No spoilers, I swear
Unless you’ve been living under a rock for a few months you’ve undoubtedly heard of the HBO show “Game of Thrones.” For those just coming out from under the rock, the television show is a medieval/fantasy world where warring armies vie for the Iron Throne of Westeros, the name of the kingdom that everything wants to get.
The show – that most have been obsessed with to no end – is based, loosely some would argue, on a set of books written by fantasy writer George R. R. Martin. The series is called “A Song of Fire and Ice,” and there are five books that have come out thus far in the series. There are two more books planned, but the amount of time Martin is taking to write them has many fans concerned he might croak before he finishes. The first came out in 1991.
The last book, the fifth in the series, was actually published in 2011 and there is no telling when the next book will come out, as Martin is still pretty tight-lipped about it. The fact that the book series is not near completion yet did not stop HBO writers, producers and directors, from finishing up the series on television last month.
Suffice it to say the fans did not like the conclusion of the series and one could argue the vast majority of “Thrones” viewers were pretty angry at how the TV series concluded. As a fan myself, who has not finished up the last six-episode season of the series, I eagerly anticipate having some spare time to watch the episodes and make a judgment myself.
Many say that the fact that there was no source material, e.g. the rest of the “Game of Thrones” series to base the show on, as to why it was perceived as not a good ending to the series. Others have said that because Martin, who actually did not have any involvement in writing the last series (whereas he did in the earlier seasons), was not involved the series wasn’t good.
I feel like some viewers just like to complain about television shows these days. There are more viewing options for entertainment than any other time in history, and the more there is to watch the more there is for people to complain about, apparently.
Only time will tell if the world will look back on the series finale of “Game of Thrones” and say that it was actually good. Or it could known as one of the worst endings in a show’s history. After all many who have said “The Sopranos” series finale wasn’t good have given the show a second look, and it’s remembered with warmer memories these days, and even considered brilliant by many.
Flops that have become renowned and beloved shows are not uncommon, in fact many well known movies originally flopped when they came out, but are now considered timeless classics. Here are a couple you may have heard of.
The Wizard of Oz.
The Judy Garland classic, according to MentalFloss.com, actually bombed at the box office when it came out in 1939. The film, which was the most expensive filmed up until that time costing $3 million, actually lost Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer more than $1 million on the film. People did not go to the theater to see the movie, but it garnered several Academy Awards, and was released a decade later and became the renowned and popular movie we love and watch today.
The Shawshank Redemption
The film, originally penned by Stephen King as a novella, did horrible when it came out in movie theaters, and only reclaimed $16 million of it’s budget of $25 million, enough to consider it a massive flop at the theaters. It was only when the movie came out on VHS, according to MentalFloss.com, that it gained popularity. It gained even more popularity when cable network TNT bought the rights to air the film and the general public saw it, making it one of the most beloved prison movies of all time.
According to MentalFloss, “‘The Shawshank Redemption’ is currently on the American Film Institutes’s best 100 movies of the past 100 years and is the #1 film on IMDb.com’s Top 250 list.”
So it could be in a few decades the ending of “Game of Thrones is something we all want to see, and have soft and swishy memories about. The jury is still out with me, as I have not seen it yet, but I hope that fans will look at the series a few dozen years down the road and see it for a what it has been, a good and entertaining television series that takes you away from modern troubles and puts you in the land of dragons.