Petition for redo of ‘Game of Thrones’ season childish

Many of us know the first few caveats of the First Amendment for the United States Constitution — freedom of speech, freedom of the press, freedom of religion. However, the last part of the amendment gives us the right to petition the government for a redress of grievances.

I wonder if the Founding Fathers intended for people to start a petition because they were peeved about how a piece of performance art ended. I kind of doubt it, but it would be kind of hard to ask one of them without the aid of a ouija board.

For those of you who don’t know, apparently winter came too fast and furious for some die-hard fans of “Game of Thrones,” as the final season was a colossal disappointment for some of them. I’ve never seen the show myself, but I can certainly understand why some fans could be upset, considering there was one scene from the medieval show where a Starbucks coffee cup made a cameo appearance. Even Aaron Rodgers was less than thrilled with the series finale, according to an interview on NFL.com.

It’s one thing to be upset, but it’s quite another to try and petition HBO to remake the last season. Yes, it’s true. I’m not making this up. Someone actually started a petition to get the studio to fork over some more big bucks to erase the current season eight and come up with something that won’t leave fans in the fetal position and crying on their living room floors.

The petition, which has collected more than 1.4 million signatures as I’m writing this, reads: “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. This series deserves a final season that makes sense. Subvert my expectations and make it happen, HBO!”

I’m not sure which is more bizarre, the fact that someone started this petition and thinks a studio would really turn back the clock and shell out hundreds of millions of dollars to make fans happy or that there are 1.4 million people who think this could be a reality. I don’t usually use the term “snowflake,” but for some twisted reason, it fits these overly sensitive folks who apparently have no clue that when you don’t like something on television, there’s a remote control that can be used to change the channel.

I’ve certainly heard of instances where studios decide to kill off beloved television series and the fans petition to either get it back on the same television station or move it to a different one. That comes from a place of love. However, to ask a studio to redo an entire season of a show is not from such a place, and it’s akin to asking the NFL to have two teams replay a game because of a blown call by a referee.

Oh, wait. That actually happened. As I recall, a federal judge told fans, in essence, to get real. Somehow, I get the feeling that HBO’s going to send the same message to “Game of Thrones” fans. Why? Because it’s incredibly childish to think you can demand writers, actors, camera operators, directors, producers, craft services, etc., to take time out of their lives to do another version of the show because you didn’t like the first one.

Already, at least one actor, Sophie Turner, has lashed out at fans because their petition is more of a fantasy than the world that “Game of Thrones” is set in.

“All of these petitions and things like that — I think it’s disrespectful to the crew, and the writers, and the filmmakers who have worked tirelessly over 10 years, and for 11 months shooting the last season,” she said in an interview with the New York Times. “Like 50-something night shoots. So many people worked so, so hard on it, and for people to just rubbish it because it’s not what they want to see is just disrespectful.”

Granted, I can’t walk a mile in fans’ shoes because I’ve never watched the show. But society, for many years, has been in a very unhealthy relationship with entertainment and the folks that make it happen. There are certainly shows that I like and ones that I make a habit of watching, but I’ve had shows that disappointed me in the end. Instead of making a petition, I watched something else, or I did something else. Life’s too short to worry about television.

I can also tell you that, as a writer, I would never dream of rewriting something because a fan thought it didn’t measure up. Most writers have already moved on to other projects and have multiple worlds forming in their minds. Obviously, if a book flops, authors are disappointed, but they don’t dwell on it. They get over it. They move on to the next project.

If someone ever suggested I do one of my books over, I’d probably laugh so hard that I’d pull a muscle. Then I’d tell them to write their own rotten story if they thought they knew better.

“Game of Thrones” is not the first television series that disappointed viewers in the end, and it’s doubtful it’ll be the last. Fans need to grow up and stop acting like they’re in the first grade. In real life, television doesn’t get do-overs. You either sink or swim.

If it’s the fate of “Game of Thrones” to spend eternity at the bottom of a dark pool, so be it. There are other shows and other adventures to explore, and you can’t sit on the iron throne if you’re sitting in your bedchamber sobbing baby-style because things didn’t go your way.

Lee Pulaski is the city editor for the Shawano Leader. Readers can contact him at lpulaski@newmedia-wi.com.