there is. Publicizing a show or film is part of an actor's job, and to criticize a show instead of saying things that will help ratings, ticket sales, or DVD sales, is considered deeply unprofessional. And saying anything that offends an important suit's feelings is considered to be stupid, same as if you went around loudly blaming your boss for the failure of an important project. Even if you're a free-lancer like the actors, you might need the idiot who fucked up the project to pay you to do something else.

So I don't expect to hear anything honest from the actors for some time, but someday, when the DVDs are all being remaindered and nobody's interested in the show but pathetic nerds like me... the real feelings will start to slip out.

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