There’s currently a petition on activist platform Change.org calling for a full rewrite of Game of Thrones‘ eighth season. Titled “Remake Game of Thrones Season 8 with competent writers,” the petition had already crossed the 1 million signature mark ahead of last night’s divisive finale.
The creation of this kind of appeal is perhaps unsurprising considering that last Sunday’s episode, “The Bells,” was the lowest-rated episode in the show’s history, surpassing the critical backlash against the brutal rape of Sansa Stark by Ramsey Bolton in season five’s “Unbowed, Unbent, Unbroken.”
Despite the mounting resentment being felt across the internet, the petition’s instigator hadn’t anticipated the number of signatures he would amass. He recently updated the page with the following message, “I made this petition some few days after Episode 4, “The Last of the Starks”, aired. I was just so disappointed and angry. It was simply me venting a bit. I posted it to r/freefolk on Reddit, it got nowhere, and I shrugged and went about my day. I had forgotten all about it. A week later, a coworker caught me before I was leaving for the day and asked, “Hey, is this you?” The petition had almost reached 500,000 signatures. I was blown away. I hadn’t checked the thing for a week! And look at how far it has come!”
The petition’s description claims that Game of Thrones showrunners 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 goes on to ask HBO to deliver a final series that “makes sense.”
At over 1 million signatures it seems HBO has not reached out. Of course, they’ve already splurged millions filming the final season, the chances of a do-over are likely somewhere between zero and 0.00001 percent. Still, at least disappointed fans can rest easy knowing Benioff and Weiss might have reduced roles in the upcoming Game of Thrones prequel series, as they’ll be tied up on a new Star Wars film instead.