Over a million disgruntled fans have signed a petition seeking a do-over for the last season of HBO’s Game of Thrones… the fans want a total remake of the final season with ‘competent’ writers at the helm. Ever since the finale aired on Sunday, social media is abuzz with memes and protests by fans over what they call “rushed” writing that betrays characters and plots of the medieval fantasy drama. The cast of the hit series has a lot to say about the backlash. They think its disrespectful.
Sophie Turner, who played Sansa Stark on the show, told New York Times that: “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.” The 23-year-old actor went on to say: “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.”
But she is not surprised by the mixed reaction. Turner says “that’s what when happens when people don’t get what they want.” Turner joined the cast of Game of Thrones when she was just 13 years old – she practically grew up on the sets. “People always have an idea in their heads of how they want a show to finish, so when it doesn’t go to their liking, they start to speak up about it and rebel,” she said.
“The thing about Game of Thrones that’s always been amazing is the fact that there’s always been crazy twists and turns, right from season 1 with Ned’s beheading. So Daenerys becoming something of the Mad Queen-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.” Turner is not the only one to defend the series’ final season. Kit Harington, aka Jon Snow, told Esquire in an interview that he did not care about critics. “Whatever critic spends half an hour writing about this season and makes their judgment on it, in my head they can go f*ck themselves,” he told Esquire. “Because I know how much work was put into this.”