Taylor Swift’s “Blank Space” is back in the news, two weeks after the Inquisitr reported that Swift glitter-bombed her own performance at the 2015 BRIT Awards on February 25. The song is trending again this week, but this time it’s not thanks to anything Swift has done with it.
Nerdist Presents, an in-house video channel at Nerdist, has created a “Blank Space”/Game of Thrones mash-up titled “Blank Page,” featuring Nick Mundy as George R. R. Martin, Emily Rudd as Daenerys Targaryen, and Brandon Hillock as Jon Snow.
The Taylor Swift parody is very tongue-in-cheek, and has Daenerys paying Martin a visit, whereupon he extols her virtues and those of the series… for about half a minute. For most of the remainder of “Blank Page,” he extols the virtues of all of the ways she could potentially be crossed off, from death “in a swordfight” or “burn(ing) in dragon’s flame” through “zombies, axes, giants, blades,” Martin continues to remind his character (and fans) of the unfortunate mortality of anyone in his world. “Blank Space,” indeed.
The “Blank Space” parody hits close to home for Game of Thrones fans, who have watched fan-favorite characters be killed off time and again. And fan-hated characters. Also characters that the fans don’t really care about one way or another. If you haven’t read Martin’s epic or seen the show, people die an awful lot, and Martin’s “Blank Page” is definitely the weapon that fans fear most.
As Today notes, the brief appearance of Jon Snow is another nod toward fan fears of the death of a favorite character; Daenerys and Jon are the two most popular characters, and they’re still alive in the books and in the show… so far.
Fans are especially nervous, as Martin recently confirmed to Showbiz 411 in an interview at the Writers Guild West Awards held February 15, that “[p]eople are going to die who don’t die in the books. […] David and D.B. (David Benioff and D.B. Weiss, creators of the TV adaptation) are even bloodier than I am.”
Now that they’ve run out of book, Benioff and Weiss have a lot of blank spaces to fill, and while they’ll be working with Martin on the adaptation, they’ve been given a blank page of their own.
Martin has promised that he will be finishing the last two books in A Song of Ice and Fire (the actual name of the book series), titled The Winds of Winter and The Dreams of Spring, and HBO has renewed Game of Thrones at least through Season 6.
Hopefully, there are enough characters left by the end for both to finish their run and we aren’t all left holding a blank page.
[Image Credit: Nerdist]