I never said that every critic thinks like this. I’m sure you’re right and there are intelligent critics out there, but unfortunately they are drowned out by the ranting of the haters. I mean, it’s not that hard to find them. YouTube, Reddit, IGN, IMDB, etc. are filled with such ranters and ravers whose only criticism is that things didn’t turn out the way they wanted. Things like:
1. The White Walkers were defeated too soon. They don’t seem to know that GOT was split into two storylines: The war against the dead and the war for the Iron Throne. They spent half a season dealing with one, half a season dealing with the other.
2. Jon Snow didn’t kill the Night King in a one-on-one duel. As Jaime said in the war council, the Night King knew he was vulnerable and would never risk himself fighting Jon, so he avoided him as best he could. Arya was the perfect choice because death was a major part of her storyline and the Night King was the personification of death.
3. There was no all out brawl with the White Walkers. Same with the Night King, the White Walkers would never expose themselves in such a manner. Such a scene would have been fan service.
4. Jaime ruined his redemption arc. Here, people seem confused as to what Jaime needed redemption for. Loving Cersei wasn’t the problem. It was the things he did in the name of that love that he needed redeeming. And he did that, by going North, defending the Stark family home from the dead, and by earning Bran’s forgiveness.
5. Danerys burning down King’s Landing came out of nowhere. This has been set up over the course of several seasons. People simply saw her dark actions as fist pump moments rather than disturbing. I mean, nobody seemed to bat an eye when she threatened to burn down Yunkai or Astapor in a similar fashion.
6. Bran being named king wasn’t built up. Robb wasn’t built up as King in the North either. In fact, Lord Umber’s proclamation came out of nowhere, yet nobody had a problem with that. Regardless, Bran was the best choice out of everyone else gathered and the bar for being king has been set very low by Bran’s predecessors. He’s sure to do a lot better than Robert, Joffrey, Tommen, or Cersei, especially considering the Small Council he’s gathered.
There are more, but you get the point. That’s not to say there aren’t legitimate criticisms, but these are most of the criticisms I’ve seen, and I don’t see them as valid. It’s ok to want a story to go in a certain direction, but if it doesn’t, a true critic would judge the show for what they did give us, not for what they didn’t. People are ranting and raving all over the internet, using hateful speech, calling D&D hacks, saying they butchered the story, that they betrayed the fans simply because they didn’t give them what they wanted. And don’t get me started on that stupid petition. It’s a slap in the face to everyone who worked so hard on the show. The showrunners shouldn’t have to subject themselves to this kind of abuse, and they certainly shouldn’t be called cowards for refusing to do so. Whether you like it or not, GOT remained true to the spirit of the story and was given a fitting conclusion.