HBO has confirmed what many Game of Thrones fans already knew.
During the broadcast of the eighth and final season, dozens of die-hard Westeros devotees were disappointed with the way the series was proceeding, claiming that the writers had forgone all character development and rushed the plot to conclude in the 6 episode time frame.
The disappointment led to more than 1.6 million people signing a petition, calling on HBO to remake the final season which had cost millions of dollars to produce.
“There are very few downsides to having a hugely popular show. One I can think of, when you try to end it, many people have opinions on how to end it. I think that comes with the territory,” said the network’s president of programming, Casey Bloys, while at the Television Critics Association event.
“The petition shows a lot of enthusiasm and passion for the show, but it wasn’t something we seriously considered. I can’t imagine another network would.”
Aside from the anger felt by fans, critics found the final season praiseworthy, as it earned 32 nominations at the upcoming Emmy Awards.