Game of Thrones season 8: 500,000 demand remake

Game of Thrones season 8
Kit Harington plays Jon Snow in 'Game of Thrones' season 8
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Winter has finally come for Game of Thrones season 8 - and its last series is getting a chilly reception.

A petition calling on its makers, HBO, to redo Game of Thrones season 8 has been signed by more than 500,000 disgruntled fans.

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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 Game of Thrones season 8's narrative structure and the fate of beloved characters.

The petition, launched after this week's penultimate episode of Game of Thrones season 8 was aired, goes further by demanding a complete do-over "with competent writers".

It argues that the show's writers, David Benioff and DB Weiss, "have proven themselves to be woefully incompetent".

The writers, the petition charges, have "no source material to fall back on", alluding to the unfinished books Game of Thrones season eight is loosely based on.

The petition has amassed more than 500,000 signatures

Because Mr Martin's next book, The Winds Of Winter, is still a work-in-progress, the TV series has a different ending.

"This series deserves a final season that makes sense," the petition reads. "Subvert my expectations and make it happen, HBO!"

Those who signed the petition left comments saying Game of Thrones season 8 "seems rushed", "totally disrespected the author" and threw eight years of character development "down the drain".

"The season demolished everything that was built throughout the series, as a result of rushed storytelling, poor character development, and overall lack of care," one signatory wrote.

Emilia Clarke as Daenerys Targaryen and Jason Momoa as Drago in 'Game of Thrones' season 8

Given the reported cost of each episode - an estimated $15m (£11.7m) - 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.

The ending, as Mr Benioff and Mr Weiss have admitted themselves, was always likely to be contentious.

"A good story isn't a good story if you have a bad ending," Mr Benioff told Entertainment Weekly. "Of course we worry."

The final episode of the fantasy drama is due to air this Sunday on HBO in the US, and in the early hours of Monday on Sky Atlantic in the UK.