Yesterday, we heard about how director David Petrarca, who helmed a couple of episodes of Game of Thrones‘ second season, told a writers’ festival at the University of Western Australia that illegal downloads don’t matter because they help create a “cultural buzz” that propels a series to greater success. “That’s how [shows] survive,” he said.
Naturally, Petrarca today walks back those comments.
“I am 100 percent, completely and utterly against people illegally downloading anything. Nobody wins by illegally downloading content,” he told Sydney Morning Herald.
I’m not sure that invalidates Petrarca’s earlier comments. How many millions have HBO made from DVDs and Blu-rays of Game of Thrones? I imagine it’s probably a safe bet that not everyone who watches Thrones on a weekly basis run out and buy them on disc, and it’s also highly unlikely that people would just plunk down $30-$40 on a box set they have no idea that they’re going to like, at least not before sampling the goods. Thrones is one of the most downloaded series online after all, the two are undoubtedly related.
Compromise? Well, HBO does have HBO GO, a streaming service for those who subscribe to HBO already. But it that practical given that fewer and fewer people want to shell out for cable? Food for thought.
While I’m still basking in a warm glow of dragonfire from that Season 3 trailer, there’s a few Game of Thrones bit and bobs we can update you on. We’ve still got weeks of waiting, did you have anything better to do? Thought not. Anyway, the title for episode 23 will be “Walk of Punishment.” Why they’re numbered as if it’s all one giant season is beyond me, and still no title for either episode 21, or episode 22.
And there’s been a change to the title of episode 27, the one written by George R.R. Martin. Originally it was titled “Autumn Storms,” then it was changed to “Chains,” and now it seems it’s been altered again. Martin wouldn’t divulge the new title when he announced it was again changed o his blog, but he provided the hint, “I lost a title, but gained a song.” Hmm, what could that mean?
Some are thinking the new title could be “The Rains of Castamere” as that song has already been introduced in the series and it’s extremely significant to events that will likely serve as the climax of Season 3. But if that’s the case, episode 27 would be a little too early for that. Winter is Coming suggest the song could be “The Bear and the Maiden Fair,” and I think it’s a better fit. Plus, it makes my Dany/Jorah shipper heart flutter.
As we desperately count the days until Game of Thrones returns on March 31st, HBO is about to release a Season 2 recap video which will include extra interview footage to HBO On Demand beginning March 9th. You can check out a littler teaser below, and yes, I too found Dany’s face in the video’s freeze frame to be hilarious.
Lastly, you probably heard that Game of Thrones was the most pirated show of 2012. And you were shocked, I’m sure. Turns out one of the series’ directors, David Petrarca (“Garden of Bones” “The Ghost of Harrenhal”) doesn’t really give a shit that you illegally downloaded his episodes, or any of the episodes. At the recent Perth’s Writers Festival when the topic of piracy came up this was his response, according to Sydney Morning Herald,
But Petrarca shrugged and said the illegal downloads did not matter because such shows thrived on “cultural buzz” and capitalised on the social commentary they generated.
“That’s how they survive,” he told the crowd gathered at the University of Western Australia.
He said HBO alone had 26 million subscribers in the US and 60 million worldwide, which meant there was plenty of money filtering in and allowing the channel to produce high quality content despite any illegal downloading.
I like to think of piracy as a sign people are frustrated by paying for things they don’t like. At least, that’s how I view it. I’ll obtain a show through whatever means I can, watch it, and if I like it enough I’ll buy it when it’s released on Blu-ray. That’s exactly how it went down for Game of Thrones Season 2, and I feel confidant I’ll do the same for Season 3. That is, if the piracy police aren’t already tracking me down. And maybe I’m relying too much on the honor system, expecting most people to eventually purchase what they’ve illegally obtained. What do you think?