Turner, who played Sansa Stark, said in an interview with the New York Times on Monday that she wasn’t surprised by the fan backlash following the series ending because “Game of Thrones” has been characterized by “crazy twists and turns.”
“People always have an idea in their heads of how they want a show to finish, and so when it doesn’t go to their liking, they start to speak up about it and rebel," she said.
Turner, however, felt that calls to rewrite the final season just “because it's not what they want” were “disrespectful” to all those involved in the making of the show over the years.
“All of these petitions and things like that — I think it’s disrespectful to the crew, and the writers, and the filmmakers who have worked tirelessly over 10 years, and for 11 months shooting the last season,” she told the Times.
“So many people worked so, so hard on it, and for people to just rubbish it because it’s not what they want to see is just disrespectful.”
A Change.org petition surfaced last week urging the network to “remake ‘Game of Thrones’ Season 8 with competent writers.”
“David Benioff and D.B. Weiss have proven themselves to be woefully incompetent writers when they have no source material (i.e. the books) to fall back on,” the petition’s creator wrote. “This series deserves a final season that makes sense. Subvert my expectations and make it happen, HBO!”
The petition has so far has gained more than 1.4 million signatures.
HBO programming president Casey Bloys has also settled any rumors of a spinoff series for the surviving characters, telling the Hollywood Reporter in an interview on Tuesday that a sequel “doesn’t make sense for us.”
Fox News Tyler McCarthy contributed to this report.