Winter has finally come for Game of Thrones ̵
A petition calling on its makers, HBO, has been signed by more than 500,000 fans. ] The latest series of popular shows – based on George RR Martin's books – has faced a barrage of criticism online.
petition, launched after this week's penultimate episode was aired, further by demanding a complete do-over "with competent writers".
The writers, the petition charges, have" no source material to fall back on ", alluding to the unfinished books season eight is loosely based on.
Because Mr Martin's next book, The Winds Of Winter, is still a work-in-progress, the TV series has a different ending.
"This series deserves a final season that makes sense," the petition reads. "HBO!"
"The season demolished everything that was built throughout the series, as a result of rushed storytelling, poor character development, and overall lack of care," one signatory wrote.
Given the reported cost of each episode – an estimated $ 15m (£ 11.7m) – HBO is unlikely to cave in to the petition's demands.
And ultimately, staggering numbers of viewers are still tuning in to watch the program. HBO said a record 18.4 million viewers across all its platforms watched last Sunday's episode – the penultimate in the series.
The ending, as Mr Benioff and Mr Weiss have admitted themselves, is likely to be contentious. "Of course we worry."
The BBC has contacted HBO for comment.
The final episode of the fantasy drama is due to air this Sunday on HBO in the US, and in the early hours of Monday on Sky Atlantic in the UK.