Season Seven is over and all the players are on the board.

The Women of Winterfell

Sansa spent the whole of Game of Thrones as a victim. From the first season, things always happened to Sansa. She never did anything of consequence. She just waited for someone to come along and rescue her- or kill her, whichever came first. Game of Thrones Season 7 is Sansa’s time to finally shine. Specifically, Sansa found her backbone when she ordered the death of Little Finger.  Most of us had been waiting for years for that sleazy little weasel to get it. Go, Sansa!

Aria turned out to be quite an accomplished assassin. She wore faceless well. She Eventually found herself back at Winterfell where she apparently had a tiff with Sansa but got to slice Little Fingers throat in the end.

The Northern Migration

The Hound did not die from the wounds Brienne of Tarth gifted him. Sadly, he did not find peace in religion for long either but he did make the journey North of the Wall with John to try to deal with his existential crisis. Maybe the giant zombie circle of death gave him some perspective.

During that crazy white walker death trap, something unthinkable happened. The Night King killed one of the dragons! Viserion is now a wright dragon- a blue-eyed ice dragon!

If everything that has happened in Game of Thrones Season 7 so far is just too much to digest, hold on to your pants because Johns life just became mad crazy too. First, he was hailed the King of the North. Then we find out he’s the legitimate son of Rhaegar Targaryen and Ned’s sister Lyanna Stark-because they were married and the whole war that ended the reign of the mad king was a farce! But that means that John is the rightful heir- not Dany. Who he bent the knee to… and slept with… and she’s his aunt. Um ew.

While we’re on the topic of incestuous coupling, Cercei is pregnant again and Jamie left her and headed for the wall to fight the white walkers.

In fact, everyone is headed North, except Eron Greyjoy who is out for Cerceis um.. affection. But Dany is leading her Army that way with John and all of the Starks who are still living reside in the North again.

The Death of Game of Thrones Season 7

Of course, lots of interesting people die in Game of Thrones Season 7. What else would you expect?  No one will mourn the passing of Walder Frey, but the Sands and the Tyrells were fun while they lasted.  And while Bran isn’t dead, his trials North of the Wall left him not quite human or “Something Else,” as he explained it. It turns out that being the Three-eyed Raven isn’t all flying and seeing through the eyes of animals. All knowing is quite a burden.

Bran watched as the wall at Eastwatch, manned now by Wildlings, fell- or is it ‘will fall?”

All the players are in position for an incredible final season.

It has been a week since the Game of Thrones season 6 finale, annnnd it’s withdrawal peak for all of us. Know what that means?

Gratuitous speculation time!!!!

The pace is moving quicker, endgame pieces are emerging, and the setups for the conclusion have been laid out.

What can one expect in the final season of Game of Thrones?

POSSIBLE SPOILERS. THIS ENTRY ASSUMES YOU HAVE CAUGHT UP WITH THE SHOW’S SEASON 6 FINALE AND WITH “A DANCE WITH DRAGONS”.

 

ENDGAME PAWNS

Game of Thrones House Sigils

To determine what might occur, it would be prudent to re-profile the major houses.

The Baratheons from The Stormlands: Assuming Stannis was killed, the Baratheons no longer have a stake in the Game of Thrones.

The Tyrells from The Reach: The shocking finale wiped out the Tyrell bloodline, leaving Lady Olenna with no prospects for a blood-tied victory.

The Martells from Dorne: Former rivals to the Tyrells, the eradication of the Martell bloodline and the rise of its illegitimate rulers have pushed Dorne to forge an alliance with The Reach.

The Greyjoys from The Iron Islands: The Greyjoys are divided by a succession war between Asha-Yara & Theon on one end and Euron on another.

The Arryns from The Vale: Co-led by Petyr Baelish and the young Robin, the Arryns have bided their time with their seclusion, waiting for the perfect moment to take center stage.

The Freys and Tullys from The Riverlands: The locale is contested by the heirs of the former family and by the supporting houses of the latter.

These small fry will all be present in the endgame but solely as supporting pawns to the following three houses: Lannister, Stark, and Targaryen.

 

THE LANNISTERS FROM THE WESTERLANDS

Cersei has finally taken the Iron Throne, albeit at the cost of her children’s lives.

“Long may she reign,” Qyburn decrees.

Yeah, effin’, right!

 

War of the Queens

Game of Thrones Cersei crowned

Cersei will lose in the Game of Thrones as prophecies in storytelling have a very poignant feature.

“Queen you shall be… until there comes another, younger and more beautiful, to cast you down and take all that you hold dear.” ~Maggy the Frog

The red herring to which this prophecy pertains was Margaery. With her gone, Daenerys becomes the true rival option. Sure, Margaery played a part in taking Joffrey and Tommen away from Cersei, but think about it.

What is it that Cersei truly holds dear?

Power.

Cersei’s reign will be even shorter than her sons’ and Daenerys will make it so.

The Lannister Queen, however, will not go quietly.

 

Lannisters Always Cash in on their Favours

It may seem one-sided that Cersei only has the Freys, Wildfire (or what’s left of it) and the zombie Mountain at her disposal against Daenerys’ Unsullied, Dothraki, Dornish, Tyrell, Yara’s Greyjoys, and Dragon army.

But Cersei may also succeed in getting the Vale, Euron’s Greyjoys, and the Tullys at her side.

SAAY WHAAAAT?!

Hear me out.

Got2 Petyr Varys

Petyr Baelish wanted the North for himself with Sansa at his side, to satisfy his creepy motivation of never having wed his true love—Catelyn. Since Sansa has happily reneged her Northern claim to Jon Snow (or so it seems), the North has become more united and Petyr will have no in.

Littlefinger will therefore need Cersei’s help. The Lannisters will also want to cash in on having given Petyr the city of Harrenhall and his lordship status. This unholy alliance will act as a nice tie-in to the Littlefinger/Varys rivalry and it’s telling who between them will emerge victorious.

Game of Thrones Euron

With regards to Euron, Yara got to Daenerys first and she agreed to halt the Ironborn raiding way of life. We know Euron wants leadership of the Ironborn and since he had no qualms in murdering his father to do so, we can infer that he is a much more conservative reflection of Ironborn culture—want, take, have. Cersei will only be too happy to indulge, offering Yara’s head on a pike (On that note, Yara will fall, paving the way for the now-subdued Theon to rise).

The Tullys and their supporting houses are the biggest wildcards. On paper, they should support Sansa as she’s the last known living relative of Catelyn. But the Tully’s current leader, Edmure, is still a Lannister-Frey prisoner and may yet be held hostage (or manipulated) into rallying the supporting houses for Lannister gain.

 

THE STARKS FROM THE NORTH

Sansa’s final season six scene—where she smirks at Littlefinger as the Northern Houses proclaim Jon, the King in the North—was very telling. She was manipulating enough to lure Petyr to her side when she needed him most but is quick to discard him as soon as he’s served his use.

 

The Queen in the North?

GoT2 Sansa GIF

However, after having gone through many betrothals, Sansa may just want more than becoming a symbolic figurehead. After all, considering the power plays to which she’s been exposed and the suffering she’s had to endure, the once innocent Sansa may want some tangible recompense. Lest we forget: Sansa shared in Catelyn’s disdain for unconventionality—a bastard living in Winterfell being one of them.

Personally, I don’t think Sansa betraying Jon is a likely scenario but it is still one worth considering.

So what is a likely scenario?

 

Winter Has Come

We know from Benjen Stark’s final scene that the Wall is magically-infused and capable of preventing the White Walkers from advancing.

Now that winter has come, a winter projected to be the coldest yet, the Night King will find a way to pass. Whether that means he’ll build ships to sail around or if he’ll successfully find an instrument meant to tear the Wall down, I haven’t the foggiest idea. Yet it stands…

Game of Thrones Night King

The Night King will pass.

In order to combat this threat, Sansa may finally “grow up” and remind Tyrion of the wedding to which they were sworn, thereby solidifying the North’s alliance with Daenerys.

But it isn’t Game of Thrones without another Stark dying and I reckon Sansa will be the final Stark casualty. Remember, Littlefinger is one of Sansa’s many suitors and is deeply motivated by his regret in failing to marry Catelyn. Taking Sansa with him to the Netherworld might be his final play, complicating the North’s survival.

 

THE LAST TARGARYEN, MOTHER OF DRAGONS

Daenerys’s endgame triumph will be far from straightforward, not just because of Cersei’s resistance, but also because of the inevitable drama to be borne from within her large army. How many will remain loyal upon landfall?

 

Fire and Blood

Dorne will be the biggest threat to the cohesion of Dany’s army. How so?

Game of Thrones Sand Snakes

First, they offer no male progenitor with whom to safely secure an alliance. They are insignificant in the endgame at best and sacrificial lambs at worst.

Second, Tyrion may want justice for the death of one of the few Lannisters he likes—Myrcella. Daenerys is above involving children in the Game of Thrones and may be willing to overlook Myrcella’s lineage, as she has done with Tyrion. Her vengeful sense of justice might just resurface here.

Third, the Martells are extinct by Westerosi law and bastards are not legitimately recognized to rule. Daenerys may see the parallels in how the Sand Snakes took the Dornish seat with how Robert Baratheon took the Iron Throne from her father—through a premise of illegitimacy.

Daenerys will set the cities of her enemies ablaze, King’s Landing among them. But if she were to spill the blood of her allies, the Sand Snakes seem the most probable candidates.

But if we were to read into Quaithe’s prophecy from A Dance With Dragons:

“The glass candles are burning. Soon comes the pale mare, and after her the others. Kraken and dark flamelion and griffinthe sun’s son and the mummer’s dragon. Trust none of them. Remember the Undying. Beware the perfumed seneschal.”

… It sounds like every single one of her allies will taste a portion of her wrath.

 

A Song of Ice and Fire

So what happens after Daenerys takes back the Iron Throne?

Recall the reason why Daario Naharis was left behind in Mereen: Dany fully intends to wed to secure a peaceful rule in Westeros.

Consider the few prospects remaining: Euron can be crossed out because of a conflict of interest with Yara, Jamie is the Kingslayer and will probably be flayed or mutilated for that unforgotten act, and Petyr won’t even get close especially if Tyrion or Varys have anything to say about it.

Game of Thrones Quaithe

That leaves Jon Snow, hence fulfilling the song of Ice and Fire. Consider another prophecy by Quaithe:

“To go north, you must journey south. To reach west, you must go east. To go forward you must go back, and to touch the light you must pass beneath the shadow.”

As with her aforementioned prophecy, this one does not make an appearance in the show… but it’s held true so far. Daenerys makes a stand at Vaes Dothrak after “liberating” the southern cities of Essos, she’s spent many years out east in preparation for her rule in Westeros, and she’s foregone governing Mereen, after remembering her true purpose in claiming the Iron Throne.

The last line can refer to many things. My guess—“the light” is associated with the red priests’ prophecy, where the Lord of Light’s champion will wield the Lightbringer sword and vanquish the darkness, the White Walkers.

“Passing beneath the shadow” might just refer to Dany’s wedding to Jon, a man of the Night’s Watch and a resurged shadow of one who’s already died once. For her to assume the bearer of the Lightbringer, she must consummate with another true Targaryen

… or something like that?

 

THE GAME OF THRONES VICTORS

Well, there you have it. There are a million more things to discuss but not enough time or space in which to do so.

Will the armies of Jon and Dany face-off? Will Cersei wipe out most of Dany’s army with her wildfire? How will Dany be exposed to the White Walker threat? How will Jon’s true identity be conveyed, given that only Bran has the means to see it? Will Arya reconnect with Nymeria and succeed in vanquishing all those in her list? Will Tyrion betray Jamie and with whom will Brienne end up? And is Samwell’s final role to facilitate an alliance between Dany and Jon?

Whatever the answers may be, I reckon Jon and Dany will emerge the final victors in tandem. Jon’s honour and Dany’s ambition will balance each other out and they will prove to be a formidable king-queen duo.

Yay for incest?

“When you play the game of thrones, you win or you die. There is no middle ground.”

But as usual, Cersei is spewing nonsense because there IS a middle ground. Characters don’t just live or die; some become fixed in the in-between. These characters are those still alive in the books but have met their end in the show.

Differences between the show and the books were to be expected. Nonetheless, it makes one wonder why Martin bothered to build up certain characters in the first place.

The following eight characters have said “not today” to the many-faced-god in the books and have yet to fulfill a purpose. And it stands that they should never have been killed off in the show.

…Or at least, not yet.

 

SPOILERS ABOUND. THE ARTICLE WILL ASSUME YOU HAVE CAUGHT UP WITH THE SHOW AND HAVE READ UP TO ADWD.

 

8. Myrcella Baratheon

Game of Thrones Myrcella

In ADWD, we learn that Myrcella, accompanied by Nymeria Sand, is set to make the long trip back to King’s Landing, some time after her face is scarred during a failed Dornish coup.

Because of the dismal amount of Myrcella lines and the lack of a POV chapter, it’s safe to say that Myrcella will die sooner or later. If only to satisfy Maggy the Frog’s prophecy…

 

Cersei: Will the king and I have children?

Maggy: Oh, aye. Six-and-ten for him, and three for you. Gold shall be their crowns and gold their shrouds. And when your tears have drowned you, the valonqar shall wrap his hands about your pale white throat and choke the life from you.

 

Although Myrcella is set to die before Cersei—a major character—Myrcella’s presence in King’s Landing serves as a political tool for the Dornish plot. This will allow Nymeria Sand to exhibit her skills in subterfuge as the Dornish representative in the Small Council, hence legitimizing Dorne as a top contender in the Game of Thrones.

 

7. Pyp and Grenn

Game of Thrones Pyp and Grenn

AKA, the book’s equivalent to twiddle-dee and twiddle-dum.

I think the show did a very good job of giving Grenn and Pypar purpose. Their deaths had meaning, showing that Jon Snow’s steadfastness, at times, comes with much too high a cost.

That said, it still felt really empty that the only one left among Jon’s crew (with a name) is Dolorous Edd. Small wonder Davos Seaworth was lumped in with the Jon Snow loyalists after Ser Alliser Thorne’s coup d’état. Edd needed someone to converse with, given that Pyp and Grenn were long gone.

 

6. Jeyne Westerling/Talisa Maegyr of Volantis

Game of Thrones Talisa

I remember thinking during the Red Wedding scenes, “Talisa is Jeyne and Jeyne’s still alive in the books. The question is: how will Talisa and her unborn baby survive this seemingly inescapable situation?

Look how that turned out—a powerful reminder to viewers that absolutely no one is safe in the Game of Thrones.

As much as I enjoyed the shock value that came with Talisa’s inclusion, there’s a reason that Robb Stark’s widow, Jeyne, is still kickin’ in the books.

Or maybe I’m just overtly hopeful considering Jeyne’s story arc has nowhere to go. Her mother is slowly poisoning her fetus, she’s being imprisoned in her hometown, and she has no other connections with any living characters.

 

5. Mance Rayder

Game of Thrones Mance

In ADWD, Mance and his spearwives have infiltrated Winterfell and have successfully allowed Theon Greyjoy and “Arya Stark” (Jeyne Poole, in reality) to escape Ramsay Snow’s grasp. Seeing as Mance has never had a POV chapter, one might assume that his character has gone as far as he could.

Yet he still stands.

Captured, imprisoned, and forced to use the sewn-together skins of his spearwives as a blanket in an outdoor Winterfell cell. But alive, nonetheless.

With life comes possibilities, and in literature, a purpose. Beyond that, Melisandre has kept Mance alive via her magic, known only to Jon Snow, unbeknownst even to her paragon, Stannis.

We know Melisandre has a fascination for royal blood, presumably because the bloodline of the great houses is descended from the magically-potent Children of the Forest.

But since the free-folk King is democratically elected and not passed down from a powerful bloodline, I don’t think Melisandre necessarily performed the Mance-Rattleshirt switcheroo because she needed Mance’s bloodline.

She needed Mance for something else; something beyond Theon’s rescue, and something yet to be discovered.

What could it be? To be candid, I have no idea.

 

4. Roose Bolton

Game of Thrones Roose

Regarding the show, I was genuinely shocked to see Roose betrayed by his own bastard, as he was one of the few people who could actually keep Ramsay in line.

In a way, it was quickly escalated. Ramsay is a character that was pretty much psychologically traumatized growing up. Made to believe he was worthless because of his bastard status, Ramsay developed a sinister inferiority complex that made him want to drag others to his level.

That is, everyone except Roose.

 

Roose: All you have I gave you. You would do well to remember that, bastard. As for this… Reek… if you have not ruined him beyond redemption, he may be of some use to us. Get the keys and remove those chains from him, before you make me rue the day I raped your mother.

 

Yes, perhaps show Ramsay was pushed to commit his acts of betrayal because Walda had finally birthed a son (which she has yet to do in the books). Perhaps the outcome will be similar in The Winds of Winter, who knows?

But for a deplorable character responsible for the deaths of a few main characters, Roose did not get the comeuppance he’s meant to have.

 

3. Lady Stoneheart

Game of Thrones LSH

Going beyond being another Stark character with a vengeful agenda, Stoneheart—or the reanimated Catelyn Stark—serves another purpose in foreshadowing Jon Snow’s resurrection. If it’s possible for her, it should be possible for Jon.

So when Melisandre resurrected Jon Snow in the show, it came without precedence. More importantly, Snow’s return yielded no repercussions, very much unlike Catelyn’s resurgence that exchanged her death for Beric Dondarrion’s life.

Gosh. If Melisandre had such an easy time bringing someone back to life, it’s a wonder why the Lord of Light followers are too few.

In any case, Lady Stoneheart has another role—to facilitate the Jamie-Brienne rivalry into a bloody conclusion. Without LSH, how will Jamie and Brienne consummate their love-hate relationship?

I’m sure Benioff and Weiss can come up with a way, considering how much more useful they’ve managed to make Brienne in the show.

 

2. Arianne Martell

Game of Thrones Arianne

So I’m cheating a bit with this one. Princess Arianne, heir to rule Dorne, does not exist in the show (as of June 1st, 2016).

Nonetheless, Arianne’s role in the grand scheme of things is intriguing.

  • The trigger incident of the main plot began with the revolt against the Mad King Targaryen, which involved the following houses: the Starks, Baratheons, Targaryens, Lannisters, and the Martells. As such, the plot will end with most of these houses still in play.
  • Although a minor POV character, Arianne is still a POV character and will thus, influence the story in some way. How so…? By reading between lines.
  • When Arianne’s coup to validate Myrcella’s claim to the throne failed, she was imprisoned in a tower with four books to read. Their subjects were: history, Dornish law, septons/religion, and dragons. I have my own interpretations as to how these will come into play, but this fan theory by Preston Jacobs has a much more grounded way of articulation. Be sure to watch all four parts!

With that, it would be appropriate to segue into…

 

1. Doran Martell

Game of Thrones Doran

Nope, not Oberyn. He’s served his purpose. It’s his brother, Doran, who’s yet to fulfill his destiny, one he’s been waiting to accomplish for almost two decades.

With the deaths of most of the Dornish characters in the show, we can (probably) assume one of two things:

  • In the books, Dorne will follow a long string of failures in their attempt to materialize their master plan. In other words, the Dornish were never intended by Martin to be major players and this assumption was applied into the show, albeit in a much more one-dimensional way.
  • The Dornish plan will be executed masterfully in the books but is too complicated for the average viewer to follow, were we to consider the legacy Oberyn Martell left behind, the machinations of Doran Martell, and the craftiness of both men’s children (Arianne, Quentyn, Trystane, Sarella, Obara, Nymeria, Tyene). Do the viewers really need another family to root for when Daenerys and the Starks still require justice?

Whether the Songs of Ice and Fire will end with exultation or a requiem, one thing is certain—Prince Doran never meant to fade into the background quietly. Without the Dornish Littlefinger in the show, it is almost certain that Dorne will not enter the Game of Thrones’s conclusion in a meaningful way.

And that’s a shame.

 

Lost Purpose in the Game of Thrones

Some character deaths in the show, I found closure with. The wiping out of the Baratheon family (Stannis, Selyse, Shireen) in the fifth season—despite all three still alive and kickin’ in the books—served several functions:

  • Indirectly fulfilled Melisandre’s leech-usurper vision, as Stannis technically counts as a usurper to Daenerys’ throne.
  • Fast-tracked Melisandre’s role in Jon Snow’s ascension. Had Stannis still been alive, it would have overcomplicated Melisandre’s allegiance, since book readers could see her resurrecting Jon Snow from a mile away.
  • Fulfilled and strengthened Brienne of Tarth’s storyline, as she has yet to accomplish anything she’s set out to do in the books.

But with the exclusions of Doran, Arianne, Lady Stoneheart, Roose, Mance, Jeyne, Pyp & Grenn, and Myrcella in the show, large venues of purpose are forever lost.

And the potential for greater storytelling is erased.

It’s no longer a secret that Fox is looking to bring a live-action X-Men series to television. The success of series like Flash, Arrow and Gotham have proven to studios that the demand for live action superhero programming on television exists. For the 15-years the only live action tales to be had featuring Wolverine, Magneto and Nightcrawler were on the silver screen. So far, the experience that the X-Men films deliver in 2-hour movie installments is entirely different than what I got from the X-Men comics that I grew up reading. For every detail that the films get right in terms style and Hollywood bombast, they miss the mark on integral elements of the best X-Men stories. Aside from the action, fans love the X-titles for their heartfelt family dynamics and soap opera style plot twists. You know… the actual stuff that held fan’s interest for the 35-years before the films. I’ve mentioned before that X-Men stories are ripe for television’s long-form narrative delivery. Unfortunately, in 2015, putting an X-Men series on network television is a terrible idea.

When looking at the current batch of superhero shows on television, it’s clear that there is more emphasis placed on hero than on super. Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. and Arrow exist in worlds littered with super powered meta-humans. Each series minimizes the involvement of these characters because super powers are expensive to render on television budgets. Relative to their big screen adaptations, comic book televisions series have extremely tight budgets. For every action set-piece on Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., the producers have to plan smaller episodes with fewer effects to balance out the season’s budget. Now that we’ve seen Magneto levitate an entire football stadium in X-Men: Days of Future Past, will fans be content with TV budgets? Do fans want a television series in which Cyclops spends more time being “emo” than using his optic blasts? Fans have asked for an X-Men series that strikes an improved balance between action and characterization for years. The trade off is that a television budget means an X-Men series would lean too heavily upon dialogue. Fans don’t want a series where it is too expensive to have superheroes use their powers more than once an episode. Heroes (Heroes Reborn) is returning to the air to fill that void.

Fox intends to take the series in the same direction as their other comic-adaptation series Gotham. The show will take place in the X-Men’s world and center around one of the team’s bit players. The most likely story will focus on Multiple Man as he operates a detective agency. Despite Gotham’s ratings success, Fox’s Batman series has yet to strike a chord with fans of the Batman movies and comic books. Gotham has turned off fans by serving up shallow versions of familiar characters and introducing plots that disrupt the Batman mythology. Gotham doesn’t work for Batman fans because it doesn’t offer well rounded versions of their favorite heroes and villains. Gotham acts less like a prequel and more like a placeholder. Giving X-fans a show based in the world of their beloved mutants and only providing fleeting glimpses of those characters is not the way to go. If Fox uses the Gotham approach  they will just be cashing in on the X-Men’s name recognition by tantalizing fans with a long season of teases.

Before making it to air, Gotham’s initial premise was much different than the current iteration. Early drafts of the series focused on the Gotham City Police Department solving street level crime. The difference from the draft and what is currently airing is that the show did not involve a litany of Batman’s deadliest adversaries. In theory, a Gotham show offering stories about cops chasing crooks who are the guy who works for the guy who works for the Joker or Penguin is an interesting concept. It is unrealistic to expect a network not to pressure show-runners into emphasizing the most marketable aspect of their show (the famous characters). The first several episodes of Gotham felt as though the show’s writers were on pace to introduce every Batman rogue under the sun. Fans were put off by how contextually inappropriate most of these appearances were. In keeping with the Gotham model, X-fans can look forward to a series that offers “D”list X-men villains and watered down adaptations of Mr. Sinister and Apocalypse.  Gotham isn’t the only show guilty of forcing villains into the hero’s timeline far too early.

Despite the lower production budget, TV’s long-form storytelling model makes it the perfect medium for telling X-Men stories. HBO and Netflix are examples of ambitious televison done right. HBO’s Game of Thrones and Netflix’s Marco Polo are both programs that are too expensive and ambitious to work on network television.  A 10-13 episode season of X-Men gives writers roughly a dozen hours of television to create expansive stories. 12-hours is enough for talented writers to fit in well-rounded versions of the X-Universe’s large roster of heroes and villains. Disney-Marvel beat Fox to the storytelling sweet spot with their 5-series (Daredevil, A.K.A. Jessica Jones, Ironfist, Luke Cage and The Defenders) mega-deal. Without factoring in inflation, Netflix’s Marco Polo series budget of $90 million is $15 million higher than the budget of Bryan Singer’s original X-Men film. As of 2015 the X-Men brand has proven its global appeal (Days of Future Past earned $116,490,000 in China alone). Wouldn’t a Netflix “X”-series have been a safer bet than the untested and poorly received Marco Polo? A $90 million, 10 part X-men Netflix series would give X-fans the series that they deserve. An X-series requires a large cast of characters, reliance on special effects and epic battles. A proper representation of the X-Men must have more in common with Game of Thrones than Gotham.

When it comes to creating television series, the fantastic, over the top sci-fi and fantasy elements offered in comic books present a challenge. Now that Hollywood understands that putting super heroes on TV is lucrative, market over-saturation is inevitable. Studios love the guaranteed dollars that come with tapping into pre-existing markets. Gotham’s success means that we can expect a flurry of prequel and spin-off television shows about comic book characters that no one asked to see. The television model that Gotham offers is relatively cheap, easy and most importantly, it works. Comic book fans looking to get their live action super hero fix on TV must temper their over-zealousness and not ingratiate themselves to the networks with the keys to our comic book television kingdom. There was a time not too long ago that studios and networks won us over by just pandering to our nerdy niche tastes. In 2015, comic book fans are far past the point of getting excited because their childhood heroes are finally receiving mainstream recognition. So far, slavish gratitude resulted in the hollow fan service that we call Gotham. Comic book fans are at the point where they can demand quality over quantity. The next time you are perusing your favorite blog and see a tasty little tidbit about Fox bringing an X-Men series to television, ask yourself if you believe they are capable of creating the show that you want to see. If not, don’t feel like you are selling out your comic book loving brethren and sistren when you leave a reply in the comments section exclaiming, “No thank you!”

Source: TVInsider.com