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Fans Signing A Petition Demanding A Game Of Thrones Final Season Do-Over Is Gross Entitlement

Complaining for the sake of complaining is ruining this show more than the writers ever could.

Nearly 11 thousand people and counting have signed this Change.org petition to ‘Remake Game of Thrones Season 8 with competent writers’. 

Started by Dylan D., the petition argues that,

“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. 

This series deserves a final season that makes sense. 

Subvert my expectations and make it happen, HBO!”

Spoilers ahead for Game of Thrones season 8 up to episode 5.

If you’ve been on the internet at all, you’ll know fans have been divided over what we’ve seen of the narrative choices in the Game of Thrones final season so far. Especially over whether Daenerys’s recent snap made sense with her previous character development.

But with a show this big, with this many fans, fan theories and fan expectations, having fans lean into a sentiment of disappointment is practically inevitable. We all had our different visions for the final season, and when something happens that doesn’t align with that vision, the easy option is to brand the show and its writers as failures.

It’s easy to complain, but that doesn’t make you right.

While David Benioff and D.B. Weiss have created a script for the final GoT season that speeds up the drama to be significantly more fast paced than previous seasons and George R. R. Martin’s original work, the narrative and character arcs are in keeping with the tradition of the past seven seasons.

Dany surrendering to her violent emotional impulse is a climax that has been built up to for her entire journey. From beloved Mhysa to an entitled power-hungry wannabe leader who finds herself without her loved ones and the love of the people. Fans who rooted for Daenerys refuse to accept that this arc makes sense, because they feel entitled to see what they wanted to see.

That is the problem with fandoms – entitlement. When the franchise doesn’t give us everything we wanted, turning on it is the easy option.

If Game of Thrones gave us the narratives we predict and therefore desire, we would not have seen key events like Ned Stark beheaded or the Red Wedding. Game of Thrones never promised to give us what we want, and slandering the writers and demanding a do-over is at its core childish and entitled.

But good luck to Dylan D. and his very impressive pitch. I’m sure HBO is convinced:

With episodes at about US$15 million a pop he better start hitting up the signees for some cash.

Game Of Thrones Didn’t Ruin Daenerys’s Character Arc In The Latest Episode If You Look Closely At Her Journey Through The Series

Face it, our girl is mad.

Spoilers ahead for Game of Thrones season 8 episode 5.

After watching Daenerys Targaryen snap in the latest Game of Thrones episode and burn all the innocent and surrendered people in King’s Landing, there is a vocal outcry online about the consistency of her character arc. But it’s easy to cherry pick moments in her eight-season journey to back up the ending you hoped she would have, and ignore the events that lead to her breaking point.

Dany’s narrative has been lined with evidence that she could succumb to this fate, so let’s walk it back and pay attention.

From the beginning, Daenerys has been self-righteous and vengeful about her family’s right to the throne. She begrudges those who conspired to murder her father, even though her father was murdered to stop him from burning an entire city of innocent people.

It seems that blood lineage and birth right has always trumped the deaths of thousands of innocents. Dany’s obsession with her ‘right’ to rule eclipsed rational thought and actions, time and time again. Check your entitlement boo.

Obviously most of us rooted for Dany back in the early seasons when our Khaleesi was on a mission to free all the slaves of the South. She was the Breaker of chains, and the freed people called her Mhysa and loved her for it.

But fans who are now citing these early seasons as evidence that Dany’s recent actions don’t add up with her character arc are contradicting themselves. This was where she started, and as she journeyed North she became more ruthless, she showed less mercy, lost her loved ones and inevitably lost the thing she thrived on – people’s love.

As she moved through the South, claiming cities, she executed thousands. Without knowing anything about their cultures or thinking through her plan past killing half the people and freeing the other half, Dany burned people and imposed her ruling plenty of times before – why would she not do it again?

It’s always been her advisors keeping Dany away from her darkest instincts, and they’ve failed to convince her to show mercy plenty of times before.

By episode five, her closest advisors (and friends) are dead. Her boyfriend won’t love her anymore because they are related. She discovered in Winterfell that the people North of the Narrow Sea won’t love her.

When Sansa won’t play nice, Dany tells Jon that, “She doesn’t need to respect me, but I am her queen… If she can’t respect me…”

It sounds like Dany would gladly kill Sansa the same way she will steamroll anyone she believes won’t embrace her as their ruler.

So when Daenerys won King’s Landing, she could then only face the fact that the people would never love her. Dany wants love, but she couldn’t get that from these people, so she retaliated. She’s consumed with grief and anger at everything she’s lost, including the dream of being the people’s beloved leader.

Now she will rule with fear, because if it came down to love she knows that Jon Snow would take the crown that she believes is rightfully hers.

Dany cracking and burning the city she’s fought to won makes sense with her Game of Thrones character arc, and believing otherwise is just clinging to the Dany we first met in early seasons. But by nature of character arcs, she developed. Just because we don’t like what she became doesn’t mean it’s wrong.

Jon Snow Should Not Lead The Battle Plan For Game Of Thrones’ Last War And Here’s 3 Seasons Of Proof

Great fighter, terrible strategist.

Jon Snow has demonstrated that he is good at commanding the loyalty of the people. They voluntarily named him King in the North and have stood by him through even the spicier decisions made during his leadership.

Jon has demonstrated that he is good at fighting. He’s very good at fighting – that much is not up for debate. This kid has survived through more battles than seems reasonable and his swordsmanship prevails every time. Snaps for Jon, look at him go.

But when it comes to battle strategy, Jon Snow has proven that this is just not his forté. If the Northern/Daenerys alliance is smart, they’ll bench Jon from the planning team for this ‘Last War’ against Cersei Lannister.

They just need to step back and reflect on the failure’s of Jon’s battle plans in recent past (season, to us). That should make it pretty clear that Jon is much more useful on the frontlines than he is in strategy meetings.

Let’s reflect.

Season 6: The Battle Of The Bastards

Ramsay Bolton is one of the most vile characters that the Game of Thrones writers have ever brought into existence. So winning the battle against the Bolton army was particularly important, as the North was otherwise doomed to remain under the hold of a masochistic crazy man.

Although Sansa tried to warn Jon of Ramsay’s particular brand of wicked savagery, Jon, of course, did not herald her advice. Instead he fell right into the Bolton’s torture trap and doomed his army to defeat.

Jon charges Ramsay’s army all alone after Rickon is killed in front of him, which is exactly the opposite of the strategy agreed upon with his commanders before going into battle. He acts on impulse, emotion, and stubborn pride, as if charging an entire army alone is an act of vengeance that will be helpful in anyway.

The only reason the entirety of Jon Snow’s Northern and Wildling followers are not murdered in the Battle of the Bastards is because Lady Sansa Stark comes through. She organised for Littlefinger’s Nights of the Vale to save them from bloody defeat.

Season 7: The Battle Beyond The Wall

This was a slow season, in which Jon Snow manages to make a copious number of bad decisions. The crowning terrible decision of them all is his initiative to take a confusingly small troupe of men north of the wall to capture a White Walker.

That in itself makes no sense because it’s a strategy to help them get more troupes on board to face the wight army later, but obviously seeking out a White Walker runs them into the undead army then and there??? With like 10 dudes??? Silly.

It also was wishful thinking to think that presenting Cersei Lannister with a single White Walker zombie would prompt her to put aside her grudges and fight alongside them. Have you met Cersei? Fat chance.

Inevitably, Jon Snow’s Very Well Thought Through Plan to go grab a wight north of the Wall ends Extremely Well.

His mates die, a dragon dies, he nearly dies, everyone is cold. Plus Cersei is not particularly moved by the zombie presentation so was it all worth it? Nope!

Great call Jon.

Season 8: The Battle Of Winterfell

Season 8 spoilers ahead, obviously. The Battle of Winterfell has been called out by both military professionals and merely logical fans for being an objectively poor battle strategy. Between the massacre of the Dothraki that kicks off the battle to the placement of the fire trench, the whole thing was a bit of a mess.

If it wasn’t for Arya Stark training up to be the skilled assassin that Westeros desperately needed, the realm of the living would be part of the Night King’s undead army.

In episode four of the final season, Jon didn’t heed Sansa’s advice, once again, and they ended up losing another dragon. Face it, with the ‘Last War’ coming up, it is time to bench Jon from strategy team.

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