Way harsh, fans.

One particularly disgruntled yet enterprising Game of Thrones fan named Dylan D. has made it quite clear that, in his opinion, the writing in the final, eighth season of HBO’s hit series is hot trash garbage. He feels so strongly about it, in fact, that he’s started a change.org petition to have the season remade with different writers.

He writes:

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!

The petition is rapidly approaching the 500,000 signature benchmark. Supporters have chimed in with their reasons for signing, with everything from quick digs at the writers to longer, more in-depth explanations of just how GoT’s eighth season has failed them.

Wendell Edwards writes:

The story fell apart, the characters became caricatures of themselves–and some worse, unrecognizable–and the world lost the cohesiveness and believe-ability it had maintained previously. Do not mistake this petition as fans who “don’t like the dark turn it took”, since I think this fanbase can handle really dark things. I’d argue that we no longer recognize the narrative and characters we once knew. In addition, I myself watch the show for the multi-dimensional characters–a feature now seemingly discarded for the purpose of spectacle–and the story line. Ending the show with heavy-handed morality tales about the corrupting quest for power are trite and cliched at best, completely out of place at worst. It felt like watching a shallow blockbuster movie (which are fun when you go into it knowing that’s what you’re getting!), and felt like the showrunners took the easy way out by flattening characters and the use of spectacle. I’m shocked not at how the story progressed, but at how much discontinuity there is between this season and previous ones. Sad to say, I’ll be watching the final episode to see how this trainwreck settles into its own trash heap. I would *adore* it if I were proved wrong, but I’m not holding my breath.

Meanwhile, on the Twitters, everyone’s favorite Lefou, aka Josh Gad, had the hottest take there ever was.

True Thronies had some words for the season-eight haters, too.

This petition comes on the heels of an announcement from Jeff Fowler, the director of the upcoming live-action Sonic film, that the retro cartoon character was getting a redesign to make fans happier. While HBO is unlikely to refilm an entire season to appease these disgruntled viewers, it does prompt an interesting question (or two): Just how much say do fans have when it comes to the creation and execution of these franchises. And, how much should they?

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