Game of Thrones is coming up on its sixth season, which is set to premier in April 2016. But according to Eric Swain of Pop Matters, the show is starting to run out of steam and material.
“For going through this much trouble, an audience has to feel like they’re getting something worthwhile out of it. The more that you ask of them to deal with, the more that the creative force behind it has to provide. Game of Thrones feels like it’s running out of things to say.”
This makes the presentation of Game of Thrones as a video game, which has been created by Telltale, all the more appealing because it boasts the potential to “breathe new life” into the franchise.
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However, what has happened is that the game episodes are starting to fizzle, much as the show has done.
“Yet, that freshness has now faded and what once felt like a perfect fit based on the studio’s previous work, now seems like an acceleration of the exhaustion Game of Thrones now plaguing its audience.”
Tim Reid of New Game Network put out his review of Game of Thrones Season 1 and tried to do so without giving away spoilers of the books and television show, which isn’t easy considering the game is a meld of the two.
The game started off with the Red Wedding and focuses on the House of Forrester. Reid says the Forrester focus is compelling.
“The core of the story takes place in the Forrester stronghold, where you play as the Lord, beset on all sides by awful characters and events. This is a very compelling narrative thread as things seem to just get worse and worse, creating a very real emotional attachment to the Forresters and letting you really start to hate the guts of their rival house, the White Hills. You’ll often have to choose between swallowing your pride and risking those around you getting hurt, and I really struggled with some of these choices.”
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The quality of the Telltale Game of Thrones is unquestionable.
The same thing can be said of the television show and the books. And the International Design Times reports that Telltale’s Game of Thrones has been renewed for a second season. Telltale CEO Kevin Bruner confirmed the news.
“When we initially announced the series in 2013, we let everyone know this would be a multi-title, multiyear partnership with HBO. After this week’s finale, I’m pleased to officially confirm that there will be a second season of Telltale’s Game of Thrones series and that it’s currently in development.”
For diehard fans, this is fabulous news. Now the game has a renewal, just as the show does. But the author of the Game of Thrones books, George R.R. Martin, might need to get a move on with his book series. The show has caught up to the novels and more material is needed.
Fortunately, Vine Report revealed that there have been rumors of a late winter 2015 or spring 2016 release, which would see the next book out before the Season 6 premiere, but there have also been reports of a spring 2017 release. There is no confirmation of this information from Martin or anyone associated with the books.
Regardless of the direction of the show and whether or not it is running out of steam, devoted fans of the series are not likely to abandon it anytime soon. But it’s a long wait until April, so fans will just have to hang in there.
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