During a press conference Wednesday, HBO’s president of programming Casey Bloys shocked the world when he announced that the network wouldn’t remake season 8 of Game of Thrones, despite a petition garnering 1.7 million signatures.

“There are very few downsides to having a hugely popular show,” Bloys said. “One I can think of, when you try to end it, many people have opinions on how to end it. I think that comes with the territory. The petition shows a lot of enthusiasm and passion for the show, but it wasn’t something we seriously considered. I can’t imagine another network would.”

Bloys also talked about how the network distanced itself from the show in the final season, which is something it does with all its shows.

“When a show is in the six, seven, eight [seasons of a] highly successful run, by that point there is a rhythm between showrunners and network, a minimal back-and-forth here and there. That’s not just GoTSilicon Valley is doing their final season, they have a really good handle on what the show is and what the end will look like. It’s not like we are all over them.”

Comicspit talked to petition signer Gavin Dillinger about his thoughts on HBO’s response. “I know the season 8 of Game of Thrones had over 17 million viewers. But we got 1.7 million signatures. That’s not too shabby. We tried to get more, but the Russian bots were busy tweeting negatively about Mueller testifying before Congress.”

Season 8 of Game of Thrones earned a record setting 32 Emmy nominations, despite being the show’s lowest rated season on Rotten Tomatoes.

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