[WARNING: This article contains SPOILERS for the Game of Thrones season 6 finale.]
Season 6 of HBO's fantasy series, Game of Thrones has just come to a very explosive end with a finale episode that stunned viewers with genocide, suicide, two surprise coronations, surprise coalitions of houses and a gift wrapped fan theory confirmation. Despite the inevitable mass deaths of popular characters fans have come to expect from the ruthlessly un-sugar coated plots, the finale satisfyingly delivered many of the epic events that viewers have been waiting seasons to see.
In this time of post airing and pre-filming while the finished season's secrets are exposed and released from spoiler threat, the cast are as free to discuss and theorize about the show's future as its vast audience of skilled speculators. Nikolaj Coster-Waldau (Jamie Lannister) has even shared some... interesting pitches for Game of Thrones spin-offs for when the show concludes.
Although Game of Thrones' on screen action often pioneers the benchmark for the most shocking and brutal action seen on TV, the immense popularity of the show has given life to a lighter and more humorous element through its fans. Social media is dominated by fan created memes, jokes and art that respond to the series' events and affectionately poke fun out of the many quotable phrases and larger than life characters. As part of the show's successful marketing strategy, many cast members are active and accessible via social media and willingly participate in this engagement garnering humor, from posts that add to this trend, to in-character appearances in tongue in cheek talk show sketches and viral videos.
Coster-Waldau has just contributed to this theme of off-show humor within an interview with The New York Times. The Danish actor took a moment from the more serious discussion of the events of the season (such as the death of his characters children and the mental state of his sister/lover in regard to her wildfire revenge) to respond jokingly to a question regarding possible spin-offs for the hugely successful show, including a sitcom and cabaret pitch:
“The Heartslayer”! Yeah, why not. But it has to be a sitcom, though, and it has to have a laugh track. Then I would do it in a heartbeat. I thought we’d have a season where we just did the whole thing in a cabaret. Varys would be the owner of the club, because I know Conleth Hill would be amazing at that. And we’d all come in and do little things. Last year we did a Coldplay musical. I thought that was the finest moment we had.”
The actor's comments here align with the same good humor many of the cast members seem to possess and a healthy enjoyment of being part of one of the most popular shows currently on TV. Despite this joking response, the enormous Game of Thrones universe is so rich with history and has so many pockets of characters, religions and supernatural occurrences that cannot all be fully explored within the narrative, disregarding spin-off potential for the series would be short sighted of the creators. This concept is something the author of the source novels, George R.R. Martin, has dabbled with in support of his epic series, so perhaps showrunners Benioff and Weiss have also thought beyond the climax of Game of Thrones.
Although Coster-Waldau's spinoff pitch is clearly meant in jest, the idea could inspire more funny viral clips starring the Game of Thrones cast - something that at least makes the long winter between seasons more bearable.
Game of Thrones will return to HBO with season 7 in spring 2017.
Source: The New York Times
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