It seems like we can’t go a week without a fandom getting its G-string stuck in its balloon knot about something or the other. The latest outrage is about the penultimate episode of Game of Thrones. You know, the one where Daenerys sent King’s Landing straight to hell.
It was a brutal episode with many character deaths and WTF moments that had fans on the edge and screaming for mercy. Here was Dany, the heroine, the one every couple named their new-born daughter over, breaking bad and becoming the one final villain. Cue the Obi-Wan Kenobi voice: “You were the chosen one!”
Suddenly, the internet is aghast and you know there’s definitely some dumbass petition around the corner calling for Season 8 to be refilmed (Ed’s Note: It actually just went live). It’s laughable, really, since Game of Thrones is a show that wiped out most of its main cast with a swish of a wrist in Season 3. It’s defied convention on numerous occasions as it’s provided unexpected twists and turns, cementing itself as one of the most original and ballsy series on television.
Now that we’re in the race to the finish line, the showrunners treated us to one last banana peel. Hell, we should be applauding this sort of creativity and risk-taking, especially on a multimillion-dollar franchise like this one. What did you want? For Dany and Jon Snow to get married and have a baby dragon named Ned Jr? Go watch Riverdale; it has gingers and they’re pretty much the closest thing to dragons.
The issue over Dany’s turn isn’t about the rushed storytelling—which would be a valid criticism—it’s because all those years of fan theories evaporated in an instant because the writers did their own thing. In many ways, it’s like Star Wars: The Last Jedi, where pages of forum chats and thousands of thought pieces were wiped away as the creators decided to do what they’re paid to do, i.e. create.
Unfortunately, entitlement is becoming the cancer of fandoms. The creator’s sandbox is getting smaller and smaller with more and more limitations because of the constant negative outrage and demands. Creators are being put off projects because it’s a never-ending sh*tstorm if they do something that upsets the overgrown toddler online. From death threats to targeted harassment, no fictional universe is worth the abuse that these people suffer because the audience would rather lose their minds over dragons and zombies than actual real-life issues like poverty and unemployment.
In fact, the next time you wonder why creativity is dying and sh*t like Keeping Up with the Kardashians continues to get renewed over and over again, blame these fandoms that choke the joy out of everything. No, the creators of Game of Thrones don’t need to make something by committee nor do they owe you because you’re paying for it (you’re probably streaming it illegally because no one pays for TV anymore).
Life isn’t perfect and you don’t always get what you want. Get over it, babies.