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Watchmen Successfully Does What Game Of Thrones Failed To Do In Its Last Season

Many key learnings were taken from Game of Thrones.

It was always going to be interesting to see how Damon Lindelof handled his HBO adaptation of Watchmen. It is only the greatest comic book of all time and we’ve seen what happens when an adaptation of a beloved work goes poorly (*cough* Game of Thrones *cough*).

But so far, HBO’s Watchmen has been a revelation. Rather than doing another adaptation of the comic like what Zack Snyder did (poorly), Damon Lindelof instead decided create an entire new story within the established universe. Regardless of how some feel about this decision to “remix” rather than reboot, it’s been a risk that’s paying off in spades.

As Watchmen continues to build momentum, it’s been hard for me not to make comparisons to the aforementioned Game of Thrones, especially since the two TV shows are both on HBO.

Both are adaptations of all-time-great wGaorks and both scored critical acclaim from critics and fans (well, initially anyway for Game of Thrones).

But when held up together side-by-side, it’s pretty clear that Watchmen is a great example of how to do an adaptation well whereas Thrones ultimately turned into an example how how not to do an adaptation.

Sorry to break it to ya, champ.

The Game of Thrones showrunners, David Benioff and Dan Weiss, followed George R.R. Martin’s novels pretty closely until they ran out of material at around the season five mark. From that point on, it was up to the pair to get to the ending Martin had in mind on their own.

There was a wealth of material for Benioff and Weiss to have crafted a satisfying ending to Game of Thrones. That’s the beauty of adaptations, you can reinterpret the source as you see fit and there’s room for creativity, especially if the source is still incomplete.

That’s perhaps the most disappointing thing about the last couple of seasons of Game of Thrones. There was potential for Benioff and Weiss to do something great after shaking off the shackles of the published novels, but instead it seemed like the pair simply wanted to get to the finish line ASAP rather than make it good.

Here’s to that decision.

By comparison, Damon Lindelof decided to go in the opposite direction. Instead of adapting the comic’s storyline, he decided to tell an entirely new story while still respecting the source material’s continuity and established universe. He’s not neglecting all that’s happened in the comics, he’s just using that as a setting for something fresh and more fitting for the times.

It’s a shame that Game of Thrones ended the way it did but on the plus side, we’re getting a more-than-worthy consolation prize in the form of Watchmen, which is quickly proving itself to be the benchmark on how to pull off good adaptations of beloved things.

What The Hell Were My Chemical Romance Doing All This Time?

The lads kept themselves pretty busy before rejoining the Black Parade.

After a number of years away from the music scene, the Black Parade is set to march again: My Chemical Romance have dusted off their eyeliner and finest black clothes for a much-hyped reunion show.

Needless to say, this has galvanised My Chemical Romance fans everywhere while reawakening the teenage emo many thought they had buried in a coffin years ago.

I definitely am now.

This reunion has brought up one big question though: What exactly have My Chemical Romance been doing during all this time (besides sleeping in coffins)?

Since this is a very important question that literally someone in the GOAT office asked (it may or may not have been me), I’ve decided to do some digging into what each My Chemical Romance member got up to during the band’s break-up prior to them rejoining the Black Parade.

Gerard Way

Gerard Way has kept himself busy by sticking his fingers in a number of creative pies. He released a solo album, Hesitant Alien, appeared on a bunch of other people’s singles (including those from his My Chemical Romance bandmates), wrote a Spider-Man comic, continued writing his own original comic-book series The Umbrella Academy, and helped make a live-action adaptation of The Umbrella Academy for Netflix.

Oh and he’s also Joe Rogan’s cousin. Not really related to what he’s been up to but it’s such a weird, newly unearthed fact that I simply had to include it.

Mikey Way

The band’s bassist (and Gerard’s younger brother) went wandering in the wilderness for a year before forming a new band called Electric Century and collabing with other bands and musicians such as Good Charlotte, Andy Black, and Waterparks.

Outside of music, Mikey has taken a leaf out of his big brother’s book by co-writing a comic-book series called Collapser.

Ray Toro

Unlike the Way brothers, My Chemical Romance’s lead guitarist and backing vocalist has kept himself firmly in the music scene. He’s released some solo tunes to his SoundCloud, dropped a solo album called Remember the Laughter, formed a band with his MCR bandmate James Dewee, and provided guitar parts for Voltaire’s album, Raised by Bats.

“What can I say, I like music.”

Frank Iero

The band’s rhythm guitarist decided to work on various music-related projects, such as a digital hardcore act called Death Spells with his bandmate James Dewees, released a number of solo albums, and toured with various backup bands he put together.

Unfortunately, Frank also had to spend some time recovering from a freak bus crash when he was in Australia in 2016.

James Dewees

And finally, we get to James Dewees, who’s come up quite a few times already across has various My Chemical Romance bandmates’ projects.

In addition to all his bandmates’ creative thingys, James has kept performing and releasing new music through a number of other bands, such as The Get Up Kids and Reggie and the Full Effect.

The Witcher Has Henry Cavill Naked In A Tub, That's All You Need To Know

As far as I'm concerned, that's Rivia's arse.

After several months of waiting and tasty teases of Henry Cavill as buff Legolas Geralt of Rivia, Netflix has dropped a hefty final trailer for The Witcher that reveals its much-anticipated premiere date.

But everything new we’ve learned about Netflix’s take on The Witcher – including the release date – is secondary to one particular moment in the trailer: Henry Cavill is naked in a bath tub.

That’s right. Henry Cavill. Naked. Bath. Tub.

As far as I’m concerned, that’s Rivia’s arse.

After wondering for ages whether the creative folks over at Netflix were going to recreate or pay tribute to the infamous “naked Geralt in a bath tub” scene from The Witcher III as the show is based on the books rather than the games, we finally got our answer and I am not disappointed.

Hell, the whole season of The Witcher could just be Henry Cavill dressed as Geralt going around visiting all the bathhouses in the land and I’ll still watch the hell out of it.

An entire season of this please, Netflix.

Besides naked Henry Cavill in a bath tub, the rest of the Witcher clip is actually pretty damn cool.

At the risk of sounding too optimistic, the production values and world-building look stunning, there’s some kickarse sword action, crazy fantasy stuffs, and even some funny quips.

But perhaps the biggest cause for optimism is Henry Cavill. Not because he’s naked but because he absolutely nails Geralt’s voice, look and physicality. All those years of being a massive fan of The Witcher has paid off handsomely for him and us because if of the show sucks, it certainly won’t be because of him.

As for when we get to see Henry Cavill naked in a tub and whatever else happens on The Witcher, the show premieres on December 20, making it the perfect early Christmas present.

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