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The primary few seasons of Game of Thrones took the world by storm when George RR Martin’s epic Westeros saga was finally delivered to screens in 2010. Unfortunately, the HBO phenomenon’s critical acclaim began to wane when the series diverted from the source material, ending with what many consider a catastrophically disappointing conclusion to probably the most successful TV series of all time.

Westeros newcomer Steve Toussaint has now claimed the ending of Game of Thrones simply didn’t match as much as what fans predicted.

The eighth season of the hit drama concludes with a brutal battle at King’s Landing, culminating in a final face-off between Jon Snow (played by Kit Harington) and Daenerys Targaryen (Emilia Clarke).

Viewers were reasonably underwhelmed by the show’s race to the finish line, stating significant narrative stumbles and unsatisfying conclusions to the series’ multiple character arcs.

Nonetheless, House of the Dragon breakout Steve has since claimed he was greater than blissful with how HBO’s Song of Ice and Fire wrapped up.

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“Clearly, I’m not as invested as some people,” the Corlys Velaryon star said.

“The ending made logical sense to me. People just got p****d off because they didn’t get the ending that they wanted.”

Despite the shaky reception to the finale, Game of Thrones remained probably the most popular cable series in history as much as its final episodes.

The last episode of season eight, The Iron Throne, pulled in well over 13 million viewers when it aired in 2019.

HBO will now be hoping to draw similar numbers when the franchise’s first spin-off begins later this month.

Steve went on: “So we weren’t for essentially the most part concerned about it – it was only a case of doing the very best we will and hoping people prefer it.”

It’s yet to be seen if House of the Dragon, set across the Targaryen family 200 years before the events of Game of Thrones, will prove as popular.

Although the network is reportedly hoping the prequel will run at the least 4 or five seasons, with more spin-offs on the way in which, its success will hinge on its reception over the approaching weeks.

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“Nothing is guaranteed on this business,” Steven added, addressing his potential return in future instalments.

Although he has been assured the response shall be positive, he admitted: “I’m the just one going, ‘No. It might be awful.’ I’m sufficiently old to be circumspect.

“If it happens, I’ll associate with the ride – but I won’t be broken if it doesn’t.”

When the premiere finally arrives this Sunday, viewers shall be introduced to Steve’s character ‘Sea Snake’, the pinnacle of House Velaryon.

Previously known for smaller roles in Doctor Who and Line of Duty, that is the primary time the actor has joined the major solid of such a serious undertaking for the small screen.

After Lord Valraryon’s debut this weekend, his profession could skyrocket to recent levels of success if Steve’s performance receives a warm reception.

With several spin-offs in various stages of production, including a sequel following Jon Snow, thousands and thousands of die-hard Game of Thrones fans shall be on the sting of their seats to see if House of the Dragon lives as much as the hype.

House of the Dragon premieres Sunday, August 21 on HBO within the USA and the next Monday on Sky Atlantic within the UK.

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