The eighth season of the show has been a hot topic among fans since its release in April and not for the best reasons. From calling it a “waste” to claiming that the show’s writers had annihilated its characters, fans have found the last installment of the series far beneath the “Game of Thrones standard.”
A large number of displeased fans have, in fact, signed a change.org petition demanding the showrunners David Benioff and D B Weiss to be replaced with “competent” writers to rewrite the last season. The petition, titled “Remake Game of Thrones Season 8 with competent writers”, was started by a fan named Dylan D. and has acquired over 1 million signatures so far.
An enormous number of fans is especially irked by the fact that Daenerys Targaryen (Emilia Clarke) was shown to execute Lord Varys and then ruthlessly kill several innocents at King’s Landing even after they rang the bells of surrender.
“David Benioff and D. B. Weiss have proven themselves to be woefully incompetent writers in the absence of source material (i.e. the books) to fall back on. The series deserves a final season that makes sense. Subvert my expectations and make it happen, HBO!,” says Dylan D (the petitioner). “We fans have invested a wealth of passion and time into the series. I’ve been watching the show religiously since its second season.”
I’ve read all the books so far, and eagerly waited for the next season. I love the story, and I, like most of you, was crushed to see how the last season (and season 7, let’s be real) has been handled. The issue I have is not necessarily with where we got, but with how we got there — a rushed and laughably inconsistent mess of a season fraught with cringe-inducing, arc-slaying dialogues and the “everybody is stupid” syndrome. We can expect that the books will describe a more sensible path towards the ultimate conclusion that we will see on Sunday. No pressure, Mr Martin. As long as David Benioff and D B Weiss had the books to count on, Game of Thrones was one of the greatest television shows of all time. No one can doubt their talents there. But they seemingly got tired of the series and rushed to the end, thereby doing the show and its fans a great disservice. I feel for the actors and actresses as well. They had put their souls into these characters, and they could be every bit as disappointed as we are,” adds Dylan D.
Meanwhile, fans have also Googlebombed the showrunners, so if one types 'bad writers' on Google, the Game of Thrones' writers D B Weiss and David Benioff show up in the search results. “I don't want these two anywhere near Star Wars, either. This was abysmal,” said another fan, Dugan, with reference to the recent news that Benioff and Weiss have been signed on to write the Star Wars film after the much-hyped next installment, Rise of the Skywalker.