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NME Festival blog: ‘Game Of Thrones’ fans launch petition for HBO to remake season 8 – “Make it happen”


‘The Bells’ is the lowest-rated episode in ‘Thrones’ history

Dissatisfied Game of Thrones fans have signed a petition calling on HBO to remake the hit TV show’s final season.

The penultimate episode of the fantasy series’ eighth season aired on Sunday evening. ‘The Bells’ saw Daenerys Targaryen order Drogon to torch King’s Landing – resulting in hundreds of deaths.

With star Lena Headey revealing that she wasn’t entirely on board with Cersei Lannister’s exit, many viewers also aired their frustrations over the show’s direction. As a result, the episode became the show’s lowest-rated of all time.

Now, a Change.org petition set up by a disappointed fan has hit out at Thrones writers. “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,” the petition page reads.

“This series deserves a final season that makes sense. Subvert my expectations and make it happen, HBO!”

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At the time of publication, almost 16,000 fans have signed the petition, which has a target of  25,000 signatures. One supporter described new GoT as “abysmal”, while another posted: “This isn’t subverting expectation, it’s just really bad television.”

‘The Bells’ episode currently holds a Rotten Tomatoes ranking of just 49%. The site’s own summary of the episode even 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”.

Reviewing the latest outing, NME concluded: “Season 8 may ultimately leave a bad taste in the mouth for many Game of Thrones fans, but perhaps things can be salvaged in next week’s finale. I think this must be the first time in the show’s history where I’m desperate for Sansa to be back in the mix.”

The last ever episode of Game of Thrones airs this Sunday (May 19), with its official trailer teasing an epic finale.



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