So we all know that Season 8 of the Game of Thrones TV show produced by HBO has been kind of rocky. There have been heaps of issues with the last few episodes of the six episode final season. And even though the most recent episode “Bells” was the most-watched episode of the entire series, fans are still angry.
The petition titled “Remake Game of Thrones Season 8 with competent writers” on Change.org has surpassed 690,000 signatures to quickly demonstrate a fair amount of backlash against the quality of the writing in Season 8. Fans are making it clear across the internet that David Benioff and D.B. Weiss are the targets of their ire though. Threads across social media and various websites have heaped praise on the actors and crew involved in making the show itself, while also lambasting the writing and the two main writers, colloquially known as “D&D”.
According to the petition, “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!”
Let’s be realistic though, a petition won’t do much of anything. “The Bells” delivered 18.4 million viewers across two airings and including streaming, according to HBO. That figure blows past the previous record of 17.8 million from two weeks ago with the third episode, “The Long Night“. And HBO is saying that the 8th season is averaging a total of 43 million viewers across all possible services and repeat or later viewings. This impressive number is likely to be shattered by the series finale.
So in all likelihood, the 8th season will still be a smashing success for HBO, even with the crap writing. And despite low critical ratings for some of these episodes, fans continue to remain glued to the screen. So even if millions of people do sign this petition, unless those same millions somehow manage to massively tank ratings and convince millions more to cancel HBO subscriptions, there’s no real chance of a negative impact for D&D or HBO.
So take this as a lesson would-be slacktivists out there, organize ahead of time with a plan for how to disrupt the positive feedback for your targets. For example, if these millions of angry fans flooded social media with a campaign meant to dissuade people from watching the series finale, that could have some impact. Or maybe they could just not watch the last episode at all, that might work too.