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How Damon Lindelof Overcame His Game of Thrones Schadenfreude

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In a new interview with Entertainment Weekly, Leftovers showrunner and Twitter absconder Damon Lindelof candidly discussed how he became a huge Game of Thrones fan. So much so, he was able to move past George R. R. Martin’s infamously harsh words about Lost’s finale. “[T]here is a schadenfreude aspect of me saying, ‘Well, I kind of hope Game of Thrones sucks at the end, too, so they’ll know it feels to have somebody say that to you,’” he said, referring to the tremendous pressure to stick the landing. “But I don’t think the Lost finale sucks. I want Game of Thrones to end awesome,” he continued, “because I’m a huge fan, and I have every reason to believe that it is going to end awesomely.”

Then Lindelof, who can definitely relate, aired his grievances towards the supposed fans who were quick to abandon the HBO show after a few unpleasant plot developments. “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?” 

What he’s trying to say is Jon Snow can’t be dead, as Westeros has actually been purgatory all along, duh.

Damon Lindelof’s Game of Thrones Schadenfreude