Fans can be a fickle bunch. In fact, the word fanatical is completely apt as they take their love of a franchise beyond just accepting it for what it is and wanting it instead to be something that they instead demand it to be. We’ve seen this when fans voice their displeasure, often putting out needless petitions demanding that studios do what they want.
It’s the scenario that has recently played itself out as entitled fans disappointed in the closing season 8 of Game of Thrones have petitioned HBO to remake the entire season. It’s all a little silly on the face of it, as regardless of what fans think about the series, the studio spent a lot of money on making those episodes and bringing about the conclusion they felt would work. Yes, it might not have been perfect and in fitting with the earlier seasons as it ran out of source material (for the record, I haven’t watched it, so am simply basing this off of what I’ve heard from others) but it’s still the ending that the producers wanted to make, and so shouldn’t we accept it?
Well, some fans believe that it shouldn’t be accepted and are calling for HBO to regather everyone and somehow come up with the several hundred million dollars it would cost to make another season, simply so that they can get an ending thy would prefer. It’s ludicrous, stupid, and thankfully something which the studio is not bowing to, as they revealed an official statement on the matter as revealed by Variety:
There are very, very few downsides to having a hugely popular show, but one I can think of is when you try to end it, many people have big opinions on how it should end. The petition shows a lot of enthusiasm and passion for the show, but it wasn’t something that we seriously considered.
While the passion these fans have for the show is admirable, it’s ultimately a little too much and understandably there is not much that can be done about the poorly received series finale now. Whereas normally if fans don’t approve of something they should simply vote with their wallets, I do understand for a TV series such as this that can’t be done as you can’t know you’re unhappy with it until after you’ve watched it. Still, that doesn’t justify the behaviour of fans who should rather spend their time thanking the company of at least giving them something to talk about all these years.
What do you make of fan petitions like this and what else should fans do to better show their passion and displeasure at something?
Last Updated: July 25, 2019