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‘Game of Thrones’ Actor Jacob Anderson Reveals Grey Worm’s Fate

Game of Thrones may be over but information is still being revealed regarding the future of the series and character’s fates beyond the closing credits. Viewers said goodbye to many characters, including fan favorite Grey Worm, portrayed by Jacob Anderson. Grey Worm was last scene in the final episode setting sail for Naath with the other Unsullied. Naath was the homeland of Missandei, who perished at the hands of Cersei. The Unsullied journeyed there to honor Missandei’s memory but unfortunately, according to Jacob Anderson and Floor8Grey Worm’s final fate isn’t a happy one.


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The Game of Thrones spinoff book A World of Ice and Fire reveals some unpleasant facts about Naath, which is known as the Isle of Butterflies due to its huge and deadly butterfly population. Each butterfly carries a disease that targets foreigners. George R.R. Martin wrote about the isle in this grim passage:

Fever is the first sign of the plague, followed by painful spasms that make it seem as if victims are dancing wildly and uncontrollably. In the last stage, the afflicted sweat blood, and their flesh sloughs from their bones.


Yikes. Well, you can see where this is going.

Jacob Anderson revealed in an interview MTV Movie Awards, where he revealed the Unsullied are all going to die, probably as soon they land on Naath’s shores. He noted that although this bit of lore wasn’t in the show, but the creators, David Benioff and D.B. Wise, told him it was real after he asked about it. So yeah, the Unsullied are just going to die as soon as they land on Naath, which is a bit of a downer.


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Well, that’s a disappointing end for the character but its at least not ‘explicitly’ canon, so you’re free to disregard it. Or don’t and accept that Grey Worm dies a horrible death of butterfly related diseases. No happy endings in Game of Thrones, right?


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George R.R. Martin Dismisses Claims That Final ‘Game of Thrones’ Books Finished

So that speculation was fun while it lasted.


Ian McElhinney in a scene from the HBO television series "Game of Thrones."

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Previously, it was reported that actor Ian McElhinney, the actor who played Barristan Selmy before the Sons of Harpy got to him, stated that George R.R. Martin “struck an agreement with David [Benioff] and Dan [Weiss]…that he would not publish the final two books until the series completed.”


Benioff and Weiss

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Before the actor even said anything, Benioff and Weiss were Google-bombed by angry Redditors who were able to manipulate Google’s algorithms so now their faces appear when you search “bad writers” after the penultimate episode of Game of Thrones Season 8 aired.

Needless to say, these comments couldn’t have come at a worse time.

Naturally, George R.R. Martin was quick to deny that he’s done with Winds of Winter on his website Not a Blog:

It boggles me that anyone would believe this story, even for an instant. It makes not a whit of sense. Why would I sit for years on completed novels? Why would my publishers — not just here in the US, but all around the world — ever consent to this? They make millions and millions of dollars every time a new Ice and Fire book comes out, as do I. Delaying makes no sense. Why would HBO want the books delayed? The books help create interest in the show, just as the show creates interest in the books.

In case you didn’t get the point, this entry on Martin’s blog was titled “Idiocy on the Internet”.

He brings up a good point. Why would delaying the books help the show? Considering that even if Winds of Winter was published after, say Season 7 was aired, fans would binge the season and rip through the book, creating thousands of think-pieces and millions of comments and videos about the differences.

As George says, “books help create interest in the show, just as the show creates interest in the book”. It’s a symbiotic relationship, even if it can sometimes be parasitical.

OR MAYBE Martin had to say this because if he didn’t the conspiracy would be out?

Maybe the only reason the book publishers don’t know Winds of Winter and Dreams of Spring have been written is because of this agreement with Benioff and Weiss?

Maybe the plan is to end of Game of Thrones and continually generate interest by releasing book in between seasons of the Game of Thrones prequel show.

Maybe the plan is for George Martin to expand the series into fifty books so HBO can continually generate money?

Maybe the plan is for George Martin to reanimate the dead so he can continue writing fantasy novels until the end of time?

Who knows at this point?


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‘GoT’ Showrunner Says Cast Only ‘Think’ They Know the Ending!

While the fanbase for Game of Thrones is in a frenzy as the final season looms (under a week away!) the question that remains on everyone’s minds is: how will it end? Theories abound on how the epic fantasy show will reach its much speculated conclusion but surely the cast knows, right? Right? 

According to this article from The Huffington Post  the answer to that is: Maybe not. In an interview, co-showrunner David Benioff told reporters that the actors working on the show ‘think’ they know how it ends. He goes on to say the higher ups have been employing deception to mask key details, perhaps falsifying scripts or even telling the actors what’s happening onscreen is something completely different than what will end up in the final cut of the show.


The co-showrunners of Game of Thrones standing side by side before a podium

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The showrunners could just be deliberately lying just to throw fans off of the scent and perhaps to avoid harassment of cast members for potential spoilers but there’s also the really possibility that they could be telling the truth as well. Maybe even the cast members have been kept in the dark about the ending and been fed false information by the showrunners/writing team. Of course, it begs the question of how the showrunners were able to keep their crew in the dark, but with the wonders of editing magic, its certainly possibly!

What do you think? Have the cast of Game of Thrones been kept from knowing too much? How do you think the show will end? Feel free to let us know your theories in the comments!



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Like This Book? Then Try This One!

It’s not hard to come by book recommendations, but it’s hard to find recommenders who make a compelling case for just why you should take a leap of faith with a new book. As a result, we have decided to directly compare these newer or underrated gems to better-known works you’ve probably read, so that they may find the wider/louder audience they deserve. It’s never a bad idea to read what you know!


  1. Like this?: ‘The Fault in Our Stars’ by John Green

          Try this!: ‘It’s Kind of a Funny Story’ by Ned Vizzini


fault in our stars----its kind of a funny story

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Like ‘TFIOS,’ ‘It’s Kind of a Funny Story’ explores what it’s like to be a teenager grappling with illness and newfound romance amid a vibrant and affecting supporting cast. Thankfully, the ending of this book is not nearly as sad.


  1. Like this?: ‘My Sister’s Keeper’ by Jodi Picoult

          Try this!: ‘The Dovekeepers’ by Alice Hoffman


my sisters keeper-------the dovekeepers

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Picoult has established herself as one of the best contemporary writers of women’s voices. Hoffman does her one better by venturing far back into the ancient past to breathe life into a handful of Jewish women who find themselves at the crossroads of history when their people take up arms against their Roman overseers. These novels have more than “keeper” in common. 


  1. Like this?: ’The Glass Castle’ by Jeannette Walls

         Try this!: ‘Priestdaddy’ by Patricia Lockwood


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Like Walls, Lockwood bears the blessings and curses of an unconventional upbringing, describing her eccentric parents—her father is a Roman Catholic priest who prefers boxer shorts to white collars—with a compelling mixture of love and shame.


  1. Like this?: ‘Slaughterhouse Five’ by Kurt Vonnegut

         Try this!: ‘Eddies in the Space-Time Continuum’ by J.M. Hushour


slaughterhouse five-------eddies in the spacetime continuum

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While Vonnegut’s Billy Pilgrim finds himself unstuck in time, Hushour’s Eddie can’t escape time at all—or he can, but not in a way that is good for his mental health. Which future is the real one? Not even the continuum has the answers.


  1. Like this?: ‘As I Lay Dying’ by William Faulkner

         Try this!: ‘Salvage the Bones’ by Jesmyn Ward


As I Lay Dying--------Salvage the Bones

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‘As I Lay Dying’ tells the tale of a desperately poor southern family preparing for a funeral. ‘Salvage the Bones’ also documents the lives of a desperately poor southern clan preparing for another sort of funeral—Hurricane Katrina, which will bring an entire region and way of life to the verge of extinction. Like Faulkner, Ward is a southerner with a gothic sensibility. Unlike Faulkner, she is a young black women giving a voice to those not often found in our national discourse until recently.


  1. Like this?: ‘The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy’ by Douglas Adams

         Try this!: ‘City of Thieves’ by David Benioff


hitchhiker's guide--------city of thieves

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Though there are no intergalactic shenanigans to be found in Benioff’s novel, this account of brotherly camaraderie and whirlwind adventure amid unimaginable destruction and cosmically surreal cruelty has shades of Douglas’s masterwork. You’ll never look at eggs the same way again.


  1. Like this?: ‘The Lovely Bones’ by Alice Sebold

         Try this!: ‘Everything I Never Told You’ by Celeste Ng


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In an average town in 1970’s America, a young girl goes missing and is later found dead. This is the bare-bones plot (heh) of both ‘The Lovely Bones’ and ‘Everything I Never Told You.’ But where Sebold lingers on slain teen Susie and her family’s struggle to find peace, Ng hones in on issues of race, alienation, and thwarted dreams that are entirely her own.


  1. Like this?: ‘The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao’ by Junot Diaz

         Try this!: ‘Skippy Dies’ by Paul Murray


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When a young life ends tragically, how can we come to terms with what happened and move on? Though Díaz and Murray use vastly different vernaculars and frames of reference to provide their own perceptions of a seemingly grim matter, they both provide a riveting and humorous take on the fraught and too-short lives of its title characters. Like Oscar, Skippy will stay in your head and your heart long after you put the book down.


  1. Like this?: ‘Gone Girl’ by Gillian Flynn

         Try this!: ‘Tell No One’ by Harlan Coben


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David Beck is living a contented life with a beautiful wife, Elizabeth—until Elizabeth is suddenly and cruelly taken from him. But is she really dead? ‘Gone Girl’ may be one of a kind, but Flynn definitely doesn’t have a monopoly on absent wives and twisted marriages.



  1. Like this?: ‘War Horse’ by Michael Morpurgo

         Try this!: ‘The Art of Racing in the Rain’ by Garth Stein


War Horse-------The Art of Racing in the Rain

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Yes, ‘War Horse’ is aimed at children while ‘Racing’ is geared towards adults. But if you like animal narrators and purging your tears, as ‘War Horse’ readers are wont to do, then you will probably get a thrill from this novel about one very wise dog. Nearing the end of his life, lab-terrier mix Enzo looks back on a happy existence with his owner Denny, a racecar driver confronted with one misfortune after another. He may only be a dog, but Enzo is determined to help his best friend. Can he do it?



  1. Like this?: ‘Between the World and Me’ by Ta-Nehisi Coates

         Try this!: ‘The Fire Next Time’ by James Baldwin


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Coates drew rave reviews for his painful and unyielding letter to his young son about the harsh realities of being a black man in the U.S. Baldwin—who Coates has cited as an influence—did something quite similar with ‘The Fire Next Time,’ structured in part as a blunt and sociologically-pointed missive to the nephew named for him. You will be spellbound and dismayed at just how little has changed from 1963 to 2015.


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Feature image is of David Benioff and DB Weiss posing at a Game of Thrones premiere.

New HBO Series From ‘Game of Thrones’ Showrunners Is Already Catching Heat

David Benioff and D.B. Weiss, showrunners of “Game of Thrones,” have a new HBO series in development called “Confederate,” and it’s already drawing criticism. In the series, the South successfully seceded from the North during the Civil War, and slavery has become a modern institution.


Like “Game of Thrones,” the series will follow a wide array of characters such as politicians, slave hunters, abolitionists, and journalists. The president of HBO programming, Casey Bloys, has this to say about the series:


As the brilliant ‘Game of Thrones’ winds down to its final season, we are thrilled to be able to continue our relationship with Dan and David, knowing that any subject they take on will result in a unique and ambitious series. Their intelligent, wry and visually stunning approach to storytelling has a way of engaging an audience and taking them on an unforgettable journey.


Ambitious, indeed. But the series hasn’t gone over so well on social media. It’s been called everything from “disgusting” to “cringeworthy.”


Benioff spoke to Vulture about the series and had this to say regarding the controversy:


But this points out — we haven’t written any scripts yet. We don’t have an outline yet. We don’t even have character names. So, everything is brand-new and nothing’s been written. I guess that’s what was a little bit surprising about some of the outrage. It’s just a little premature. You know, we might f*** it up. But we haven’t yet.


Daenerys standing in front of a fire-breathing dragon.

Weiss and Benioff can only deal with one flame war at a time, via Quartz


The series hasn’t been written yet, but the pitch is enough to spark outrage on the internet. The backlash spread like wildfire, but not the kind they’re used to.


Picture of wildfire from Game of Thrones blowing up a building.

Last fire pun, I promise, via Game of Thrones Wiki


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