HBO Responds to Petition to Remake GoT S08

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Game of Thrones might be over, but the dust and hard feelings over the final season have not settled. And with almost three-month delay, HBO bosses responded to the controversial petition to remake season 8 with competent writers. 

The petition started halfway through, for most of us, a disappointing final season in May and continued to gain support after a pretty controversial finale.

The HBO bosses failed to respond to all of this until last Wednesday, during a recent press tour with the Television Critics Association. Upon asking if they had any plan on listening to their fan’s plea, HBO’s head of programming, Casey Bloys, said it was not something they seriously considered and that  he can’t imagine any other network would.

“There are very, very few downsides to having a hugely popular show. But one I can think of is when you try to end it. Many people have big opinions on how these characters’ stories should come to an end,” said Bloys.

Despite the criticism, it was recently announced Game of thrones has bagged 32 nominations for the 2019 Emmy Awards – which HBO management considers “a nice validation”.

The actors also had a lot to say about all these criticisms. While some defended the show such as Sophie Turner, who plays Sansa Stark, thinks it is disrespectful, while others admitted they thought the final episode might divide fans.

Issac H Wright, who played Bran Stark, finds the petition ridiculous and absurd, while Jacob Anderson or Grey Worm called it insulting. This makes one wonder as to the extent of actor hubris – shame on us for voicing our likes and dislikes. No one is questioning the efforts they put in, just the result of those efforts.

Nikolaj Coster Waldau, who plays Jaimie Lannister, got to experience the fan’s wrath when he was booed at Comic Con for defending the finale.

“I thought it was perfect for him to end in the arms of Cersei. It made sense to me – that’s just my opinion,” Coster Waldau said.

On the other hand, Lena Heady aka Cersei Lannister wanted “a better death”.

The showrunners David Benioff and D.B. Weiss were nowhere to be seen at the Comic Con panel with HBO announcing they had dropped out with no explanation given.

Benioff and Weiss are quite busy with several other projects, including some upcoming Star Wars films. However, the fans of the popular sci-fi franchise aren’t really thrilled about their involvement in the projects.

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