Wednesday, May 15, 2019

The fans demand a rewrite!

Here we go again. A few aggrieved fans of HBO's Game of Thrones are demanding a final season re-write, just as we saw with those Star Wars fans who didn't like Luke Skywalker's last act.

Some might find a sympathetic ear to such things, after the notorious final season of Sherlock, and others might go "Such spoiled, entitled adult-children!" but in either case, the main tendency is probably to think of such a reaction as a modern problem. Nobody cried foul in the final season of Bonanza, did they? Of course not!

But I seem to recall a certain creator who wrote a certain final story that upset his fans.

"The Final Problem," anyone?

And what did Arthur Conan Doyle eventually do with "The Final Problem," after putting up with fan complaints and calls for a different ending to Sherlock Holmes's career?

You know.

He re-wrote the events of "The Final Problem" in Holmes's version of the Reichenbach incident in "The Adventure of the Empty House."

Whiney, entitled Victorian readers!

Since the books are trailing the TV series, will George R.R. Martin pull a Conan Doyle and rethink his original plot ideas, handed off to HBO, as he finishes the novels? (If he ever does.) Time will tell, but like Sherlock Holmes said, "The old wheel turns, and the same spoke comes up."

Indeed it does, Sherlock, indeed it does.

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