There’s currently a petition on activist platform Change.org calling for a full rewrite of Game of Thrones‘ eighth season. Titled “Remake Game of Thrones Season 8 with competent writers,” the petition has gathered more than 250,000 signatures so far, with the number climbing fast.
The reaction is perhaps unsurprising if you consider that last Sunday’s episode, “The Bells,” is now the lowest-rated episode in the show’s history, surpassing the critical backlash against the brutal rape of Sansa Stark by Ramsey Bolton in season five’s “Unbowed, Unbent, Unbroken.”
The petition’s description claims that Game of Thrones showrunners 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.” It goes on to ask HBO to deliver a final series that “makes sense.”
Of course, given HBO has already splurged millions filming the final season, the chances of a do-over are likely somewhere between zero and 0.00001 percent. Still, at least disappointed fans can rest easy knowing Benioff and Weiss might have reduced roles in the upcoming Game of Thrones prequel series, as they’ll be tied up on a new Star Wars film instead.