According to CNN George R.R. Martin has broken his silence on The Winds of Winter. He’s revealed when the next book is coming! Rejoice, everyone! Or…not? As Martin, as usual, was very coy in his statement and revealed things while also not revealing anything at all.
George R.R. Martin confirmed that the next book ‘will be’ complete but refused to say when it can be expected, only that he promises he will finish it, along with A Dream of Spring. Will the ending will be different? He had this to say:
“How will it all end? I hear people asking. The same ending as the show? Different? Well… yes. And no. And yes. And no. And yes. And no. And yes.”
Thanks George, that clears that up. George continued in his statement by noting books are a wholly different medium than television and his novels will explore characters in detail that never appeared on the show, such as Jeyne Poole, Lady Stoneheart, Penny, Darkstar, Aegon VI, and more. But that’s all he goes into. In any case, it’s safe to assume his books will be quite different than the show’s ending but of course, all we can do is theorize until he finally, finally releases the next book.
Despite Game of Thrones coming to an end on Sunday night, George R.R. Martin is continuing to plow a head with original content! According to an article by PC Games, George R.R. Martin revealed he’s being consulted to act as a writer on an upcoming game by FromSoftware. FromSoftware is a video game developer’s studio based out of Japan, creating such titles as Dark Souls, Bloodborne, and Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice. Their games often deal with themes of dark fantasy, creating vibrant worlds that nonetheless feel isolated and full of horror. They also emphasize difficulty, being infamous for creating very hard bosses and enemies that will often have players tearing their hair out. This seems like a match made in heaven with George R.R. Martin.
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George R.R. Martin discussed this and more in a blog post where he revealed his upcoming projects. He has a producer credit on eight upcoming TV shows, short film adaptations, and involvement on feature length movies. In the post, he stated that he was consulting on a video game studio from Japan. Through some research, PC Gamer believes George R.R. Martin will be working with FromSoftware on their next video game project. Martin’s work on the title will include acting as head writer and helping to flesh out the world the player experiences during the game. The title will be an open world title, allowing the player to explore multiple kingdoms at their own pace, while fighting bosses and absorbing their power to grow stronger. Hidetaka Miyazaki, the game’s director, will be working closely with Martin to create the game’s world. The game will be announced at E3 this June, so we look forward to its official unveiling there!
With Martin’s eye for detail, skill with world building, and FromSoftware’s experience as a game studio behind him, we can’t wait to see what George’s imagination creates! Are you excited to see what sort of game George R.R. Martin can create? Let us known in the comments!
It’s safe to say that the series finale of Game of Thrones left a bad taste in the mouths of many viewers. So much so that some are quitting HBO entirely.
The day after the finale aired and the fates of all the main characters were revealed, #UnsubscribeHBO began trending on Twitter. Those who are not happy with the way the season played out have made it their mission to punish the network that aired the series. Here are some examples:
The finale of Game of Thrones ended on a somber note, with many beloved characters meeting grim fates while others left the world on their own accords. There were some happy endings to go around, but the final revelation of who will rule Westeros from now on didn’t satisfy many.
This isn’t the first public display of displeasure from GOT fans about the final season. A petition to remake season 8 has over 1 million signatures so far.
Are you unsubscribing to HBO after the GOT finale?
Game of Throneswent out on a high mark, at least in terms of ratings. The finale episode drew in an audience of 19.3 million episode across HBO’s various platforms, according to BuzzFeed. The new record beat the previous episode, The Bells, which had already set a huge high mark with 18.4 million ratings. The impressive overnight ratings showed that television is still a huge and valid form of entertainment, drawing in millions of viewers if the show is big enough.
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HBO’s previous record holder for most watched was the final episode of The Sopranosback in 2002, which drew in a then massive audience of 13.4 million. But Game of Thrones has blown that out of the water with nearly every episode this season. Each episode, accounting for streaming and rewatching, has drawn in an average audience of over 44 million viewers! Whoa! That’s massive! HBO must be sad to see the series reaching its conclusion considering the high amount of viewers the season has drawn in but thankfully for both them and fans, more Game of Thrones spinoffs are on the horizon. It remains to be seen in these spinoffs will draw in Game of Throne’s massive fanbase and hold a candle to their parent show but with the established huge audience for the show, anything is possible.
In any case, the final season is a huge milestone for HBO and indeed, TV in general! Congratulations to Game of Thrones!
In their explanation as to why Bran won the throne, Vox wrote that
….after a full season of people talking about how maybe the right person to sit on the Iron Throne is someone who doesn’t want it, Bran said in the season’s fourth episode that he basically doesn’t want anything anymore. Stark/Snow 2020: They don’t want anything!
While this line might be the funniest thing ever written, it might not be exactly true. Hear me out: I think Bran planned this.
Don’t believe me? Luckily I’ve got Twitter on my side.
Okay, Twitter might not be the best ‘person’ to have on my side, but the theory makes way too much sense. Let’s break it down.
4. If he can see the future, why isn’t more helpful?
“I’m the Three Eyed Raven” isn’t a sufficient explanation about what he’s doing. He sees the future, but doesn’t say anything. He doesn’t even tell them he had this vision….
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….which ends up looking a lot like this, when Dany was burning King’s Landing to the ground.
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So for someone who sees the future, he fails to mention that:
A. Euron is planning to ambush Dany and kill her dragon.
B. Dany will murder everyone
Something’s fishy here.
3. Battle of Winterfell
Right before the Battle of Winterfell, Bran doesn’t do anything; he just stays by his favorite tree. He doesn’t try to leave, and he never asks, “Hey, Theon! Can you wheel me closer to my sister? It’s cold out here!”
Flash forward to the Battle of Winterfell and what does Bran do? He wargs into…what exactly?
“As far as I understand it, he’s just in the ravens,”Isaac Hempstead Wright told The NY Times. I guess he wants to watch the battle.
Why? Is he that curious to see how trash Jon and Danny’s tactical plans actually were? Or he is looking for something?
He’s watching the Night King.
The Night King comes up to Bran and is about to murder him and Bran, well, he just stares at his would-be killer. Like he does to everyone now. He doesn’t scream, he just looks him.
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That’s a very different reaction from where first saw the Night King and looked scared, like a normal human.
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Upon meeting the Night King again, Bran’s knows something. We already know that the Night King “was once just a normal guy who… didn’t ask to become this raving, crazy ice killer…” but Bran knows something else.
If he really sees the future, then he knows at that moment that Ayra will come and slay the Night King like she’s playing on easy mode.
Did Bran know that the Night King was going to die?
2. Jon’s Parentage adds chaos to the mix
The Night King is on his way, Cersei just pulled out of helping Dany and Jon, and what does Bran do? He tells Sam that Jon’s mother was Lyanna Stark and his father was Rhaegar Targaryen just when Sam happened to have the marriage certificate, thus giving Jon a much better claim to the throne that Dany.
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What does this add up to? Making Dany paranoid, giving people an excuse to betray her (i’m looking at you Varys), and….nothing else. It just adds chaos to the mix and makes things worse. Why? Well, you know what they say…
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1. Bran is Crowned King
He lets Dany, Jon, Tyrion and Jaime all go to King’s Landing. Dany goes crazy, Jon kills her, and guess who just stopped by? Bran. As if this gigantic stretch of half continent was just a block.
Bran left last, but he obviously left before Jon killed Dany. He might have even left before Dany lost her mind.
And he comes just in time to be at the meeting in which they decide who should be King. Remember that when Jon apologizes for not being there when Bran needed him, Bran says, “You were exactly where you were supposed to be.”
He totally planned for this to happen.
Okay, so Bran might have added some chaos, made sure important people were impossible to move upwards (Jon can’t be King, he murdered the Ruler of the Unsullied and Queen of the Dothraki!), and went at the right place at the right time and became King.
All hail Bran the Broken! But why? He doesn’t care about anything, so why be King?
He has an ulterior motive beyond ‘I’ll be a good king so make me King’. Plus, if you were trying to keep everyone after the devastation, why make Sansa the exception, even if she is his sister. For the good of the realm, Bran should be King of the Seven Kingdoms, but his first order as King is “Make it Six Kingdoms instead”.
Being the king is only a rung in the ladder. Don’t believe me? Re-watch that scene with Bran at the small council table.
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Bran: And Drogon? Any word?
Sam: He was last spotted flying East.
Bron: The further away the better!
Perhaps I can find him. Do carry on with the rest.
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Excuse me, King Bran the Broken, why do you want to find Drogon? Why not just leave the grieving animal in peace? He won’t come back to the place his mother died, so why go after him?
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Bran met the original Three-Eyed Raven, who became a tree. I don’t know about you, but I wouldn’t want to become a tree even if it meant extended my life. But you know what lives longer than most humans?