HBO Exec Addresses Petition to Remake Game of Thrones' Final Season

In case there was any doubt whether the powers that be at HBO heard fans' cries to remake the eighth and final season of Game of Thrones, they did. However, that doesn't mean the premium cable network ever actually considered doing it.

During the Television Critics Association press tour, HBO Programming President Casey Bloys acknowledged the fan petition to remake Season 8 for the first time, though he noted it "Wasn’t something we seriously considered."

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The petition, which was launched in May, called for HBO to hire new writers to rewrite Season 8 as a result of fans' frustration with the way showrunners David Benioff and D.B. Weiss handled the hit drama's closing salvo. "This series deserves a final season that makes sense," the petition decried.

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Nevertheless, while the petition currently sits at just under 1.7 million signatures and counting, it appears those fans' demands are falling on deaf ears, and when you look at the numbers, it's easy to see why. Despite earning some series-low Rotten Tomatoes scores, episodes from Season 8 broke countless records when it comes to ratings. What's more, the final season set a new record for nominations ahead of the 2019 Primetime Emmy Awards, an achievement Bloys was happy to acknowledge, saying, "Thirty-two Emmy nominations is nice validation."

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Game of Thrones stars Peter Dinklage as Tyrion Lannister, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau as Jaime Lannister, Lena Headey as Cersei Lannister, Emilia Clarke as Daenerys Targaryen, Sophie Turner as Sansa Stark, Maisie Williams as Arya Stark and Kit Harington as Jon Snow.

(via Deadline)

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