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  1. Aegon’s Conquest is good for the lore, but it’s a pretty boring story on its own, with the Targs just steam-rolling over everyone. I’m also not sure how you could portray them as the heroes here in this day and age.
  2. Looking back at the Tamzin Merchant recasting mystery, I would guess that the most likely reason she was replaced was probably just that she wanted more money. It would explain why everyone was so cagey about the recasting (salaries aren’t something that’s really discussed publicly), and why the other “established actresses” who were offered the role before Emilia turned it down. Pretty much all of the young cast in season one were unknowns who likely weren’t getting paid much by Hollywood standards. (And just speaking from my own experience in the job market, I have definitely noticed that the lower I put my “desired salary” on a job application, the more likely I am to get an interview. I’ve heard similar things from other people.)
  3. He said last year was a bad one for him professionally, too. Obviously the writing isn’t going well, but I think he was probably alluding more to the TV projects, since that’s what seems to give him the most joy at this point in his career. Maybe these spin-off shows are just getting too expensive. His latest blog post was also a reminder for me that as old as I may feel at times, I still have a long way to go. There are a lot of think pieces going around these days asking “why don’t young people care about x, y, z?” But that’s just part of getting on in life. You can’t exist in a permanent state of hysteria, especially when so much of what’s going on in the world is beyond your control.
  4. Judging by his latest blog post, I wouldn’t expect a new book anytime soon. He’s clearly not in a good headspace. The most we can do is pray for another Miracle Mets season, because I think that’s the only thing that would be able to considerably lift his spirits at this point.
  5. I was reading some excerpts from a recent interview Sophie Turner did, and it’s interesting how she seems to have some regrets about being a child star. I wonder if other former child actors feel the same way? https://x.com/badpost_sophiet/status/1749003971237216664?s=46
  6. I think we’d all be a lot more excited if some new written material came out. Winds, Dunk & Egg, Fire & Blood—I’ll take anything at this point.
  7. What I meant is that it’s spreading and becoming less niche.
  8. BES is a really easy show to re-watch, too, since it’s so short. This might interest some of you. I have a relative who is an elementary school teacher, and he was telling me that many of his students are into anime/manga, particularly the girls. Anime was very much present when I was a kid* but it was still kind of a niche thing, and it mostly appealed to boys. It’s pretty neat to see how the cultural exchange continues to grow. * I did miss out on K-Pop though
  9. Update: Just re-read your comment and realized that I misunderstood what you were saying. You were able to watch BES with the Japanese dubbing?
  10. Just finished Blue Eye Samurai and I really enjoyed it. There were some plot threads that didn’t sit quite so well with me, but I think that they may make more sense once the story is told in full. The funny thing is, I don’t particularly like violence, so I ended up just tuning it out/looking away during the gorier scenes and focusing on the story. I have so many thoughts!
  11. Is there a thread for Blue Eye Samurai? I really enjoyed it, but at the same time, I’m thinking it may have been better if I had waited until the show was over and binge-watched it. It left me wanting more, but there were some characters who fell flat for me and I think I may have felt differently if I watched the characters’ arcs from beginning to end.
  12. They put out the casting call in October (you made a video about it). The strike didn’t end until November.
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