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Jeopardy! throws a slight shade at George R.R. Martin over The Winds of Winter

Writing a book is a huge task. Even more so, when it’s a novel of a fantasy fiction series on which the most popular TV show is based. And perhaps incredibly tough when you’ve been writing it for years, trying to finish what you promised long ago. Yes, we’re talking about George R. R. Martin. And yes, The Winds of Winter is on our minds. The author has earned a lot of fame and money through A Song of Ice and Fire. But the ghost of his unfinished penultimate novel in the series has got him flak from all corners of internet-crazy fan-territories.

The latest to join the caravan is Jeopardy!, a television game show popular for its questions being answers and answers being questions. In a recent episode, the show threw some shade on George R.R. Martin that caught a Reddit user’s eye who posted it on the Game of Thrones subreddit, titling it, “Jeopardy writers with the GRRM shade on today’s episode”.

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In the episode, under a category named “After All These Years”, contestants needed to find the question for the following answer:

“After nearly a decade of waiting, this author assures us “The Winds of Winter” is coming – there’s an excerpt on his website.”

Contestants who aren’t familiar with Game of Thrones may have had a hard time. But all of us know the question would be: “Who is George R.R. Martin?”. The writers on Jeopardy! clearly took a dig on Martin for not being able to finish the sixth book in the series that inspired the phenomenon called Game of Thrones. For perspective, the fifth book, A Dance With Dragons released in 2011, just when Game of Thrones began.

Jeopardy! throws a slight shade at George R.R. Martin over The Winds of Winter

Now, is the criticism fair or are we just dissing the author for no reason? While nobody likes getting hounded for their work, it becomes inevitable when you are this popular. With the attention that he has got, especially during the duration of the show, George has admitted that it’s been hard for him to finish what he started.

Despite that, he has had a long time and given hope about finishing The Winds on multiple occasions. So, if some of us are disappointed, they’re bound to be. Plus, it’s just testimony to the fact that how much they adore the saga. We don’t endorse the vitriol-filled wrath that people are subjected to on the internet; similar to what the creators of Game of Thrones got after the final season. But a silent, smart remark allowing your disapproval to flow casually, such as this one on Jeopardy would make even GRRM look up and smile embarrassingly. I think it lets him know that we’re waiting and watching. Indulgently, patiently!

Jeopardy! throws a slight shade at George R.R. Martin over The Winds of Winter

The last we heard from Martin about The Winds of Winter, it was when he announced that he should be able to finish the book by the time he arrives in New Zealand for Worldcon 2020 (annual science fiction convention). If not, he said, the fans could lock him up in a cabin on White Island, overlooking the lake of sulphuric acid. Well, aren’t Jeopardy! writers just a wee bit tempted! The author has breached his deadlines before, he might do it again. But we’re hopeful. What about you? Do you think The Winds of Winter will release in 2020? Tell us in the comments section.


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Diana Rigg, who played Lady Olenna Tyrell on Game of Thrones, passes away at 82

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The year 2020 has been the Red Wedding of years. As if the COVID-19 pandemic wasn’t enough, tragedy has struck yet once again. This time, the wretched year has taken away another gem of the entertainment industry. Diana Rigg, who played the cunning Lady Olenna Tyrell on the series Game of Thrones, has passed away at the age of 82.

Diana was a decorated and esteemed performer. She was a venerable figure in Britain’s entertainment industry and was the recipient of the famed Tony and Emmy awards. Rigg was also famous for her role as intelligence agent Emma Peel on ‘The Avengers’ in the 1960s.

Diana Rigg played the role of Lady Olenna Tyrell, also known as The Queen of Thorns on HBO’s The Game of Thrones. She began in the third season in 2013. She was nominated for the esteemed Emmy awards for the category ‘Best Guest Actor’ for her work on the show, consecutively from 2013 to 2015.

Diana was a beautiful kind and generous human being that enhanced the lives of all that knew her as well as a great actress. She leaves a great void in my heart,” said Lionel Larner, who was Rigg’s long time friend and talent agent.

Enid Diana Elizabeth Rigg was born in Doncaster, Yorkshire, England. She spent her early childhood in India. Diana did her training as an actress at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art from 1955-57 and made her professional stage debut in Brecht’s The Caucasian Chalk Circle in 1957. She died from cancer which was diagnosed back in March.

Her loss will be deeply felt and she will be missed all over the world. Our condolences are with her family and friends.


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Game of Thrones showrunners David Benioff and D. B. Weiss working on adapting “Three-Body Problem” at Netflix

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Game of Thrones was a memorable experience for both the fans and the show’s crew. Rarely do we see a TV show achieve massive popularity as Game of Thrones did in the last decade. Many of the show’s crew have moved on to new projects, including showrunners David Benioff and D.B. Weiss.

Game of Thrones directors David Benioff and D.B. Weiss, along with Alexander Woo are working together to adapt Liu Cixin’s bestseller “Three-Body Problem” for Netflix. The series will be covering all three books of the trilogy, namely, “The Three-Body Problem,” “The Dark Forest,” and “Death’s End.” The story revolves around the idea of humanity’s first contact with aliens. Netflix struck a deal with Yoozoo group for the rights to make an English adaptation of the trilogy.

Benioff and Weiss were highly impressed by the books. They said, “Liu Cixin’s trilogy is the most ambitious science-fiction series we’ve read, taking readers on a journey from the 1960s until the end of time, from life on our pale blue dot to the distant fringes of the universe. We look forward to spending the next years of our lives bringing this to life for audiences around the world.

The Three-Body Problem is going to be the first project Benioff and Weiss will work on, since the completion of Game of Thrones. They have already proved their mettle with the amazing success of Game of Thrones. The new show is the type of fantasy genre that is right up their sleeves. Benioff and Weiss are also associated with another Netflix series, “The Chair” as executive producers.

The Netflix series does not have a release date yet. What are your expectations for the show? Let us know in the comments below.


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George R. R. Martin sues Blackstone over Werewolf novella film rights

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Game of Thrones author George R. R. Martin has often been in controversies due to his ‘out of the world’ writing style. This time he is in the news again for something else. It is for a lawsuit he filed for the film rights of a werewolf novella.

The complaint was filed at the Los Angeles superior court on Wednesday. According to the complaint, Mike the Pike productions were granted an option to the rights of the film in 2009. The company later assigned the option to Blackstone Manor, LLC., who are the defendant in this case. Blackstone exercised the option on September 2, 2014, which gave them 5 years to start principal photography before the rights went back to Martin.

The complaint states that Blackstone “hastily assembled” a barebones cast and crew. Just a day before the 2019 deadline to shoot “a handful of scenes” to make it appear they were still working on the project, to retain the rights for another 5 years. Martin describes the “token” production was “insufficient”. He compared the move to a “contractor hurriedly building a gazebo in lieu of the agreed-upon skyscraper when faced with a deadline”, as reported by the Los Angeles times.

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After the success of Game of Thrones, the writer is sure to have high hopes with any production house that wants to adapt his novel for the screen. The novel was published in 1988 as a part of “Night Vision 5”. It was a horror anthology that also included works of Stephen King and Dan Simmons. The story revolves around a private investigator, Randi Wade, who is looking into a series of brutal killings in her small town. This leads her to the world of werewolves and other demons.

The story won a World Fantasy Award in 1989. What is your perspective about the case? Let us know in the comments below.


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