More than two weeks have passed since the controversial finale to HBO's "Game of Thrones," and Nationals closer Sean Doolittle is finally ready to discuss it.
"The season, I think, it was such a mixed bag and we all had such high hopes for it, especially after having two years off, right?" he began. "I did think that there were some moments in here that were some of the best moments, maybe in the entire run of the show.
"The Battle of Winterfell, once you adjusted the brightness on your TV and you could see it, was one of the cooler things. As much as it wrenched me to see Dany and Drogon burn that city to the ground, that was one of the better episodes, just like of the whole show."
Now for Doolittle's complaints.
"But, I do think like some of it felt very, very rushed," he said. "Some of those arcs felt very, very rushed. And the show was so good because it was so good at developing characters. It was like a slow burn. Week to week, like you had to really tune in every Sunday because you wanted to see what was going to happen next with the storyline, and it didn't always happen the way that you thought it was going to."
"I just think this season got maybe a little bit predictable," he continued. "I don't know. It felt a little bit rushed. I did think, for the direction that they took the show, the ending was kind of like the best that you could have hoped for, given the direction like I said that they brought it. But even still, like are you trying to tell me that Bran had the best story out of all those characters?"
"C'mon. C'mon. That's just lazy," Doolittle fired back. "Like it's just lazy! And then, like, they would have like the behind-the-scenes – see, now I'm getting fired up – they would have the behind-the-scenes kind of show at the end of each episode, and it's like these two guys who are just kind of sitting there, like trying to convince us that what we saw was like actually maybe a little bit different.
"And it's like, no, we just sat there and saw it. We know what we saw. You don't have to try to convince us."
"But, I don't know. The show, for at least the first six seasons, especially, the first seven seasons, really, were absolutely incredible," he said. "It's one of my all-time favorite shows. Just because it didn't end the way that I wanted it to doesn't mean that I don't love the show any less."