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!
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 Floor8, Grey 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?
Even if the end didn’t live up to everyone’s expectations, the end of Game Of Thrones was still a very big deal. It was the end of one of the biggest television series ever made. But just because the song of Ice and Fire has concluded, that doesn’t mean that there still aren’t interesting stories to tell within the world of GoT.
We know that there is a Game of Thrones prequel series coming, with Naomi Watts leading the cast. Now, it has been confirmed by Entertainment Weekly that the series has started filming.
Shooting is taking place in Northern Ireland, the main location where the production of all eight seasons took place. Many different locations in the books, including Winterfell, were filmed in Northern Ireland, specifically in Belfast.
Dark Hedges in Northern Island, which served as the filming location for King’s Road. Image Via Belfast Telegraph
The prequel series will take place five-thousand-years before the events of the original series that will trace the origins of both Westeros and the White Walkers. George R.R. Martin is involved, and he promises something completely different from the original story:
“Westeros is a very different place,” Martin said. “There’s no King’s Landing. There’s no Iron Throne. There are no Targaryans— Valyria has hardly begun to rise yet with its dragons and the great empire that it built. We’re dealing with a different and older world and hopefully that will be part of the fun of the series.”
Sorry, truly, if you expected me to be handing you the release date for the much anticipated The Winds of Winter. The truth is I’m just as antsy to get that news as you. That doesn’t mean this isn’t something cool headed your way.
I think we can all agree we will take any and all news related to the series as we impatiently wait for the release date news. Still, this is pretty big news for Martin’s fans in the U.K. This is a rare appearance, and ticket prices are lower than you would expect. For £18 you can secure your ticket and for £35 you also get a signed copy of the book. The event is said to begin at 7PM and last for about an hour, but we can hope for more, right?
Hopefully, Martin doesn’t get too upset if audiences ask for any details of his upcoming novels – the people want what they want, after all. And who knows? Maybe we’ll get some much-needed information.
It is a dream come true for fans of Game of Thrones and video games! George R.R. Martin and FromSoftware, an acclaimed video game developer who has created games such as Dark Souls, Bloodborne, and Sekiro: Shadows Die Twiceare teaming up to create an original video game title! The game, according to Forbes, debuted on June 9th at Microsoft’s press conference, debuting in a frankly epic looking teaser trailer. It’s pretty vague, with little to none of the story actually revealed but the imagery is nonetheless extremely striking. The trailer showcases a man hammering on a magic ring, shattering it into pieces, as beautifully designed fantasy characters populate a blasted and ruined landscape. The sky is burning. A man is wrapped in dozens of disembodied arms. It looks surreal, weird, and utterly striking at the same time.
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According to ComicBook Hidetaka Miyazaki, the direct of Elden Ring, spoke to Xbox Wire about the project. He revealed he and his studio were a huge fan of George R.R. Martin’s work. They expected to be shot down when he reached out to Martin to collaborate but Martin accommodated his request to speak and signed onto Elden Ring. The two of them hashed out the game’s world, with Martin himself having been revealed to work on the ‘overarching mythos’ and lore of the game’s complicated history. Knowing his skill for world building and narrative development, this is a very cool reveal. Miyazaki himself described Martin’s world as thus:
“…Full of interesting characters and drama. It’s also packed with mystical and mysterious elements. Elden Ring’s world was constructed using this mythos and stimulus as a base. Even I myself find it hard to contain my excitement from time to time. We hope that everyone else is looking forward to the world we have created.”
The game doesn’t have a release date yet but it is scheduled to be released on Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and PC. We can’t wait to see the new world George R.R. Martin has helped create! Are you excited?