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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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Why She-Hulk Doesn’t Rage Out Explained By Tatiana Maslany

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She-Hulk: Attorney at Law star Tatiana Maslany explains why Jessica Walters doesn’t rage out when she transforms like Bruce Banner did.

Tatiana Maslany explains why Jennifer Walters doesn’t rage out the way Bruce Banner does in She-Hulk: Attorney at Law. The upcoming Disney+ series will introduce Walters to the world of the MCU, known as Bruce Banner’s cousin in the comics. Mark Ruffalo will reprise his role in the series as Banner/Smart-Hulk, and provide guidance to his cousin on the responsibility she now holds by being a Hulk, after a car accident causes her to get cross-contaminated with Banner’s blood.

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She-Hulk: Attorney at Law will mark a drastic change in tone for the MCU, as the show is billed as a half-hour legal comedy. Walters is at the center of many legal cases involving superheroes and villains, and many characters from the expanded world of MCU are set to appear, including Abomination, Wong, and Charlie Cox as Daredevil. Meanwhile, the She-Hulk doesn’t want to use her newfound superpowers to save the world like her cousin does, but only wants to continue her quiet life as a lawyer.

In the series, Walters can take on legal cases as the She-Hulk, something she can do because her Hulk-self doesn’t rage out when fully transformed, and can speak as normally as she does when she is Jennifer Walters. In a recent interview on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, Maslany explains why Jennifer Walters can control her emotions while being Hulked out and is essentially better at Hulking than Bruce Banner is. Check out her comments on the matter below:


Because women have been socially taught to repress and control their emotions in order to survive. So she’s like, ‘I’m so good at dealing with my rage. I deal with it constantly. I deal with fear constantly.’ So she’s able to just navigate it effortlessly.

In Avengers: Endgame, Bruce Banner explains that he spent years in a lab trying to repress his Hulk emotions, which allowed him to create his Smart Hulk persona and function as an individual while being fully Hulked out. But it looks like Walters won’t need to do this, because she’s able to repress her emotions as a Hulk to function as a lawyer pretty much immediately. Her origins as She-Hulk, and how she’s able to control her emotions, will likely be fully explained in the series.

However, Maslany’s comments on the matter give a small glimpse of what audiences should expect when they are introduced to the She-Hulk for the first time in She-Hulk: Attorney at Law. Everything audiences knew about being a Hulk from Bruce Banner’s story is likely off the table now, with the show introducing the latest addition to the Hulk family. And Jennifer Walters/She-Hulk is faster, stronger, and more agile as a Hulk than Bruce Banner has been since he took on the Smart Hulk personality in Endgame.

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‘The Family Chantel’: Pedro Insists He Wants to Move Out Against Chantel’s Wishes (Exclusive)

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There’s clearly little hope of a reconciliation between Pedro and Chantel in this exclusive snippet from Monday’s episode of The Family Chantel. In the clip, Pedro’s mother, Lidia, attempts to mediate their marriage issues but it’s obvious that Pedro wants to separate and not work on his and Chantel’s relationship. 

Pedro and Chantel have been fighting all season long and during the awkward dinner with his mom, Pedro says he wants to move out, though Chantel says that would only make their situation worse. But Pedro doesn’t budge.

“I don’t care, I need my time off,” he says. “I’m tired. … No, I don’t want anymore. She does what she wants, I do what I want. I want my time apart. It can’t be that I always have to stick to her.”

Lidia notes that neither Pedro or Chantel want to compromise and ends up walking out of the dinner.

“If you want to destroy your marriage, you’re the responsible ones,” she says bluntly. “Don’t look to anyone else.”

After Lidia leaves, Chantel reiterates that she doesn’t want Pedro to move out but he says he needs to and doesn’t care what she wants.

“That’s gonna make problems worse, because we already don’t do anything together,” she notes, before getting up to leave the table as well.

Pedro replies, “I don’t care if we don’t do anything together. I need my time apart and that’s it.”

The Family Chantel airs Mondays at 8 p.m. ET/PT on TLC.

Pedro filed for divorce from Chantel in May and the two both filed restraining orders against one another. In Chantel’s answer to Pedro’s divorce filing, she makes explosive allegations, citing the reason for the divorce as adultery on his behalf. She also accuses him of “cruel treatment” by including “physical domestic violence, as well as mental pain.” In the court documents, she states that “the marriage is irretrievably broken with no hope of reconciliation.”

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Adamma and Adanne Ebo Ink Multi-Year Overall Deal with 20th Television and 20th Television Animation

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The Ebo twins, Adamma and Adanne Ebo, have entered a multi-year overall deal with 20th Television and 20th Television Animation. Under the deal, they will develop, create and produce live-action and animated series for all platforms. Currently, the Ebo twins are developing “Supashawty Girls, Funkamatic Bangbang” with 20th Television Animation for Freeform.

The American-Nigerian filmmaking duo made their feature film debut with “Honk for Jesus, Save Your Soul” starring Regina Hall and Sterling K. Brown, which premiered at the 2022 Sundance Film Festival and will be released widely on Sept. 2. Adamma wrote and directed the film with Adanne producing. Their TV writing credits include Donald Glover and Amazon Prime Video’s upcoming series “Mr. and Mrs. Smith” as well as pilot spec “Supply, 40” with Gloria Sanchez and MRC. Adamma has directed an episode of Glover’s “Atlanta” at FX and three episodes of Glover and Amazon’s “Hive.” They are repped by UTA, Redefine Entertainment and Johnson Shapiro Slewett & Kole LLP.

“20th continues to be flexible in an ever-evolving TV landscape, while supporting various creative sensibilities,” the Ebo twins said. “And as creators with a non-stop running list of ideas, we’re super hype to have studio partners who are just as committed to adding and challenging the television cultural zeitgeist in both animation and live-action.”

“We are all huge fans of Adamma and Adanne’s work and are thrilled they’ve decided to make 20th their home,” said 20th Television executive vice president Carolyn Cassidy. “Their talent and original storytelling as comedy creators and directors is undeniable and aligns perfectly with our vision to develop and bring innovative and dynamic comedic stories to all of our platform partners. It was a bonus to find out they’re also longtime Disney fans!”

“I bonded instantly with Adamma and Adanne because they are just as obsessed with animation as we are,” said 20th Television animation executive vice president Marci Proietto. “The Ebo Twins have unique voices and perspectives with countless stories to tell. I am super excited to welcome them to our 20th Animation family.”



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