Emilia Clarke wants a future where female actors are known for their work, not their bodies.
According to The Huffington Post, George R.R. Martin, famed creator of A Song of Ice and Fire, which were the basis for Game of Thrones, has had it with the show’s fandom. He admitted he finds a ‘toxic’ atmosphere to online fandoms when he was a guest on ‘Maltin On Movies’ where he commented on the backlash to the ending of Game of Thrones, which was not warmly received by the fanbase (to say the least). He said that the internet has amplified toxic fandom to new heights, which was nothing like the old days of science fiction and fantasy communities. Martin directly said:
The Internet is toxic in a way that the old fanzine culture and fandoms — comics fans, science fiction fans in those days – was not. There were disagreements. There were feuds, but nothing like the madness that you see on the internet.
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The divisive reaction to the show’s reaction has effectively lit the show’s fandom on fire. There have been fan petitions, calling for the entire eighth season to be remade. Cast members such as Sophie Turner have criticized these petitions, calling them ‘disrespectful’ to the show’s creators and creative team. Criticism has been labeled against the show’s final series for ‘bad writing’, a rushed conclusion to the previous seven seasons of buildup, and complaints against decisions such as Daenerys burning King’s Landing to the ground despite the city’s surrender.
Still, the backlash seems to be a bit out of control. Maybe George is right and we should all calm down a little. After all, this IS just a tv show and these are just fictional characters. It may have been bad but that doesn’t negate the wonderful experience and remarkable achievement that Game of Thrones ultimately was. Plus, we have the books still to look forward to (if they ever come out) and more Game of Thrones spinoffs on the horizon, including a series about the origins of the White Walkers starring Naomi Watts.
What are your thoughts on the fandom backlash? Let us know in the comments!
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I’ll admit it, I too thought that Jon Snow not petting Ghost was the worst thing ever, but turns out that heartbreaking scene in the penultimate episode of Game of Thrones was merely creating hope that they would meet again at home (yes, the Night’s Watch has and always been Jon’s one true home).
Now Twitter might not the best thing on the internet (the best thing on the internet is obviously memes about hotdogs), but it does showcase some of the best reactions to Jon meeting, and staying with, our favorite runt of the Dire wolf litter Ghost.
Fair warning, a lot of these Tweets will tug at your heartstrings, and if none of them do then Ghost will eat you.
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I’m kidding! (I’m not kidding).
Before get too emotional, let’s remember about how we all complained that Jon should have pet Ghost goodbye.
And it worked, it did shut me enough. It shut me up so much that now I’m writing an article about it.
Regardless of what you think of this season or any other season or any specific scene or scenes, just look at this.
This strange-faced tweeter is right. Like a baseball smacking you in the nose, life really does come at you fast…
On a related note, Kit Harrington ages like honey.
Speaking of life, let’s watch the original scene but with a nostalgic filter on it.
I’m not crying, you’re crying.
Speaking of how far we’ve come, let’s look at this Tweet.
Jon and Danny with their animal companions. It almost makes me forget that Danny died as a war criminal.
Speaking about how Danny turned to the dark side (note to self, never trust anyone who says they can solve all your problems), let’s look at how Jon and Danny were different. Daenerys might be Queen of the Unsillied, mother of Dragons, burner of women and children, liberator of women and children, but Jon Snow has the best title of all.
The best part about this title? Jon Snow doesn’t brag it out to everyone.
The only thing better than Jon Snow is his Dire Wolf, Ghost.
Jon and Ghost, they’re perfect for each other.
We also have this tweet, because feels.
Yes it, which leads me say…
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There was a major mistake in Episode 4 of Game of Thrones last night and it’s a pretty hilarious one. During the big dinner scene in the episode as Tormund toasts Jon Snow, Daenerys sulks in the background, giving Jon the side eye for all the attention he’s getting. However, eagle eyed viewers noticed an unusual object in the background, right next to Daenerys. What was the object? Why, a modern day Starbucks coffee cup, all of things! The plastic looking thing stood out in contrast to the rustic, moodily lit surroundings of the Winterfell hall and although a little hard to spot, you can’t unsee it once you do.
See if you can spot the offending latte in this GIF below:
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Naturally, the Internet reacted to this error with the usual storm of hilarious tweets and reactions. Here are some of the best ones below:
Oops! That was a considerable blooper, that’s for sure. Perhaps this was all part of a strange tie in deal with Starbucks! After all, who wouldn’t want to have a Starbucks cup that says this on it?
It is always hilariously baffling when things like this happen, considering Game of Thrones’s massive production costs. Still, it provided many great laughs and memes from the fanbase. Did you catch the Starbucks mug in all its glory in this episode? What was your reaction to it? Let us know in the comments!
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It’s Thirsty Thursday, and Bookstr is bringing you Booze & Books, our newest weekly feature dedicated to drinking games and booze-book pairings. Since this week is in honor of the Game of Thrones TV show, we’ve got one major recommendation: a shitload of booze. This post is dark and full of spoilers, so don’t continue if you haven’t gotten a chance to endure episode 3. The battle’s lighting may be dim, but don’t worry: we’re about to get LIT.
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Listen, sometimes you have to just drink and know things. For instance, you KNOW that at least one of your faves is going to die by the end of Season 8… if they haven’t already. (Pour one out for Lyanna Mormont.) And you KNOW that, if you drink for every on-screen death, you’ll be as dead as George R. R. Martin’s characters. So, let’s stick with the following rules and show a tad more temperance than Cersei, shall we? Read up & drink up, keeping in mind that many of these rules are based upon popular online theories of things that could happen to our protagonists (let’s not call them all heroes). By the end of this list, these pages won’t be the only thing turnt.
Remember: drink responsibly and read voraciously!
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TAKE A DRINK IF…
- There is further tension between Dany and Sansa
- Dany wins the majority of the credit for defeating the Night King (as it appears in the episode 4 trailer)
- Jon and Dany are incredibly awkward around each other…
- OR Jon and Dany full-on fight it out.
- Tyrion betrays Daenerys.
- The Night King isn’t dead; BRAN is the Night King
- Or Bran is the Lord of Light?
- Daenerys’ dragons die.
- Tyrion and Sansa remain married.
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Finish Your Drink if…
- Brienne and Jaime end up in a relationship
- Gendry is killed when Dany discovers his claim to the throne
- Daenerys ends up the final villain
- Jaime is the one to kill his sister-slash-ex-lover
- ARYA is the one to kill Cersei (brown eyes, blue eyes, GREEN eyes, y’all)
- Cersei dies giving birth to Jaime’s child (which would still follow the valonqar prophecy)
- ARYA USES JAIME’S FACE TO KILL CERSEI
- Your favorite character dies (if anything happens to Sansa, there’s not a drink in this world strong enough…)
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