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New covers for George R. R. Martin’s upcoming book ‘Fire and Blood’ revealed

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New covers for George RR Martin’s upcoming book ‘Fire and Blood’ revealed

The next installment in the series ‘A Song of Ice and Fire’ (the Winds of Winter) might be miles away but, George R. R. Martin’s new book isn’t. Earlier announced, George’s new book ‘Fire and Blood’ is a book foretelling some unknown parts of Targaryen history and is all set to release on 20th of November. Also, the book will be released in many variants with new covers for each.

What’s known about the new book is that it is an account of Targaryen history ranging from Aegon Targaryen’s conquest of Westeros to the Dance of Dragons – the Targaryen civil war. The book’s first cover (designed by Doug Wheatley) was revealed back in April by George himself via his Twitter account with the caption:

“FIRE & BLOOD, the history of the Targaryens, will be releasing in hardcover on November 20! Read more about it in my blog post: http://ow.ly/BYwt30jFYoK  #FireandBlood

George also had teased a sneak-peak of the book on his blog:

“I’ve seen the archmaester’s manuscript.  Since it was handwritten on vellum with a quill pen, he required my help in transcribing the text to a more modern format: WordStar 4.0, on a DOS computer. Took a while, but a few weeks ago I was able to ship it off to my editors on both sides of the Atlantic, and to my foreign representatives for all my publishers around the world. Some of my foreign publishers will be releasing their editions simultaneously with the US and UK hardbacks; others may need to wait for translation from the Common Tongue.”

“It’s a hefty book, almost a thousand manuscript pages (okay, 989, if you want to be precise).   That’s not quite as long as A GAME OF THRONES or any of the later volumes in A SONG FOR ICE AND FIRE, but there’s a lot of reading there, and I hope you’ll enjoy it.”

“This first volume covers all the Targaryen kings from Aegon I (the Conquerer) to the regency of Aegon III (the Dragonbane), along with their wives, wars, siblings, children, friends, rivals, laws, travels, and sundry other matters.   For those not up on your Westerosi history, that’s Aegon I, Aenys, Maegor the Cruel, Jaehaerys I (the Conciliator), Viserys I, Aegon II (and Rhaenyra), and Aegon III (the regency). Oh, and there are dragons too.”

“Lots of dragons.”

But recently enough, he presented us with a brand new cover art for the Brazilian version his book via his Twitter account:

Additionally, Subterranean Press too released their version of the book cover via their Twitter account:

Moreover, there is a new European version of the book underway with a new book cover too. Check out the teaser for the book shared on Facebook, here:

Which of these book covers did you like the most? And, tell us in the comments section how excited you are for the ‘Fire and Blood’ series?






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Most viewers were satisfied with the final season of Game of Thrones, says online poll

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Most viewers were satisfied with the final season of Game of Thrones; says an online poll

Game of Thrones is one of the most talked-about things in recent times. Although one means no disrespect towards the saga of Ice and Fire, the popular opinion has seemed to lean towards the negative during and after the show’s final season. Inconsistent character arcs, premature swansong, lack of explanation, etc. were some of the opinions floating around the internet and our social circles. The dissatisfaction felt very real when more than a million people signed a petition to urge HBO to remake the final season.

While it’s easy to take the Mountain i.e. the Game of Thrones down on negative howls, it takes a lot more than a Hound to actually do so. YouGov, internet-based market research and data analytics firm proved the same with a recently conducted online survey. It has revealed some interesting data related to our beloved show and its reception among the viewers. And it’s not all negative. Read on!

Most viewers were satisfied with the final season of Game of Thrones; says an online poll

The company conducted the digital poll keeping Emmy’s in the eye. It speaks for the nominated shows on behalf of 2475 US adults selected from a panel of 1.2 million individuals. The sample size doesn’t seem so significant and even limits the geography to the USA. Yet it can account for popular opinion due to random sampling involved in the selection of the participants.

Without any further ado, let’s dive into the findings that pertain to Game of Thrones.

The extent of satisfaction: 52% of participants said that they were “very satisfied” or “somewhat satisfied” with the final season of Game of Thrones. So yeah, most people seem to be satisfied. However, 41% expressed that they were unsatisfied, with 7% choosing no sides. Not the result one anticipated for Game of Thrones before the final season aired.

Outstanding Drama Series: 18% of people chose the HBO series as the most deserving show to win the Outstanding Drama Series at the Emmy’s; the most for any show. We know that there’s going to be no more Game of Thrones, at least not in the present form. So, it could be an emotional choice or perhaps a callback for the cumulative experience the series has generated over the years. Or maybe, they genuinely liked the whole thing!

Level of Engagement with the show: 18% said that they had watched every single episode of Game of Thrones to date; while a whopping 44% have neither watched a single episode nor intend to; again the most among all the shows. This feels ironical; a show that got more eyeballs than any other show has also managed to escape the fancy of an equally huge number.

David Benioff and D.B. Weiss: When asked if they would be interested in watching something that the Game of Thrones showrunners make, 29% expressed an interest while 38% chose to be uninterested in their future ventures. The duo has received the maximum flak for the final season not being up to the mark. No wonder, the results don’t reflect otherwise.

Now, these revelations are not set in stone nor do they speak on behalf of everyone. There is even a margin of statistical error in the analysis itself. But they do involve a methodology and represent a general trend towards the sought-after show. Game of Thrones has sparked conversations with every new season since its inception. And it’s still very much alive, especially with multiple promising prequels in the pipeline. In spite of all that, we can hardly say that the show got an ideal farewell from the viewers.

Most viewers were satisfied with the final season of Game of Thrones; says an online poll

 

If you were to ask us, we would say we were content with the final result; i.e. the final position of every character in Westeros or to the West of it (Arya), although we don’t think this was the best way to reach there. What do you guys think? Tell us in the comments below.






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Emilia Clarke is vacationing in India with Rose Leslie, reveals details on Instagram

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Emilia Clarke is vacationing in India with Rose Leslie, reveals details on Instagram

Game of Thrones stars have had one of the more stressful jobs of the decade, being so popular, and acting in a show that has an intense production as well as the attention surrounding it. So it’s understandable when you hear that the Mother of Dragons, Emilia Clarke, is currently on a spiritual vacation to India, accompanied by none other than Rose Leslie, who played Ygritte, and they seem to be having a great time. Read on!

Emilia recently posted a bunch of pictures through an Instagram post, showing her and Rose having the best time in India, and even getting robbed by some monkeys. Check it out:

Emilia says in a hashtag in the caption that she was at Ananda Spa Himalayas, and then discusses her off time spent in India with her bestie, Rose Leslie. Looks like the pair left Kit Harington behind on this little trip. Emilia also revealed that they were robbed by monkeys, which is quite a common sight in some parts of India and even included a picture of a bunch of adorable monkeys caught red-handed.

Emilia also seemed to have gotten some reading done in her time in India, and it seems like it was, all in all, a relaxing trip after a decade on Game of Thrones. That’s not all, a while ago, Emilia had revealed that she was about 1/8th Indian, through her grandmother that was half Indian, and that she loved that part of herself.

Well, it’s unclear if the pair are still in India, but you might spot them around if they are. Talk to us in the comments, down below!






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Robb Stark and Jon Snow to have their long awaited reunion, in the Marvel Cinematic Universe!

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Robb Stark and Jon Snow to have their long awaited reunion, in the Marvel Cinematic Universe!

Game of Thrones was often brutal towards its characters, and that’s why we have been starved of reunions. So when a reunion manifests in the real world, may it just be two cast members posing for a picture together, it’s exciting. This week we had one of the most exciting Thrones reunion news, and that is of Robb Stark and Jon Snow. Read on!

As you might know, the Disney D23 Expo has been exploding with news this week, and among the reveals were two that starred the Stark brothers. It was announced recently that Richard Madden, who played Robb Stark, is all set to star in the Marvel Cinematic Universe’s upcoming film, The Eternals. His costume for the same was revealed at the expo, immediately followed another big news. Kit Harington was confirmed as a cast member for The Eternals, playing Dane Whitman, a.k.a. Black Knight.

While Dane isn’t a part of the group calling themselves the Eternals, he is a very important character. The Black Knight bit did get the fans talking about how this casting fulfils a reunion link between the Stark brothers from a long time ago:

Well, it looks like that came true after all:

The film is set for a November 2020 release. Excited for the film yet? We sure are! Talk to us in the comments, down below!






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