'Game of thrones' is not the phenomenon that is by chance | TV

'Game of thrones' is not the phenomenon that is by chance | TV

Life was easier for George R. R. Martin, the creator of Game of Thrones, when I wrote books about vegetarian space merchants who loved cats. Now it is the most complicated. He has created a monster that, televisively speaking, has devoured him. Last week HBO announced that the eighth and final season of Game of Thrones it will be released in April, offering an end to Martin's creation that nothing (surely) will have to do with what he had in mind.

And the fact is that the rhythm of television is not the rhythm of literature, much less when it comes to a peak as high as Game of Thrones, one of the most viewed series of all time, so aware of being a global phenomenon - seen in up to 170 countries - that it will even have its own theme park: the scenarios of Northern Ireland where it has been shot will become instead of pilgrimage for his followers next year.

Still do not know if Game of Thrones Legacy - that's the name of the site in question, a kind of mini-Hollywood in Westside with, hopefully, permanent character - will open its doors before or after the premiere of the last season, but the fact is that it will. And could Martin even suspect, until the premiere of the series a mere fan of Tolkien turned into a cult writer, that the thing was going to get that far? Surely, no. And how could he have done it?

There are those who say that the huge success of the series has to do not only with its quality but with the fact that it came at the right time: one in which, because of the crisis, we needed escapism and a certain sense of justice. Whatever the case, from next April the fans of the saga will be forever divided into two, and only a few will wait for the end real of its author.


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