Game Of Thrones Creators Looking For New Overall Deal, Have Already Met With Six Studios – Report

HBO’s Game of Thrones wraps up its eighth and final season this Sunday, but what will the show’s creators D.B. Weiss and David Benioff do next? Apart from a new trilogy of Star Wars films for Disney, Weiss and Benioff are currently visiting studios looking for big “overall” deals.

According to Deadline, Weiss and Benioff have met with as many as six “big media companies” for new “overall” deals that would cover TV, film, and streaming projects. Those said to be in the mix are HBO, Disney, Comcast, Netflix, Amazon, and Apple, according to Deadline.

Of course, Weiss and Benioff are already partnered with HBO and Disney for Game of Thrones and Star Wars, respectively, so that could impact negotiations. According to Deadline, the duo are not looking to “rush into a decision.” Given the massive success of Game of Thrones, it certainly seems like Weiss and Benioff certainly have bargaining power.

Overall deals can be very lucrative. For example, comedy legend Michael Schur is reportedly being paid $25 million per year to stay at NBC, while Grey’s Anatomy creator Shonda Rhimes is being paid $100 million for her overall deal at Netflix.

In addition to the Star Wars series, the first movie of which is scheduled to premiere in 2022, Weiss and Benioff are working on the controversial HBO show Confederate.

As for Game of Thrones, the final episode airs this Sunday, May 19 on HBO. For more on the show, you can check out GameSpot’s review and recap of Episode 5, “The Bells.”

Nintendo’s New Limited-Time Game Vouchers Offers An Okay Deal For Certain Switch Games

During its May 2019 Direct, Nintendo announced several bundle deals for pre-ordering Super Mario Maker 2. One, a brand-new game voucher-based deal, was announced as a promotion for pre-ordering Super Mario Maker 2, but it can be used to buy any Switch game. Unfortunately, it’s not very good.

If you have a Nintendo Switch Online subscription, then for $100 USD you can now buy two Switch Game Vouchers from the Nintendo eShop. With these two vouchers, you can download any two Switch games. For example, you could pre-order Super Mario Maker 2 and buy Super Smash Bros. Ultimate and save $20 USD on the two games’ combined retail price. But considering a Switch Online subscription already costs $20 USD, you don’t actually save money unless you already own a subscription.

This offer is limited-time and ends July 31, so if you want to take advantage of it, don’t wait too long. In a press release, Nintendo revealed vouchers “are redeemable for one year from the date of purchase and don’t have to be used at the same time.” Nintendo hasn’t announced if future games will become eligible for use with the vouchers, such as Pokemon Sword / Shield or Animal Crossing.

There’s also a Super Mario Maker 2 and Nintendo Switch Online Bundle, which goes live in the Nintendo Eshop on June 28. You get both the game and a 12-month individual subscription for $70 USD, which is a $10 USD saving on the typical combined retail price of both. Considering you need an online subscription to play most of Super Mario Maker 2’s modes, it’s not a bad deal for those who have yet to buy a membership and want the upcoming game.

During E3 2019, Nintendo is hosting several esports tournaments: the Super Mario Maker 2 Invitational 2019, the Super Smash Bros. Ultimate World Championship 2019 3v3, and the Splatoon 2 World Championship 2019. All three will be held on June 8. The Super Mario Maker 2 Invitational is the newest of the bunch, and it will pit four members of the Super Mario Maker community against each other in a variety of courses designed by Nintendo’s Treehouse team.

Nintendo also has a pre-recorded E3 2019 Nintendo Direct scheduled for Tuesday, June 11 at 9:00 AM PT / 12:00 PM ET / 5:00 PM BST. Nintendo hasn’t announced which games the Direct will focus on, other than Switch titles scheduled for 2019. Most likely that means Pokemon Sword / Shield or Animal Crossing (or both).

This Game Of Thrones / Metallica Mashup Is A Great Soundtrack To Episode 5

Game of Thrones Season 8, Episode 5, “The Bells,” featured a shocking twist–and now the key sequence has been edited by a fan with Metallica’s “For Whom The Bell Tolls” over it.


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In the episode, Daenerys decides to torch King’s Landing, even after the city surrendered. The move shocked fans, as the once merciful leader descended into her new role as the Mad Queen. The sequence was horrifying. King’s Landing burned by the dragon Drogon, with its innocent inhabitants screaming for their lives and bloodshed abounding. It was terrifying.

Now, Reddit has set the storming of King’s Landing to Metallica’s classic song “For Whom The Bell Tolls,” and it works surprisingly well. Besides matching up with the title of the episode, For Whom The Bell Tolls already feels like a battle song with its heavy, building riffs that culminate in a soundtrack that seems fitting for the death and destruction in the show.

The line, “Take a look to the sky just before you die / it’s the last time you will” also has particular resonance and impact. Have a look:

“The Bells” set a new ratings record for Game of Thrones with 18.4 million viewers. The episode was divisive, and for more, you can check out GameSpot’s review of Game of Thrones: “The Bells.”

For more on the latest episode of Game of Thrones, check out our look at 5 new Game of Thrones Season 8 theories from Episode 5, 15 Easter Eggs and references you might have missed, and the meaning of Dany’s dragon command.

The Simpsons Predicted A Game Of Thrones Season 8 Twist Two Years Ago

The Simpsons has done it again: the show accurately predicted the future, this time in relation to a big Game of Thrones Season 8 twist.


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In Episode 5, “The Bells,” Daenerys torches King’s Landing with her dragon, Drogon; she destroys the city and kills its innocent civilians in a move that few saw coming amid her turn to becoming the Mad Queen.

As it turns out, the 2017 Simpsons episode, “The Serfsons,” also showed a dragon destroying a city with its fire-breathing skills. The episode was a spoof of sorts of Game of Thrones, and it even featured the voice of Jaime Lannister actor Nikolaj Coster-Waldau from Game of Thrones.

This is far from the first time The Simpsons has accurately predicted something. A Season 11 episode predicted Donald Trump would become president while a Season 10 episode stated that Disney would buy Fox. These seemingly strange things ended up happening in real life.

“The Bells” set a new ratings record for Game of Thrones with 18.4 million viewers. The episode was divisive, and for more, you can check out GameSpot’s review of Game of Thrones: “The Bells.”

For more on the latest episode of Game of Thrones, check out our look at 5 new Game of Thrones Season 8 theories from Episode 5, 15 Easter Eggs and references you might have missed, and the meaning of Dany’s dragon command.

GTA, Red Dead CEO Skeptical Of Subscription Models For Games, But Optimistic About Streaming

The top executive at Take-Two Interactive, the parent publisher of Rockstar Games and 2K Games, has weighed in on two major video game industry trends: subscription and streaming. CEO Strauss Zelnick said today on an earnings call that he is skeptical of subscription-based models but more optimistic about streaming, at least in some scenarios.

Starting with subscription services, Zelnick said Take-Two as a company is open-minded because it wants to “be where the consumer is.” Take-Two could get on board if it makes sense from a business and creative perspective–and that might not be so easy.

“You have to find that intersection in business models that serve the customer successfully and also serve everyone else who participates in the value chain,” he said. “And that may prove to be a little challenging for subscriptions in this space because people do consume video games differently than they consume linear entertainment.”

Zelnick said the average American household spends around 5 hours each day and 150 hours per month consuming linear programming like TV and movies. For interactive entertainment like video games, the average American home spends 1.5 hours daily or 45 hours monthly playing games, he said. A subscription service makes sense with TV and film content because people largely watch many different programs or movies that they can roll through quickly and move on to something new. This makes an all-you-can-eat model like Netflix appealing, Zelnick said.

But with video games, which people spend relatively more time with, a subscription model might be a tougher sell, Zelnick said.

“In the case of video games, it is possible that the average user in those 45 hours might be playing 1, 2, maybe 3 titles; certainly not 70 titles,” he said. “In that event, if you play 1, 2, or 3 titles and you play them for months in a row–which often happens in [the video game world]–then a subscription model may not be such a great deal for the customer.”

Zelnick went on to say that he is no soothsayer, and overall, Take-Two wants to release games where the consumer is. “This all remains to be seen; we’re open-minded,” the executive explained. “We want to be where the customer is. But I don’t think it is a foregone conclusion that subscription will be as massive for interactive ent as it has proven to be for music and motion pictures and television. But we’ll see.”

In regards to streaming services like Google Stadia, Zelnick said the ability to play AAA games without a console could be a significant opportunity for Take-Two, as it would (theoretically at least) expand the size of the gaming audience overall.

“We’re very optimistic about the notion of streaming technology bringing our titles to consumers who currently do not have access to them,” he said. “The promise of being able to sign on to a service with virtually no barriers; without a box in between, and being able to play our games on any device whatsoever around the world and to do it with low-latency, well, that’s very compelling if that can be delivered. The folks at Google minimally have said it will be delivered, and it will be delivered in relatively short order. Conceptually, we want to be where the consumer is. We’ll support new entrants. We are a believer in streaming services. We need to have business models that make sense for us, but so far we’re pretty optimistic.”

In addition to Google Stadia, Microsoft is working on an Xbox game-streaming service of its own under the working title xCloud. Sony has for years already operated its PlayStation Now service, while companies like Amazon, Verizon, and Wal-Mart are all reportedly preparing their own game-streaming services to come.

Cloud-based gaming is a fairly new and complex technology; be sure to check out our detailed explainer on everything you need to know about cloud gaming.

For more from Take-Two’s earnings report today, you can check out the stories below:

  • GTA 5, Which Is 6 Years Old, Continues To Sell Incredibly Well
  • Red Dead Redemption 2 Sales Slowing Down As Online Mode Leaving Beta Soon
  • More Than 1 Million People Still Play 2012’s Borderlands 2 Every Month

New Trailer For Disney’s Maleficent Sequel Starring Angelina Jolie Released

Disney’s Maleficent sequel, Mistress of Evil, is coming to theatres in October. A new trailer has arrived that provides a fresh look at the spooky film starring Angelina Jolie in the lead role.

Take a look:

Mistress of Evil takes place “several years” after 2014’s Maleficent. “The film continues to explore the complex relationship between the horned fairy and the soon to be Queen as they form new alliances and face new adversaries in their struggle to protect the moors and the magical creatures that reside within,” reads a line from the film’s official description.

The film also features a lot of other big names, including Elle Fanning as Princess Aurora and Michelle Pfeiffer as Queen Ingrith.

Mistress of Evil is directed by Joachim Ronning, who directed Pirates of the Caribbean: Salazar’s Revenge for Disney in 2017. The movie comes to theatres in the US on October 18.

Game Of Thrones: Aaron Rodgers Cameo In Episode 5 Revealed

The penultimate episode of Game of Thrones aired tonight on HBO, and it might have featured a blink-and-you’ll-miss-it cameo appearance by NFL superstar QB Aaron Rodgers.

Viewers think they spotted Rodgers as a Lannister archer or someone who got torched by a dragon. Here are some screencaps of the supposed cameo in question:

Rodgers himself confirmed a while back that he would appear in the fifth episode of Game of Thrones Season 8, so that might indeed be him. His team, the Green Bay Packers, hyped tonight’s episode with a tweet of its own suggesting Rodgers would have a cameo.

Rodgers would be just the latest celebrity to have a cameo in Game of Thrones Season 8. Country music star Chris Stapleton and his bandmates played White Walkers in Episode 3. Showrunners D.B. Weiss and David Benioff appeared in Episode 4 during the dinner scene.

Previous seasons of Game of Thrones have included cameos by musicians like Sigur Ros, members of Mastodon, and Ed Sheeran.

Game of Thrones comes to an end with next week’s series finale–check out a trailer for Episode 6 here.

Read next: Game of Thrones Creators Explain All The Key Scenes From Episode 5

Game Of Thrones Creators Explain All The Key Scenes From Episode 5

The penultimate episode of HBO’s Game of Thrones aired tonight–and it was dramatic.

As it does for each episode, HBO has now released a cool behind-the-scenes mini-feature in which showrunners D.B. Weiss and David Benioff break down all the key scenes and moments from Episode 5. A lot happened in Episode 5, and it’s very interesting to hear directly from Weiss and Benioff about the pivotal moments from the episode and how they might impact next week’s series finale. You’ll want to have seen Episode 5 before watching this breakdown. Here you go:

Next week’s Episode 6 is the 73rd and final episode of Game of Thrones. It is 80 minutes long, and given it is the final episode, we may finally learn who wins the throne.

Read next: Game Of Thrones Episode 6 Trailer Teases How The Show Ends