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HBO’s hit series Game of Thrones has been dominating television screens ever since it first released in 2011. The show has grown more and more popular with each successive season, increasing the hype and expectations for directors David Benioff and DB Weiss every year. Due to its immense success, HBO has recently announced that they are looking into creating four separate spin off series set in the universe of Game of Thrones.

This is definitely plausible considering the expansive lore created by author George RR Martin for his A Song of Ice and Fire book series that the show is based on. There are numerous routes that a spin off show could take; however, many of them should worry fans. While it would be incredible to see a live action version of Robert’s Rebellion or the Dance of Dragons, a lot of the potential stories would be prequels.

This causes some problems for these possible stories. For starters, each of them would be constrained by a specific set of events that have to happen in order for continuity with the rest of the series to be upheld. This has been proven to not be an issue for many other prequels out there, but it still has the possibility of holding back the writers’ creative freedom.

The biggest issue overall is the fact that a prequel wouldn’t have much help from the original series and would have to find some legs to stand on by itself, which is very difficult for any series even with the massive fan base of Game of Thrones. It would struggle to be as successful for HBO as the original series. For example, The Walking Dead and Breaking Bad are hugely popular television series that have prequel spin offs, Fear the Walking Dead and Better Call Saul respectively. As good as either of those two spin offs are, neither are all that close to the media coverage or fan base hype their original series have. They’ve also led to a bit of franchise fatigue, especially for The Walking Dead which has no end in sight.

There is a good way to make this work in the long run, but it would be difficult considering the current situation Game of Thrones is in. This method is to have each series play off of each other’s events, like how the Marvel Netflix series and DC CW series all successfully do. This would be a much safer solution than creating prequels. The problem with this is that Game of Thrones is set to end with its eighth season, which could very well air before any of these spin offs are released. As a result, they’d still have to find their own ground to stand on without much help from the success of Game of Thrones to hoist them up beyond the super fans who will watch anything in that universe.

With the end of the main series and four separate series that are working with what scraps they have left of Game of Thrones, it’s entirely possible that franchise fatigue is the future of this series. I’m sure HBO knows what they’re doing since they usually make pretty good creative decisions; however, there is something to be said about stopping while you’re still ahead.

Teaser for the Upcoming Season:  

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JxWfvtnHtS0

I spend most of my days working towards my Writing and Rhetoric degree at the University of Central Florida, but I spend a lot of my down time keeping up to date on the best TV, movies, and video games the industry has to offer. Here I put all of that extended time to use discussing each of them in-depth.

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‘Amazing’ Final Fantasy Movie Inspired The Marvels Director

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Generally, The Marvels is good. It has a 59 on Rotten Tomatoes, which isn’t great, but it’s better than Ant-Man and The Wasp: Quantumania and Disney+’s Secret Invasion. Perhaps director Nia DaCosta’s video game inspirations contributed to that.

The American filmmaker said Square Enix’s Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children influenced her latest film at a press junket with IGN. “It’s just an amazing movie, with great fight scenes and a great ending sequence with the main character being thrown into the sky by all the other characters,” she said.
Despite poor reviews upon release in 2005, Advent Children has become a Final Fantasy cult classic. DaCosta seems to agree that the film is a classic. PlayStation exclusives also influenced the Marvels.

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In the interview, she said she didn’t want the superhero film to look “too much like a video game” but did draw from Sony’s biggest franchises, like The Last of Us and Horizon Zero Dawn. “For me, it was from the best games, the best stories that you get, that sort of inspires me to play, and I think inspires people to watch movies like this,” she said.

Since movies have shaped video games since their inception, it’s interesting to see the dynamic slowly changing. Now that technology and interactive storytelling are more complex, filmmakers are looking to PlayStation for inspiration.

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Netflix raises prices again after strong subscriber growth

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Netflix reported third-quarter earnings and is doing well. Revenue increased as the company added 9 million subscribers worldwide.

Netflix is also using this opportunity to raise the prices of some of its U.S., U.K., and French plans to differentiate ad-free plans from its entry-level ad-supported plan. New subscribers to the most expensive plan will pay $22.99 per month.

Let’s step back and examine Netflix’s current situation. Netflix cracked down on password sharing in its home market and dozens of others in May. The third quarter is the first full quarter under the new rules, so we can see the effect of password sharing.

The company removed the basic tier in the U.S. and U.K. two months ago to simplify its offering. People must pay a lot to remove Netflix ads.

Reports suggest that many customers are experiencing subscription fatigue and considering canceling some streaming subscriptions, but Netflix still has room for growth, especially with advertising revenue.

The company has 247.15 million subscribers. The number of subscribers increased 8.76 million this quarter. Netflix subscribers haven’t grown that much since Q2 2020, when Covid lockdowns were enforced worldwide.

Netflix earned $3.73 per share on $8.5 billion in revenue this quarter. As ads plan subscribers rise almost 70% quarter-over-quarter, ads are contributing more to the bottom line. Nearly a third of new subscribers use ads.

Netflix shares are up 13.75% pre-market ($393.79 per share) on good news for shareholders. However, subscribers will be unhappy because the company will raise prices for some plans again in three key markets. Full breakdown here.

In the U.S.:

  • Standard with ads: $6.99 per month (no change)
  • Basic (no longer available): $11.99 per month (up from $9.99)
  • Standard: $15.49 per month (no change)
  • Premium (with 4K streaming): $22.99 per month (up from $19.99)

In the U.K.:

  • Standard with ads: £4.99 per month (no change)
  • Basic (no longer available): £7.99 per month (up from £6.99)
  • Standard: £10.99 per month (no change)
  • Premium (with 4K streaming): £17.99 per month (up from £15.99)

In France:

  • Standard with ads: €5.99 per month (no change)
  • Basic (still available in France for now): €10.99 per month (up from €8.99)
  • Standard: €13.49 per month (no change)
  • Premium (with 4K streaming): €19.99 per month (up from €17.99)

New subscriptions start at these prices today. Bills for existing subscribers will rise in the coming weeks.

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Last of Us HBO Showrunner Quietly Removes Name from Troubled Borderlands Flick

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When your writer—one of Hollywood’s hottest—tries to hide their involvement, it’s a bad sign. The Borderlands film’s original script was written by Craig Mazin (The Last of Us, Chernobyl), who recently asked the WGA to use the pseudonym “Joe Crombie” instead of his name.

We hope this means Mazin considers Joe Abercrombie, Lord Grimdark, the grittiness GOAT, but that theory is unproven. Since Mazin wrote the script in 2015 for Eli Roth to direct, a steady stream of writers has been brought in. Aaron Berg, Chris Bremner, Sam Levinson, Zak Olkewicz, Tony Rettenmaier, Juel Taylor, and Oren Uziel have put around 70 fingers in the honey pot.

The name change likely avoids confusion. Mazin probably doesn’t want to be blamed for Jack Black/Claptrap madness, but he wants to keep his rights.

To clarify, the Borderlands film finished filming in 2021, but Roth was replaced by Tim Miller (Deadpool) in January.

When this surprising star-studded film (Kevin Hart, Jamie Lee Curtis, Cate Blanchet) limps out, what are your expectations? We think this was supposed to coincide with Borderlands 3’s 2019 release, but it’s overshot the mark.

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