Leading the cast of House of the Dragon, HBO’s straight-to-series Game of Thrones prequel, is Paddy Considine who will play King Viserys Targaryen. The prequel, from George R. R. Martin, Ryan Condal, and Miguel Sapochnik, is based on Martin’s book Fire and Blood from his series A Song of Ice and Fire.
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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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