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!
Actress Sophie Turner reveals her talent of psycho-therapy to the internet. Her first patients? The very troubled residents of Westeros, among others.
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For anyone who came into contact with the series Game of Thrones, even for a moment, you know how messed up everyone was. A therapist should have come onto the scene a long time ago, but alas, it was a fun ride to watch.
Although the series has come to an end, Sophie Turner decides to take on the responsibility of helping Daenerys and Arya, as well as a couple of characters from her new film Dark Phoenix, with their internal and personal issues.
You can see Dr. Turner in action in this hilariously entertaining skit below!
The skit was produced through the fashion company Net-O-Porter, to promote their professional clothing line, but judging based on the doctor’s notes, I’m afraid we won’t be seeing Turner taking in anymore patients. Being a therapist is not for everyone after all.
Go out for some relaxing goat yoga Sophie, you look like you need some therapy of your own after all that.
It’s official. After nine years, eight seasons, and five books with two more to come, we finally have an answer to who wins the Game of Thrones. The answer: no one. The Iron Throne is melted by Drogon, leaving only molten iron behind. What happens to the Seven Kingdoms? Well, they are now six kingdoms ruled by Bran the Broken, while Sansa Stark rules the North as an independent nation.
Sansa began the series as the girl who just wanted to be queen. She wanted to marry Joffrey and have baby princes and princesses. The match was made between Robert Baratheon and Ned Stark, and Sansa took this betrothal very seriously. She lied for Joffrey instead of telling the truth for her sister, and she was always by Joffrey’s side when she needed to be. But throughout the series, Sansa develops into a strong, independent, not-to-be-messed-with character in her own right.
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In an interview with Entertainment Weekly, Turner said of Sansa’s fate, “I wasn’t bummed at all…She knows her place is in the North and she can rule the people of the North and rule Winterfell.” After watching her father beheaded in front of all of King’s Landing, Sansa no longer cared about ruling. She didn’t want to be queen, and she didn’t want to marry Joffrey. She just wanted to go home to Winterfell, something that will take her another four seasons, two husbands, and much worse than Joffrey Baratheon.
She was a favorite to end up as the occupant of the Iron Throne, despite the fact that she didn’t necessarily want it. Turner believes Sansa would definitely have been capable of ruling seven (now six) kingdoms, especially with the help of wise advisors like Tyrion, but we believe she will be much happier home in Winterfell.
We always knew Game of Thrones’ Sophie Turner was the GOAT—but this proves it.
Sansa Stark’s ever-iconic actress has been frolicking with cute baby goats, which is both an accurate statement and a redundant one. ALL baby goats are cute, as you can see for yourselves. Turner described the experience as “complete and pure ecstasy,” surpassing all other experiences in her life. Yes, that includes Joe Jonas’ recent proposal.
“That wasn’t even the best day of my life,” Turner stressed, acknowledging her engagement. “This was.”
Hilarious as it may be, her statement isn’t a slight to fiancé Joe Jonas, widely known as the hottest Jonas brother. (Sorry, Nick.) While Turner may love Jonas deeply, she feels that it’s a widespread misconception that marriage should be the best thing that ever happens to a person—a woman, in particular. Of course, it’s “lovely” to be engaged, but she hopes her true legacy will be her career: “the greatest thing [she’ll] do in [her] life.”
(This content is surely more wholesome than the carnage to come once the final Game of Thrones season drops on HBO this Sunday.)
So what is ‘goat yoga,’ exactly? Admittedly, Turner doesn’t quite know. “I didn’t really do any yoga,” she admitted. “I did nothing but pet goats.” There’s one thing we know for sure: it’s ridiculously adorable, and so is she!
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So take a good look! The next time you see Turner, she may be in far more dire circumstances.
Game of Thrones fans are anxiously awaiting the eighth and final season to premier in just thirteen days. As the stars get ready to say goodbye to the characters they’ve played for the last decade, Sophie Turner did an exclusive interview with Harper’s Bazaar discussing everything from Sansa Stark to feminism.
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While Sophie Turner may not be bothered by co-star Kit Harington out-earning her by nearly three times, but maybe some of us are. In an interview with Harper’s Bazaar, Turner explains that the discrepancy in salary is easily explained by the vast difference in their characters’ storylines. While Turner’s character, Sansa Stark, has not seen much screen time in the past seasons, Harington’s character, Jon Snow, has been a leading story. Turner goes on to explain that “‘for the last series he had something like seventy night shoots, and I didn’t have that many.'”
Sophie Turner took home around £158,000 each week, while Kit Harington brought home £537,000. Of course, Jon Snow did have a big character arc over the last season to air, ending with a huge reveal. If you ask me, the pay disparity does not cover the absolute inspiration Sansa Stark has been.
When we first meet Sansa, she is in huge contrast to her sister, Arya. While we are immediately rooting for the girl who just wants to play with swords, we don’t know how to react to the girl who wants to be queen. Sansa, however, proves her worth as she is forced to make her way through King’s Landing and the Lannister’s by lying through her teeth at every turn. She stands by as her father is beheaded, unable to react in any way. She survives the emotionally, and often physically, abusive relationship with Joffrey Lannister before she is thrown over for Margaery Tyrell at the second season’s end. Sansa continues to overcome obstacles through the whole series, including her marriage to psychopath Ramsey Bolton.
It’s true we don’t know what is in store this final season for Sansa, but she hasn’t given us a single reason to downplay her character. As for me, I have the highest expectations for Turner’s character.