Scores of fans were disappointed with the Game of Thrones final season that ended last Sunday, but some are taking out their frustration in unique ways.
One local man put together a GoFundMe page to voice his feelings about how the show ended, and raised enough money to fly a plane with a banner attached over Seattle.
The banner will say: “Someone rewrite Game of Thrones season 8 please.”
The plane is flying Wednesday at 3 p.m. See the GoFundMe page here. The quoted price to fly the banner was $695.The crowdfunding effort raised enough from 17 people within five days.
Any surplus funds will be used for additional messages to fly over Seattle. Many proposed banners include lingering questions that many fans have about the show, such as:
- Why did you put the trebuchets in front of Winterfell?
- Why did scorpions go from overpowered to useless in one episode?
- What is stopping Dorne and the Iron Islands from seceding now that the Unsullied and Dothraki have left?
- None of the characters’ decisions make sense anymore. Make it stop, please.
- I still don’t know who the Night King is, and I’m struggling to find an appropriate medium to express my frustration and despair.
Game of Thrones began its epic run in 2011. Actors were seen growing up on the show as separate stories wove between fictional lands, warriors, kings and queens, dragons, and supernatural mysteries that raised the dead. The show’s finale aired (or streamed) on HBO on Sunday. A total of 13.6 million people are estimated to have tuned in around the world.
But the final six-episode season garnered mixed reviews from fans. Many said the story was rushed and lacked significant character development. Many argue that the personality of the show was absent, lending to the story ceasing to make any sense or match the previous seasons.
Seattle is not the only community to express disappointment with the end of the iconic, epic show. An online petition asking Game of Thrones officials to re-shoot the final season has already garnered nearly 1.5 million signatures. That petition is titled: “Remake Game of Thrones Season 8 with competent writers.”
HBO already has plans for a Game of Thrones prequel series, with the pilot episode starting production in June, but the network’s programming president Casey Bloys shot down any talk of an Arya Stark spin-off series before it really started.
Given the journey Arya Stark is about to embark on at the end of the series finale, fans have already been hoping for a spin-off, but Bloys shot down that notion in a new interview with The Hollywood Reporter.
The series finale, The Iron Throne, ended with all of the Stark siblings going their separate ways.
Sansa (Sophie Turner) was named the new Queen in the North and stayed to rule Winterfell as its own separate kingdom, while Jon Snow (Kit Harington) was sent back North to Castle Black, going beyond The Wall to live with the wildlings.
Arya (Maisie Williams), though, ventured off on an adventure, vowing to find whatever lies, ‘West of Westeros,’ where all the maps stop, which lead fans to immediately start clamoring for an Arya spin-off, but that will not be happening.
‘Nope, nope, nope. No,’ Bloys began, before explaining why he doesn’t want this, or any Game of Thrones spin-off to happen with characters from the flagship series.
‘Part of it is, I do want this show — this Game of Thrones, Dan and David’s show — to be its own thing,’ Bloys said. ‘I don’t want to take characters from this world that they did beautifully and put them off into another world with someone else creating it.’
‘I want to let it be the artistic piece they’ve got. That’s one of the reasons why I’m not trying to do the same show over. George has a massive, massive world; there are so many ways in. That’s why we’re trying to do things that feel distinct — and to not try and redo the same show. That’s probably one of the reasons why, right now, a sequel or picking up any of the other characters doesn’t make sense for us,’ he said.
Strangely enough, one of Williams’ own cast mates, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, revealed in an Instagram story video on Monday that he actually wants to see an Arya spin-off.
‘It’s kinda sad. What a great 10 years. Thank you so much for watching. I’m just grateful. That episode, it was amazing! I really thought it was a great ending,’ he began.
‘And Arya… I know they’re doing all these prequels, but what about the sequel? With Arya? How about – I’m just throwing something out here – how about a petition? An online petition to HBO that they do a sequel with Arya Stark.’
The series finale set a new record for the most watched HBO episode of all time, with a massive 19.3 million viewers tuning in live, or via the HBO Go and HBO Now streaming platforms.
Game of Thrones is averaging 44.2 million viewers per episode in its final season, a massive increase of 10 million viewers per episode over Season 7.
While no details about the Game of Thrones prequel series have been revealed, a number of actors have been cast such as Naomi Watts and Miranda Richardson.