David Andrews less than impressed with “Game of Thrones”
New England Patriots center David Andrews was quite vocal in airing his displeasure with the latest episode of HBO’s “Game of Thrones.”
HBO’s epic fantasy drama series “Game of Thrones” has captivated hundreds of millions of viewers over the course of its eight-year run now. Ratings for the show have consistently been high, and viewership is often downright record-breaking. It’s also one of the most expensive TV shows ever made – if not the most expensive ever already.
Patriots center David Andrews calls himself a fan, but he made headlines over the weekend when he admitted that he was more than a little underwhelmed by the much-hyped third episode of the show’s final season, titled “The Long Night.” The lengthy episode featured “The Battle of Winterfell,” which pitted the forces of the evil undead (“white walkers” and “wights” led by the villainous “Night King”) against the heroic living (Jon Snow, Arya Stark, Dany Targaryen, etc).
Andrews tweeted out that he was “not that impressed with thrones,” which promptly drew more contrarian replies and comments than it did supportive ones. Asked about blowback from his tweet two days later, Andrews defended his opinion to reporters, expounding on his original reaction.
"“I don’t know. I mean, it was good, but we’re going to build it up, and it was kind of like driving to work with your windshield frozen. You’re like, ‘Was that a stop sign? Or…’ I mean, it was good. But I think it got built up a little too much. We believed the hype a little too much there. … I like the battles — I guess that’s pretty cool — but you didn’t get to see nothing. You’ve got guys getting swarmed, and then all of a sudden, they get out of it scot free? How’d they do that?”"
Arguably the two biggest negative reactions to the episode online have been that a.) it’s difficult to see at times because of the dark lighting, and b.) too many characters lived to see another episode. Many viewers found it hard to follow the action at times, and many also were surprised at just how many “good guys” survived what looked like a surefire massacre at the hands of the “bad guys.”
Regardless, the episode reportedly was viewed by almost 18 million people, and the vast majority who tuned in seemed to enjoy it, judging by the number of positive reviews and online discussions that have since surfaced as well.
Love it or hate it, “Game of Thrones” is as popular as ever… and with just three episodes left in the entire series, it’s a safe bet that David Andrews and the rest of the world will be glued to television sets and streaming devices for the next three Sunday nights as the show wraps up.