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Amid crashing Game of Thrones ratings, enraged fans sign petition demanding Season 8’s remake

Thousands of angry fans of hit fantasy series Game of Thrones have signed a petition on Change.org, demanding that Season 8 be remade with ‘competent writers’.

tv Updated: May 16, 2019 11:56 IST
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Hindustan Times
Peter Dinklage as Tyrion Lannister in Game of Thrones.
Peter Dinklage as Tyrion Lannister in Game of Thrones.
         

Ahead of its grand finale, HBO’s fantasy drama series Game of Thrones is facing a new challenge. Thousands of enraged fans have signed a petition on Change.org titled ‘Remake Game of Thrones Season 8 with competent writers’.

“David Benioff and D.B. Weiss have proven themselves to be woefully incompetent writers when they have no source material (i.e. the books) to fall back on. This series deserves a final season that makes sense. Subvert my expectations and make it happen, HBO!” wrote Dylan D who started a petition addressed to HBO. At the time of filing this report, 221,415 people had already signed the petition.

The sudden transformation of Daenerys Targaryen has angered many fans.
The sudden transformation of Daenerys Targaryen has angered many fans.

The final season has come up for a lot of criticism — the “too dark” complaints against the episode 3, The Long Night; the coffeemug gaffe, Sansa Stark’s dialogue and Jaime Lannister’s hand reappearance in the promos of episode 5. Many fans have been extremely upset at the breakneck speed with which Daenerys Targaryen (Emilia Clarke) has undergone change in the episode titled The Bell. Audience has been shocked to how from rooting for the right cause in the first few episodes, her character has turned dark (burn them all, being her new motto) so soon.

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Fans have been angry over many issues in the final season of Game Of Thrones.
Fans have been angry over many issues in the final season of Game Of Thrones.

What’s more, many from the cast of the hit fantasy series too are pretty unhappy with the way their respective characters met their end. Actor Conleth Hill, who was seen as Lord Varys in the show, has said that ‘the last couple seasons weren’t my favourite’. Conleth was asked if he felt his character had been reduced to the sidelines in recent seasons. He told Entertainment Weekly, “That’s been my feeling the last couple seasons, that my character became more peripheral, that they concentrated on others more. That’s fine. It’s the nature of a multi-character show. It was kind of frustrating. As a whole, it’s been overwhelmingly positive and brilliant, but I suppose the last couple seasons weren’t my favourite.”

Conleth joins the likes of Lena Headey (Cersei Lannister) and Gwendoline Christie (Brienne of Tarth) among others, who have, in varying degrees, agreed with fans that the final season hasn’t been up to the mark.

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First Published: May 16, 2019 11:43 IST

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