May 31, 2019
A change.org petition titled “Remake Game of Thrones Season 8 with competent writers” has gained over 1,600,000 signatures at the time of writing, which is just over halfway the 3,000,000 signature goal.
The petition’s description reads: ” 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!”
According to the creator of the petition, Dylan D., his petition, with its over 1,600,000 signatures, “is among the most-signed ever in the site’s history.”
He said no one from HBO has reached out to him and has called his feelings towards the entire ordeal “disappointing.”
Sophie Turner, who played Sansa Stark in the HBO series, said in a New York Times interview, “All of these petitions and things like that — I think it’s disrespectful to the crew, and the writers, and the filmmakers who have worked tirelessly over 10 years, and for 11 months shooting the last season. Like 50-something night shoots. So many people worked so, so hard on it, and for people to just rubbish it because it’s not what they want to see is just disrespectful.”
“People always have an idea in their heads of how they want a show to finish, and so when it doesn’t go to their liking, they start to speak up about it and rebel,” she added.
Following season 8 of “Game of Thrones,” fans have been divided over the series’s hasty pace and what felt like unfulfilled character arcs. With season 8 episode 5 “The Bells” receiving a score of 6.2/10 on IMDb and season 8 episode 6 “The Iron Throne” holding a 4.3/10, compared to the score 9.4/10 for the series overall.
In the “Reasons for signing” section, change.org user Dugan Corsolini wrote, “I don’t want these two [David Benioff and D.B. Weiss] anywhere near Star Wars, either. This is abysmal.” This is referencing news that Game of Thrones writers/producers David Benioff and D.B. Weiss are to write and produce a new series of Star Wars films.
Another change.org petition, titled “Remove David Benioff and D.B. Weiss from working on any future Star Wars films” is also looking for signatures, having received over 22,000 already.
– MK. III