Game of Thrones' problems run deeper than a stray water bottle in series finale

The water bottle is circled in red.
PHOTO: Twitter / @dark_lord0003

First, it was a coffee cup (not Starbucks, said the art director of Game of Thrones). Now, it's a water bottle.

Fans across the globe may be paying tribute to the end of the series with the tagline "Our watch has ended", but that doesn't seem to be the case as many of them spotted a stray water bottle during a scene in the series finale.

Local actress and DJ Jade Rasif was one of them and promptly called it out on Instagram.

In an Instagram Story, Jade took a screengrab of the offending shot and wrote: "When you literally no longer give a f*** about your audience."

Photo: Instagram/djjaderasif

That wasn't the only continuity error that she observed - the other being Jaime Lannister's (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau) golden hand that wasn't golden.

The Instagram Story was accompanied by the caption: "You know who really won? People who didn't waste 10 years on this s***."

Jade wasn't the only viewer up in arms about these blunders as fans turned up in droves on social media after the episode aired to throw shade.

Yeah, you get the picture.

A POLARISING SERIES FINALE AND DIVISIVE FINAL SEASON

However, one might argue that the water bottle, and the coffee cup, wouldn't have been much of a problem had it not been for a polarising series finale and divisive final season.

For the uninitiated, the final season for Game of Thrones, though highly anticipated, had severely ruffled feathers of many and left a bad taste in their mouth.

According to Newsweek, it's the lowest-ranking season of Game of Thrones on Rotten Tomatoes.

Critics and fans both took aim at the breakneck pacing of the show and controversial developments for some of its key characters, notably fan favourite Daenerys Targaryen (Emilia Clarke).

The moment Daenerys broke and decided to burn a city to the ground.Photo: HBO

The show spent years building her up as a feminist icon only to have her go mad in the face of overwhelming loss and slaughter a city full of innocent people in her conquest for the Iron Throne.

Despite the time and budget invested in the production of season 8, fans were disappointed at what they perceived to be a sharp drop in the quality of the writing.

After all, they had to wait two years to find out who won in this game of thrones.

ALSO READ: Game of Thrones scores record TV audience, leaves fans sad, mad

Some posited that the season was rushed out so the showrunners, David Benioff and D.B. Weiss, could move on to their next project.

According to reports, the duo will helm the next Star Wars movie.

It got to a point where the stars themselves, such as Emilia, spoke out in defence of the show and their characters after a petition was made for season 8 to be remade.

Sophie Turner, who plays Sansa Stark, even called the petition "disrespectful".

XIAXUE SAID NO TO THAT ENDING

Don't just take it from us though - even Xiaxue chimed in with her spoiler-free thoughts.

Photo: Instagram/xiaxue

On her Instagram Stories, she wrote: "...the finale of GOT is f*****g crap mad pissed off about it... y'all not gonna like it unless u (sic) crazy"

Her opinion was echoed by Twitter users who were tweeting up a storm to express their dissatisfaction.

Regardless, the episode garnered more than 19 million viewers and would go down as one of the greatest pop-culture phenomena.

And while a remake of the final season is very unlikely, fans can look forward to the prequel series (co-written by George R.R. Martin, the author of the books which the show is based on).

If that still doesn't satisfy the bloodthirsty horde, then maybe George's insight on the ending of the book series - he has yet to finish writing them - might make fans see less red.

ALSO READ: Tencent Video delays Game Of Thrones finale in China, prompts fan uproar

On his blog, George seemed to hint that the ending for the novels might deviate in some way from the show, though perhaps not too drastically.

"I am working in a very different medium than David and Dan, never forget. 

"They had six hours for this final season. I expect these last two books of mine will fill 3,000 manuscript pages between them before I’m done… and if more pages and chapters and scenes are needed, I’ll add them," he wrote.

bryanlim@asiaone.com