Published May 27, 2019"Woefully incompetent" writing is the core gripe of over 1.5 million Game of Thrones viewers who have signed a petition to remake the show's eighth and final season, and new data appears to back up their claim.
Data from OpenSubttitles, crunched by Github user mrquart, shows that the number of words spoken per minute in each Game of Thrones episode declines from season to season. As a graph shared by Vanity Fair's Joanna Robinson shows, the show's eighth season features a remarkable drop in dialogue.
There it is. pic.twitter.com/mTl6iJI9sU— Joanna Robinson (@jowrotethis) May 24, 2019
Of course, many attribute the obvious decline to the lack of source material that David Benioff and D.B. Weiss had to draw from for the final two seasons, having surpassed the literary output of series author George R. R. Martin.
The aforementioned petition, authored by Change.org user Dylan D., argues that Benioff and 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."
Despite the amount of signatures on the petition, HBO isn't expected to reshoot the entire season. Some of the show's stars even thought the conclusion was a joke.
Benioff and Weiss will have plenty of opportunities to rile up another fanbase, having agreed to helm the next Star Wars trilogy.