The year of 2016 has seen a lot of new and fresh productions that made it big with viewers growing fond of the characters and the stories. “Game of Thrones” is pitted against two new series “Westworld” and “Stranger Things” in several awards this year. The creators of the two series from HBO has voiced out their thoughts going against the Netflix favorite.
“Game of Thrones” is one of the most successful breakthrough series that was adapted for television. It is still too great that it is one of the old and ongoing series pitted against new television series threatening to overcome old titles. In various awards ceremonies, it has again been nominated for the category of Best Drama TV Series, competing with “Westworld” and “Stranger Things”.
George R.R. Martin, who wrote the novel series “A Song of Ice and Fire”, which the “Game of Thrones” was based on, has voiced out before that it was a tough competition and it was even tougher going against another HBO show that got fans all riled up. Meanwhile, the creators of “Westworld”, Jonathan Nolan and Lisa Joy said that they were thrilled that they were recognized and even nominated for various awards but it was even a greater feat for them being compared to “Game of Thrones” because nobody competes with the said series created by David Benioff and D. B. Weiss. Set aside the friendly competition, Martin, Joy, and Nolan though all had one thing in common—they were fans of “Stranger Things”.
When the three were asked in separate interviews how it felt competing with a new breakthrough series like “Stranger Things” that stars an ensemble of new child stars, they all said that they could not be more thrilled. None of them minded the competition and Joy even actually confessed that they were rooting for all of the series nominated as they liked them all and was happy enough that the shows that were nominated this year were all of great content. Martin, on the other hand, has said that as a geek and fan of science fiction, he was proud that several of the nominations this year were given to genre series, which proved how far the entertainment industry have come.
“Game of Thrones” Season 7 is set to air next year probably in April or July. “Stranger Things” Season 2 is preparing to premiere in 2017 as well. “Westworld” Season 2 has been confirmed for 2018.