Whether you watch HBO’s Game of Thrones or not, you have surely heard someone’s opinion of season 8 by now. Whether it is in casual conversation around your work’s water cooler, or on social media, people have been talking about it since it began five weeks ago. And while some people have really been enjoying it, seemingly a lot more people have not liked the way the story has turned out. Now a petition has begun online by an angry fan who is demanding that HBO remake the season.
Fans had to wait nearly two years for the final season of Game of Thrones to begin. While there have been fewer episodes (with the final of the 6 airing this upcoming weekend), they have on average been much longer. Ever since the season began fans have been griping. From a dark episode that was difficult to see, to characters acting, well out of character, fans have been complaining since the season began. Last week’s episode called “The Bells” pushed some of these fans over the edge however.
The petition running on Change.org has already been signed by 350,000 people, and it targets Game of Thrones showrunners David Benioff and D.B. Weiss specifically. The petition states the duo “have proven themselves to be woefully incompetent writers when they have no source material (i.e. the books) to fall back on.” This of course is in reference to the fact that the show moved beyond George R.R. Martin’s ongoing book series in the sixth season where it hit the end of his fifth book. The petition goes on to say that it is requesting that season 8 to be remade so that fans can have “a final season that makes sense.”
Fans have been been particularly upset by the turn of Emilia Clarke’s Daenerys Targaryen to the dark side, and Nikolaj Coster-Waldau’s Jamie Lannister returning to the character he was in the beginning, while ignoring the development he’s gone through over the last couple of seasons.
As fun as the petition is however, it is unlikely that HBO will listen due to the high production costs, and the fact that nothing of the kind has ever been done before. The series also continues to draw in record number of viewers, with the latest episode having been watched by 12.5 million viewers in the U.S. on its initial broadcast and by 18.4 million across all HBO platforms. The season, and series finale is expected to surpass those numbers as well.