Passions are running high as Game of Thrones nears its final episode this weekend, with hundreds of thousands of unhappy fans signing an online petition and a counselling service offering to help those grieving the end of the TV fantasy saga.
Some 600,000 fans worldwide had signed a Change.org petition by Thursday criticising Season 8 of the HBO series and calling for a remake.
“This series deserves a final season that makes sense,” said Dylan D, from Texas, who launched the “Remake Game of Thrones Season 8” petition ahead of Sunday’s series finale.
The story of warring families in the fictional kingdom of Westeros has drawn to a close with ever more bloody battles and favourite characters being killed off.
“Season 8 was very disjointed and rushed. Characters were hastily written off and plots became twisted. It was not a good close to a great series!!!,” wrote Marilyn Marnell, one of those signing the petition.
HBO did not return a request for comment on the petition.
The show was created by David Benioff and DB Weiss, who have taken the story beyond George RR Martin’s source material book series, A Song of Ice and Fire.