The show Game of Thrones really needs no introduction, and since the premiere of the final season, we have been hearing more and more from fans all over the world.
The most recent episode, The Bells, was the last one preceding the grand finale of the epic show and it left A LOT of people really disappointed
— Game of Thrones (@GameOfThrones) May 14, 2019
I’m sorry but this season has been a fucking disgrace. 7 seasons of character development and D&D have absolutely ruined Daenerys and Jaime’s characters. I love this show, but this is just disgusting. #GameofThrones
— GoT Things (@GoTthings_) May 13, 2019
Q: How many times has #GameOfThrones disappointed you this season?
— boxseats (@bxsts) May 13, 2019
Although complaints have been prevalent since the very start of the season about how it is not meeting expectations, the last straw became Episode 5, in which viewers had to watch Daenerys (Emilia Clark) portray a TOTAL deviation from her storyline and incinerate King’s Landing along with tons of innocent civilians.
What’s more, is that even previous stars on the show came forth to express their disappointment.
Actor and longtime GoT star Conleth Hill, who played Lord Varys, stated that he was “bummed” with various aspects of the show and that the last couple of seasons on the show “weren’t his favorite”. Fans were also quite enraged by the fact that he was killed off in the previous episode. Apart from him, Lena Headey (Cersei Lannister) and Gwendoline Christie (Brienne of Tarth) have also agreed with fans regarding the failure of the show to meet expectations.
— Abney (@GPoret) May 13, 2019
Daenerys killed more people than Knight King! Super disappointed with GoT! Also, Lord Varys you deserved to stay! #GameofThrones
— Aayushi Bajpayee (@BajpayeeAayushi) May 13, 2019
Is there a petition to remake Season 8 of #GameOfThrones yet..?
— Nawaf Abdalla (@NawwafH) May 14, 2019
With all this built-up frustration, an individual named Dylan D. of Texas, USA took one for the team last week and started an online petition to “remake Game of Thrones Season 8 with competent writers”.
Dylan argues that David Benioff and D.B Weiss, both writers of the show, have proven themselves to be ‘woefully incompetent’ and that the show does not reflect on the books at all.
My favorite pic.twitter.com/hT4gV4ZTPi
— Credit Score of a Homeless Ghost (@middleagedAF) May 15, 2019
The plot is just too silly. Stories need to make sense. The writer for this show is drunk, demented, or both. Also, needs more dragons.
— Salen Stormwing (@salenstormwing) November 14, 2018
Some were also upset that it took so long for someone to finally say it.
Funny. Nobody really made a peep until this last episode. I take it battle of winterfell was terrible too? Riiiiiight
— Jacob (@N0PLEX) May 16, 2019
— Guille Laner 🇦🇷 (@guillesla) May 16, 2019
If you like this season but can't pointout and acknowledge the poor writing of it then you are blind. Fair enough liking or at least enjoying what we've seen but it is on Star Wars Last Jedi level of writing.
— Scott (@Iocky_) May 16, 2019
The petition has now gathered over ONE MILLION signatures and has widely reflected on fan outrage at the show overall.
— 9GAG (@9GAG) May 16, 2019
This season isn’t good but come on this is ridiculously dumb lmao
— Zach Faria (@ZacharyFaria) May 16, 2019
Professional therapists are even offering therapeutic services for people who have been severely impacted by the show taking a turn that they did not like.
There’s a website for Game of Thrones counseling service. Its description states that “the professionals will help them digest their feelings and interpretation of the show, which could range from anger and confusion to sadness and grief”. Fans can book 30-60 minute sessions online, face-to-face, and in groups.
The irony is, Mr. Benioff himself said in one of his interviews that “a good story isn’t a good story if you have a bad ending”.
Throwing 8 years of character development “down the drain”, according to fans, has been just that- woefully disappointing. While it is unlikely that HBO will consider this request for a remake (despite its magnitude), we have definitely witnessed how controversial this last season has been.
There’s only one episode left- the season finale- and that airs later tonight (early tomorrow for those of us in Pakistan). Perhaps things might take a turn for the better?
Cover image via: Bighead Littlehead