A less than stellar interview, an irritating decision, and an unfortunate cancellation. It’s been rough.

Update: HBO has picked up a different Game of Throne’s prequel, titled House of the Dragon. The show is being co-developed by George R.R. Martin and Ryan Condal, and is set 300 years before the events of Game of Thrones. This announcement comes on the heels of HBO dropping Naomi Watt’s GOT prequel, just days earlier. Update end.

Even if you aren’t a fan of Game of Thrones, or you were abducted by aliens for the last six months and were only freed in the Area 51 raid, you know that practically no one is happy about how the final season of the show ended.

After seven gripping seasons of epic character development, unexpected deaths, and climactic cliff-hangers, the eighth and final season did less than appease the rabid fanbase. Fans felt cheated, after following along with the story so avidly, to have the final season appear rushed.

While it was made clear, back in 2016, that the show would conclude with just six episodes in the final season, no one expected such a dramatic acceleration of the storyline.

With the source material for George R.R. Martin drying up, it’s understandable why Benioff and Weiss would want to conclude the show. However, a recent Q&A at the Austin Film Festival told an all-too-unpleasant story of just why the final few seasons felt rushed and a little incoherent.

A live-tweet of the exchange, courtesy of @ForArya, roughly details the writer’s process while working on the show and exposes some very alarming revelations.

More of this, now infamous, thread can be found at the end of this article. By the end, fans were also left wondering why two inexperienced writers with no television experience and lack of enthusiasm for the books were ever trusted with Martin’s life’s work.

Barring in mind that the live-tweet is not 100% accurate and may not wholly reflect the sentiments conveyed by the writers, overall, it can be assumed that the writers were never in it out of passion.

This is not entirely surprising news for some. Others have theorized that the pair actually rushed the final season so they could move on with their own interests, such as their Star Wars trilogy.

After the explosive success of Game of Thrones, Benioff and Weiss became hot commodities in the entertainment industry. In 2018, the pair signed a deal with LucasFilms to write and produce a new Star Wars trilogy. That’s not all. Streaming platforms Netflix, Amazon, and Disney also entered a bidding war for the writers, in the summer of 2019, with Netflix coming out on top.

Inking a $200 million deal, Benioff and Weiss will now help Netflix continue to create award-winning original content. Sounds like a big task? Well, it is. It’s such a large commitment in fact, that the duo has actually dropped out of their previous agreement with LucasFilms, and will no longer be working on the Star Wars trilogy.

This recent news drew the ire of many GOT fans, who cried foul over how the writers could rush the ending of the show to pursue personal interests, then suddenly drop those arrangements.

Others, in contrast, breathed a sigh of relief. The Star Wars franchise, in their eyes, was spared from the writer’s utter incompetence.

Despite their supposed incompetence, Benioff and Weiss continue to bath in the astronomical success of Game of Thrones. Fans, meanwhile, are left with nothing more than an unsavory conclusion, and extra salt rubbed into the wound by the unapologetic responses from the dynamic duo.

At least they can find solace in the fact that HBO will premiere a prequel to the Game of Thrones sometime next year. Wrong. HBO recently announced that the highly anticipated prequel, featuring Naomi Watts, would not be picked up, after all.

The show, which was supposed to be set thousands of years before the events of the original show, is rumored to have failed after extensive post-production editing and poor initial reception, according to Deadline.

All these events, in the span of a few days, created quite an unfortunate week for GOT fans. The famed writers of the show completely tarnished their reputation and took a piece of the show down with them. While they continue to thrive, fans continue to take the hits, as the Game of Thrones prequel gets shut down leaving nothing but the sour taste of a poorly put-together final season.

More tweets from @ForArya’s live-tweet:

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