HBO’s Jon Snow series is a terrible idea that smells of despair

Let me make one thing clear: I’m not about to sit here and defend in any way the end From Game of thrones. The hasty and irrational rush to the end of HBO’s iconic fantasy series — which long ago left published material from author George R. R. Martin behind — has dampened nearly every fan’s enthusiasm for what began as one of the most widely loved and hotly debated series of the era. Prestige TV, comes out with a grumble that began with a muddy, incomprehensible battle against the White Walkers and ended with as much as possible justification as to why Bran Stark, of all people, should sit on the throne of the new Westeros. what or what Game of thrones“The critical and popular implosion done is really impressive in its own way. Do you even realize how hard it is to burn? so much Well-meaning, accumulated over the course of six or seven quality seasons of television? conclusion I got You didn’t need to be particularly ambitious; It had to be almost reasonable for the vast majority of viewers to accept it. There should be no doubt that Benioff and Weiss failed utterly in this task.

However, but… Game of thrones In fact, it’s over. A bad ending is still the end, and beyond the alternate eighth season rewrite and rewrite, there’s nothing that can be done about it now. A disappointing fan reaction isn’t something that can simply be fixed. Want to know one more thing that has no chance of somehow fixing the fondness for how the chain ends? The sequel series to Jon Snow on HBO, that broke out this morning.

There is no doubt that Jon Snow’s follow-up series will be presented by both HBO and the series’ most pigmented defenders as a sort of opportunity to correct any perceived errors that exist. Game of thronessurviving characters. Like Disney + Obi-Wan KenobiIt’s a move simply in place to allow the celebrity and performer the chance to reappear in their own car, but the truth here is that the Jon Snow series is really unlikely to offer many promising opportunities for any fan. or Personalities. Perhaps there could be some interesting stories to be told north of the wall, where John was swaying I got It’s over, but do you really think HBO will go green for the Jon Snow series with no intention of bringing the rest of Westeros back into it? An intimate chain north of The Wall may have some hope, but we have to remember who produces this thing: the same network is involved in a concerted effort to extract a ridiculous amount of variances, I gotrelevant from her upcoming schedule. We are talking about a network with Eight different series In various stages of production, including Dragon HouseAnd the 10,000 ships (Also known as nemeria), 9 trips (Also known as eel), Dunk and eggs, and at least three different animated prequel projects. They don’t work at keeping things “small and intimate”.

The truth is that the actual result of the Jon Snow series will definitely lead to more disappointment underestimated Game of thrones‘Conclusion, while highlighting HBO’s creative bankruptcy and crippling over-reliance on what has become a withered bit of intellectual property.


It might be interesting to reconsider, if she weren’t dead… and John had not then fallen in love with his aunt.

This is the crux of the problem that exists in trying to write and produce follow-ups to deduce a story that was already epic in scope. It’s the problem writers and networks face when the existence of such a story is dictated by financial necessity, rather than real inspiration. As it turns out, “because there’s money to be made” is actually a sordid rationale for why a series should exist, and producing a sequel to an epic conclusion can only further muddle that conclusion.

Again: I don’t claim it Game of thrones The result was satisfying, but it was already the fruit of a story of epic scale. I’m talking here about the dictionary definition of “epic”: the final season of Game of thrones It marked the long-anticipated return of a world-devouring threat in the form of The White Walkers and the Night King, effectively paying off everything that’s happened in Westeros over the 8,000 years since the White Walkers were first brought back during the Long Night. Countless generations of families and dynasties shed their blood over the centuries, and all the devious machinations of power and prophecy led to this conclusion relentlessly. The destruction of The White Walkers and the Iron Throne is simply the logical end of the story – literally any playwright can look at these events and regard them as the end.

Meaning: This is not a good place to serve as the beginning of a new story for a previous story protagonist like Jon Snow, especially one that doesn’t have any big ambitions. What great challenge or threat could Jon face outside the Wall, which wouldn’t pale in comparison to the historical significance of the Night King’s conquest? No monster is a greater existential threat than the one he has already faced. This is why we usually stop following a story when its great and healing ending has come to an end – continuing to follow the protagonist’s mundane adventures at that point would only be a disappointment. If Jon Snow’s series tries to present him with some other challenges as on par with the ones he’s already faced – more than 8 seasons of prestigious TV shows – it will only undermine the seriousness of what he’s already gone through. The best advice is to urge writers to go small – to allow Snow to have a problem on their own – but I can’t force myself to believe they’ve done that before.

No, it seems very likely that the Jon Snow series will instead be a way to feature as many “old characters” – as we should refer to them now, like this The force wakes up or Jurassic World Dominion—in the story, arguing that “fans want to see it.” Of course, this will likely bring back many endings from Game of thrones, in the name of extending the Jon Snow series for a few seasons. Can’t you imagine the Executive Network drooling over the idea of ​​Jon interacting with Arya Stark again on his own series? Don’t care about the fact that the end Game of thrones It literally shows sailing far to the west to explore new and exotic lands – which will undoubtedly be sacrificed to return to the fold, if it means a rapid rise in the ratings Jon Snow. Hell, while we’re at it, wouldn’t this setting for Arya, as an intrepid explorer sailing from the edge of the map, be a much better source for a new series than continuing to follow old mopey Jon Snow as he returns to the same paths we’ve already seen so many times before?

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“On a second thought, maybe I should turn this ship around to appear in the John series?”

Everything betrays desperation, trying to recreate at least one series in Game of thrones The universe (out of eight!) can be supported by familiar characters, rather than needing to create a new environment and a bunch of new faces. Perhaps the Jon Snow series is HBO’s admission that its plans for a broader George R.R. Martin were a disappointment, and this announcement may precede the cancellation of several other planned spin-offs. Otherwise we wouldn’t look at a table with at least one table Game of thrones View broadcasts pretty much every day of the week? Do any of us think there is a starving audience I got– Tangential content, a few years after the series arrived in a faint voice?

Read the room, HBO. Game of thrones She wrapped up in 2019, and her cultural stashes were already completely spent when she did. Jon Snow’s series trying to return the stakes to Westeros, after defeating an 8,000-year-old villain in the making, is not a solution to a failed ending. Wrong is to think about it Which The response will somehow fix what has already been done.

Game of thrones It was a moment, and that moment had long since vanished. A little snow isn’t about to bring him back.


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