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Week in 'Game of Thrones': George R.R. Martin's New TV Project
Millions of individuals across the world are familiar with the Starks and Lannisters of George R.R. Martin's imagination, but what about the aces and jokers up his sleeve?
The fantasy author and creator of A Song of Ice and Fire, the novel series on which HBO's Game of Thrones is based, announced this week that one of his other major properties is headed for television: Wild Cards, a series of novels, novellas, and short story collections set in a world that mirrors our own, albeit with a few key differences — namely, that the outbreak of an alien virus in the 1940s led to the creation of several superheroes (called "aces"), disfigured creatures (called "jokers"), and countless casualties killed by the deadly disease (called "black queens"). The adaptation is in development at Universal Cable Productions.
Unlike Thrones, which follows a sprawling but specific storyline, Wild Cards features numerous stories set in the same universe, with less of a defined focus. As such, not even Martin knows just yet exactly how Wild Cards will unfold on the small screen — except for the fact that it will unfold, assuming all ships sail smoothly.
Here are some of the other top Game of Thrones stories this week:
Get Ready for Extreme Violins
Even though the show's seventh season will air later than usual, Game of Thrones fans have something to look forward to in the months ahead: a concert tour. Starting next February, composer Ramin Djawadi will bring the show's music to life, complete with an 80-piece orchestra and choir, to 28 cities, beginning on Feb. 15 at Kansas City's Spring Center. Click here for the full schedule and more on how to purchase tickets.
Translate the Door
Hodor's heroic sacrifice and time-bending final fate stand out as one of the most iconic moments in Game of Thrones history, let alone the sixth season. But how did it play out across the world? The Verge points to this handy collection of how the infamous "hold the door" moment was translated for non-English viewers, from Spanish to Russian and more.
Thrones in Thirty Minutes
Not that there isn't plenty of time between now and the show's return to watch every single episode of Game of Thrones that's ever aired, but for anyone low on time, here's a solution: Winter is Coming has posted a time-lapse video that powers through the entirety of the HBO drama's six seasons in just under a half-hour. Not the easiest way to digest the show's complicated story, but certainly the fastest.
Jason Momoa and Game of Thrones parted ways at the end of the show's first season, save for one quick cameo in the season two finale. Still, Khal Drogo remains one of the most iconic characters in the series, even after all this time. Those looking for more of the ruthless barbarian, look no further than the upcoming remake of The Crow, which cast Momoa as the ill-fated rocker turned undead vigilante this week. The movie has been in development since 2012, but with any luck, it'll arrive sooner than the sun can rise in the west and set in the east.
Watch our season seven predictions in the video below:
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