My biggest gripe with it isn’t the fact that Daenerys has become the ‘Mad Queen’ – it was always going to happen – but that it’s been dangerously predictable.
Remember when Viserys died? Or when Ned had his head chopped off? Or the bloody Red Wedding?! What happened to that Game Of Thrones – subversive, unpredictable, brilliant.
Sure, the theorising and hypothesising about what to expect in next week’s episode has been fun, and one of the most enjoyable parts of the job, but it’s painfully evident that the show has suffered from a lack of book material, which has traditionally provided a sturdy and reliable source for the TV show to then tweak and branch away from.
But, as as say, on the whole, it’s been a blast.
Although not for everyone clearly, as a petition, posted by Change.org to have the final season remade, has almost reached a staggering 800,000 signatures.
The post reads:
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!”
I know ‘The Bells’ episode holds a Rotten Tomatoes ranking of 49%, with the site’s own summary of the episode concluding 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”, but 800,000 people?
It’s clearly snowballed at this point and people are just doing it because it’s a thing.
In a way I feel like this way always going to happen because there’s no pleasing people these days. Objectively, the show has been superb, and I defy any one of the people who’ve signed the petition to say that they didn’t enjoy Cleganebowl or the Night King’s death.
We’re almost not worthy of great TV – they should make these same people watch shows from years ago and see how quickly they come crawling back to Game Of Thrones.
Honestly, some people.
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