Winter has finally come for Game of Thrones – and its last series is getting a chilly reception.
A petition calling on its makers, HBO, to redo season eight has been signed by thousands of disgruntled fans.
The latest series of the popular show – based George RR Martin’s books – has faced a barrage of criticism online.
Disappointed viewers have taken umbrage with the show’s narrative structure and the fate of beloved characters.
The Change.org petition, launched after this week’s penultimate episode was aired, goes further by demanding a complete do-over “with competent writers”.
The writers, the petition charges, have “no source material to fall back on”, alluding to the unfinished books season eight is loosely based on.
Given the reported cost of each episode – an estimated $15m – HBO is unlikely to cave in to the petition’s demands.
And ultimately, staggering numbers of viewers are still tuning in to watch the programme. HBO said a record 18.4 million viewers across all its platforms watched last Sunday’s episode – the penultimate in the series.