Why I’m Reluctant to Write About the Final Game of Thrones Season

I realized something a few weeks ago. Something that surprised me. Something that had not occurred to me but that, as soon as I realized it, I was shocked I had not realized sooner. Listen: I am burned out on Game of Thrones. I am tired of talking about it, reading about it, hearing about …

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Anyone else still thinking about that Black Mirror guinea pig?

A Black Mirror Fan Theory This post is part of Fan Theory Fridays, in which we share and explore a new fan theory about a film, television series, book, or other fictional narrative. Like a lot of people, I like the show Black Mirror. I enjoy watching it, even when it's overly dark or predictable …

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The Homage is Not Enough: on the Limits of Nostalgia-First Narratives

In the summer of 2016 everyone started telling me that I had to watch a show called Stranger Things. I was reluctant. The reluctance came from the way it was sold: the entire series was one large nostalgia fest for ‘80s Spielberg, Stephen King novels, and Dungeons and Dragons. It’s not that I don’t like …

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Ed Sheeran Didn’t Ruin Anything. Game of Thrones is Rooted in Popular Music

Game of Thrones is Not Sacred. It’s Grateful Dead Fan Fiction The first episode of the seventh season of HBO’s Game of Thrones sparked a multitude of reactions, but perhaps none more virulent and hysterical than how certain GOT fans responded when Ed Sheeran appeared onscreen. The response was so rabid that some speculated Sheeran …

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What References, Depictions, and Themes Should We Anticipate in Fargo’s Season 3?

While this blog's last Fargo article gave you a list of ways to get hyped for the forthcoming third season, it didn't go very deep into what we've seen in Fargo so far and what we can expect in the third season. The following is some of what I expect to see in this upcoming third …

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The Rick and Morty Fan Theory That Explains Total Rickall and Rick Breaking the Fourth Wall

An avid Rick and Morty fan has many questions, some of which were answered (or at least addressed) in the Season 3 premiere that aired on April's Fools Day. These questions include: Is Rick C-137 truly the Rickest Rick? What makes him Ricker than all other Ricks? Is Morty C-137 the Mortiest Morty, or the Rickest …

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Twelve Ways to Get Hyped for Fargo’s Third Season

The trailers are out for the third season of Fargo and there isn't much more to say about them than "okay then." As in, it looks good. Pretty darn good. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jbV47R1g_vo But it's not here yet. The third season of the anthology will premier in late April, giving us time to either rewatch the first …

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No More Gritty Reboots: Why Lego Batman and Legion Are the Future of Superheroes

Yes, this blog is dedicated to "an ongoing exploration of the dark and gritty reboot." But, as written about in the previous post on this blog, The World Needs Bad Men, it's time to admit that the dark-n-gritty reboot has run its course. The anti-heroes have ascended to the White House. It's time for a …

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The True Theme of 2016: Never Meet Your Heroes

Hating 2016 and wishing for it to end has perhaps been the meme of 2016. It has been called a dumpster fire and was declared to "even sucked for Kim Kardashian." Beginning in July and continuing non-stop, this year was deemed to "suck" and we saw a flood of hot takes either labeling it the worst year in living …

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Is Hannibal Buress the Architect of Eric Andre’s Pain? The Fan Theory No One Asked For

If you aren't familiar with it, The Eric Andre Show is a post-modern talk show starring Eric Andre and Hannibal Buress, two comedians who are either parodying a late night show or trying to escape one. In its description of the show, Hulu describes it as the "most manic and unorthodox late night talk show ever …

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