It’s safe to say that there are lots of Game of Thrones fans who aren’t pleased with the show’s final season. A petition on Change.org demanding that the season be remade now has over 450,000 signatures, and that number seems to be going up with every second. These disgruntled fans have targeted showrunners D.B. Weiss and David Benioff as the source of their ire.
“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,” the call to action reads. “This series deserves a final season that makes sense.”
The petition has inspired some criticism, as some people have taken issue with fans demanding that creators make art that must satisfy them.
“This strain [sic] of thought — I am owed something by the art I consume — has always been present in many fandoms, but this decade, it’s curdled ever further into ‘If I don’t get what I’m owed, I will force artists to bend to my will,'” wrote Todd VanDerWerff, a critic for Vox, via Twitter. “In harmless ways and harmful ones.”
But others have maintained that the point of the petition is for fans to voice their displeasure with the season.
“God! We’re not stupid!” one fan wrote on Twitter. “We know the petition won’t do a damn thing! But it’s a way of publicly showing our dissatisfaction and I think that is allowed!”
The groundswell of negative reactions to last week’s episode, “The Bells,” isn’t just being felt on Change.org — it’s also being expressed by critics on sites like Rotten Tomatoes and IMDb.
As The Inquisitr previously reported, the episode’s Rotten Tomato score is the lowest of the series, and it barely earned a passing grade on IMDb.
Much of the criticism centers around the about-face turn that a central character has made. Daenerys Targaryen, the Mother Of Dragons and Breaker Of Chains, turned into a dragon-riding force of genocidal destruction, burning innocents amidst the very city that she plans to rule. On social media, others complained that the entire episode contained plot holes, poor characterization, and pacing that’s too rushed.
I remember telling my friends who aren’t #GameOfThrones fans how satisfying it was to have such a rich, complex show which allowed for interesting fan theories and investment that paid off. pic.twitter.com/ROC6RNQttg— Jenna Guillaume (@JennaGuillaume) May 13, 2019
The actors on the show have also expressed their displeasure with the season, as well. Kit Harington told Pop Buzz that he’d describe the series finale as “disappointing.” In an interview with Entertainment Weekly, Conleth Hill said that the last couple of seasons had been frustrating for him because he felt that his character, Varys, had been sidelined.
It remains to be seen how the show will bring any — or all — of the narrative threads that it has spun together. But the fans who signed the petition don’t seem too convinced that its creators will stick the landing.