Everyone was talking about Game of Thrones season 8 when it hit our screens earlier this year – because they loved it? Well, not exactly. The final season proved to be divisive, with some fans absolutely thrilled and others furious.
The former were happy that everything worked out for the Starks, Cersei was finally overthrown and Arya took down the Night King like a badass.
Others were less pleased that Jon was exiled for bumping off Mad Queen Dany, Cersei’s underwhelming death left her squashed by rubble and everyone voted for Bran (Bran!) to be the leader of Westeros.
Some Game of Thrones fans even went so far as to start a petition for the final season to be remade because they weren’t happy with how things worked out. It has almost 1.7 million signatures (and counting) stating: ‘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.’
Harsh or deserved? We’ll leave that one up to you.
But this week the HBO president, Casey Bloys, has finally responded to calls for season 8 to be reshot months after the finale.
He admitted that starting the season from scratch wasn’t ‘something we seriously considered’. Speaking at the Television Critics Assoc. summer press tour, he said (via Variety): ‘There are very few downsides to having a hugely popular show. One I can think of when you try to end it, many people have opinions on how to end it.
‘I think that comes with the territory. The petition shows a lot of enthusiasm and passion for the show but it wasn’t something we seriously considered. I can’t imagine another network would.’
He added: ‘When a show is in its sixth, seventh or eighth season, by that point there’s usually a rhythm between showrunners and the network as to what they expect.’
Despite the controversy surrounding the show’s final season it has received 32 Emmy nominations this year.
So they must have done something right. Right?