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Game of Thrones favorite Charles Dance has weighed in on the show’s divisive final season, admitting he would sign the petition to remake it.

When it premiered in 2019, the eighth and final season of the hugely popular fantasy series proved so divisive that more than 1.8m people signed a petition urging HBO to remake it in full.

Dance’s character Tywin Lannister was killed off in season five of the show, but the veteran actor says he continued to watch Game of Thrones and was disappointed with the way it ended.

Informed about the petition by PopCulture.com, Dance replied: “Well if there was a petition, I would sign it.”

“I mean, I saw it. I continue to watch the whole series even after I’d been killed off in the lavatory,” he added. “Because I just thought it’s a fantastic television show, you know? I was very lucky to be part of it. I loved it; there were storylines [where] I wanted to know what was going to happen to these people! I know that the finale satisfied a lot of people. It also disappointed a lot of people, and I’m afraid I am in the latter camp.”

Despite being disappointed by the conclusion, Dance went on to praise show runners David Benioff and D.B. Weiss, saying: “I think David and Dan raised the bar when it came to television screenplay writing. They are phenomenal. And for the whole thing to end up as a committee, I just thought, ‘Hmm, no.’ I would say I was somewhat underwhelmed by [it].”

Dance’s cast mate Nikolaj Coster-Waldau – who played Jaime Lannister – has also shared his thoughts on the petition in recent days, telling Variety: “I was aware of the petition for a new ending, which I thought was hilarious. I almost wanted to donate to that petition.”

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By Nick Levine