It comes after ‘The Bells’ became the lowest-rated episode in the show’s history
Dissatisfied Game of Thrones fans have been signing a petition calling on HBO to remake the hit TV show’s final season – with signatures nearly reaching the half a million mark.
The penultimate episode of the fantasy series’ eighth season aired on Sunday evening (May 12). ‘The Bells’ saw Daenerys Targaryen order Drogon to torch King’s Landing – resulting in thousands of deaths.
As star Lena Headey revealed that she wasn’t entirely on board with Cersei Lannister’s exit, many viewers have also aired their frustrations over the show’s direction. As a result, the latest episode has become the show’s lowest-rated of all time.
A Change.org petition set up by a disappointed fan has since hit out at Thrones writers. “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,” the petition page reads.
“This series deserves a final season that makes sense. Subvert my expectations and make it happen, HBO!”
As of early this evening (May 16), over 455,000 fans have signed the petition – way surpassing its initial target of 25,000 signatures.
One supporter of the petition described the new GoT as “abysmal”, while another posted: “This isn’t subverting expectation, it’s just really bad television.”
‘The Bells’ episode currently holds a Rotten Tomatoes ranking of just 49%. The site’s own summary of the episode even concludes that “too much plot in too little time muddles the story and may leave some viewers – and maybe Cersei – feeling its conclusions are a little unearned”.
The last ever episode of Game of Thrones airs this Sunday (May 19), with its official trailer teasing an epic finale.