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Game of Thrones Recap: The Bear, The Bear, and The Maiden Fair!


Warning: Spoilers Throughout!

Jamie and Brienne stole the show again in “The Bear and The Maiden Fair” as their complex, multi layered relationship continued to develop. Instead of opting for a scene implementing the tired high fantasy trope – where-in a knight in shining armor (Jamie) rescues a clueless damsel in distress (Brienne) – George R.R Martin ensured that an appropriate emphasis was placed on the mutual respect and cooperation of Jamie and Brienne as they escaped the perilous bear pit.

Nikolaj Coster-Waldau (Jamie Lannister) neatly summarized why the unlikely duo have such a strong, new found companionship:  “[Jamie] didn’t respect her at first but he respects her now. I think that any relationship whether romantic or friendship, the core value of that is respect. Their relationship isn’t about attraction, but about two people meeting and in many ways seeing themselves in the other person.”

Nikolaj hit the nail on the head. Brienne’s respect for Jamie became evident when she referred to him as ‘Ser Jamie’ as opposed to his slanderous title of ‘King slayer’, recognizing that he is a truer knight than any of the cruel pretenders she has encountered in her past. I’m pleased to see such a successful translation of their relationship from the books to the screen; a lot of that success is owed to Nikolaj, and Gwendoline Christie who have been persistently outstanding in their performances.

vlcsnap-2013-05-13-10h20m48s69I get the impression that a certain cinematographer is a fan of Moonrise Kingdom.

On the subject of convention defying female characters, Daenerys further exerted her power by threatening to siege the slaver city of Yunkai. Oddly the Dragon Queen’s goals appear to have shifted from conquering the Seven Kingdom’s to emancipating the slaves of Essos. Ignoring whether or not this shift in goals is permanent, it can’t be ignored that Dany has begun to wield her power with a cool competence that managed to strike fear into the powerful male representative of the Yunkai slavers; similarly to Brienne, Daenerys breaks the mold of the ‘traditional’ female fantasy character.

Dany’s negotiation scene with the slaver was masterfully punctuated with some superb cinematography; the shot above is the most outstanding example in my mind. The direction in this scene was of an equivalent quality to the cinematography. The coordination of the many extras playing the unsullied as they shifted stance was impressive, as was the inclusion of the eye catching props and clothing that can again be noted in the fantastic shot above.

Joffrey’s slipping control over his uncle, perfectly juxtaposed the improving leadership of Daenerys. The boy king’s meeting with Tywin amply portrayed his uncle’s authoritative demeanor; when Charles Dance climbed the stairs to tower over Joffrey as he sat on the throne, you couldn’t help but connect with Tywin’s sense of power, which was illustrated perfectly through the use of high angle shots over Gleeson as he shifted uncomfortably and helplessly in his seat. Joffrey’s notably unpredictable temperament could potentially lead to quite an ugly outcome if these boiling tensions between uncle and nephew continue to rise.

vlcsnap-2013-05-13-10h20m05s111Tywin’s overriding strength being illustrated by the higher flame.

The theme of disillusionment from “The Climb” bridged over into this episode, most noticeably when Osha said this during her lecturing of Bran: ‘All these bad things happen ’cause the gods got big plans for you? I wish it were true little lord, but the gods wouldn’t spare ravens called shit for you, me or anyone.’ Bran didn’t seem to take any note of this hard truth, but his sister Sansa appears to have gained a better sense of reality.

Sansa instantly called herself stupid for fantasizing about an idealistic wedding with Loras, further chastising herself for not expecting the worse despite all the terrible things that have happened to her since her move to King’s Landing. However in spite of her innocence beginning to fade, Sansa still has a great deal of naivety to overcome; Margaery obviously didn’t garner that sexual knowledge from her mother Sansa. Did the Lannister guards shown in the final shot over hear anything they shouldn’t have? It can only be assumed trouble is afoot for Margaery, I mean why else include the ‘guards’ if not to signpost problems?

If only Robb shared the sentiment of Sansa’s nearing disillusionment. I can’t be the only getting the impression that Talisa isn’t writing back to ‘her mother in Volantis’, but rather acting as an informant for the Lannister party, sewing discord in Robb’s camp and reporting his movements. In fact I discovered a very interesting YouTube video providing the evidence in support of the theory that Talisa is likely a Westerosi Spy; with this very convincing theory brought to light, you can’t help but wonder what will unfold at The Twin’s.

Unfortunately the intrigue of this scene was lined with a degree of corniness (‘I love you, do you hear me?) that I would usually expect to be found in a Tyrion & Shae sequence. The aforementioned Tyrion/Shae exchanges are really starting to grind on me; both the strains on Shae and Tyrion’s love affair, and Gendry’s new knowledge of his grand heritage could’ve been inferred. We don’t need bland scenes to tell us these things, we aren’t stupid.

In the wildling camp, Tormund finally let rip with a few cock gags and his legendary ‘Har! Har!’ thanks to George Martin being at the writing helm, putting all wrongs to right. Orell is intent on stirring up trouble between Ygritte and Jon, forcing the wildling woman to revisit why she supposedly loves everybody’s favorite crow. Jon did an equally fantastic job of planting discerning thoughts in his lovers head by letting her in on the harsh reality of the several failed attempts made by the wildling’s to seize the north. In doing so he subconsciously distanced himself from the wildling’s giving away his remaining loyalty to the Night’s Watch that spells out a tragic end to the couples affections.

Elsewhere in the north Theon’s torture persisted, exceeding last week’s level of cringe worthiness. I thank the seven that they didn’t show his yoghurt lobber getting lopped off and flayed, because that would have gone way over the line of remote decency that is regularly jumped over by films of the new french extremity. Regardless of the effective portrayal of Theon’s torture, the little bit of fumbling in the build up to his captors entrance was nothing less than uncomfortable, if you watch the show with your parents you’ll understand what I’m getting at here.

Finally we come to Arya. Although her showing was brief, it shed light on the sinister developments of Arya’s character under the influence of the recent turmoils in her story. Her growing disdain for Beric and the falsity of The Brotherhood Without Banners as a whole became overwhelming, subsequently leading her to flee straight into the hands of Sandor who lingered near the brotherhood who had yet to repay him. It is safe to say Sandor has his repayment settled, that is of course if he fully intends on handing her back for a ladies ransom.

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Final Rating: B



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Game of Thrones Season 3 Recap: “The Walk of Punishment”


The third season of the now legendary HBO fantasy drama Game of Thrones has gotten off to a spectacular, albeit slow start that has begun to slightly divide opinions amongst fans of the brilliant show. The Walk of Punishment, although only the third entry into the series, perhaps needed to kick the pace up a notch to avoid alienating those viewers who have quickly grown tired of the world building and scene setting that takes up far more time in the book series. Could The Walk of Punishment deliver on much needed, new found action whilst retaining all the cunning and intrigue that makes Game of Thrones such an intelligent piece of programming?

Warning, Spoilers Throughout!

The highlight of The Walk of Punishment in my eyes was Podrick’s induction to manhood courtesy of Tyrion’s generosity and the shady service provided by Littlefinger, otherwise known to Bronn as “Lord Twat-beard”. Although the two scenes had no real relevance in helping to further push the story, they gave Podrick’s character a far greater, desperately needed depth in comparison to his book series counterpart, whilst allowing for some much appreciated banter between the frat like duo of Tyrion and Bronn. Dinklage and Flynn have an utterly uncanny chemistry that translates perfectly through their characters, generating some of the wittiest banter you will find on television.  Hopefully the great mystery of Podrick’s free tumble at the brothel will be unraveled in next weeks episode.

vlcsnap-2013-04-15-10h28m44s109Podrick getting probed for his secrets by Bronn and Tyrion.

Extra hilarity was found in the surprisingly revealing small council meeting scene when Cersei and Tyrion played their own version of musical chairs. In the very same council meeting Littlefinger’s assignment to woo and wed Lysa Tully -consequently bringing the armies of The Vale into the war on the Lannister side – was revealed. Unbeknownst to Tywin and the rest of the small council Littlefinger also has a promise to Sansa to set her free of Kings Landing, a trip to the Eyrie provides a very good opportunity for King’s Landing’s number one deviant to achieve both of his goals.

Moving from King’s Landing to the Riverlands, Arya’s road trip with The Brotherhood without Banners (BWB) took an unexpectedly depressing turn for the worse. Following Hot Pie’s demonstration of his mean bread baking skill he unveiled to Arya and Gendry he was going to take up the offer of working for the innkeeper, putting an end to his travels with the rag tag band.  The translation of the event from the book to the screen was outstanding; Hot Pie’s dialogue and gift of the bread wolf to Arya almost broke me, which was completely unexpected because it contrasted the ‘none of us really give a shit’ vibe that I took from the event in A Storm of Swords.
Props to Ben Hawkley and Masie Williams for their meticulous acting efforts.

vlcsnap-2013-04-15-10h20m13s144Bread baker and professional bullshitter Hot Pie parting ways.

Over at Riverrun two major members of the Tully household – Catelyn’s brother Edmure (Tobias Menzies) and her uncle Brynden the Blackfish (Clive Russell) – got their delayed introduction. Edmure’s folly at his father Hoster’s funeral, and the chastising he took from Robb (who has finally flaunted his fierce leadership skills) successfully portrayed his complete ineptitude at doing anything that requires the slightest bit of competence. On the other hand we had the Blackfish, who in overcoming the issue with his short time on screen, fully came across as the absolute boss he is portrayed to be in the books. Clive Russell deserves a lot of the praise for making that happen, without any dialogue given to him in the funeral scene he still managed to come across as a bad ass on his actions alone.

That said the screenwriters Benioff & Weiss penned some brilliant lines that really developed the character, including this particular line that sprang to mind: “It often comforts me to think that even in war’s darkest days, in most parts of the world, absolutely nothing is happening.” Unfortunately far less can be said of other pieces of dialogue in the episode. Stannis and Melisandre’s brief exchange left me pretty disgusted with how creepy and out of character Stannis’s behavior was. There is no way Stannis the Mannis would grovel away so desperately, his character’s concern with honorability is far too established for the thought to even cross his mind.

vlcsnap-2013-04-15-10h23m09s59Missandei alongside her new master, Daenerys Stormborn.

Jamie & Brienne’s capture yielded the grandest dramatics in The Walk of Punishment. Brienne’s misfortune of being a female captive meant that she was almost certainly going to be raped by the captors from House Bolton, a startling moment of compassion and vague wit from Jamie saved her from molestation and murder, albeit this compassion unfortunately landed him in a hefty amount of shit. Locke wasn’t going to bow down to the looming threat of Jamie’s feared father Tywin, to make his feelings clear he made quick work of chopping off Jamie’s sword hand which I’m certain came as a jugular surprise to those yet to read the books. Having no sword hand presents a lot of problems for a man almost solely revered because of his swordsmanship, therefore positive character development is the obvious next stage for the leader of the Kings guard. I can see Jamie quickly rising to the place of fan favourite in episodes to come.

Daenerys and The Night’s Watch both look dead set on starting some serious shit that unfortunately wasn’t given the chance to unfold this week. Daenerys came to a decision that in order to secure the unsullied she would have to trade the black dragon Drogon with the slavers. Initially this will have seemed like a real ‘wtf are you doing’ level of decision making, then it clicks in, how do you chain and enslave a dragon with a free will and the abilities to fly and breath fire? Daenerys has a nasty surprise cooking for the slavers of Astapor that’s for certain. Meanwhile beyond The Wall, The Night’s Watch made their return to the vile wildling Craster’s Keep. Hostility and tension have raised in place of the mannerisms and courtesies they demonstrated during their first visit. These hostilities look certain to bring imminent acts of violence that could divide The Watch, which is something they could do without considering the now ever present threat of the wildling army.

Final Thoughts: Unfortunately those fans irritated by the seasons slow start will likely be in little better a mood following The Walk of Punishment as it was another episode dedicated to building up the tension for later events in the plot to unfold. In spite of this fact I truly loved The Walk of Punishment and I think to criticize it for contributing to the seasons ‘slow’ start is to be a little unappreciative of just how perfect the plot developments, political intrigue and humor were in this installment. If you disagree with me or would otherwise like to share your thoughts on the newest episode, feel free to leave them in the comments section below!


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The Elderly On Screen: Essential Viewings

Lately I have started to notice an increase in major representations of the elderly demographic in both movies and television – be it through key characters or story elements – with a particular spike occurring in the last year. This trend is nothing short of brilliant news, especially for the elderly community who now have a serious platform for their problems and concerns to be voiced and heard by a society that was seemingly all too happy to turn a blind eye to their misfortunes or simply disregard them entirely. Now there is the matter of deciding what movies and series released in 2012/2013 have the most provocative and interesting messages or representations of the elderly community. Below are three pieces of film and television that I believe have pulled it off most effectively.

1. Derek (TV Series) – 40D | IMDB

Derek is the only one of the three on my list that opened its gates to a lot of bad criticism by journalists who I feel are missing the intentions of the show entirely. The biggest criticism I have seen of Derek is that the show supposedly isn’t funny enough to be truly considered a comedy, which is a point that has its merits. On the other hand I have been infuriated by criticisms made of Ricky for apparently ‘using old people as emotional bait’ which is frankly a load of shit as far as I’m concerned. Derek wrestles with the lack of respect people have for the elderly, throwing punches at the government moving the elderly in care homes around ceaselessly and inhibiting their quality of care for the sake of finances, as well as those visiting relatives who merely want them to hurry out the door so they can get their mitts on some prize possessions. Mostly importantly Ricky’s mockumentary always challenges this disrespect incredibly powerfully and tactfully; Derek will really have you pausing for thought and may even make you reconsider your ways.


2. Amour – Official Site | IMDB

Amour was luckier than Derek, receiving a wealth of praise from press and the public. Amour has also won just about every ‘Best Foreign Language Film’ award under the sun since its release, including the highly sought after Academy Award for that category. Amour much like Derek deals with care problems, however Amour touches on sickness at old age with the trials and tribulations that come alongside it to a greater extent than Derek does. In Amour the elderly couple (Georges and Anne) have the fabric of their relationship and futures tested after Anne has a stroke at breakfast pushing her to have a further decline in health, during which time she is under the sole care of husband Georges at home who wishes for there to be little outside interference. Amour raises some big questions: Why is it the elderly are so reluctant to receive care at a hospital or at home? Is enough done for the well fair and future of those looking after old and sick loved ones? and Do those in their old age feel there is anyone who would genuinely help them? It’s well worth a watch to find out.

3. Cloud Atlas – Official Site | IMDB

Cloud Atlas may seem like an odd film to pick considering a larger part of the film doesn’t touch on the struggles of elderly life, however I feel the strength of Timothy Cavendish’s sub plot alone gives Cloud Atlas plenty of reason to be on the list. Through the eyes of the aging publications editor we are enabled to see the perhaps comically exaggerated extremities of mistreatment in a small share of the ‘care’ homes where the elderly are more often that not sadly discarded by their family as if they were lepers of the 11th century. Although Cloud Atlas sends very cogent messages it does so in a very light hearted, comical manner which would make it a perfect viewing for any of you who aren’t particularly in the mood for hefty dramatics. Cloud Atlas can be very confusing if you don’t pay undivided attention to what is going on ,so either watch it on one of your better days or pick up the far less confusing book.


Final Thoughts: If you have the time spare I highly recommend you exercise some empathy for today’s elderly by giving one of the three flicks above a couple hours of your time. Disagree with me on any of the films listed above or maybe you would add your own to the list? leave your thoughts in the comment section below!

To quote the Cloud Atlas novel: ‘Middle age is flown, but it is attitude, not years, that condemns one to the ranks of the Undead’

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Ripper Street Finale Review: “What Use Our Work”

The outstanding first series of BBC’s new crime drama Ripper Street sadly had to come to an end last Sunday. In this season’s send off H Division did not just have one task placed on the table in front of them: ruling Jackson out as a Ripper suspect, making an investigation into another and finding out whether or not that man held Reid’s missing daughter captive were the obstacles placed in front of our Victorian crime fights this week. Did “What Use Our Work” top the sterling series off or did it add to the disappointment of last week’s showing?

Spoilers Throughout


Writers Richard Warlow & Toby Finlay clearly set aside droves of time to type up “What Use Our Work’s” screenplay; the plot had a plethora of enthralling action and riveting twists that kept me guessing and in awe right until the last. The pinnacle of the finale’s story was Inspector Reid’s unrelenting determination to find and reclaim the daughter he tragically lost on the sinking ship incident; that same sub-plot brought with it the most disquieting moment in the entire series. The sinking expression on Reid’s face when he recognized the small girl held captive was not his daughter caused misery beyond measure. Miraculously Matthew MacFadyen managed to remain 100% convincing in the act of portraying such an extreme sadness; MacFadyen is undoubtedly destined for a greater career having performed so brilliantly in both Ripper Street and “Anna Karenina.”

Sergent Drake’s prominent parts in the more recent episodes continued in “What Use Our Work” and rightfully so, Drake’s average-man’s background makes his strength and depths of intriguing characteristics worlds broader than most of the series other characters – I’m not saying their bad by any means, Drake’s character is just exceptionally fantastic.  Drake’s character ultimately gained a sense of progress in the finale as his affections for the mistress Rose were returned tenfold following his second rescue of her from the hands of a victim drugging psycho-maniac, a rescue which unfortunately felt a tad stale because it heavily mimicked the ingenuity seen in the first episode.  “What Use Our Work” wisely left some big questions unanswered that have me aching for the second series: Will anything come of Reid’s disloyalty to his wife? Is Jackson’s place at H Division secure? and most importantly what will our protagonists come up against in series 2 ? Personally I’m hoping for the Ripper case to have more time in the limelight in season 2 despite some viewers saying they lost interest in the case.

No huge progression came from the technical crew from what can be seen in the series final installment but such progression honestly isn’t desperately needed. Both the editing and sound teams are performing well creating tension or sadness where necessary, however there is one particular track that I’ve noticed being repeatedly played at almost every hugely significant dramatic moment in the series, whether due to a lack of resources or sheer laziness I can’t determine. Lead cinematographer P.J.Dillon is making some very noticeable improvements in his work, in last nights episode there were a few cracking shots in there that captured the moods of any given scene with spot on precision (the best of which can be seen below.)


Final Thoughts: Ripper Street came almost out of nowhere and took me by complete surprise early this year, after a magnificent finale it is safe to say Ripper Street is now a contender with the best. Granted it is no Sherlock, Game of Thrones or Breaking Bad but nevertheless Ripper Street is an embodiment for many of British televisions greatest assets that immaculately depicts no-forensics Victorian crime stopping. Here’s hoping next season will bring much of the same when it airs around the same time next year. Feel free to leave any thoughts in the comment section below!

Series Grade: B+

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Ripper Street: A Man of My Company

“A Man of My Company” marked the penultimate chapter of Ripper Street’s first season which has so far been nothing short of sublime. In this weeks installment H Division were tasked with discovering the culprit behind the murder of an engineer working on new technologies for a famed shipping company having more than a little trouble with the competition. Corruption, intrigue and Pinkerton’s take center stage whilst Jackson and Susan’s past becomes all the less foggy.  How did “A Man of My Company” stand up to its predecessors?

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“A Man of My Company” was a pretty decent installment, but unfortunately at only one point it struck me as being particularly special; the plot was seemingly aimed at setting the stage for the season finale coming next week with honestly little in the way of grand moments in its own right. Judging by the teaser for next weeks episode Jackson and Susan’s story is far from over, but from the glimpse I had of the couples tale last night I’m left with a bitter taste of disappointment in my mouth. The whole ‘lover steals powerful figures daughter’ back story was a cliche anti-climax to say the least, but having said that I am quite optimistic to watch how the Jackson being framed as the infamous Jack the Ripper subplot will unfold next week. All remains silent on Reid’s affections for Deborah this week with only a brief, awkward exchange between the two at the shelter. It shall be interesting to see how their relationship develops although I’m not totally convinced this will happen before season two unless their is tragedy is a foot.

“A Man of My Company’s” plot highlight was the startling and cold blooded killing of young constable Hobbs that manage to rile me up just as much as it did the H division. Near death escapes for protagonists in previous episodes had me seriously doubting that writers Richard Farlow and Toby Finlay had the strength in them to kill off characters to better the intensity of the viewing experience. It is safe to say those doubts are now well behind me leaving me incredibly anxious as to whether Reid, Drake or Jackson may kick the bucket next week.

Performances overall were on par with the high quality we’ve seen in previous episodes. Jerome Flynn made Drake’s adamant want to rid himself of Rose who had become a burden to him both convincing and more importantly a heartfelt experience. Much less convincing and impressive on the other hand was the acting from Edoardo Ballerini who played Jackson’s rival Frank Goodnight, the American Pinkerton. Edoardo could nail facial expressions perfectly fine there is no doubt about it but his seemingly forced American accent had me cringing uncontrollably to the point where it seriously detracted the immersion from his scenes, I only wish he spent more time on it.

Final Thoughts: “A Man of My Company” wasn’t a complete disappointment, in fact some elements of it were superb, but it wasn’t exactly to the standards I now expect from the series so I’m not wholly content. In spite of this I am on the edge of my seat in anticipation for the season finale next sunday that was given ample build up in “A Man of My Company”. Have any thoughts on this weeks episode or predictions for the finale “What Use Our Work” ? Leave them in the comment section below!

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Ripper Street: “Tournament of Shadows”

H Division return for yet another installment of the brilliant crime drama, this time they are tasked with investigating the murder of a Jewish anarchist where in they stumble upon much bigger issues with global terrorism. Six out of eight episodes means series one is closely drawing to an end, did this weekends storyline kick up a storm for episodes to come or sit meekly in the corner?

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“Tournament of Shadows” plot was utterly phenomenal this week, the encompassing story of Russia Okhrana (secret police) terrorists situated to attack London, wrecking havoc upon us Brits and further pushing a vendetta against the Jewish was quite the accurate depiction of Russian government motivations in the period although from my understanding the Russian government had issues with minorities altogether, not just the Jewish. Corruption of other police force sectors added an honestly unexpected twist to this installment; teaming up with known Russian terrorists just to put an end to peaceful strikes isn’t one of the brightest plans, in fact it was out right stupidity which could perhaps be foreshadowing outsider intrusion and incompetence in the coming finale episodes of the series.

Inspector Reid was at last given his crowning moment in “Tournament of Shadows”; affectionate tensions between Reid and Miss Goren have been obvious for a time now but a part of me was utterly convinced the inspector would not act on his feeling, although their little moment seemed to be quite liberating for Reid I can’t imagine he will do the dishonorable thing by neglecting to let his wife know about it. Speaking of Reids wife, my opinion of her yet remains, her character just feels totally under developed – unlikeable and uninteresting – and I’m starting to lose hope of any improvements to come. Drake was understandably rather sidelined this week following his central part in the previous installment but Cptn.Jackson had a few compelling moments in this weeks events with his bawdy, hilarious albeit predictable sense of humor taking the spotlight, intriguing information was also leaked about his past supposedly as a Pinkerton despite his name not being on their records or any others in America for that matter, the veil of mystery grows heavier around Jackson.


The technical aspects in “Tournament of Shadows” were impressive as per-usual, nothing ground breaking or mind blowing can be found but then it would not be fair to expect that from a TV series in its first year , baring in mind budgets and available resources I think the technical crew are doing some very admirable work, the editing team in particular get everything from pacing to effects spot on. This doesn’t mean to say that the cinematographers aren’t keeping up with the pace, some of the establishing shots and tracking shots in “Tournament of Shadows” were quite pronounced and shot lighting always helps to stimulate the desired feelings in any given scene.

Final Thoughts: “Tournament of Shadows” although not the most impressive or thought provoking installment in the series still had action, tension and raw entertainment value by the bucket load and seems to be providing a fitting build up for Captain Jackson’s role in next weeks installment. Leave any thoughts you had on this weeks episode in the comments below!

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George R.R Martin signs HBO Development Deal

“Game of Thrones” author and co-executive producer for the HBO series of the same name has agreed with the network on an additional two year development contract for new shows. This is wonderful news for HBO and TV fans alike because this signing will more than likely bring a broader variety of genres to the network if Martins love for fantasy and Sci-Fi is anything to go by, however some fans of the A Song of Ice and Fire books have expressed disappointment in the author taking further time away from writing the remaining books in the series due to the 4-6 year gaps they have seen for recent installments. Personally in spite of being a huge fan of the books I don’t feel GRRM owes me anything in truth and his A Song of Ice and Fire series has already had such an impact on me that I don’t feel finality for the series is wholly necessary but nevertheless it would be good. Speculation on what Martin has in plan for development centers around an on screen  adaptation of his “Wild Card” novel series which is certainly more plausible than a miniseries based upon his “Dunk and Egg” Novellas in my opinion but I can’t say I would be surprised to see him try something new altogether. Leave any thoughts you have in the comments below!


Source: http://insidetv.ew.com/2013/02/05/george-r-r-martin-development-deal/

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