'Game of Thrones' reignites backlash after releasing recut trailer for final season

The clip reminds fans exactly why season eight was so disappointing

Emilia Clarke as Daenerys Targaryen in 'Game of Thrones'. Courtesy OSN 
Emilia Clarke as Daenerys Targaryen in 'Game of Thrones'. Courtesy OSN 

It might have been released almost two years ago but complaints have resurfaced over the final season of Game of Thrones.

In a bid to stir up excitement for the fantasy epic, which this month marks 10 years since its debut on HBO, the network has released a new, recut trailer to celebrate season eight.

However, it appears to have only stirred up gripes over the show's controversial ending.

"Season eight was like if Frodo realised he could snap the One Ring in half like a twig as soon as he reached Mordor," wrote one commenter underneath the clip on YouTube, referencing The Lord of the Rings.

"Are you guys remaking it? Because if you’re not, then it’s better to not release a trailer for it again and remind us of something we wanna forget," added another YouTube commenter.

The below trailer contains spoilers for Game of Thrones season eight:

Fans also criticised the trailer for containing spoilers, ruining plot lines for viewers who had not yet watched the finale.

The HBO fantasy series, based on George R R Martin's saga A Song of Fire and Ice, first hit TV screens on April 17, 2011. The show, which centres on continuing battles to rule the land of Westeros amid threats from mythical forces beyond its border, was initially critically acclaimed, winning Emmy and Golden Globe awards.

The eighth season, which wrapped up in May 2019, was slammed for its gaping plot holes and the disappointing endings given to some beloved characters.

The updated trailer has also renewed calls for the show's producers to remake the divisive final season, though the network has previously thrown water on the suggestion.

HBO programming chief Casey Bloys said in 2019 there was no serious consideration to remake the story, describing criticism as part and parcel of the business.

However, a number of related projects have since been announced, including House of the Dragon, a prequel series slated to come to HBO in 2022. Author Martin is also collaborating on projects related to his other books, including Sandkings, for Netflix.

Updated: April 8, 2021 04:49 PM

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