Kit Harington might’ve loved it, but overall Game of Thrones fans were somewhere between disappointed and outraged at how Season 8 panned out.
So much so that nearly 1.7 million signed a petition to remake the season ‘with competent writers’. Ouch.
One screenwriter decided to take matters into his own hands and have a go at creating a payoff the fans deserve, you can give it a listen below:
Daniel Whidden created the story with new outcomes and character arcs, which he explains with an extremely inventive 16-minute YouTube video.
Here’s his description of narrative: “We start with episode three, the Battle of Winterfell. And for the most part, this episode will play out much like it did in the real version.
“The combined forces of the unsullied, the Dothraki, Northman and wildlings face off against the Night King and his undead horde.
“Meanwhile, Cersei, the golden company and the iron fleet chill in King’s Landing having reneged on their promise to help in the upcoming war. But this episode will have one major difference that will completely change the episodes to come.
“The Night King will be victorious and the remaining forces of Winterfell will be forced to retreat to King’s Landing.”
One of the most upsetting moments for fans in the final ‘The Long Night’ episode was the decision to place the civilians of Winterfell in a crypt where the Night King could quite clearly raise the dead.
Cersei Lannister. Credit: HBO
Whidden went on to describe this as ‘lazy writing’, stating he would’ve placed them in the main hall instead, only being forced down into the crypts when Winterfell is overrun by the White Walkers. He believes this would still have had an ’emotionally visceral’ impact.
Another point of contention was the decision not to include Jon Snow in the victory over the Night King, something that this rewrite seeks to rectify by writing the character to have an epic sword duel with the evil lord.
The twist would see him stab the Night King with dragonglass, only to learn it had no effect on him. This would lead the action to King’s Landing where the survivors will try and seek refuge from Queen Cersei.
Jon Snow. Credit: HBO
Later on, Jamie takes out Cersei and elsewhere Daenerys and Drogon fly to the God’s Eye Lake to burn the magical tree, the destruction of which leads to the Night King’s demise. However, this also rids the world of magic and therefore the resurrected Jon dies.
A final scene set five years later would see Daenerys visiting Jon’s grave with a son, also called Jon, where she hints that their son was destined to be king of Westeros one day.
And if that didn’t give you goosebumps, I don’t know what will. Hats off to Whidden for giving the show a fitting finale – now all we need to do is raise a few million quid and we can get this show on the road.
Daenerys Targaryen and Jon Snow. Credit: HBO
The reaction to the video was nothing but positive with one fan saying: “While listening to your story, I kind of imagined all your story and forgot what I have watched , and feel much happier now , thanks for that”.
Another added: “Now I’m gonna watch this video 10 times to brainwash myself into believing that this is what really happens”.
A third commented: “This was 100x better than how the show really ended. Great work man. I’ll pretend that the show actually ended like this.”