Interesting reaction. If I want you to go with your story in a direction I would like, all I've to do is threat you to not go there.
I've had a similar reaction, which I've discussed here before. After I included a character the readers didn't like, the (a couple of them) down voted me with 1-votes, and then wrote to complain, explaining why. Thinking they might reflect a wider complaint, I asked for details, and tried to rephrase the passage while keeping the wording consistent with the rest of the story AND keeping the subplot largely intact.
Rather than discuss it further with me, they started issuing demands. If I didn't write exactly what I dictated, they would punish me by one-bombing every one of my stories.
Since they wouldn't even discuss the issue rationally, and tried to make a non-political subplot political by dictating what I was allowed to say in a story, I doubled down. I not only returned the original writing, but I extended the subplot, having the character return, even more extreme (unhinged) than before.
And the two readers did exactly what they threatened to do. They've downvoted every single one of my stories. The funny thing is, while SOL still allowed me to, I could track when those solitary 1-votes were made to track their reading, and observed that they actively read every chapter of every story I wrote, within a couple of days of posting. So they were clearly fans of my stories.
I got back at them though. When they started 1-bombing my other stories, I told them (via a blog post) that they were being irrational, as they couldn't register further complaints if they couldn't go any lower—and then I introduced the repeat of the same character. Ever since, they always downvote with 3s. If they like a particular chapter, they'd up-vote the one chapter to 5s, and if they disliked it, they'd downvote to their original 1-bombs.
It was entertaining to watch such fanaticism from those who enjoyed my writing SO MUCH they couldn't quit reading. It's both encouraging and depressing, humorous and sad.