However, for the most part, I’ve enjoyed the standalone episodes, it’s just extremely apparent that the writers have run of steam and were woefully unprepared in tying up all the loose ends. There’s almost too many of them.
In a perfect world, the books would have come first, meaning that the TV series played out exactly the way George R.R Martin had in mind from the start. That way, Game Of Thrones’ writers wouldn’t have had to connect the dots haphazardly in one rushed, final season.
As it goes, people have criticised the show for wrapping storylines up too fast, as well as the apparent disregard for character development and overall ‘lazy writing’. Their words, not mine.
In fact, some fans are so upset with how season 8 and “The Bells” that they’ve launched a petition urging HBO to remake the final season with competent writers.
The petition, posted by Change.org has almost reached a staggering 300,00 signatures so far, with the page reading: “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 Bells’ episode currently holds a Rotten Tomatoes ranking of 49%. The site’s own summary of the episode 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 negative reception to season 8 pretty much started ramping up after the third episode, “The Long Night,” when viewers complained the episode was lit too poorly, while some thought the clash with the Night King was anticlimatic.
However, it’s Daenerys’ transition into the Mad Queen – and subsequently burning of King’s Landin – which really seems to have angered audiences.
Euron Greyjoy actor Pilou Asbæk recently responded to the negative reaction, though, saying:
“The diversity of the fans and the passion they bring to the table is admirable, and you want to have all of it.
“You want to have the ones that go, ‘This is the greatest show ever made,’ and you wanna have the people that go, ‘I hate this show. I’ve always hated it. I want the books now.’
“You cannot satisfy one billion people, it’s not possible. But you want to have them commit to the show, even if they don’t like it. There was a guy called PT Barnum who said, ‘There’s no such thing as bad press, there’s only press’.”
If you ask me, this is a bit over the top. Firstly, it’s quite clearly never going to be rewritten, and secondly, while you may not like every single detail about the latest season, you can still appreciate the fact it’s great TV.
I think we’ve been so overindulged in stellar TV in recent years that we’ve become numb to it all.
Also, everyone just wants things to pan out the way they had in mind and when they don’t they can’t handle it.
I’ll be glad when it’s all over to be honest. Shame.
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Charismatic, witty, charming, engaging - four things Joshua Rogers will never be. Thankfully, he’s a semi-competent editor, who, after graduating university with two mostly pointless degrees, joined The Hook two years ago. He subsequently honed his writing skills over several features and investigative pieces, arguably letting The Hook audience in on way too much of his personal life.