When this last season of Game of Thrones started, I decided I would write blogs about every episode that comes out. After all, with it being the last season we’ve all been waiting for since 2011, there was sure to be a lot to write about. We had so many stories to wrap up, from what the fire voice said to Varys the Spider when that wizard burned his penis, to what happened to Hot Pie, and only six episodes to do it all in.
This was going to be it. Only, it ended up being not so much. The episodes were fine. They had what we’d all been tuning in for. Dragons. Zombies. Prophecies and nudity as far as the eye could see. Some episodes were better. Some were worse. But there was something missing from all of it. Some of that magic and boldness of the first seasons.
And, without much to say about each episode that passed, I didn’t follow through on my promise to write weekly blogs on the last season of the biggest show on Earth. And, with one episode left, premiering tomorrow night, it was disappointing, to say the least.
But not as disappointing as all this Game of Thrones petition nonsense that’s coming out, just before the finale.
The Game of Thrones Finale: What Are We Talking About?
On May 9th, a Game of Thrones fan created a petition on change.org to have the Game of Thrones showrunners remake season 8 of the television show. This followed backlash from fans about the quality of the last season, with many complaining about a decline in story quality in the last season and, specifically, since the show moved past the story laid out in the unfinished book series, A Song of Ice and Fire, by George R R Martin.
The petition itself is actually surprisingly short and simple. It calls showrunners David Benioff and D.B. Weiss “woefully incompetent” at the writing part of the show, particularly without Martin’s material to work from. It calls for a final season that makes sense, and essentially dares HBO to make it so.
As of today, May 18th, the petition is at over one million signatures and still climbing. And it’s important to note that the average episode of GoT manages to pull in around 17 million viewers, making this petition still quite small in comparison.
But one-million unsatisfied fans is not insignificant. This petition seems to imply an overall dissatisfaction with the season as a whole. As we’ve mentioned, the Game of Thrones showrunners are in uncharted waters right now – the books ran out two seasons ago, and they’ve been put in charge of running the plot outlines without any proven material to work from.
Our Missing Creator, George R R Martin
To put it into context, George R R Martin wrote the death of Ned Stark, which was a cultural milestone. It set Game of Thrones apart as a show that could do anything it wanted to, and that was exciting to us, the fans. GoT television showrunners, David Benioff and D. B. Weiss, meanwhile, have written scenes in later seasons like the Battle of Winterfell, which many derided for being too dark, and Daenarys setting fire to King’s Landing, which people are complaining is out of character for her.
There’s clearly a trend of fans being disappointed with the choices being made in these latest seasons. Whether you agree with that or not, this petition is a clear indicator that the fanbase has grown restless and unsatisfied. But is a petition to remake the entire season really justified?
In Short: No, Not Really
Look, everybody’s entitled to an opinion. And, since change.org has made itself open to anybody who wants to create a petition, technically any person with the time and motivation to create one can make it happen.
But let’s all try to look at ourselves through rational eyes. What are we doing, here? This is television. It’s designed to evoke certain responses, good and bad, and sometimes we’re just going to be disappointed in the quality of what we get. But it gets made once. That’s how TV works. It’s a one-way medium that we pay to have heaped onto a plate and fed to us in our living rooms. There shouldn’t be a microphone allowing us to talk into the director’s ear. That’s not artistic or real – that’s ugly and mass produced.
It’s like buying a bag of apples from the store because you really want an apple, then demanding the farmer regrow them because they aren’t big, juicy, sweet, or sour enough. It might sound overly simplistic, but they’re apples. Either power through the whole bag and accept life isn’t always what you want, or throw it out and try a bag of oranges.
Game of Thrones Season 8 Petition: Closing Remarks
I haven’t loved this last season of Game of Thrones. I thought episode 2 was too long and never paid off on what it promised. I thought episode 3 was too dark and pulled too many punches by essentially killing nobody. The Night King got built up for seven seasons and died too suddenly. The Daenarys dragon massacre thing was actually fine with me, even though I feel like the world hated it.
For the most part, I didn’t love this season. But I would never sign Game of Thrones season 8 petition asking them to go back and redo it, like children with incorrect homework. Why would I? I have no relationship with these people. I might be able to affect change, but do I want to? How awkward would a Game of Thrones box set look on my shelve with a ninth Blu-Ray box glued onto the side that says “The Petition Season, We Guess?” on the side.
Let them close it out. Let whatever happens happen. And let go, Game of Thrones fans. It’s been a good ride with a lot of fun in all shapes and sizes. Let’s not spoil it by throwing the driver out the window just as we’re getting to where we’re going.
I’ll see you all at the finale tomorrow night.