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Over 650,000 Sign Petition to Remake ‘GoT’ Season 8

Season 8 of Game of Thrones was always going to be controversial, but who would have suspected that fans would be so outraged that they would petition demanding a remake of the entire season?

 

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After a year of waiting, the highly anticipated final season of Game of Thrones has not been well received. Critics are Season 8 some of the series’ lowest scores, and the shared disappointment doesn’t end there.

The show is seen to have gone so downhill that even the actors and the author of the books have criticised writers David Benioff and D.B. Weiss.

 

 

Last week, avid Game of Thrones fan Dylan D. created a Change.org petition, directed at HBO demanding a remake of the final season “with competent writers.”

 

David Benioff and D.B. Weiss have proven themselves to be woefully incompetent writers when they have no source material (i.e. the books) to fall back on.

This series deserves a final season that makes sense.

Subvert my expectations and make it happen, HBO!

 

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With nearly 700,000 signatures already, let’s hope that HBO will listen to what everyone is saying, and remake a better ending for this fantastic show.If you are a huge fan of Game Of Thrones and would like to add your name to the petition, please click here!

 

(This article was recently updated to keep up with the number of signatures this petition has gained. From nearly 400,000 to 700,000 in one day?! Seems like a remake could most definitely be in the works.)

 

 

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Why Ned Stark Would Hate What Has Happened To ‘GoT’

*MAJOR GoT Spoilers Follow*

 

 

 

“The straw on the floor stank of urine. There was no window, no bed, not even a slop bucket…” those two lines are taken directly from the beginning of Eddard Stark’s last POV chapter in George R.R. Martin’s A Game Of Thrones. Before he lost his head, our protagonist found himself in a less-than-accommodating cell—jaded, disillusioned and dissatisfied. At first, he cursed all those he believed played a part in putting him there: Littlefinger, Janos Slynt, Cersei, Jaime, Varys and so on. The last name he ends up cursing is his own:

‘Fool,’ he cried to the darkness, ‘thrice-damned blind fool.’

The five stages of grief, in order, are listed as denial, anger, bargaining, depression, and acceptance. In his solitude, Ned Stark seems to experience these stages, all but one—bargaining. After an undefined amount of time, he is visited by Varys, who reaffirms his current circumstances. He’s fucked. Ned, in between the stages of denial and anger, wonders why the eunuch did not intervene when his men were being slaughtered. Varys, rationalizing their situation says:

I was unarmed, unarmored, and surrounded by Lannister swords…When I was a young boy, before I was cut, I traveled with a troupe of mummers through the Free Cities. They taught me that each man has a role to play.

 

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Now, Lord Eddard Stark’s predicament may serve as a quasi-metaphor for the way one feels when their narrative expectations are not met, and it is indeed why I mention it; however, I also bring this particular moment to your attention because of one very important fact: the show did it better. The foundation of the scene in the show may be the same, the water, rock, and cement stirred similarly but solidified in a slightly different manner. The writers of HBO’s adaptation of A Song of Ice and FireGame Of Thrones added a stellar addition to Ned’s series of retorts:

You think my life is some precious thing to me? That I would trade my honour for a few more years of…of what?! You grew up with actors; you learned their craft and you learnt it well. But I grew up with soldiers. I learned how to die a long time ago (addition in bold).

The showrunners built upon an already fantastic exchange with a fist-pump-worthy display of Eddard Stark’s Ned Starkness. As viewers, we all of a sudden became okay with our hero’s death; if Ned Stark were to die, at least he would die with honor. Dignity. The end would feel a little less discombobulating. He will not have died for nothing. We could make peace with the fact that his character would always be viewed as an honorable man, but then it happened—Ned Stark accepted the reality of his circumstances. He admits to the treason he did not commit in order to save his family. Ok. Fine. At least he’ll get to live now and redeem his honor in some other fashion down the road. Nope.

“Ser Iiyn, bring me his head!”

 

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Ned Stark’s execution was made even more powerful due to a worthy bunch of words written by HBO’s finest. In the seasons that followed, GoT seemed to follow this formula; adding things to and subtracting things from George R.R. Martin’s hard work in ways that seemed reasonable. Cinematic. Writers gave Robb Stark more focus, made Catelyn Stark more sympathetic via prayer wheel weaving monologues, and had Arya bring Tywin Lannister cups. The show wisely even cut some of the novels more graphic scenes, because, well—chill, George.

 

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For a while, the show was brilliant, trustworthy—we expected to be awed. It did not compromise. It was surprising to find a fantasy series so relatable and grounded while at the same time obviously immense. A boatload of prophecies and foreshadowing on top of layers upon layers of SEEMINGLY well-rounded character arcs. This all began with the death of Ned Stark, as did the most important thing we learned from Westeros: narrative decisions have consequences.

In K.M. Weiland’s book, Creating Character Arcs (an often referenced book by narrative nerds with too much time on their hands), she defines a character arc as revolving around the lie that a character believes. Over the course of the narrative the character will have to come face to face with this lie and either overcome it or succumb to it—positive and negative character arcs accordingly.

The lie that Ned Stark believes is that his honor is all that matters. What makes Ned’s death so tragic is the fact that he overcomes the lie he believes when he does what is best for his daughters but dies anyway. Although the audience could see this as a negative arc, I choose to see it as a positive character arc, albeit a less victorious one.

 

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Given Joffrey’s character and subsequent reaction, Ned’s fate still makes sense. Seven seasons later, the show itself does not… and the internet is on fire. It is ablaze with the type of heat that can only come from incomprehensible madness or one very pissed off fan base—and the latter is an understatement. A lot of people hate the latest season of Game of Thrones. It feels rushed, contrived, inconclusive, and chaotic. Scorpions are being fired while Tyrion’s demonstrably gigantic brain suffers through a severe case of constipation simply to move the plot along.

 

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Get off the privy!

 

The consequences of this unsatisfactory season: fans with a proclivity for overreacting. Reddit ninjas have bombed Google so that Dan Weiss and David Benioff (sorry guys) are the first faces one sees when they google “bad writing.” A petition has already been made begging HBO to fix this season (yesterday it had something like 16,000 signatures, now, 300,000+). Hell, I wrote an article about lowering my expectations for this season, and I’m still pissed off. All this hate stems from a handful of disjointed character arcs mixed in with broken promises.

When a story plants a seed of ominous information or foreshadows something, it essentially bargains with its audience. For all the “prince that was promised” prophecies and not-so-long-night allusions, winter came and went without so much as a single case of frostbite.  And the character arcs. Oh, the arcs. Jon believes the same lie as Ned and apparently hasn’t learned shit from dying as his already questionable intelligence seems to fade. Jaime believes all that matters in the world is him and his sister—if the past few seasons were any indication, he grows to learn that this is not the case. So why the fuck would he regress? And of course, Dany’s lie is that she is the fateful ruler (no matter what). All that genocide might even make sense for her if we could have actually witnessed the decline of her sanity in an earned way.

 

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And the clever-ish white to black wardrobe progression doesn’t make it any more convincing…

 

Am I writing this article to appeal to the vast army of dissatisfied customers? Absolutely. It’s a popular idea at the moment and the audience matters. Sure there’s been fan service—quirky love triangles, warm and fuzzy reunions. No one can deny that the series’ writing has gone downhill since its departure from George R.R. Martin’s source material; rock without water and cement is just rock. We were actually fine with the rock, but why the rush? The compromising gravel? If the true Warden of the North refused to compromise until right at the very end, then neither should any writer.

Put your heart and soul into that text—type until the keys break, write until the ink bleeds. The whole world is watching—a worthy cast and crew is at your disposal; a disappointing ending is forgivable, but a disappointing season? If writers don’t pay attention to their audience, then an honorable man who once sat in the dark pondering the future of his world really did die for nothing.

 

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Woah, you’re going to ruin your sword, bro…

 

And now, the majority of us story-obsessed free folk are jaded, disillusioned and dissatisfied—cursing the showrunners and all those believed to have played a part in putting us in said position. Episodes one and two found us in a state of denial: ” they’re just setting up all the pieces.” Episode three brought the anger: “Why can’t I see anything? That’s it for the Night King?” After episodes four and five, we became depressed, on the verge of bargaining with the ways in which book adaptations should be accepted right before we lose our heads.

In the darkness of disappointment, we curse our own expectations.

“Fool, thrice-damned blind fool.”

At least there’s no straw on the floor stinking of urine.

 

 

 

Side note: 

I went into work this past Monday and one of my coworkers mentioned how all he saw on his phone when he awoke that morning was GoT backlash. “If people are this upset by a television show they shouldn’t be watching it,” he said.

Maybe he’s right… at the end of the day, Eddard lowered his head, said a prayer and made his peace with the end…

Nah. 

 

 

 

 

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‘The Simpsons’ Predicted That ‘GoT’ Season 8 Twist Years Ago

The Simpsons has a real eerie habit of predicting the future. The show’s biggest prediction to come true was Trump’s election. The latest revolves around Game of Thrones’ most recent episode, “The Bells,” which was, let’s just say, an incendiary move.

I would provide an obligatory spoiler warning, but The Simpsons already spoiled the events of GoT’s final season back in 2017.

Metro pointed out that the show’s GoT parody episode, “The Serfsons,” predicted Daenerys Targaryen’s descent into madness with extreme precision. The Simpsons watch in amusement as a fire breathing dragon lays waste to the medieval version of Springfield at the end of the episode.

 

 

The Simpsons’ portrayal of Dany’s descent into madness is evidently very comparable to her choosing to burn King’s Landing to the ground, and fans definitely took notice on social media. Considering the intense security measures the show uses to prevent script leaks, it seems impossible that the writers could have gleaned any insider information. (Fun fact: Jaime Lannister actor Nikolaj Coster-Waldau also made a voice appearance on the episode, meaning that the two episodes have even more in common… Yeah…) We may not know HOW The Simpsons makes these freakish, frankly paranormal predictions, but we do know that the show always get them right.

 

 

While we won’t know how the legendary series will conclude until next week (and we definitely don’t know if it’ll be any good), we can at least say for certain that The Simpsons is always right.

 

 

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Your Win Is Coming! Enter Our Unmissable ‘Game of Thrones’ Giveaway

As the final season of Game of Thrones approaches the end, Game of Thrones fans are in need of a little comfort. Well, look no further. We’ve got some amazing Game of Thrones merch up for grabs, courtesy of our friends at Insight Editions. Read about these amazing prizes in detail below!

 

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Enter our unmissable game of thrones giveaway for your chance to win all of this amazing game of thrones merch:

 

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Game of Thrones: The Storyboards (Coming May 28th)

 

 

In this exceptional art collection, Game of Thrones storyboard artist William Simpson shares the brilliant work that is an integral part of assembling each episode of the award-winning series.

This gorgeous book features a unique behind-the-scenes look into pivotal moments and early conceptual art from Game of Thrones. Curated from Simpson’s extensive archive, this revealing collection represents the exemplary artistic development involved in one of the most visually dynamic shows on television.

 

Game of Thrones: The Storyboards is the definitive compendium of storyboards for this hit series and captures the impressive scope of its rich development and artistry. This unique collection is housed in a finely crafted, deluxe slipcase and is a must-have for all fans of this breathtaking show.

Insight Editions creates illustrated books of distinction that celebrate cultural milestones in entertainment, history, and the arts. These lavishly produced and visually stimulating volumes are dedicated to the skillful interplay of word and image. Elegant and informative, books from Insight Editions showcase the best of art and photography in exquisite presentations of the bookmaker’s craft.

Stark and Lannister House Notebooks

 

 

Noble, stoic, and resilient, House Stark has endured some of the darkest periods in the history of Westeros. Known for their motto, “Winter Is Coming,” the Starks’ notably grim outlook on life acts as a necessary shield against the brutalities of the Seven Kingdoms. This beautifully crafted ruled notebook features the Starks’ sigil: The fearsome direwolf, symbolizing the strength and loyalty of House Stark.

House Lannister is known for both its great wealth and ruthless cunning. Those with the courage to cross the Lannisters soon come to learn the truth behind the well-used adage, “A Lannister always pays his debts.” This beautifully crafted ruled notebook features the Lannisters’ sigil: The lion, symbolizing the ferocity and pride of House Lannister.

Night King and Wight Concept Notebooks

 

 

Celebrate the final season of HBO’s epic fantasy saga Game of Thrones with this hardcover ruled journal, based on the Night King, master of the White Walkers and the Army of the Dead. Featuring a unique sculpted cover, this hardcover journal lies flat when open and includes 192 ruled pages, a ribbon placeholder, an elastic band, and a back pocket for storing keepsakes and mementos.

Or, if you prefer, check our the Wight concept journal, based on Daenerys Targaryen’s dragon, Viserion, after his shocking transformation by the Night King. Featuring a unique sculpted cover and a textured case, this hardcover journal lies flat when open and includes 192 ruled pages, a ribbon placeholder, an elastic band, and a back pocket for storing keepsakes and mementos.

Night’s Watch and Iron Throne Journals

 

 

The only line of defense for the northern border of the Seven Kingdoms, the Night’s Watch protects Westeros from wildlings, White Walkers, and other threats from the land beyond the Wall. Known as “crows” for their all-black attire, the sworn brothers of the Night’s Watch are absolved from all past crimes when they take their oath, although they must renounce family, land ownership, and birthright. As the final line of the order’s oath states, “I pledge my life and honor to the Night’s Watch, for this night and all the nights to come.” A thrilling new addition to our internationally best-selling line of Game of Thrones stationery, the Game of Thrones: Night’s Watch Hardcover Ruled Journal pays homage to this powerful piece of pop culture iconography.

Constructed by Aegon Targaryen following the war of Conquest that first established the Seven Kingdoms, the Iron Throne is a much-desired seat of power in Westeros. Made from the swords of Aegon’s defeated enemies and forged in the fiery breath of his dragon, Balerion, the surfaces of the Iron Throne are so jagged and hazardous that it allows no ruler to rest easy. A thrilling new addition to our internationally best-selling line of Game of Thrones stationery, the Game of Thrones: Iron Throne Hardcover Ruled Journal pays homage to this iconic element of the hit HBO series.

With sturdy construction and sewn binding, this journal lies flat, and the 192 lined, acid-free pages of high-quality heavy stock paper take both pen and pencil nicely to invite a flow of inspiration. All this, plus a ribbon placeholder, elastic closure, and 7.5 x 4.5–inch back pocket, perfect for holding photographs and mementos, makes Game of Thrones: Iron Throne Hardcover Ruled Journal the ultimate television-inspired portable journal.

 

House Lannister Deluxe Stationary Set

In the land of Westeros, a timely message dispatched via raven can make the difference between winning a battle and losing your kingdom. This deluxe stationery set, themed to avaricious house Lannister provides all the items you will need to communicate with friends, bannermen, and faraway Maesters.*

House Lannister is just one of three available sets—the series also includes House Targaryen, and House Stark. Each set includes a 192-page ruled journal plus these exclusive items:

-Wax stamp featuring House sigil
-Two wax sticks
-Paperweight shaped like House sigil
-Twenty envelopes featuring House sigil
-Twenty pieces of writing paper featuring House sigil
-Keepsake box

Taking fans even further into the world of HBO’s Game of Thrones, these stationery kits are a must-have for fans and anybody who needs to stay one step ahead of rival Houses!

*Ravens not included.

Dire Wolf and Iron Throne Pop-up Cards

 

 

Surprise your favorite Game of Thrones fan with this deluxe pop-up card from Insight Editions, featuring a handcrafted pop of Jon Snow’s direwolf, Ghost.

Using fine Italian pressed and dyed paper with intricate paper engineering, this premium card can be used as a keepsake or display, making it the ultimate gift for fans to share their love for Game of Thrones throughout the Seven Kingdoms.

Or, treat yourself to a handcrafted pop of the Iron Throne.

Using fine Italian pressed and dyed paper with intricate paper engineering, this premium card can be used as a keepsake or display, making it the ultimate gift for fans to share their love for Game of Thrones throughout the Seven Kingdoms.

 

Stark Sigil Card and House Sigil Foil Notecards

 

 

Surprise your favorite Game of Thrones fan with this deluxe greeting card from Insight Editions, featuring an intricate handcrafted quilled design of the House Stark sigil.

Using fine Italian pressed and dyed paper with intricate paper engineering, this premium card can be used as a keepsake or display, making it the ultimate gift for all fans throughout the seven kingdoms.

 

House Stark and House Targaryan Desktop Stationary

 

Explore Westeros with this Game of Thrones–themed stationery set inspired by the hit HBO original series. Themed to House Stark, this desktop set comes in a keepsake display box that holds a 128-page pocket journal, twenty sheets of letterhead paper, and envelopes—all with the iconic House Stark sigil—as well as a quill pen for all your writing needs. Capturing the epic scope of the beloved series, this finely crafted stationery set is a collectible item that will make fans feel like a true member of their favorite house.

Enter the world of Game of Thrones with this collectible desktop stationery set inspired by the hit HBO original series. Housed in a specially made display box, this one-of-a-kind Targaryen-themed stationery set contains a 128-page pocket journal, twenty sheets of letterhead paper and envelopes—all with the iconic Targaryen House sigil—as well as a quill pen for all your writing needs. Taking fans further into the land of Westeros, this spectacular stationery set is the perfect way to celebrate HBO’s Game of Thrones.

Dragon EggHouse, and Iron Throne Candle Sets

 

Dragons are a powerful force in the world of Game of Thrones. Now, you can prepare for the coming of winter with these intricately designed candles modeled after the petrified dragon eggs owned by Daenerys Targaryen on the show — a must-have decoration for any fan!

 


Insight Editions creates illustrated books of distinction that celebrate cultural milestones in entertainment, history, and the arts. These lavishly produced and visually stimulating volumes are dedicated to the skillful interplay of word and image. Elegant and informative, books from Insight Editions showcase the best of art and photography in exquisite presentations of the bookmaker’s craft.

Would You Still Name Your Child Daenerys?

Last nights episode of Game of Thrones, “The Bells,” was nothing but straight carnage. There were many notable character deaths, and though Daenerys was not among them, she fell out of favor with fans when she made her decision to burn the innocents in Kings Landing, especially displeasing those many fans who have recently named their children Daenerys or Khaleesi.

 

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I wish I was making this up, but it’s true. Parents chose the name Daenerys for their babies as many as 3,500 times since the show first aired. Twitter shared their thoughts on what those people must be feeling now after Dany’s fall from grace!

 

 

I think if you still love Daenerys after this episode, and if you still have a desire to name your child by her name, then I suggest you can stick with the name Dany? It’s usual, and there is no trace of reference to the mother of dragons. Or better yet, don’t do it….

 

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