Despite Arya Stark’s best efforts, dim battle scenes, errant coffee cups, and sudden character changes have made the final season of Game of Thrones a disappointment to many fans. Now over 800,000 of them have signed a petition to remake the season on Change.org.
Officially titled “Remake Game of Thrones Season 8 with competent writers,” the petition blames this season’s struggles on the creators of the show.
“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,” it reads. Ouch.
A fan named Dylan D. launched the effort on May 9, before “The Bells,” the most divisive episode of the season, even aired. Anger over Daenerys’s dark turn combined with media attention caused a spike, and the petition is close to reaching its goal of one million signatures.
But as Vox points out, even if it does reach its goal the effort will have gained the support of a small fraction of the average audience for this season’s episodes, about 17 million people.
Of course, the odds that HBO seriously considers this request, much less actually remakes the season, are effectively zero. The petition is more interesting as a document of fan rebellion than a realistic collective action.
Many provided reasons for signing. “I don’t want these two anywhere near Star Wars, either. This was abysmal.” is currently the most upvoted comment.
“Because Season 8 is shit and the fans deserve better than D&D’s half-assed shitshow” and “7 years of chacter [sic] development. 7 years of hyping up a huge enemy. All thrown out the window. Disgusting.” are also gaining lots of support.
That so many people feel so strongly about the show is a testament to how captivating it’s been over the past eight years, but the entire exercise feels silly. Because while debating television on the internet is fun, complaining that an entire season needs to be remade because you personally didn’t like it is a stupid, joyless activity that will hopefully fade away after the finale airs on Sunday.