George RR Martin Really Doesn't Want To Talk About The Final Ep Of Game Of Thrones

"We shouldn't talk about that."

If you’re in two minds about the last episode of Game of Thrones, you’re not alone. The bestselling author behind the TV series isn’t keen on re-hashing the controversial finale, either.

In a recent interview with The Guardian, George RR Martin was asked whether he’d watched the episode, and firmly said, “We shouldn’t talk about that.”

He did, however, admit that the end of Game of Thrones was a massive relief and that the show itself wasn’t “good” for him. 

“There were a couple of years where, if I could have finished the book, I could have stayed ahead of the show for another couple of years, and the stress was enormous,” he said. “I don’t think it was very good for me, because the very thing that should have speeded me up actually slowed me down.”

Tell us how you really feel, George. Credit: Giphy

“Every day I sat down to write and even if I had a good day – and a good day for me is three or four pages – I’d feel terrible because I’d be thinking: ‘My God, I have to finish the book. I’ve only written four pages when I should have written 40.’”

“Having the show finish is freeing, because I’m at my own pace now. I have good days and I have bad days and the stress is far less, although it’s still there…I’m sure that when I finish A Dream of Spring you’ll have to tether to the Earth.”

George RR Martin. Credit: Axelle/Bauer-Griffin/FilmMagic

As for whether public opinion has affected his response to the show, Martin said it doesn’t. “As Rick Nelson says in ‘Garden Party,’ one of my favourite songs, you can’t please everybody, so you’ve got to please yourself.”

Later, he added that all the reactions to the show – good and bad – should be celebrated. “I’m glad of the emotional reactions, whether to the books or the television show, because that’s what fiction is all about – emotion.”

You’ve got to laugh. Credit: Giphy

“If you want to make an intellectual argument or persuade someone, then write an essay or piece of journalism, write nonfiction. Fiction…should feel as though you’re living these things when you read or watch them. If you’re so distanced by it that a character dies and you don’t care, then to an extent the author has failed.”

Whether you love or hate Game of Thrones, you’ve got to give it to George RR Martin. He’s the brains behind the books that spawned a TV show that had the world captivated for eight years. That’s no easy feat.

Sexual Assault Accusers Are Suing Scientology And Danny Masterson From That 70s Show For Stalking

Things have gone from bad to worse for That 70s Show star and Scientologist Danny Masterson.

According to TMZ, Masterson is being sued by four women who have accused him of sexual assault and claim they’ve been “mercilessly stalked” by the Church of Scientology.

Danny Masterson as Hyde in That 70s Show. Credit: Fox

Chrissie Bixler, who is one of the women accusing Masterson of sexual assault, claims in the lawsuit that her dog mysteriously died after she spoke out about being allegedly raped by the TV star. Bixler said an autopsy revealed the dog died from “unexplained traumatic injuries to its trachea and esophagus.” She also claimed that in June, she was run off the road by a vehicle that was following her – the same month a friend of Masterson’s threatened to release nude, underage photos of her. 

Bixler describing a related experience in July. Credit: Twitter

To add insult to injury, when Bixler told a Scientology employee about the alleged rape, they told her “you can’t be raped by someone you are in a consensual relationship with.” They also reportedly told her the Church of Scientology would consider it a “High Crime” to report Masterson to authorities, and she would be labelled an SP AKA a Suppressive Person. 

Bobette Riales, who accused Masterson of drugging and sexually assaulting her during the period they dated from 2002 to 2004, claims she has also been stalked. TMZ reports that Riales said “neighbours observed a man snapping pictures from her driveway, and then later that night, someone broke a window at her home.”

Danny Masterson and Bobette Riales.
Credit: Jim Spellman/WireImage for Entertainment Weekly Magazine

The two other women suing Masterson are Jane Does and have made similar claims to Bixler and Riales. 

Masterson has since responded to the lawsuit, writing in a statement, “I’m not going to fight my ex-girlfriend in the media like she’s been baiting me to do for more than two years.”

“I will beat her in court – and look forward to it because the public will finally be able to learn the truth and see how I’ve been railroaded by this woman. And once her lawsuit is thrown out, I intend to sue her, and others who jumped on the bandwagon, for the damage they caused me and my family.”

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If you, or anyone you know is a victim of sexual assault, contact Lifeline on 13 11 14 or 1800 RESPECT for support services.

Actor Aaron Glenane Explains Why Diversity Is So Important In Aussie Film And TV

And why we must hear voices other than our own.

From Margot Robbie to the Hemsworth brothers, Australia continues to lose former soap stars and silver screen heroes to the bright lights of Hollywood, and Aaron Glenane is yet another talented export. The actor, who is originally from rural Victoria, has an impressive repertoire of films and TV shows under his belt, including Drift, The Black Balloon, Picnic At Hanging Rock and of course, our beloved Home and Away. 

Aaron Glenane.

It wasn’t always an easy ride to the top for Glenane. Sadly, his dreams of becoming an NBA player or Olympic marathon runner were dashed at a young age. However, his determination to be able to “articulate yourself in public and in front of an audience” post-game led him to a speech and drama coach. The stage came next, and “then I got the bug.”

Throughout the course of his career Glenane has worked with Australian film and television royalty. He has appeared on-screen alongside household names like Toni Collette, Rebel Wilson and Sam Worthington, but he’s drawn the most inspiration from Aaron Pederson, his co-star in the 2016 horror film, The Killing Ground.

Aaron Glenane and Aaron Pederson in The Killing Ground.
Credit: Damien Power

“He was so generous with the wealth of knowledge he shared with me, and so collaborative as a fellow actor,” Glenane said. “He offered me amazing insight into acting and life, and how to incorporate those two things together.” With the only difference being that Pederson is an Indigenous Australian, Glenane said the pair have a “similar sort of background,” and they were able to “build a world together,” during filming.

It’s not the first time Glenane has found himself energised and inspired by a diverse cast and crew. His role in the ‘80s Kings Cross drama series Les Norton might look ‘blokey’ from the outset, but according to Glenane, steps were taken to modernise it for a 2019 audience.

Les Norton. Credit: ABC

“Even though the tone of the show is quite ‘blokey,’ the two directors I worked with are both female,” he explained. “They also flipped both of the male characters from the books and made them female. Les Norton is a good case study of how to adapt a story written in the ‘80s and make it relevant in today’s world.” 

There’s also Glenane’s role in September’s release, Ride Like A Girl, which follows the story of female jockey Michelle Payne and was directed by actor-turned-director Rachel Griffiths. Glenane is cast as Patrick Payne, the brother of Michelle, who is played by equally-as-talented Aussie starlet, Teresa Palmer. 

Teresa Palmer as Michelle Payne in Ride Like A Girl.
Credit: Screen Australia

Diversity isn’t the only issue close to Glenane’s heart. In 2015, he appeared in a short film about mental health and suicide prevention called Talk To Someone. “I really connected with what the character was going through,” he said. “I was quite anxious and I hadn’t found a way to express my concerns.” Glenane said that the film had a meaningful impact on him after people who viewed it left comments like, “I watched this film and it made me go and talk to someone, or I watched this and my brother’s been acting strange so I talked to him.”

Glenane’s swift rise to the top of Aussie a-listers making it big in Hollywood is showing no sign of slowing down with Danger Close: The Battle of Long Tan dropping in cinemas this month and his role as the last Australian in cult TV series Snowpiercer hitting our TV screens next year. As for the future of Aussie film and TV, Aaron is hoping for continued to diversity and more genre films.

“It’s something we’re already cultivating, but I’m hoping for the diversity in our creatives, writers, show writers to become more and more expansive. Hearing voices that I haven’t heard informs myself and my creative process,” he said.

If you’re a young Aussie actor hoping to make it overseas, Glenane says it’s all about “a balance of patience and determination because it’s such a long game.”

“What seems like an ‘overnight success’ is probably 15 years in the making. The love and passion for it have to be strong because any pursuit of something you’re trying to do at an elite level is really hard work.” Judging by Aaron Glenane’s bright future, the hard work is well worth it.


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