It’s okay to not like the Game of Thrones series finale. For that matter, it’s totally fine if you didn’t enjoy the show’s last season on HBO. Plenty of people, including former cast members and professional NFL players, have expressed as much publicly. But to launch a GoFundMe to raise money for a plane to fly a banner demanding an entire season rewrite over a major American city? That’s a whole other level of fandom — even if it’s a big joke, as angry Thrones fan and Seattle resident Ryan Geddes claims of Wednesday’s hilarious act.
Yes, that’s right. According to The Hollywood Reporter, which later spoke with Geddes, the Seattle-area Thrones aficionado started the GoFundMe as a joke before “The Iron Throne” had even aired. The thing is, many people were just as angry as he was, so while they weren’t able to get the funds in time before the finale, they managed to snag the necessary $698 in time for Wednesday, May 22nd.
So if you happened to be in downtown Seattle at around three o’clock in the afternoon local time, then you probably say Geddes’ hired plane flying his banner, which read “SOMEONE REWRITE GAME OF THRONES SEASON 8 PLZ.”
Needless to say, people noticed.
Speaking with THR, Geddes said he “made this just to send to a couple [of] friends as a joke, not really thinking it would go anywhere, and then we hit our limit [for funding].” He added that the end result was “a thousand times funnier than I thought it would be,” noting that he and his coworkers monitored the plane’s progress from their office window.
As silly as this stunt was, however, the distraught Thrones fan managed to turn his brief moment of fame toward a far better cause. “As disappointing as the lazy writing and rushed conclusions of the last season of Game of Thrones have been, even more disappointing is the lack of resources for survivors of strokes and brain injuries,” said Geddes. “So I would encourage any aggrieved fans who want to send a message to HBO to go and donate money to Emilia Clarke’s charity at sameyou.org. If I can use my 15 minutes of stupid Internet fame for good, I’d like to do that.”
(Via Hollywood Reporter)