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Game of Thrones Creator Comments On His Future With TV Franchise

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With a growing number of Game of Thrones spinoffs in development, George Martin discusses the future of his epic fantasy franchise on TV.

Game of Thrones creator George R.R. Martin comments on his future with the growing television franchise. Martin’s fantasy series, A Song of Ice and Fire, began with the publication of A Game of Thrones in 1996. Subsequent novels were published every few years, with a six-year gap between the fourth and fifth books. In 2006, screenwriters D.B. Weiss and David Benioff approached Martin about adapting his novels into a television series. Eventually, Game of Thrones premiered on HBO in 2011—the same year A Dance with Dragons, the fifth—and, still, latest—installment of ASOIAF arrived on shelves.

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Despite the conclusion of Game of Thrones in 2019, HBO Max is far from done with Westeros. Several live-action spin-offs have either been announced or leaked as in development, including a Jon Snow sequel starring Kit Harrington, an adaptation of A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms (Tales of Dunk and Egg), shows focused on the Sea Snake’s nine voyages, Flea Bottom, and this year’s House of the Dragon—which is loosely based on Martin’s Fire & Blood and details the Targaryen civil war known as the Dance of the Dragons. There are also a handful of animated projects in the works. With Game of Thrones becoming like the MCU, its creator has opened up about his relationship with the TV franchise.


In a recent interview with THR, Martin discussed the expansion of the Game of Thrones media franchise. As the author continues working towards the completion of his ASOIAF series, he muses about his future with the live-action franchise. Read what he had to say below:

“Sometimes I sit around trying to figure out who the hell I am in this whole scenario. Am I George Lucas? Am I Gene Roddenberry? Am I Stan Lee? How do I relate to this IP? Because those are three different stories as to where they wound up—Which would you want to be?”

“I don’t know. Not Stan Lee at the end. He had no power, no influence. He wasn’t writing any stories. He couldn’t say, ‘Don’t do this character.’ He was just a friendly person they brought to conventions and who did cameos. To be sidelined on the world and characters that you created, that would be tough.”

Very often, creators end up relinquishing the rights to their IP. Roddenberry lost control of Star Trek and Lucas sold Lucasfilm to Disney in 2012. While Lee’s Marvel characters have thrived in the MCU, his creative control on the movies was limited. Naturally, Martin would be concerned about the future of Westeros, which is further complicated by anticipation surrounding ASOIAF’s final two books. When Game of Thrones first premiered, Martin appeared confident he’d be able to finish work on The Winds of Winter and A Dream of Spring before the show ran its course. Unfortunately, the series did run out of source material and its later seasons suffered without Martin’s inspiration.


If Game of Thrones’ divisive final season proved anything, it’s that the franchise is better off taking its time and adhering to Martin’s meticulously crafted world. In what is arguably Game of Thrones’ prime, Martin served as an occasional screenwriter on the series. Now, Martin appears involved with the franchise’s expansion. House of the Dragon’s showrunners Miguel Sapochnik and Ryan Condal made a point of getting Martin’s stamp of approval on all 10 episodes. With an Iron Throne faithful to its description in A Game of ThronesHouse of the Dragon season 2 is already looking likely.


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‘The Traitors’ Renewed for Season 2 at Peacock

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Peacock has picked up “The Traitors” for a second season, the streamer announced on Thursday.

The renewal comes just on the heels of the show’s successful premiere. The series follows twenty contestants going head to head in a series of challenges to ultimately win a cash prize. Along the way, they must also figure out which of the three contestants among the group are “the traitors” with a plan to steal the prize from the other contestants coined “the faithful.” The streamer is touting the unscripted competition as its No. 1 original reality series.

“’The Traitors’ is an ambitious, highly addictive and spontaneous format that keeps contestants and viewers on their toes,” said Corie Henson, NBCUniversal’s EVP of entertainment unscripted content. “Alan Cumming is a well-dressed genius, the producers at Studio Lambert are brilliant storytellers and the show is the perfect mix of drama and suspense to keep our Traitors and Faithfuls craving more.”

In addition to the Season 2 announcement, Peacock has set the Season 1 reunion for February 28. Hosted by Bravo’s Andy Cohen, the reunion will bring the debut cast together for the first time since the traitorous finale.

The first season featured an interesting mix of game players and celebrities including Amanda Clark, Andie Thurmond, Anjelica Conti, Arie Luyendyk Jr. (“Bachelor”/”Bachelorette”), Azra Valani, Brandi Glanville (“The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills”), Christian De La Torre, Cirie Fields (“Survivor”), Cody Calafiore (“Big Brother”), Geraldine Moreno, Kate Chastain (“Below Deck”), Kyle Cooke (“Summer House”), Michael Davidson, Quentin Jiles, Rachel Reilly (“Big Brother”), Reza Farahan (“Shahs of Sunset”), Robert “Bam” Nieves, Ryan Lochte, Shelbe Rodriguez, Stephenie LaGrossa Kendrick (“Survivor”).

“We hugely enjoyed making the US version of this hit format with NBC and giving Peacock’s audience a highly bingeable murder mystery game full of intrigue and dramatic twists,” said Stephen Lambert, CEO of Studio Lambert. “This is the game which shows how people judge each other, often leaping to false conclusions, in a way that’s revealing and entertaining, and we’re excited to be making a second season with Alan as together we build on the success of the first.”

Stephen Lambert, Mike Cotton, Toni Ireland, Sam Rees-Jones, Tim Harcourt, and Jack Burgess serve as executive producers. The series is produced by Studio Lambert.



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Cobra Kai’s Post-Season 6 Future Explained By Sony Executive

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The president of Sony Pictures Television Studios gives an update on Cobra Kai after season 6, clarifying its connection to the upcoming movie.


The president of Sony Pictures Television Studios gives an update on what’s next for Cobra Kai after season 6. It was recently announced that Netflix’s dojo drama series would come to a close after its upcoming sixth installment, ensuring that the popular Karate Kid continuation would end on its own terms and get a chance to provide a sense of finality to its long-running stories. This was speculated to be the case even before the news was officially announced, as Netflix unusually took its time to confirm the renewal and the cast had been hinting that the finish line was in sight.

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In an interview with Deadline, Katherine Pope — the president of Sony Pictures Television Studios, which is behind Cobra Kai — was asked about what’s next for the show. Pope affirmed that the creators were interested in expanding the universe, clarifying the separation between the Netflix series and the upcoming Karate Kid movie. In the response, which is included below, Pope sounds optimistic about what’s next for Cobra Kai:

They have some ideas in terms of expanding Cobra Kai and coming at the Karate Kid legacy in different ways. But yes, the movie is a good example too. It’s all of these. I think we’ve all learned these worlds can exist together and they can feel cohesive and they can feel additive, especially for the fans, and feel like big, big worlds that exist on lots of different levels, they don’t necessarily all exist in the same plane.


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When asked about which of his Cobra Kai castmates would be good to see in a spinoff, Ralph Macchio gave an interesting response. The actor, who plays the lead Daniel LaRusso, makes sure to stress that all his co-stars are capable, explaining that the hypothetical continuation would have more to do with which genre the potential spinoff would belong to. But, as an example, Macchio mentions a potential Hawk and Demetri spinoff, and he’s not the first. Gianni DeCenzo, who plays Demetri, has said he’d be open to continuing his character’s friendship with Hawk (Jacob Bertrand).

DeCenzo talked about how the story could include Demetri and Hawk going off to college in the future, elaborating that the two buddies could essentially take on the role of detectives. Hawk would play the “bad cop,” with Demetri taking the opposite end. While it’s undoubtedly a tongue-in-cheek response, it does get to the truth of how Cobra Kai has thrived based on the strength of its relationships. This was a fact that was also mentioned by Macchio, who said he enjoyed the scenes between Daniel and his daughter Samantha (Mary Mouser).

It’s more likely, though, that a Cobra Kai spinoff would take what has already worked and expand on it. Perhaps there would be tournaments and new feuds in a college setting. Or it could zero in on another character from the movies. Right now, the focus is likely on ending the series on a positive note. But down the line, it does sound like everyone from the creators to the cast and executives want to remain in the world they helped to revive.

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Viaplay, SF Studios Cast Nordic Stars Julia Ragnarsson, Erik Enge for Psychological Thriller ‘End of Summer’ (EXCLUSIVE)

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Julia Ragnarsson (“Two Sisters,” “Spring Tide”) and Erik Enge (“Tiger”) are the two leading stars of “End of Summer,” a psychological thriller series based Anders de la Motte’s bestselling Swedish novel of the same name. The show has been ordered by Viaplay and is being produced by Harmonica Films with SF Studios and Film i Skåne co-producing.

Jens Jonsson (“Young Wallander”) and Henrik Georgsson (“The Bridge”) are the head writers on the series which shot in Skåne in the southern part of Sweden and will premiere in the fall on Viaplay.

The cast also includes Simon J Berger (“Exit”), Torkel Petersson (“A Swedish Defence”), Per Ragnar (“Let the Right One In”), Linus James Nilsson, Anna Granath, Emelie Garbers, Henrik Norlén, Bahador Foladi, Vilhelm Blomgren and Lars Schilken.

The six-episode series opens on a summer evening in 1984 when a 5-year-old boy vanishes in rural southern Sweden. The police investigation fails to find the truth, leaving behind rumors, suspicion and a grieving family. Twenty years later, the boy’s older sister Vera is leading a group therapy session in Stockholm, when a young man describes a strangely familiar childhood memory of a disappearance. A shaken Vera travels home to her fractured family to uncover, once and for all, what really happened in the summer that never ended.

“This has really been a challenging and fantastic experience,” said Ragnarsson. The actor plays the series’ protagonist, Vera, whom she described as a “complex character.”

“End of Summer” is directed by Jens Jonsson (“Blinded,” “The Hunters”) and Henrik Georgsson (“The Bridge,” “Wallander”). Episode writers are Axel Stjärne, Jimmy Nivrén Olsson and Pontus Edvinsson. Worldwide sales are handled by Viaplay Content Distribution.



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