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Sophie Turner and other Game of Thrones stars join "Black Lives Matter" protests

With what we are seeing around the world these days, it’s hard to say that we have gained any significant development or evolution as sensitive human beings. The pathetic condition of poor migrants in various countries, the lack of care and testing facilities for the patients, and an overall coverup of the mistakes on the part of the authorities during the COVID-19 crisis; these things have opened a sore wound in our matters of administration and humanity. To top that, we witnessed the death of George Floyd, an African-American, on May 25 owing to police brutality in Minneapolis, Minnesota of the United States. It shouldn’t be called death, it was a brutal murder by four policemen; one of whom kneeled on his neck for eight minutes and forty-six seconds.

The tragedy has triggered widespread protests against racism and police violence; not just in most states of the USA, but also in more than fifty countries across the globe. The Black Lives Matter movement caught fire immediately after George’s demise. Celebrities have come out in huge numbers to stand beside the people and Game of Thrones stars are a good part of it. Sophie Turner (Sansa Stark) with her husband, Joe Jonas, Kerry Ingram (Shireen Baratheon), and Richard Madden (Rob Stark) joined the protests to lend their voice, solidarity, and support.

Sophie joined the protests with Joe and their friends and posted the photos on Instagram. In the first photo, the protesters lay down on the ground with their hands on the back to display Floyd’s final posture. Sophie held up a placard that said “White Silence is Violence” in the second; while the third is a short video clip, where she kneels down and chants with everybody, “No justice, No peace”. She captioned her post with the same text before the hashtag #BlackLivesMatter. Joe Jonas also informed us of their support through Instagram.

Turner apparently explained the value of the protests in a comment; after being asked why the protests were continuing even after the arrest of the four officers. “This isn’t just about those 4 cops; this is about Breonna Taylor, this is about Trayvon Martin, this is about Eric Garner, this is about the systemic racism that black people have faced for hundreds and hundreds of years. This is about changing the system. Justice will be done when society reflects our beliefs that we are all equal. Until then, there should be no peace”. It’s certainly the larger cause that people should aim at because these problems have had a long history in the United States and other countries in the world. But we do hope this change gets reflected in everyone’s day to day life; where racism, violence, and other vices haunt us regularly.

Among other GoT stars, Kerry Ingram joined one of the peaceful protests too; holding out the message of “Silence is Violence”; while Richard Madden came out to protest for the second time in Santa Monica, California. Many other celebs rose to the occasion and either marched with the protesters or voiced their support through social media. Madonna, Jennifer Lopez, Pink and Carey Hart, Brad Pitt, Shawn Mendes; and many more joined the fight against racism and violence. Michael B. Jordan took it to the next level by delivering a speech during a protest in Los Angeles. He stressed the importance of diversity in Hollywood and how black voices need amplification.

Sophie Turner and other Game of Thrones stars join "Black Lives Matter" protests

In spite of all the seemingly good intentions, many protesters caused violent riots and loots in several regions of the US. Some people have also termed this as a ‘leftist liberal’ agenda to suit a particular political or personal gain. However, whether someone protests out of empathy for the victims or only to spread their bias, one needs to wonder if they can label the whole movement as propaganda. If you happen to see the clip of Derek Chauvin (the white police officer) relentlessly choking George Floyd with his knee, the cries of “I can’t breathe” would remain with you for quite some time. It’s time to look inward, to reflect and introspect; to see if we have George Floyds and Derek Chauvins within and without us.

What are your thoughts? Talk to us in the comments section.


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Game of Thrones writer George R. R. Martin updates fans about The Winds of Winter

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Game of Thrones TV series ended more than a year ago. The final season of the show divided the fan-base into two. One loved it, the other wanted something more. Hardcore fans are still waiting for the next book of the series, The Winds of Winter.

Game of Thrones writer George R. R. Martin recently updated fans about his progress on the upcoming book. He noticed a sudden spike in the number of viewers on his blog Not a Blog, and joked, “Sometimes I do get the feeling that most of you reading my posts here care more about what is happening in Westeros than what is happening in the United States.” 

Game of Thrones writer George R.R. Martin updates fans about Winds of Winter

He further wrote, “So let me assure you that, when not sweating out election returns or brooding over other real-world problems, I have continued to work on THE WINDS OF WINTER.

No, sorry, still not done, but I do inch closer. It is a big book. I try not to dwell on that too much. I write a chapter at a time, a page-at-a-time, a sentence at-a-time, a word at-a-time. It is the only way. And sometimes I rewrite.” 

Martin explained he has been spending a lot of time with the Lannisters. Cersei and Tyrion in particular. He has also visited Dorne and the Old Town in his book. He is currently writing new chapters, revisiting and tweaking old ones as well.

George wrote, “None of this is even remotely new. It is how the first five books were written.” 

The Game of Thrones author is slowly picking up speed. He once gave an example of how the books will be different from the show. Are you excited for The Winds of Winter? Talk to us in the comments below!


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George R. R. Martin hints at great progress on House of The Dragon production

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Game of Thrones ended more than a year ago. The popularity and success of the show have left fans worldwide wanting for more. HBO has already teased the fans with the announcement of Game of Thrones prequel House of The Dragon. Moreover, the television network has added to the hype by adding Paddy Considine to the show’s cast as King Viserys. Game of Thrones author George R.R. Martin is really happy with the show’s progress. Martin wrote on his blog Not a Blog :

George R.R. Martin hints at great progress on House of The Dragon production

Well, aside from COVID-19 slowing everything down, we are making great progress on the HBO prequel HOUSE OF THE DRAGON. Ryan and Miguel are in London, casting has begun, it is all looking very exciting.”

He also talked about his other projects, “I wish I could say that things are also going great on all the other television and film projects I am involved with, either as a producer or as the author of the original source material (i.e. novels and short stories). I can’t. Very little shooting is taking place, and almost nothing is being greenlit. Of course, development continues… but there’s a reason they call it “development hell.” Sigh. 

So that’s where all that stands. Or at least, that’s as much as I am allowed to tell you right now. Hang in there, friends.” 

The great strides in the progress of the much-awaited series are welcome news for all the fans worldwide. Are you excited for the House of The Dragon? Tell us in the comments below!


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Game of Thrones writer George R. R. Martin applauds Joe Biden’s speech

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Game of Thrones writer George R.R. Martin applauds Joe Biden’s speech

The political drama in the US Presidential election was no less than the hustle for the Iron Throne on the Game of Thrones. The twists and turns were similar to the epic fantasy, that ended with Joe Biden’s victory. Biden gave his first speech as the new US President on the night of 7th of November. The speech was very well received by the general public.

Game of Thrones writer George R.R. Martin welcomed Biden’s win through his blog Not a Blog. He lauded the new President’s speech with heaps of praises. He wrote:

Game of Thrones writer George R.R. Martin applauds Joe Biden’s speech

Joe Biden gave a marvellous speech tonight: eloquent, uplifting, stirring, a speech that spoke to all that is best in America, to our hopes and dreams rather than our fears. Time will tell what kind of president he will be, but everything about the campaign he waged confirms the fact that this is a good, decent, and intelligent man. 

It brought to my mind the classic Democratic hymn that was FDR’s campaign song, and later used by JFK, LBJ, and many others.”

Game of Thrones cast has often expressed their dislike for the former US President Donald Trump. Sophie Turner (Sansa Stark) even raised a toast to Biden’s victory, mocking Trump at the same time.

What do you think of the US Presidential election? Talk to us in the comments below!


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