Game Of Thrones Can’t Seem To ‘Kill Off’ Its Fans

Game of Thrones has perhaps done the best job of enticing modern viewers to embrace a story line from a medieval environment, which is usually reserved and largely favored by the geek community.

Perhaps it’s the primal instinct to love power?

Game of Thrones, president Obama big fan
The president is reportedly a big fan of Game of Thrones according to CNET and has also, apparently, asked for a chair. The White House released a doctored photo of the president in a throne. [By Unidentified White House staff – The White House Twitter feed, Public Domain]
And there’s no doubt of the “power” the Game of Thrones series holds as it continues to remain extremely popular since it first aired in 2011. But the show has also been very controversial over the previous seasons when an episode had a violent rape scene with actors Iwan Rheon and Sophie Turner, who both felt they had to publicly defend, against attacks on social media.

Apparently, some even refuse to review the series anymore.

Iwan Rhoen and Sophie Turner defended the decision made by the creators for the scene.

That scene in particular changed the way the writers create some of the sequences, which took place last year, but in preparation for the upcoming sixth season, theories on the fate of Jon Snow have been heavily discussed to the point where it’s a good enough pitch for viewers to remain on board and a hint as to why Game of Thrones continues to be enticing.

The show has also created a pool of talent other producers and networks can dip into when they needs star power, such as yesterday when the Inquisitr reported that Game of Thrones star Finn Jones will play the lead character in the new Iron Fist miniseries which is a collaborative creation of Marvel and Netflix, in addition to Emilia Clarke for TerminatorGenesys last year.

Even more unconventional is that with the anticipation for the new season, the creator of the series, George R. R. Martin, unveiled something new what will no doubt send fans into raptures.

According to the Guardian, the controversial author decided to add a dead character — dead in the Game of Thrones TV series — to his next book, which has already gone past deadline for completion.

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George R. R. Martin speaking at the 2014 San Diego Comic Con International, for “Game of Thrones”, at the San Diego Convention Center in San Diego, California. [image by Gage Skidmore via Flickr | CC BY-SA 2.0]
The write-up refers to a interview with Martin from IGN, where he appears to solve the problem of his not meeting that deadline to complete his book on time to sync in with the television show — by doing what some writers do and creating a new angle, using a dead character.

This appears to have been building up for some time as the author’s story line for the books versus the one for the television series has been out of sync before when the Game of Thrones producers explored a different angle, such as they did with another controversial scene in April of 2014, as reported by Hitfix.

But it’s still hard to predict which of the two versions the audience will follow as the Inquisitr previously wrote that, due to the author’s decision for that character to go with the fact that other characters appear to still be alive, he had very much left the series “in the dust”.

In a interview on Conan back in 2014, the writer talks about how the producers take it upon themselves to create a new narrative.

Despite the recycling of surprising controversies piling up against the series, the ads for the show continue as normal. Entertainment site Carter Matt points out various promotional campaigns through social media and, more specifically, states that Game of Thrones hardly needs much marketing as it continues to still, seasons later, rank high in the ratings.

It’s unconventional that a show would continue to remain so popular while the author penning the highly anticipated books to go with the show decides to continue without attempting to pair the two.

Notably, aside from J.K. Rowling of Harry Potter fame, the creative process is out of sync which the fans do not appear to mind very much, and it shows the skill of very capable people behind the scenes who generate enough interest in millions of Game of Thrones fans from one episode to the next, or even from one book to the next, as they are now apparently two different things.

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