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Game of Thrones Creators Announced Their New Show ‘Confederate’ & It’s Getting Exactly The Reaction You’d Expect

The creators of HBO’s hit medieval fantasy “Game of Thrones” have their next show lined for the premium cable network, but this one has no dragons or an undead army of white walkers. David Benioff and Dan Weiss, who adapted “Game of Thrones” from George R.R. Martin’s “A Song of Ice and Fire” books, will write and direct an original series called “Confederate,” HBO said on Wednesday.

The show is set in an alternative reality in a nation where slavery is still legal and southern U.S. states have seceded. HBO said the series “chronicles the events leading to the Third American Civil War.”

It will explore perspectives including freedom fighters, slave hunters, politicians, journalists and abolitionists on both sides of the divide, HBO said in a statement. “Confederate” is a world away from the dragons, undead armies and magic in the medieval setting of “Game of Thrones,” where warring factions scheme and battle for control over the Seven Kingdoms of Westeros. – NBC News

HBO’s response to the social media backlash

People are UPSET about this news from Benioff, Weiss & HBO, and it’s the least surprising thing in the world. Last time I checked the creators behind TV and movies were allowed to make controversial content, and while it’s terrible to picture an alternate reality where the South won the Civil War & slavery was still legal, it shouldn’t be lost that this is a TV show idea. It’s just as much a fantasy as Game of Thrones is. I’d also like to see how all these people who are up in arms reacted to the release of The Man in the High Castle. Last time I  checked season 3 was premiering later this year, and Germany winning World War II and taking over the world isn’t exactly the most lighthearted subject matter.

The biggest problem I have with the constant backlash on social media is that once they win i.e. if Confederate gets canned, the backlash will never stop. People will always find something to get upset about until we won’t be allowed to say, do and most importantly create anything. Is our nation’s history fucked up? Yup, but that shouldn’t stop people from examining it and creating new things. I hope Confederate gets made, because I will watch the hell out of it.

-Ryan

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Games Of Thrones Season 7 Is Unsurprisingly Now The Most Watched Premiere In HBO History

The “Game of Thrones” Season 7 premiere broke ratings records on HBO Sunday night.

The episode drew 16.1 million total viewers, including 10.1 million who watched on the linear channel and the rest coming from DVR and streaming. That represents an incredible 50% increase from last year’s premiere, when the show premiered in the spring when TV viewership is typically higher than the summer. That also makes the episode the most-watched season premiere for any HBO series to date. The Season 7 premiere also saw the highest number of concurrent viewers across the streaming services HBO Go and HBO Now. – Variety

It looks like the decision to push Game of Thrones into a summer release was a smart move, as the show absolutely destroyed HBO ratings records last night. The best part? GOT seems to be reaching a creative highpoint as well, as the last three episodes have been some of the best offerings to date. Any time you can increase your viewership by 50% from one season to the next, you know you’re doing something right. Since it’s pretty much the only show on for July and August, I have to imagine this ratings trend will continue throughout the season.

-Ryan

If you’re a Game of Thrones fan (or enjoy free things) don’t forget to enter our Jon Snow pop vinyl giveaway on Twitter!

Average Nobodies Game of Thrones Giveaway! #GOT #JonSnow

Even White Walkers are excited for this giveaway

It’s no secret that we’re huge TV fans, and it’s also no secret that the biggest TV event of the summer is only three nights away. Game of Thrones season 7 premieres this Sunday, and to celebrate we’re rewarding our wonderful readers with a giveaway.

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If you’re not into reading blog posts. you can go to our Twitter @averagenobodies and click on the link of our pinned tweet to enter. This contest ends July 31st, so don’t be like Margaery Tyrell and get blown up by Cersei (not sure if that comparison fits here).

-The Average Nobodies

Trailer Alert – The Deuce

Have you ever wanted to watch a TV show about the rise of porn in 1970s New York created by one of the mind behinds The Wire & starring James Franco? Well holy hell, may I present you The Deuce. When HBO and David Simon team up, something beautiful comes out of it (see The Wire, Generation Kill, Treme & Show Me A Hero) and if this trailer is a preview of what we can expect with The Deuce this fall, then I’m all in. By all accounts, New York City in the 70s and 80s was a fascinating and frightening time. I can’t imagine focusing on porn and prostitution from that era is going to shine a light on a lot of productive members of society, but it should be make for enthralling TV. The Deuce premiers September 10th.

-Ryan

Sweet Baby Jesus Trailer Alert – #GameofThrones Season 7 #WinterIsHere

So. When HBO first announced that season 7 Game of Thrones wasn’t debuting until mid July, I was upset. I thought ‘damn you, HBO, mid July is a million years from now!’. Well now we’re only three and half weeks away from it, and with each trailer that gets released, I get a little more jazzed up. The best part – there won’t be any other TV shows to grab my attention, so I can go full psycho fan on this season. The newest trailer that was released today looks absolutely incredible, and there’s so much happening that I’m not even going to try and break it all down.

What I will say is that it looks like Bran has a fancy new wheelchair, and when I say fancy new wheelchair I mean it looks like it was made out of stone and I’m sure he’d rather be crawling around on the ground. Also, the character I’m looking forward to the most this year is Euron Greyjoy. He did an interview the other day where he said his character was going to make Ramsay Bolton look like a little kid, which is not a great sign for anyone standing in his way. Summer may have officially started today, but winter is here July 16th.

-Ryan

Trailer Alert – Game Of Thrones Season 7 #GOT

Shit is going DOWN. Game of Thrones was never going to win any awards for speedy character and plot developments, but it’s such a beautifully shot and written series that no one seemed to mind. Now that we have a finite number of episodes left , it seems that the pace of the show is going to ramp up. The cast is on record saying that the pace of season 7 far exceeds any previous seasons, and the latest official trailer backs that up. The most interesting characters to follow for me are Cersei and Jaime, as the Lannisters literally blew shit up last year to retake control. Conspicuous by their absence are the White Walkers, but Jon Snow does make mention of the ‘Great War’, and Davos pleads for teamwork (something that every character is known for) because it won’t matter who takes the Iron Throne if they’re all skeletons. ICE SKELETONS. This is no longer a drill: we’re only a little over 7 weeks away from the season 7 premiere.

-Ryan

** UPDATE** My Bucs have been selected for HBO’s Hard Knocks

**UPDATE: WE HAVE A TRAILER**

It’s about damn time, and I say that because I feel like the Bucs are in the conversation for this show every year. I can remember back to when Freeman was at the helm and HBO came a [Hard] Knockin’. They were ultimately shooed away; largely impart to our no nonsense head coach, Greg Schiano. Thank god they didn’t document that season for the whole world to see.

22486360351_5b23ff0e93_bBut now, the Bucs are a team I am proud to show off. They have a young, talented leader in Jameis Winston (Helps that he’s a super charismatic goofball), a young, on-the-rise defense and a coach who has proved that the Bucs don’t need to be bad for the world to keep spinning. The skeptics of this show, aka the haters who say “my team doesn’t need that distraction”, can kick rocks this year. I don’t always get to watch my Bucs on TV, so a weekly TV show starring all my favorite athletes is like Christmas morning over and over and over again.

Am I worried about guys showing off for the cameras? Nope. They are going to be showing off during the offseason one way or another, so might as well be in a controlled environment and not a strip club with some band substances and a hooker or two. Maybe the cameras will keep these guys dedicated or maybe the season will end in a fiery disaster. As a Bucs fan I’m more prepared for the latter, but I’m weirdly optimistic Hard Knocks will set the tone for the season to come. Let the media monsters take the Bucs and bring them into everyones homes week in and week out.

-Matt

Trailer Alert: Game of Thrones Season 7 #GOT

 

We’re 105 days away from Game of Thrones season 7 (but who’s counting) and thus far we’ve gotten very little footage of the new season. For those of us that sat on FaceBook Live and watched a block of ice get melted by a blowtorch, this new trailer is sweet relief. It’s interesting times for Game of Thrones fans because this is going to be the first season premiere where we know when the series is going to end. The writers will have two seasons to sum everything up, and after the events of last year’s finale, they clearly have a long way to go. No one man (or woman) stays on top for long, which isn’t good news for Queen Cersei, but this preview trailer does a great job highlighting the three main suitors for the ultimate throne, while reminding us that the real King is still a certain plainly colored Walker. July 16th can’t come soon enough!

FYI – If you’re wondering what that haunting song is that’s playing in the trailer, Nerdist has you covered.

-Ryan

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