When Disney announced that Game of Thrones co-creators David Benioff and D.B. Weiss were writing a series of new Star Wars films, there was much rejoicing. After all, GoT is the benchmark for quality fantasy, providing years of top-tier entertainment that’s politically complex, full of fascinating and charismatic characters and with extremely satisfying plotting. If they could turn their talents to a galaxy far far away, we might be in for something truly special. Then the final season began airing and it’s safe to say that it hasn’t exactly provided what fans wanted.
I won’t spoil things here, but they consider that the show’s treatment of some important characters has ruined them, with many loudly yelling online that they feel that the eight years they’ve invested in the series have been totally wasted. And now, with Game of Thrones apparently turning out to be an all-time great anticlimax, they’re very worried about these new Star Wars movies.
Here’s just a selection of their responses from Twitter:
Disney executives following Twitter today, having just given complete creative control over the next #StarWars trilogy to #GameOfThrones showrunners David Benioff & David Weiss pic.twitter.com/jHzUkR6bwq
— Michael Libby (@tenaciouslibbs) May 13, 2019
GoT has never been my thing, but after seeing the reactions all over Twitter for the last couple episodes… um… wow, the timing of this announcement sure is wild. https://t.co/YH8pa5sXRv
— Elliott Kay (@ElliottKaybooks) May 14, 2019
My Game of Thrones hope is that the finale is so bad Benioff and Weiss Book of Henry themselves off this Star Wars project
— Stephen Sajdak (@stephensajdak) May 15, 2019
Disney on their way to announce the next Star Wars by the writers of Game of Thrones pic.twitter.com/sTlPvY58AG
— Míkey @ buff stuff (@vashperado) May 14, 2019
The team behind Game of Thrones is making the next Star Wars movie. Which means great production values and complex, compelling story lines, except at the very end Skywalker turns out to be a Sith Lord who burns the galaxy to the ground.
— George Takei (@GeorgeTakei) May 14, 2019
I pray to god that David Benioff and D.B. Weiss do not ruin the next Star Wars films, then again, they’ve totally trashed Game of Thrones, theirs no hope with them two any more
— Targaryen (@Mollie_L0uise) May 15, 2019
Though many Game of Thrones fans think the damage done in the most recent episode cannot be fixed, it’s worth remembering that there’s still one outing left to go. Who knows, maybe it’ll open with Jon Snow stepping out of the shower and talking about the crazy dream he had about Daenerys and her dragons?
All that said, saner voices have prevailed and reminded everyone to get a sense of perspective, with @EpicVoiceGuy saying:
I didn’t want the Red Wedding to happen. I didn’t want Sansa to marry Ramsay! They’re telling THEIR story! “Fans” have got to stop thinking it belongs to US. Let the storytellers tell their stories their own way. We’re here for the ride & it’s been a good one!
— Jon Bailey (@EpicVoiceGuy) May 14, 2019
I think this hits the nail on the head and personally, I can’t wait to see what David Benioff and D.B. Weiss come up with for Star Wars. With The Rise of Skywalker set to cap off the Skywalker Saga, the road is free for them to tell whatever story they want, pretty much free of the shackles of continuity. But if they do screw this up, then the howls of misery and fury from the internet will rival even that created in King’s Landing by a very pissed off blonde and her pet dragon.