Over on EW, Damon Lindelof gets up on his soapbox and waxes at length about how much he loves Game of Thrones, how spectacular he thinks the show is, and how he’s “immensely forgiving” of some of the show’s weaker moments, because he understands that if often takes several episodes to build to a truly “excellent” episode, like last season’s “Hardhomme,” which he called “one of the most excellent hours of television I’ve ever seen.”
I’m literally watching five minutes of silence—that whole moment where Jon Snow is going off into the water and looking at The Night’s King and he’s doing his “Come at me, bro” moment. And I was just like: “There’s nothing better on television, right now, than this.” You only need to demonstrate excellence once a season for me to view the entire season as excellent, or the entire show as excellent. And Game of Thrones is able to do it at any one time.
He loves Game of Thrones in spite of the fact that George R.R. Martin “flamed” the Lost finale, and admits that there may be a small part of him that hopes that GoT ends badly, for schadenfreude’s sake. However, ultimately, he “wants Game of Thrones to end awesome, because I’m a huge fan, and I have every reason to believe that it is going to end awesomely.
But maybe the best part of his soapbox rant is what he thinks of those who say that they are going to quit Game of Thrones, something that many of us on this site have threatened to do (and something that my wife does every single week that Game of Thrones is on).
He has the perfect solution to quell those threats:
… And I see people pushing against Thrones where it’s like, literally from week to week, someone will say, “This is the most excellent show, this season is firing on all cylinders, it’s never been better.” And then because of one story move—Stannis burns his daughter—suddenly [the reaction is] like, “I cannot watch this show anymore. I’m quitting you, Game of Thrones.” And I’m thinking: “No, you’re not. Don’t be an ass.” That’s like my 8-year-old saying, “We’re not best friends anymore.” When I see a blogger—thank God I’m not on Twitter anymore, because I get into all sorts of trouble—or a critic, or a recapper say, “I’m done with your show,” if I were running that show I would call them up and say, “You are not allowed to watch my show anymore. I’m going to f-king alert everybody in your life to watch you. I’m going to hire a private eye to tap your media consumption, and you better not ever watch it again. Are you sure you want to do this?”
It’s like you get in a fight with someone you love, you storm out of the room, and you say this is over. And then an hour later, you’re apologizing for being an asshole
And that’s why my love affair with Damon Lindelof continues unabated, biffed Lost finale or no.
The Leftovers season two arrives in October.