Instead, fans are grumbling on social media about rushed storylines, unexplained loose ends and beloved characters doing things that don’t feel true to their nature.
“David Benioff and D.B. Weiss have proven themselves to be woefully incompetent writers when they have no source material (i.e. the books) to fall back on,” says the petition, referring to the two “Thrones” showrunners and the source material by author George R.R. Martin.
“This series deserves a final season that makes sense.”
As we head into Sunday night’s finale, here are some of fans’ biggest complaints.
The plot’s pacing is too fast for only six episodes
Dany has gone mad, and the plot’s execution didn’t prepare fans for it.
The show foreshadowed the Mother of Dragons becoming the Mother of Ashes like her villainous father, the Mad King. But it happened all too quickly.
Earlier seasons, in which Dany liberated slaves and showed compassion for the downtrodden, led many fans to believe she would be the show’s big hero.
Many fans expected more, especially if there was no rush to end the series.
“We always believed it (the series) was about 73 hours, and it will be roughly that,” Benioff said. “As much as they wanted more, they understood that this is where the story ends.”
The writing leaves too many questions
How did Arya and the Hound get from Winterfell to King’s Landing so fast? Either Westeros is smaller than we think or those Uber horses ride at warp speed.
Then, just as Arya seemed doomed to die in the flaming wasteland of King’s Landing, a white horse magically appeared to rescue her. Seriously, what are the odds? Was it a Biblical reference? A real-life symbol of the toy horse the girl from King’s Landing was holding onto?
What about Brienne, who was left crying in Winterfell after being jilted by Jaime Lannister? Where is Bronn? Samwell Tarly? And can we get an update on Ghost? Jon just left him like he hardly knew his direwolf.
Too. Many. Questions.
It’s one thing to leave some mystery for viewers to figure out on their own. But many fans found these recent episodes straight-up confusing and frustrating.
Characters’ choices don’t make sense
It’s not just Daenerys and her sudden urge to rotisserie all of King’s Landing.
That was a real sharp mood change.
Arya had Cersei atop her kill list before the Hound told her no way kid, get out of here. And Arya obeyed him? That was new.
Tyrion, who prides himself on being the smartest Lannister and keeps saying how Daenerys wants to make the world a better place, thought it would be OK to tell Varys the truth about Jon Snow without Dany getting mad? Then he crosses Dany AGAIN by freeing his brother Jaime?
Some fans feel these episodes have betrayed seven seasons of painstaking character development. And they would know. They’ve grown to know these characters so much they probably could predict their rising signs if it came down to it.
That’s how fierce the “Thrones” fandom is.
The show isn’t as progressive as it once seemed
Some fans believed that “Game of Thrones,” with its themes of overcoming oppression and sexism, would be the series that broke destructive social cycles.
A show filled with so many strong women seemed to bring a message of female empowerment.
Instead, it’s become a lesson of leadership fitness, with undertones suggesting women fail as rulers because of their emotions.
Fans were excited about the idea of a woman taking charge, only to see the show seemingly revert back to a familiar TV and movie hero: a white man with a noble lineage.
Then again, it’s not over. Many observers predict Sansa will still end up on top.
But maybe there’s still time for redemption
“Game of Thrones” has achieved things few TV shows will ever match.
But it still hasn’t been enough for some fans to set aside their concerns about the hasty plotting and the integrity of the characters.
Of course, it’s impossible to please everyone. As the showrunners have said, they can only hope for the best.
And many fans are still hoping that a brilliant finale will redeem their beloved show.
Will anyone sit on the Iron Throne at the end? Given that the Iron Throne is now buried underneath piles of burning Red Keep rubble, is that even physically possible?
Maybe this final episode can give fans some satisfying answers.
It’s their final watch. They’ll definitely be watching.
The final episode of “Game of Thrones” airs Sunday, May 19.