Some people on the internet are not happy about the final season of Game of Thrones. They created a petition asking for a remake of Season 8 with new writers. Of course that will never happen. But almost 1.5 million signed the petition, which means it’s getting attention.
Sophie Turner, who plays Sansa Stark on the award-winning HBO show, told The New York Times that the petition is “disrespectful” to everyone who worked so hard for so long to make Game of Thrones over the past decade.
“All of these petitions and things like that–I think it’s disrespectful to the crew, and the writers, and the filmmakers who have worked tirelessly over 10 years, and for 11 months shooting the last season,” she said. “Like 50-something night shoots. So many people worked so, so hard on it, and for people to just rubbish it because it’s not what they want to see is just disrespectful.”
Turner said she’s not surprised that people got angry on the internet about Game of Thrones.
“People always have an idea in their heads of how they want a show to finish, and so when it doesn’t go to their liking, they start to speak up about it and rebel,” she said.
The actress added that Game of Thrones has always been a show with “crazy twists and turns,” starting with Season 1, so she doesn’t understand why people got so upset with how the story went in Season 8. “It shouldn’t be such a negative thing for fans. It’s a shock for sure, but I think it’s just because it hasn’t gone their way,” she said.
Whatever people thought about Game of Thrones Season 8 and the finale specifically, the show was a massive success for HBO. The finale, “The Iron Throne,” tallied more than 19 million viewers to set a new record for the show and HBO overall.
For more on Episode 6, check out the show’s latest coffee cup-style gaffe (this time featuring a pair of water bottles) and a reminder of who was at the council meeting (there were some faces present who we hadn’t seen in years). For our thoughts on the final episode, check out our “The Iron Throne” review.