The Game of Thrones fan petition to remake Season 8 officially crossed the 1 million signature threshold this weekend, ahead of the series finale's airing, and some stars from the show are not happy about the intense backlash against the show's final bow.
Jacob Anderson, who portrays the Unsullied leader Grey Worm in Game of Thrones, spoke out against those who are calling for a second effort in an interview on Good Morning America's Strahan and Sara segment, saying that he thinks the vitriol is impolite and diminishes the hard work of the show's crew.
"I think it's rude," Anderson said of the still-climbing petition. "I think obviously, the show feels to people like it belongs to them, and that's really good. I think it's really important when people take things into their heart. It means something to them. However, it doesn't [belong to them]."
Anderson went on to tout the work of the Game of Thrones crew, which was on-hand for the many grueling night shoots and long hours that went into making the battle scenes happen, indicating that the petition overlooks their contributions; the petition points to the alleged failings of the showrunners and writers of the new season, not the cast or crew.
"I was there, and the crew in particular on our show are like the hardest-working group of people I've ever met or ever had the pleasure to work with, and I think to kind of trivialize their work in that way, I find it kind of sad. Less so for us because we just get to fight people and look cool," Anderson said.
Anderson also addressed the trending topic #NotMyDany that popped up after "The Bells" turned Daenerys Targaryen (Emilia Clarke) into the Mad Queen in such a sharp heel turn that many felt it was inconsistent with the character — or at least much too rushed.
"Personally, I'm of the mind that that was completely earned. I think Emilia is amazing. I think it's all there, it's all there," Anderson said of the vocal dissent over Dany's sudden decision to torch King's Landing.
One reaction he does share with the fan community right now is the collective head-shaking that commenced after a stranded coffee cup was spotted in frame for a key scene in the show's fourth episode. "Now, that I can't defend," Anderson said.
Meanwhile, Isaac Hempstead-Wright also decried the petition, telling The Hollywood Reporter, "It's just absurd. I can't even fathom it. It's just ridiculous. It's ridiculous that people think they can just demand a different ending because they don't like it." Hempstead-Wright added that he has taken the petition "personally," despite knowing he shouldn't, and believes that Game of Thrones offers "a great ending" as-is.
Like Anderson, he also believes that the much-maligned Daenerys arc is in keeping with the rest of the show, saying, "People have complained there wasn't enough foreshadowing of that. But time upon time, she's demonstrated a capacity to be quite brutal. She's waited years and years to get over to Westeros and take what is hers. She's been delayed. She's had to fight an army of literal dead people. She nearly died. She's lost Jorah, Missandei, and now the person she's deeply in love with isn't comfortable with her and he threatens the claim she's had for years. She's sick of it. She's pissed off and she's lost her mind. I don't think it's some plot twist to be shocking for the sake of shocking. I think it's a genuine character development."