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5 Big Questions for the Final Season of Thrones

There’s just one season left now, folks – and a short one at that! It seems hard to believe we’re almost out of Thrones stories to talk about. That said, we have at least a year, probably, before the final season actually airs, which means there’s plenty of time for speculation and discussion in the meantime. I for one plan to make the most of that time, so here are my five big questions, at this early stage, for the final season.

Will We Get Cleganebowl?

I can’t believe that this has become the biggest question in Game of Thrones, but it might well be that. Indeed, leading up to the season seven finale, one article looking ahead to the end began with the simple title, “Game of Thrones Fans Are Convinced The Most Hyped Fight Ever Will Happen Tonight.” The interesting thing about that is that those same fans were the ones doing most of the hyping. Sure, there are all kinds of hints that the Hound will want to finish the Mountain off, and it’s a pretty obvious place for one or both of their storylines to end up. But for the most part, this is internet hype run amok. Someone came up with the phrase “Cleganebowl,” and the trendy name for the theory helped to blow it up. Now, it seems as if a final season without said Cleganebowl would be almost as disappointing to people as a final season without dragons, or one in which Jon, Tyrion, and Dany (probably the three most beloved characters) all meet their ends. The question of whether or not we get Cleganebowl has, somehow, become absolutely crucial for this show.

Did Anyone Live At The Wall?

There were two fairly significant characters who appeared to be on the Wall when the Night King and his shiny new ice dragon laid waste to it: Tormund Giantsbane and Beric Dondarrion. The latter, at this point, feels somewhat expendable. Without Thoros by his side, and with plenty of season seven foreshadowing that he was about to die and stay dead for the first time, his end would be fitting. Tormund, however, has become something of a fan favorite. He seems to have a budding, if only semi-serious, love interest in Brienne (and who doesn’t want that to happen?). Fans would like to see him having somehow survived the fall of the Wall. But this question is actually pretty important beyond fan service. If no one survived at the Wall, no one can send a raven ahead to warn the miscellaneous good guys that the Night King resurrected Dany’s dragon. Given that ravens in Westeros seem to travel faster than text messages these days, Tormund could easily send word ahead, if he lived.

Will There Be A Baratheon Factor?

When you really think back on the series, there are four “main” houses: the Starks, the Lannisters, the Targaryens, and the Baratheons. That last house has taken a back seat, but it’s still a core part of the series. In the books, the first chapter narrated by a non-Stark, -Lannister, or -Targaryen figure is “Davos,” who at the time is a representation of Stannis Baratheon’s actions. One of the only lasting Game of Thrones video games, a slot real that stands as one of the game options on casino platforms online, also counts the houses equally. Using house symbolism and icons on a slot reel, it’s all about the Starks, Lannisters, Targaryens, and Baratheons. Indeed, the entire story even exists because three of these houses led a rebellion against the other. The “Game of Thrones” has always been between four competitors. It’ll be interesting, therefore, to see if there’s a Baratheon factor to the final series – which more specifically means wondering if Gendry will play a key role, as he is Robert Baratheon’s bastard heir and was brought back in season seven.

How Serious Was The Jaime-Cersei Breakup?

By the look of things in the finale, Jaime is finally done with his wicked, scheming sister. Much has been made of Tyrion’s occasional assertions that Cersei loves only her children. But if that’s true, she’s also only ever counted on the love of her brother. When he was allegedly the fiercest warrior in the Seven Kingdoms, Jaime gave her a sense of invincibility. Since then he’s still proven to be a loyal and reliable general – if not almost a servant at times. For the first time, she now seems unable to rely on Jaime’s affection or loyalty, however. She threatened him to his face, and he called her bluff and walked out on her. But how serious was it? Are they so done that he really will go to help Tyrion and Daenerys without Cersei’s blessing? Might she send someone after him in anger? Or will we wind up looking at a quick make-up, perhaps on the grounds that she really is pregnant? The answer to this question will do a lot to determine the dynamic in King’s Landing.

Are Direwolves Just Not Important?

Arya’s reunion with Nymeria was somewhat poetic. Nymeria basically chose to have nothing to do with her, and Arya recognized her own personality in the decision, breathing “that’s not you,” having once said “that’s not me” when facing the more traditional life of a lord’s daughter. But the lack of Ghost in season seven rubbed a lot of us the long way. Covering this topic and referring back to season six, one of the producers basically blamed the budget, saying Ghost is very expensive to bring to life. But when we get frequent shots of CGI dragons soaring around in the background, or see a five-minute scene featuring a zombie ice bear, can it really be all about the budget? My biggest question facing the final season is whether Direwolves just aren’t that important in this story, when for so long they seemed destined to play a vital role.
 
 
No date has been set yet for the eighth and final season of Game of Thrones. It will air on HBO in 2018, as far as we can tell. Until then, are there any other questions you’d love to get answers to? Let us know below so we can discuss!

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Beyond the Throne: What Epic Story Should Come After the Game of Thrones?

Next year, HBO will finish telling its most epic story so far, the small-screen rendition of George R. R. Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire, known to us mortals as Game of Thrones. Over its run of six years (so far), Game of Thrones has gathered a huge and faithful fan base that’s bigger than that of online casino real money wins, has fought its way by claw and sword to the 4th place of The Hollywood Reporter’s top 100 TV series list (overtaking the HBO’s own Sopranos), and it still has a chance to do better. Among its accolades, we can also find quite a few dubious ones, like being the most pirated TV show in 2016 (even though the show’s producers took this one as a compliment “better than the Emmy”). But all good things must come to an end. Next year, GoT will end. What epic story could take its place?

Dune

Frank Herbert’s Dune is one of the most epic science fiction stories ever written. A story arc that spans over more than a millennium, set in the distant future of humanity, filled with political machination, religious manipulation, interests defended through politics, diplomacy, and blood. Frank Herbert’s original story starts with Paul Atreides, heir of his house, moving with his family to Arrakis, the desert planet inhabited by an incredibly tough people (the Fremen) and giant sand worms, and the only source of the Spice, a miraculous substance that expands life, raises vitality, heightens awareness, and allows a select few to peek into the future. No wonder that it’s the most precious commodity humanity has ever discovered – and a source of continuous fights among the Empire’s Great Houses.

Dune has everything an epic TV show might need – love, loss, glory, bloodshed, mythical monsters, and incredibly lovable characters. Its previous screen adaptations were all visually impressive and pretty epic but were simply too short to be able to grasp the complexities of the original – “Observe the plans within plans within plans,” as Baron Harkonnen said. With all its twists and turns, the story would make a great TV series – hopefully, after the success of Game of Thrones, somebody will be brave enough to do it.
 

The Ender Saga

Ender’s Game was an impressive piece of cinematic creation – alas, it has failed to live up to the expectations of the books’ fans. After all, even the first book in the series – Ender’s Game – was far more complex and thought-provoking than the movie, and the big-screen version didn’t even come close to touching what followed after the war.

Ender’s saga is barely starting in the events described in the original novel – they are but a first step. From there on, Earth’s youngest hero goes on to become not only the Speaker for the Dead but also instrumental to the return of…but let’s not spoil the story. It would be best if everyone read the book.

A TV series would be the perfect medium to expand on the story in a visual form, to allow it to unravel in its entire complexity.
 

The Alvin Maker Saga

Did anyone tell you that Orson Scott Card is a science fiction writer? Well, then take a look at his “Alvin Maker” stories to prove them wrong. The Tales of Alvin Maker is a fantasy series written by the “father of Ender,” set in an alternate 19th-century United States – or rather something that might have become of the United States should things have happened differently. In this world, people have “knacks,” limited supernatural abilities that allow them to excel at one thing or another – cut stone and wood, find water or runaways or even see the Heartfire of others from afar.

Alvin is born the seventh son of the seventh son with a knack that far exceeds that of anyone around him: he can alter both living and non-living matter by force of will alone. His power comes at a cost, though: forces of evil are constantly after him, seeking his demise. During his adventures in this alternate world, Alvin encounters historical figures (or rather their alternates) like William Blake, Napoleon, Abraham Lincoln, Tecumseh, Honoré de Balzac, and James Bowie, to name just a few, and lives through a series of adventures, often barely avoiding being killed. And, as you might expect, things play out rather differently than in our own history.

Card published his first Alvin Maker novel in 1987 (Seventh Son – it won a Locus Fantasy award and was nominated for a Hugo and a World Fantasy Award), followed by five novels and some short stories happening in the same universe, with one final novel still waiting to be released. All in all, there is enough material here for an epic TV series.
 
 
Game of Thrones will return in 2018 (no return date has been set as of now). Until then, let us know your thoughts on the possible shows above or give us your own ideas!

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If We Controlled Your Remote… 7/16/17

Have you ever been at a loss as to what to watch? Too many shows to pick from? We’re here to give you our opinions on what we feel is worth watching. Check it out and then let us know in the comments below what you’re choosing for tonight!

Kyle’s Choice

Tonight, Game of Thrones finally returns to HBO to kick off the short, penultimate season of the series. When we last let off, things were being set in motion toward the series’ ultimate endgame. Daenerys joined forces with Dorne and the Tyrells, and the army set sail for Westeros. Meanwhile, Arya finally learned that she was better off not being a girl with no name, and she, too, was headed for Westeros to cross another name off her list. In the Citadel, Samwell was introduced to the vast library but had to leave Gilly at the door. At the Wall, Bran tapped into a tree and finished his dream, where he learned of Jon’s true lineage. In Winterfell, with Lady Mormont’s backing, Jon Snow claimed the title of King of the North. And finally, in King’s Landing, Cersei reclaimed the Iron Throne after she used the secret stores of green wildfire to blow up the Sept where the High Sparrow, Queen Margaery, and most of the Faith Militant were awaiting her arrival for her trial. Unfortunately, Cersei’s last remaining son, King Tommen, was devastated over the loss of his wife and killed himself, thus fulfilling the prophesy that had been foretold to Cersei.

I am really looking forward to tonight’s premiere. Last season was easily the most exciting yet, and I think that was partially due to the fact that the series had moved past the material from the books, so the writers had a little more freedom. All the pieces seem to finally be coming together as the various parties are ultimately heading toward their clash for the Iron Throne. The series still has two major things to tackle before the end, and I’m not sure which of those we will see this season: How are these people going to defeat the White Walkers, and who will ultimately sit atop the Iron Throne? Also, what does the presumed fact that Jon Snow is both a Stark and a Targaryen mean to this upcoming battle for the throne? It should be another exciting (but too short) season, and I can’t wait to finally get some new episodes!

On tonight’s premiere, “Dragonstone,” Jon organizes the defense of the North; Cersei tries to even the odds; Daenerys comes home.

If you missed any of the 6th season or want to see it again, HBO will be airing a marathon starting at 11:30am ET on HBO2, with the sixth season finale and seventh season premiere airing on HBO.

Don’t miss the long-awaited premiere tonight on HBO at 9/8c.

I’ll also be watching/recording The Strain, Celebrity Family Feud, The $100,000 Pyramid, Big Brother, and Food Network Star.

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If We Controlled Your Remote… 5/14/17

Have you ever been at a loss as to what to watch? Too many shows to pick from? We’re here to give you our opinions on what we feel is worth watching. Check it out and then let us know in the comments below what you’re choosing for tonight!

Jenny’s Choice

I can’t believe they went there on NCIS: LA last week! After Sam’s wife, Michelle, was kidnapped by Tahir Khalid’s guys, I thought for sure the team would find her before time ran out. Unfortunately, though they were at the right place earlier in the day, they didn’t KNOW it, and by the time they figured it out and Deeks and Kensi rushed in, killing all the bad guys in the building, Michelle was already dead from running out of oxygen in the small freezer she’d been kept in. It was absolutely heartbreaking to watch Sam get there slowly walk in to uncover his wife’s body and see her for himself. Until that moment, I wasn’t sure if she were alive or dead, and I nearly cried, knowing how much he had to be hurting.

One other thing that was interesting about the episode… Sabatino was back – and he got Sidorov out of prison to allow the team to try to get some real answers about Michelle’s kidnapping. Sabatino told them it should prove that he wasn’t involved in trying to bring the team down before. Can we trust him on that? I have no idea…

So what will happen on tonight’s season finale? Will Sam get his revenge against Khalid? Even if he does, will he destroy his life and his future to get it, leaving his kids without both of their parents? What about the rest of the team? Will Deeks FINALLY propose to Kensi, in the wake of Sam’s devastating loss? Will we get a definitive answer about Sabatino? And will the show set up any story lines for next season?

On tonight’s episode, “Unleashed,” following the kidnapping of Sam’s wife, Michelle Hanna, Sam goes rogue from the NCIS team and attempts to stop his arch nemesis Tahir Khaled (guest star Anslem Richardson) from ever targeting his family again. Erik Palladino also guest stars.

To see how it works out for Sam and the team, tune in to CBS at 8/7c.

I’ll also be watching/DVRing Guy’s Grocery Games, Little Big Shots, Chicago Justice, Iron Chef Gauntlet, Match Game, & Iron Chef Eats.
 
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If We Controlled Your Remote… 4/23/17

Have you ever been at a loss as to what to watch? Too many shows to pick from? We’re here to give you our opinions on what we feel is worth watching. Check it out and then let us know in the comments below what you’re choosing for tonight!

Kyle’s Choice

Tonight, HBO’s high-tech comedy, Silicon Valley, returns for its fourth season on HBO. As the third season ended, the guys had realized they had only beta tested their new Pied Piper app with engineers, and even though it was a great program, it was too complicated for the general user to understand, so the adoption rate was extremely slow. So Richard hired a foreign click farm in order to fudge the numbers. Once Laurie got wind of this, she decided it was time for her to take her money out of the company. When she said she was selling her shares to the despicable person who made her the best offer, the guys feared she meant Gavin Belson. However, they were thrilled to learn that it was Erlich and Big Head who bought her shares, who had just barely outbid their overly confident competitor. But Gavin has hired former Pied Piper CEO Jack Barker at Hooli, and it seems like the pair has hatched some sort of revenge plan.

I just really enjoy this show. Having worked in the high-tech industry for a long time, I find these characters and situations so relatable and fun to watch. I love the quick pace of the series and how each episode always ends with some kind of big twist or reveal that makes you want to immediately see what happens next. I’m really curious to see how things play out now that Elrich is sort of in charge. Who will be the CEO of Pied Piper, what kind of crazy new characters will we meet, how will Gavin mess up things again at Hooli this season, and what do he and Jack Barker have planned?

I’m giving away a copy of the third season of Silicon Valley on Blu-ray at NoReruns.net, and today is the final day to enter. You can find the giveaway at: http://www.noreruns.net/2017/04/03/giveaway-win-silicon-valley-season-3-on-blu-ray/

On tonight’s premiere, “Success Failure,” the guys struggle to find funding for Pied Piper’s video-chat app to keep up with their rapidly growing user base. Meanwhile, Erlich encounters resistance from Big Head’s dad; Gavin clashes with Jack Barker at Hooli; and Richard hatches a revolutionary idea that could change his future.

See if the guys can find the funding they need tonight on HBO at 10/9c.

I’ll also be watching/recording Madam Secretary, Bob’s Burgers, Making History, The Last Man on Earth, Into the Badlands, Mary Kills People, The Leftovers, Veep, and Guerrilla.
 
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