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George R.R. Martin Blasts ‘GoT’s Fanbase Over ‘Toxic’ Reaction to Show’s Ending

 

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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George R.R. Martin Reveals ‘Game of Thrones’ Spinoffs Are Moving Ahead

All things come to an end. In just a little over two weeks, the biggest tv show in the world will bow out at long last. Doubtlessly, the fanbase will be in tears and we’re extremely sad to see it go but also praying it has the ending we’ve all been hoping for. However, it appears that Game of Thrones content won’t come to an end so quickly and in fact, a whole wave of GOT media will be coming our way very soon!

According to the Huffington Post , George R.R. Martin has revealed plans are in place for the ‘successor shows’ to Game of Thrones and that they are moving ahead quite quickly. The shows will hit HBO in the next couple of years and the programming president hopes they live up to the tremendous high bar set by Game of Thrones. Martin further update fans via his personal blog, revealing several salivating details about the upcoming set of spinoffs!

 

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Martin said:

“The one I am not supposed to call THE LONG NIGHT will be shooting later this year, and two other shows remain in the script stage, but are edging closer. What are they about? I cannot say. But maybe some of you should pick up a copy of FIRE & BLOOD and come up with your own theories.”

Based on Martin’s statement, it appears the first spinoff in the works will be perhaps a prequel centered on the White Walkers, detailing their possibly origins and the first ‘Long Night’ that has become myth for the characters in the present era of Game of Thrones. Fire & Bloodmeanwhile, details the history of House Targaryan, centered around the era of Aegon and his descendants at the height of their power. Both spinoffs sound very exciting, filling in the gaps of Game of Throne’s detailed history and providing more context for how their events effect the characters today.

Furthermore, it is been revealed that none of the characters from the main show will be in the spinoffs, showcasing that they will be centered around a new cast. However, creators have revealed that the cast will feature ‘strong’ men and women, an ensemble as in the model of the parent show. One star has been announced to appear in The Long Night show, Naomi Watts, although the role she is supposed to play has not been revealed yet. But we’re very excited to see a spinoff chronicling the first clash between humanity and the white walkers. Maybe we’ll even see the origin of the Night King!

Are you looking forward to the eventual spinoffs? What are some ideas you can think of for potential successor shows? And are you sad to see the main show come an end? Let us know!

 

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The creation of the Night King

Everything We Know About the ‘Game of Thrones’ Prequel

It’s been common knowledge that HBO would be working on a prequel series for Game of Thrones since the seventh season came to an end. It’s no surprise considering George R.R. Martin has been writing prequel stories, in-between books, and pretty much anything except the final two books of the A Song of Ice and Fire series. That’s not to say we aren’t excited for any prequels HBO throws our way.

 

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It’s conjectured that there are five prequels set to be produced by HBO with a different writer for each. Currently, there is one under production which George R.R. Martin has refe rred to as The Long Night, though the title of the show has not been confirmed. HBO released an announcement confirming that this prequel would take place before Targaryens and Iron Thrones and serve as the origin story of the white walkers.

 

Naomi Watts

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Casting has of course been confirmed for the series both through press releases and George R.R. Martin himself. Naomi Watts is set to star alongside Josh Whitehouse, and filming is even supposed to start sometime this year. This means we could have the prequel as early as next year. The pilot is already being written by Jane Goldman and Martin, with additional scripts in case it is picked up by HBO. Set to direct the pilot is S.J. Clarkson, who has previously worked on hit series like Orange is the New Black and Dexter, both book to series adaptations.

 

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From Old Nan we learned The Long Night was the years and years of winter that came before the spring thousands of years before we reach the current plot line of Martin’s story. We learn from the Three-Eyed Raven that this was the period of time when the White Walkers were first created by the Children of the Forest. This prequel may just be where we get some answers. It’s been folklore that fire can kill a wight or white walker, but Daenerys’ dragon fails to kill the Night King in the Battle of Winterfell. I think if HBO is going to make a series of prequels that lead up to where we are now, this would be the place to start. We’ll get to know the origins of Old Nan’s stories, and we may even get the answers we need for the current series.

 

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No other prequel plots have been confirmed as of yet, but Martin has said in a blog post that there are three currently in development, including this, with five total up in the air. Martin has been straying from accidentally dropping anymore nuggets of information, but he did say to check out Fire & Blood for a hint. What do you think? Are you as excited as we are for this series?

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