HBO President Breaks Silence on Game of Thrones Fan Petition to Remake Season 8

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When you think about the final season of HBO's smash hit Game of Thrones, you might remember Arya Stark's big kill, Daenerys Targaryen's shocking conclusion, or even Jon Snow's reunion with Ghost. But more than likely, your mind will first go to the fan reaction to the series' conclusion, which was ... less than enthusiastic.

As many are very much aware, a Change.org petition was even created by angry fans prior to the extremely divisive finale, calling for the season to be remade with "competent writers." At the time of this writing, that petition has garnered more than 1,694,500 signatures—and counting. While the likelihood of the petition actually working is obviously very slim, multiple Game of Thrones stars have spoken about how upsetting it is nonetheless.

Now, HBO president of programming Casey Bloys is discussing the petition for the first time publicly, confirming that it has no chance of affecting the completed final season. According to Variety, the network head had this to say at HBO’s summer TCA press tour:

“There are very, very few downsides to having a hugely popular show, but one I can think of is when you try to end it, many people have big opinions on how it should end. The petition shows a lot of enthusiasm and passion for the show, but it wasn’t something that we seriously considered.”

Bloys also touched on the Game of Thrones prequel series in the works, revealing that shooting has wrapped, as well as sharing that the backlash to the final season hasn't influenced the process while making the new show.

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Tiger King Star Carole Baskin Is Back With a New Line of Tiger-Themed Face Masks

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When Netflix released the controversial documentary Tiger King back in March, millions of viewers witnessed the unpredictable, and incredibly volatile, rivalry between eccentric zookeeper Joe Exotic and Carole Baskin, the owner of the animal sanctuary Big Cat Rescue.

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