Culture Clips: Tune In, Turn On and Drop Out

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Yes, the fate of Westeros has been decided (at least on HBO). Fans know that Game of Thrones famed Iron Throne was [spoiler warning] claimed, technically, by no one: The dragon Drogon immolated the world’s most uncomfortable chair.

But according to some, the throne might not the only thing that was torched Sunday night. Some are predicting that HBO’s subscriber base might melt, too.

Twitter has been awash in Thrones’ fans promising to cancel their subscriptions once the fate of Westeros was announced, and plenty of news outlets are offering tutorials on how to do it. And while this isn’t altogether unexpected—it’s called “churn” in the biz, apparently—HBO seems particularly vulnerable. Mintel research found that HBO Now subscribers were twice as likely as other streamers to cancel service if “a specific show/program was cancelled or ended.”

Not that other streaming services are immune. A new study suggests that half of all Millennial viewers would cancel their subscriptions to Netflix if the service stopped airing reruns of The Office or Friends—perennially two of Netflix’s most popular shows. That’s kind of an issue, since NBCUniversal plans to launch its own streaming service soon and, y’know, take those lucrative programs (which it owns) off Netflix’s hands.

But an even greater threat to Netflix is Disney, which is set to open the doors to its streaming service, Disney+. The Mouse House will likely pull its content off of Netflix, too (including all those superhero movies that we—well, I—like so much). And Disney’s service is going to be $6 cheaper than Netflix. As Forbes’ Stephen McBride says, “While Netflix is running into debt ‘trying out’ new shows, Disney already has the best of the best in its arsenal.”

Oh, and Disney just bought Hulu, too.

(By the way, HBO subscribers aren’t the only ones pulling the plug. Director Reed Morano had planned to film a movie called The Power in Georgia. But when the pro-life “heartbeat bill” became law there earlier this month, he pulled the production, saying “There is no way we would ever bring our money to that state by shooting there.” That decision might be the first of many.)

But while Thrones’ fans may be treating HBO like Daenerys treated King’s Landing, people aren’t ready to let the show go yet—even if it’s just to complain about it. (And, as Adam Holz noted yesterday, there’s a whole lot of complaining going on.)  We won’t recount all the quibbles that people have had with the series’ final stanzas, because really. Enough’s enough. (And some people actually liked it.) But I will point out that after reporting an errant coffee cup made it into Westeros, another liquid receptacle made a cameo in the finale, too: This time it was a water bottle.

Other fans are in apparent need of counseling—and some counselors are ready to help. (“The professionals will help them digest their feelings and interpretation of the show, which could range from anger and confusion to sadness and grief,” reads an ad for such services on bark.com.) Others may want to take trips to the real locales that represented Westeros, and there are plenty of services for that, too. Then there are those who won or lost money betting on Game of Thrones. One betting site, Ladbrokes, asked bettors “who would sit on the Iron Throne,” which means that those who said “no one” were, technically, the big winners. (See spoiler above.) Oddly, another betting site listed the eventual ruler of Westeros as the runaway favorite to be the eventual ruler of Westeros—even though the selection was an utter shocker to many fans. Hmmmm ….

On a more somber GoT note, Maisie Williams—who played Arya in the show, and who started when she was the impressionable age of 13—says that Game of Thrones hurt her mental health. The criticism she suffered online was almost too much. “I still lie in bed at, like, 11 o’clock at night telling myself all the things I hate about myself,” Williams told CNN. “It’s just really terrifying that you’re ever going to slip back into it. That’s still something that I’m really working on, because I think that’s really hard. It’s really hard to feel sad and not feel completely defeated by it.”

She’s not the only one with some critical words for social media. Selena Gomez says that it’s been “really been terrible” for people of her generation. “It does scare me when you see how exposed these young boys and young girls are,” she said at the Cannes Film Festival. “They are not aware of the news. I think it’s dangerous for sure. I don’t think people are getting the right information sometimes.” Meanwhile, Stranger Things star Millie Bobby Brown is talking about how she’s been bullied. “I have dealt with situations both in real life and online that are soul-breaking and it genuinely hurts reading some of the things people have said,” she told Glamour.

But things aren’t all dour on the Stranger Things front. The show is apparently precipitating a return of 1985’s New Coke, which some might call the Game of Thrones finale of its day: much hyped and deeply disappointing.

But lest we leave this episo—er, issue, of Culture Clips on a deeply disappointing note of its own, let’s conclude on a happy ending, shall we? Flying cars are a go! Sure, it’s not as cool as a pet dragon, but we’ll take what we can get.

Who wrote this?

Paul Asay has been writing for Plugged In since 2007 and loves superheroes and finding God in unexpected places. In addition, Paul has also written several books, with his newest—Burning Bush 2.0—recently published by Abingdon Press. When Paul’s not reviewing movies, he hikes with his wife, Wendy, runs marathons with his grown kids, Colin and Emily, and beats back unruly houseplants. Follow him on Twitter @AsayPaul.

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Anonymous 7 months ago
I finally saw Jordan Peele's Get Out on tv last night and what a creepy funky mindtrip of a movie it was. Sort of like a cross between Guess Who's Coming to Dinner meets Saw and Big Brother. It was definitely creepy as all get out at times, weird and funky at other times, and downright confusing other times. It was definitely interesting, but I'm not sure that was a good thing or not.
Karl The Klown 7 months ago
How dare you compare Get Out to SAW my good sir! Saw is a masterpiece, whereas GO is mediocre at best imo 
Anonymous 7 months ago
Both are outrageously violent, and the scene where the doctor literally cuts off a piece of the guys head seemed very similar to a scene in one of the Saw films I remember seeing.
Karl The Klown 7 months ago
I do wonder how many people got banned. I do hope Bobed is still around 
Anonymous 7 months ago
He seemed a wee bit pugilistic in his first comment. Why was he banned? 
-Emma Bibliophile
Karl The Klown 7 months ago
Nothing in particular. He's just a troll that won't go away. I do hope he's still here though
Hannah Cole 7 months ago
Eh...I hope he stays away. The way he treated and replied to the comments of others in the past was rather disturbing.
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Karl The Klown 7 months ago
Eh, guess i'm back. For now at least.

Try again, it wasn't working for awhile, but I think I fixed it.
What was yours again?
Karl The Klown 7 months ago
That's weird @Some_Guy. Your Discord tag didn't work for me either.
Are you on any public severs? Maybe I can find you that way
Karl The Klown 7 months ago
Hahaha! Got it 
Anonymous 7 months ago
I feel like I missed something huge. Could some please explain to me what all happened in this comment section?

-Evan

(P.S. Who knew a comment section on a Christian movie review site could have such a deep and exciting lore?)
Karl The Klown 7 months ago
It was one of the greatest things I have ever witnessed. To even try to explain it wouldn't do it justice 
Synesthetic Librarian 7 months ago

I'd be happy to give it a try. So, there was a commenter going around impersonating almost everyone with anonymous accounts. They used this impersonation to leave comments about restricting the age of users to those 30 and over. They then left comments agreeing with themselves with other impersonated accounts. Those impersonated then realized they had been impersonated and began theorizing as to the identity of the impersonator. Another anonymous (likely the impersonator) then left unkind replies to the comments of those theorizing.


During this chaos, you-know-who chose this time to return and lamented about how everything had become a mess during his absence. This, he said, was a result of us fraternizing with unbelievers. He then agreed with one of the impersonator's comments about teens not posting here.


After this, things took a turn when Mouse, who had made an alt-g-mail account, was once again impersonated (supposedly) by another Mouse with a g-mail account. Karl proposed a test to 2nd Mouse, but halfway through the test 2nd Mouse became angry and their entire account, I believe, was swiftly deleted.


Commenters accused others of being immature, of trolling, the usual, and Karl the Clown of Chaos delighted in this until PI stepped in and deleted almost all comments. You-know-who's whereabouts are unknown at this time, as is Unkind Anonymous. And that's the run down of what happened here yesterday afternoon, I hoped you enjoyed it.

Karl The Klown 7 months ago
A fairly accurate synopsis.
It was magical. I have never witnessed anything like that in my life.
Anonymous 7 months ago

Again, I am not unkind or rude. I just speak the truth and have opposite opinions of everyone else around here. That apparently gets people upset. And by the way I only get defensive around here because it seems like more often than not when I do have a controversial opinion on something it's other people who are telling me I'm the one who's wrong or have a bad opinion or just don't know what I'm talking about. Maybe if people were nicer to me I'd be more genteel in my responses. It's other's who are being dismissive or downright rude to me. Someone saying my opinions are all wrong and are laughably bad isn't being very nice in my opinion.

Synesthetic Librarian 7 months ago

I think what gets people upset is the way those opinions are phrased. It's possible to state a potentially controversial personal opinion without coming across as dismissive of others and unnecessarily defensive. 


@Anonymous above me, I see where you're coming from. I could've mistaken you for another anonymous who sometimes leaves purposefully unkind replies to comments. If that's so then I apologize.

Anonymous 7 months ago
It was a good run through. I was not on online during the climax so I was a bit confused when I returned and the comment section was empty of most past comments. 
 What's the drama of Endgame or GOT compared to this comment section? I bet it pales in comparison. 
-Emma Bibliophile
Karl The Klown 7 months ago
You can feel the epic-ness that compasses this place! I cannot wait for round 2.

Bob, Rude. Lets go! xD
Anonymous 7 months ago
I felt like we were in the twilight zone for a while this afternoon. I hope that weirdo who was impersonating everyone was banned for life.
-Emma Bibliophile
Big Mike 7 months ago
You are about to enter another dimension. A dimension not only of Mouses and Klowns, but of Rude Anonymouses . A journey into a wondrous land of Imposters. Next stop, the PL Comment Zone!
Anonymous 7 months ago
Posted by First Comment Guy (the actual one)

And with a snap of their fingers, PI can now watch the sunrise on a greatful community.
Anonymous 7 months ago
Have to admit, I wasn't sure if I dreamed the whole thing this afternoon, because when I came back it was all gone.
-Emma Bibliophile
Anonymous 7 months ago
Hello all PI posters! I know this is off-topic but this Memorial Day weekend, what war films are war films worth watching? What are your personal favorites? I want to know what you all think. 
My personal favorite: Gettysburg. Not only is it an adaptation of one of the greatest novels ever, The Killer Angels. it fairly depict generals and men of both sides, showing them as men first and for most. Plus the battle scenes (Little Round Top and Picket's charge!) are wonderful reanactments, with no cgi.
-Emma Bibliophile
Big Mike 7 months ago
Hacksaw Ridge I think is one of the best war films ever made. although i haven't seen Saving Private Ryan I heard that's pretty great.
Anonymous 7 months ago
My favorite war movies are Hacksaw Ridge, Letters from Iwo Jima, Flags of Our Fathers, Saving Private Ryan, Schindler's List, We Were Soldiers, 13 Hours, Hotel Rwanda, All Quiet on the Western Front, and Windtalkers.
Julienne Dy 7 months ago
Okay, my biggest concern about flying cars is having to learn how to maneuver and land one.  Ugh, as if simply learning how to drive a car on a regular street wasn't hard enough.  I'm also scared of falling, so this just might be my bias showing.
Anonymous 7 months ago
You are funny. I am scared of falling too. And lol, it is way too hard to figure out normal driving without throwing flight into the mix.
-Emma Bibliophile
charitysplace 7 months ago
I consider canceling my Netflix subscription, then remember they bought the rights to Narnia. Gonna stick around for that. ;)

Needing therapy after a television show ends is a little extreme.

Stranger Things is AWESOME. I can't wait for its return and to see what shenanigans those lovely kids get into this season.
Anonymous 7 months ago
The Disney + thing could be  interesting. They might be coming with some live action Star Wars shows. I heard that it was a thing.
-Emma Bibliophile
Anonymous 7 months ago
Posted by First Comment Guy 

They are! The Mandalorian will be coming out this November!
Anonymous 7 months ago
This November!?! I hope it's good.
-Emma Bibliophile
Anonymous 7 months ago
Enough with Game of Thrones already. It is a waste of our screentime. As I have said multiple times, there is so much worthwhile fantasy in the world. I do enjoy GOT's score but that is it. 
-Emma Bibliophile
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Anonymous 7 months ago
I didn't say I watched it. I have said on this blog that I haven't watched it. I read the PI review and heard what others have said about it. I have listened to the score though, being a film score lover of stuff I haven't even watched. 
-Emma Bibliophile
Anonymous 7 months ago
Okay then you're judging something you know little to nothing about, and therefore nobody has to put any stock in your opinion. Thanks for sharing though.
B Evans 7 months ago
This reply is what Maisie Williams was talking about. Thank you for proving her point.
Anonymous 7 months ago
You are all right. l will shut up about it. 
-Emma Bibliophile