Passions are running high as Game of Thrones final episode is nearing this weekend, with hundreds of thousands of unhappy fans signing an online petition and a counselling service offering to help those grieving the end of the TV fantasy saga.
Some 600,000 fans worldwide had signed a Change.org petition by Thursday criticising Season 8 of the HBO series and calling for a remake.
“This series deserves a final season that makes sense,” said Dylan D, from Texas, who launched the “Remake Game of Thrones Season 8” petition ahead of Sunday’s series finale.
“Season 8 was very rushed. Characters were hastily written off and plots became twisted. It was not a good close to a great series!!!,” wrote Marilyn Marnell, one of those signing the petition.
However, HBO did not return a request for comment on the petition.
The anticipation of the Fans:
The show was created by David Benioff and also D.B. Weiss, who have taken the story beyond George R R Martin’s source material book series, A Song of Ice and Fire.
Despite the criticism, the eighth and final season of the Emmy-winning series has broken records for HBO, which says it has so far averaged 43 million viewers per episode in the United States alone — a 10 million increase over Season 7 in 2017.
Among television critics, reviews have also gone from 92 per cent positive for the Season 8 opener on April 14 to 47 per cent favourable for the penultimate episode, “The Bells,” which aired on May 12, according to review aggregator RottenTomatoes.com.
“The Bells” saw character Daenerys Targaryen descending into madness and destroying the Westerosi capital of Kings Landing with her dragon. Some fans thought that was too sharp a departure for Daenerys, who had previously said she wanted to create a better world.
“This is definitely not how it was supposed to go. Daenerys Targaryen has gone rogue,” wrote CNN.com’s AJ Willingham.
Meanwhile, British website Bark.com is launching a Game of Thrones counselling service offering expert advice on how fans can deal with the loss of the show, which first aired in 2011.
“Game of Thrones is one of the most popular TV programs of our time, so I’m not surprised that people are devastated it’s going to end,” Kai Feller, co-founder of Bark.com, said in a statement. The statement shows the anticipation of the fans for Game of Thrones final episode.
“I think there will be a fair amount of superfans out there who will need to chat with a professional when the show ends.”