‘Game of Thrones’ Fans Just Got a Big Hint About An Upcoming Spin-Off Series

If Game of Thrones is the biggest show on television, then the numerous spin-off series we've been promised by HBO are probably the biggest upcoming shows in television. Thrones fans who are upset to see their favorite characters go will need something to cling to, and a new journey through Westeros will help ease the pain of the O.G. series ending.

If you've been following Game of Thrones closely, whether through the TV series or because you devoured all the books, you'll likely recognize what's to come, according to one of the people devloping a spin-off series. Screenwriter Jane Goldman, who is working on a future series with Thrones creator George R.R. Martin, says they'll be covering territory you've heard about already.

If I was able to say what mine was,” Goldman told IGN, “I think as a book reader or as someone who watched the series, you would say, 'Oh, that! OK.' Yeah, it would be recognizable as a past event, but I think that’s probably as far as I can go.'

So this reveals at least one crucial piece of information for this particular spin-off—it will take place in the past, since it follows an event that can be recognized by name. Given the staggering amount of people who have died on the show during the last seven seasons, this could mean the return of some of your favorites who lost their lives.

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The simple connection to make is to Robert's Rebellion, which saw Robert Baratheon, Ned Stark, and others lead a conquest against the Mad King, setting up the world we see at the beginning of Game of Thrones. The rebellion is referenced frequently throughout the books and the show, and a lot of the power dynamics and rivalries between houses stem from who they were loyal to during the great conflict.

But Martin himself has insisted there will not be a need to focus on Robert's Rebellion, telling fans via his Live Journal that it wouldn't be necessary by the time the main series is over.

“We're not doing Robert's Rebellion,” said Martin. “By the time I finish writing A SONG OF ICE & FIRE, you will know every important thing that happened in Robert's Rebellion. There would be no surprises or revelations left in such a show, just the acting out of conflicts whose resolutions you already know. That's not a story I want to tell just now; it would feel too much like a twice-told tale.”

This makes sense on some level, because Robert's Rebellion may serve better as a storytelling device than a show itself. One of the reasons the story of Robert's rebellion was so important to Thrones was because it showed that men are not so easily labeled “heroes” and “villains,” and instead are complicated individuals who contain multitudes. Retelling a story we are already keenly aware of—and focusing on the same characters we know well—wouldn't be the best use of resources.

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A better option might be to focus on “Dance of the Dragons,” a civil war within House Targaryen that led to the deaths of several rulers and the destruction of most of the dragons possessed by the family. The battle between family members would reflect the politics fans love on the main Game of Thrones show, and of course, we'd get a metric ton of dragon battles, which I don't think anyone would turn down.

Who knows what the final product could be—could we even see a series about the mysterious Children of the Forest?—but with Game of Thrones wrapping up soon, the arrival of a spin-off can't come soon enough.

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Don’t Sleep on Cardi B’s “Bodak Yellow”

If you had to place a bet on what Cardi B song might be a smash hit, you probably would've gone with her song featuring Offset, “Lick”—which has 670K views on YouTube, 1.9 million hits on SoundCloud, and featured on HBO's Insecure (which always has great music). Given the Migos connection, it seems like the safest option. But you would've been wrong. It's “Bodak Yellow” that's everywhere: in strip clubs, hookah bars, car radios, your office, your social feeds. Everywhere. 

The stripper turned internet personality turned feminist icon turned reality star turned rapper currently has a song sitting at No. 78 (and climbing) on Billboard's Hot 100, and an accompanying video with 15.5 million views on YouTube. This has to be the biggest record to ever come from a Love & Hip-Hop alum, right? I don't care to look, but I'm willing to put the house on it. Somebody prove me wrong. Unapologetic does not begin to describe the totally unfiltered and sheer Cardi B-ness of Cardi B's personality. She's a hood chick who's not afraid to be hood no matter the setting. Cardi B is Cardi B 24/7, 365, this is why she resonates with people, and that same energy comes out in her music.

“Bodak Yellow” is a great, extraordinarily catchy record. The hook, the beat, her lyrics: it all works. Cardi sounds so sure of herself, it's difficult not to believe and rap along with every word. Her shit feels like early Lil' Kim, the way the fellas react to her bars. That beat drops and people go nuts. Man, check this Twitter video out:

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The reaction she gets is incredible.

Some were a bit confused when Cardi said she wanted to rap. They thought she was just trying to capitalize on her newfound fame like the many reality stars that came before her. The tables have now turned, and it's about time you start taking her rap career seriously. The same grind and hustle that got her here is the same grind and hustle that's going to make her a mainstay. The early adopters, such as myself, always knew Cardi was a star. Now, she's converting the nonbelievers. Another hit like “Bodak Yellow” and she's gonna be outta here. 

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