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Wednesday, 26 August 2015

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‘The Leftovers’ Showrunner Damon Lindelof Defends HBO’s ‘Game Of Thrones,’ Is A Huge Fan Of ‘Hardhome’ Episode, Highlight Hollywood News

gameofthrones15_161Following news that a couple of his Lost directors will be setting trails in Westeros, HBO’s The Leftovers showrunner stands up for TV’s biggest show, against its few but loud haters.   Damon Lindelof, the executive producer behind Lost and the writer of Promethues and World War Z, is currently busy doing press for Season 2 of The Leftovers, his HBO show. As part of its Fall Preview, Entertainment Weekly sat down with the Lindelof to talk about The Leftovers, but it ended up that he also had a lot of passionate opinions on Game of Thrones, too.
Lindelof was a fan of the books before the show ever aired, but he only got through the first three—A Game of Thrones, A Clash of Kings, and A Storm of Swords—before stopping, because he wanted the chance to experience the show’s many surprises unspoiled.
Hardhome Is North Of The Wall
Hardhome Is North Of The Wall
“I felt that rush of book reader’s superiority— “I knew that it was going to happen and nobody else did.” But it was also intermingled with jealousy for the people who did experience it first onscreen. That’s where I stopped reading the books. ”
Adding now, that “reader’s superiority” is all gone, and equality in not knowing what is coming up next is a good thing.   Things really reached a point of no return in “Hardhome,” a Season 5 episode that Lindelof had a lot of praise for.
I just sat there with my mouth hanging open. I’m literally watching five minutes of silence—that whole moment where Jon Snow is going off into the water and looking at The Night’s King and he’s doing his “Come at me, bro” moment. And I was just like: “There’s nothing better on television, right now, than this.”
Lindelof also said that, in order to have excellent episodes like “Hardhome,” it may be necessary to have episodes that are mainly setup, or even ones that “make [the viewer] go, “I don’t know, I don’t know about this…”
And what about the silly feminist blogger site that claimed they would no longer watch the show because of the incident following Sansa’s wedding?  Personally I thought what a load of hot hair, Damon felt similarly.  “No, you’re not. Don’t be an ass.” That’s like my 8-year-old saying, “We’re not best friends anymore.” When I see a blogger—thank God I’m not on Twitter anymore, because I get into all sorts of trouble—or a critic, or a recapper say, “I’m done with your show,” if I were running that show I would call them up and say, “You are not allowed to watch my show anymore. I’m going to f–king alert everybody in your life to watch you. I’m going to hire a private eye to tap your media consumption, and you better not ever watch it again. Are you sure you want to do this?”

Check out INSIDE-Hardhome, the episode which was not only this writer’s favorite episode of all time, but also Damon Lindelof’s.


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