It seems like only yesterday that the best movies and shows couldn’t possibly be marred, no matter how hard anyone tried. At one point Star Wars seemed untouchable, hiccups notwithstanding, and just a short while ago Game of Thrones was considered one of the best shows on television. Now, both are riddled with controversy and disappointment, and fans don’t want the two to mix.
The background is simple. Disney announced that Episode IX was not the end of mainline Star Wars movies, and that a whole new trilogy would begin in 2022. Even better, Game of Thrones TV writers David Benioff and D.B. Weiss, often referred to simply as D&D, were going to be brought on board for this new trilogy. That idea sounded all well and good, until the eighth and final season of Game of Thrones aired, and with it, monumental heaps of disappointment.
In fact, as far as the fandom was concerned, calling the Game of Thrones finale a disappointment would be merciful. Riddled with character actions that were contrary to everything that had been established before, as well as nonsensical plot twists and a frenzied rush to tie up a dozen different plot threads in a meaningful way (spoiler alert, they failed), the finale of Game of Thrones left many people seriously questioning D&D’s ability to conclude a good story, or even write one to begin with. After all, Game of Thrones is George R.R. Martin’s work, so they just had to adapt good writing that already existed for the screen.
That being the case, it’s no surprise that Star Wars fans don’t want D&D in charge of the next trilogy of movies. The current trilogy is already contrived enough as it is, and no one is eager to see Star Wars take another dip in quality thanks to poor writing (not that the writing is in a great place right now). To be fair to D&D, they are probably getting a lot more flak than they deserve. They only failed to deliver one time; it’s just that their one failure was for a TV series with a massive legion of devoted fans. One mistake is just that, but one big mistake is much worse than a small one.
As for whether or not a petition will make any difference to the Disney overlord, that remains to be seen. They have axed directors and writers from series before, so they very well could choose different writers for the upcoming 2022 trilogy. But whether or not they’ll do it for the fans or because they themselves lost faith in D&D is debatable. Either way, with a mark like this one on the duo’s record, it might be some time before they stop receiving flak and probably a lot of unwarranted hate mail. After all, you have to mess up pretty badly to have over a million fans sign a petition to re-shoot and rewrite an entire season of a show.
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Sources: IndieWire, GlobalNews