If you’re hungering for more from a series or you want to explore the compelling worldbuilding of a series, these spinoffs can help you do that!
Beck Albertalli’s popular book, “Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda,” was turned into a film in 2018 known as Love, Simon, a story about a closeted gay teenager growing up in the suburbs of Atlanta and having to come to terms with his sexuality and coming out.
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As someone who read the book, I was happy to see the film adaptation in 2018. The LGBTQ inclusivity doesn’t stop there, though! Excitingly, there is a television series inspired by Love, Simon called Love, Victor, which will debut in June, LGBTQ Pride month.
The series, from This is Us executives and producers, just finished it’s production of it’s 10-episode first season, and is opening up the floor for writers to come up with material for a second season. The new film series follows the main character, Victor, in the same school as Simon, Creekwood High School. Victor’s journey involves self-discovery: struggling with his sexual orientation and facing challenges at home, like alcohol use and parental marital issues.
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Disney made the decision to move the new series from Disney+ to Hulu, another service they own, as they want to keep Disney+ as a family-friendly streaming service while keeping Hulu as more adult-themed. As a result, more adult-oriented programming will be shifted to Hulu and Disney+ will feature family-friendly content only.
Keep an eye out for Love, Victor, premiering sometime in June, if you’re interested! Also, consider picking up Becky Albertalli’s book if you’ve never read it!
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It’s no secret that many people were annoyed by Game of Thrones‘ final season, and if you weren’t one of them, you’re probably pretty damn annoyed by hearing about it. But HBO doesn’t care what you think—not in a defiant, sexy maverick sort of way. HBO doesn’t need to care what you think because, if you watched the episode and subscribed to the network, you helped generate the billion-dollar machine that is HBO’s ‘Game of Thrones effect.’ Unsurprisingly, the show has made HBO hi$$$tory across the board: this past Sunday, the finale garnered 19.3 million total views. Those are the highest ratings not just for the fantasy juggernaut, but also for all HBO shows. Over the last decade, the show has won the network 50 million subscribers, which is no joke.
This, of course, is the joke:
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Google searches for ‘how to cancel HBO‘ spiked directly after the sixth episode’s ending. The only previous comparable spike in cancellations occurred directly after the seventh season, but the current looming threat of mass cancellation is still greater by far. Take a look, and imagine that you’ve got a job at HBO. Feel the existential terror? Unlike the rest of our general existential dread, theirs probably won’t be cured by memes—at least, not if the memes are about unsubscribing from HBO.
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The pressure to keep the machine in operation is immense, hence the network’s desire to promote its spin-offs this early on. We know that four are potentially in development. We also know that there are currently only details on one: a yet-untitled prequel set in the “mythic ‘Age of Heroes,'” produced by Jane Goldberg and George R.R. Martin himself. S.J. Clarkson of Marvel’s Jessica Jones is set to direct. But there’s been heavy speculation about what the other spinoffs could be. Given fan-favorite Arya Stark’s relatively open ending (“what’s west of Westeros?”), many have speculated that we could see more of our favorite little stabby baby—especially since she didn’t do any face-swapping this season.
Honestly, imagine the possibilities. Pirate Arya? Badass female pirate captain Arya??? Okay, so it’s one possibility, but with an ever-increasing number of question marks. Badass, unstoppable pirate captain Arya stealing from her enemies and stealing all of our hearts???
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Dead-set on killing our dreams, HBO programming president Casey Bloys definitively shut us down:
Nope, nope, nope. No. Part of it is, I do want this show — this Game of Thrones, Dan and David’s show — to be its own thing. I don’t want to take characters from this world that they did beautifully and put them off into another world with someone else creating it. I want to let it be the artistic piece they’ve got. That’s one of the reasons why I’m not trying to do the same show over. George has a massive, massive world; there are so many ways in. That’s why we’re trying to do things that feel distinct — and to not try and redo the same show. That’s probably one of the reasons why, right now, a sequel or picking up any of the other characters doesn’t make sense for us.
Okay, so it’s true that we’d hate to see Arya’s character transform in a way that we don’t understand. With a different showrunner, Arya’s characterization may feel inconsistent. While some fans would be all on board (that is, aboard Arya’s PIRATE SHIP), others would certainly be disappointed—and, presumably, be pretty vocal about their disappointment. But there’s one thing we can all (mostly) agree on: we’ve got high hopes & dubious expectations.
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