Winter has finally caught up with Game of Thrones as its season finale is getting an unanticipated chilly reception from its global viewers and fans.
This came as more than 500,000 disgruntled fans have signed a petition to have its makers HBO redo season eight of the popular TV show.
The Tv show based on George RR Martin’s books has recently been facing a host of criticisms online for not meeting its fan’s minimum threshold after its earlier seasons set the bar high.
Disappointed viewers have pointed out flaws in the latest series, with the show’s narrative structure and the fate of beloved characters topping the complaints.
A platform, Change.org petition was launched after this week’s penultimate episode was aired. It demands a complete do-over “with competent writers”.
If further argues that the show’s writers, David Benioff and DB Weiss, “have proven themselves to be woefully incompetent”
The petition further charges the writers with “no material to fall back on”, alluding to the unfinished books that season 8 is loosely based on.
The season has a different ending owing to Mr. Martin’s next book, The Winds Of Winter which is still far from being completed.
“This series deserves a final season that makes sense,” the petition reads. “Subvert my expectations and make it happen, HBO!”
GOT Fans who signed the petition left comments saying that the final series “seems totally rushed”, “totally disrespectful to the author” and threw eight years of character development “down the drain”
“The season demolished everything that was built throughout the series, as a result of rushed storytelling, poor character development, and overall lack of care,” another signatory wrote.
Given that HBO reportedly spent an estimated $15m, it is unlikely that the filmmaker will bow down to the petition’s demands.
Even so, large numbers of viewers are still tuning in to watch the program with HBO saying that a staggering 18.4 million viewers across all its platforms tuned in to watch last Sunday’s episode- the penultimate.
The show’s writers, Mr. Benioff, and Mr. Weiss have admitted that the end was always going to be debatable.
“A good story isn’t a good story if you have a bad ending,” Mr. Benioff told Entertainment Weekly. “Of course we worry.”