Legendary horror author Stephen King is defending Game of Thrones season 8. Last Sunday's episode was not a hit amongst a certain group of fans who are letting their voices be heard on social media and through a petition to completely re-do the entire season, which has, of this writing, gained over 850,000 signatures. Nearly a million people have signed a petition to rewrite the show and Mr. King is jumping to its defense as social media rides the rage train.
While fans are busy signing petitions and arguing on social media, Stephen King is putting his voice out there in defense of the hit HBO show and its writing. Game of Thrones has been without George R.R. Martin's source material for a while now, which has been a major sticking point over the years. The series is preparing to end this weekend and fans are not happy, but King believes he knows the real reason behind the backlash. He explains.
Stephen King is right: "All good things must come to an end," but is that the real reason Game of Thrones fans are so angry? A quick look through the comments of King's tweet show a group divided of about half agreeing with the author and the other half disagreeing. One of the main criticisms of the last few episodes has been Jon Snow's parentage and its lack of story development.
Another major complaint was highlighted last weekend in the penultimate episode where Daenerys went full Mad Queen and torched King's Landing with her lone dragon, killing thousands of innocent men, women, and children. While some Game of Thrones fans will argue that this element has been teased for years, others believe that the storyline never had time to grow and evolve. Others are just angry because they see it as out of character for the Mother of Dragons and the breaker of chains to do such a thing.
Game of Thrones coming to an end was always going to be divisive. There is no way they were going to be able to please everybody, but could the writing have been better? That's an argument that will go on forever now. The first half of the series really took its time and fleshed out the story arcs throughout multiple episodes and sometimes even seasons, really giving George R.R. Martin's source material the care it deserved until it dried up. It seems David Benioff and D.B. Weiss did the best they could with what they were given. You can read the defense for Game of Thrones season 8, thanks to Stephen King's Twitter account.