Game of Thrones is Dead, Long Live Lord of the Rings

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Game of Thrones is Dead, Long Live Lord of the Rings

Illustration: Sushant Ahire


f Comic Con India 2017 was any indication, India will soon be witnessing a dramatic jump in babies named Arya, Khaleesi, and Jon. Seven seasons into its run, Game of Thrones is officially a legit part of the pop culture canon. However, its next season is going to be its last, and I couldn’t be more pleased. Because as winter finally comes for GoT, its role as the world’s official provider of swords, heroism, and fantasy will revert to its rightful owner: Lord of the Rings.

Amazon, in a bid to replace Netflix as the platform that you sneakily use through your friend’s account, has announced plans to bring LoTR to the small screen in a multi-season deal worth USD 250 million (or less than a tenth of Smaug’s hoard). Nearly 20 years after the first film, and half a century after the book’s release, JRR Tolkien’s LoTR is returning to prove why tits, blood, and swear words do not a fantasy epic make.