Stories [Compel Me]: Game of Thrones Spoilers

The Game of Thrones show is Scheduled to Spoil the Books…

It’s been officially announced by the writers of the Game of Thrones HBO series that they will be finishing the series (most likely) before the book series is finished and they will be using the same ending as the one for the books. The writers teased a little while ago that they knew the ending that George R. R. Martin has in mind for the series but I had heard rumors, and was incredibly hopeful that, the writers were working with Martin in order to have a spin off ending that he had also come up with for the books so that eventually the show would split from the plot of the books and end with a completely different story arch.

I was very hopeful of this because we’ve all been pretty sure for awhile that the show would wrap up before the books were even close to their conclusion but I always realized it was a stretch. With how delicate and detailed the plot of the Song of Ice and Fire book series is, it would be difficult to come up with a second ending that wraps up all of the plot points, makes sense, and is fulfilling to the now tremendous fan base. I didn’t know how they were going to do it, but I really wanted them too like a preteen dreaming of the presents at their next birthday. But really, how could they end the mind blowingly successful HBO series with Martin’s second string ending for the books?
This makes me think, as much as I’ve loved watching the Game of Thrones series and how they’ve really brought the story and characters to real life very well, would I be happier if they didn’t exist? I loved reading the books, they’re some of the reason that I got back into reading so much, and they were a tremendous experience. But, I realize that the books introduced the world to an awesome story in a somewhat intimidating way that turned some of the potential audience off. The HBO series was much more accessible and really contributed to sending the Song of Ice and Fire story to the next level.
I might try to avoid seeing the ending of the story through the show, but I don’t think that reasonable given how quickly news of the show spreads. I’ve enjoyed seeing audience reactions to events that I had read about years before, but it could be interesting to experience the end of the series with the res of the viewing audience, though I do miss feeling like part of the exclusive group of fans that have read all of the stories.
What do you think about the news of the show lapping the books? Let me know in the comments below!
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What was just a Patagonia Commercial…

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Yvon Chouinard’s Patagonia Commercial for the Dirtbag Diaries

Today, I put on an episode of the Dirtbag Diaries, a great podcast you should probably check out, and it, like all of the episodes, started with a commercial for Patagonia. In the commercial, Yvon Chouinard talks about his early life and the inception of his company. In the interview based commercial, he says that as a teenager, he was young and confused about what he wanted out of his life, a place all teenagers end up at one point or another. Then, at the age of 16, he took a road trip to Wyoming and, for the first time in his life, saw mountains in the Wind River Range, and everything started coming together.

Yvon Chouinard’s Youth and Experience

I looked into him a bit and found on his Wikipedia page that he was born in 1938, so when he was 16 it was 1954. It’s a cliche to say that they were simpler times, but they were in some regards. Imagine that you’re a young person confused about life in general and then you hear some stories and take a long drive and discover something as emotional and tremendous as a mountain. That would be an incredibly powerful experience for anyone, if they had never before laid eyes on any form of a mountain. Then I thought, has the internet taken away our chance at an experience like this one?


The entire web is filled to the brim with beautiful photos taken on other peoples adventures that they want to share. But imagine not being able to see just about any sight in the world with a few clicks? What if you actually had to plan and adventure to see the beauty of the world for yourself?


Obviously, seeing a mountain online is not exactly like seeing one in person, but think about if before you had seen a sight like that for yourself, you had only heard stories and only had only your imagination to illustrate. What would that be like….


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