Game of Thrones is Reddit’s Second Most Popular TV Show of 2018—Despite No New Episodes

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HBO

Unless you live under a rock, you're at the very least familiar with Game of Thrones. The acclaimed HBO show, based on George RR Martin's A Song of Ice and Fire book series, has won countless Emmy Awards and has gained an extremely large fan base since its debut in 2011.

So it comes as no surprise that the series landed a spot on Reddit's most popular shows list for 2018. Coming in at number two, the only reason the series didn't take the top spot probably has something to do with the fact that there weren't even any new episodes to air this year.

That means 2018 has been filled with Game of Thrones fan theories, interviews with the cast (who could barely speak about the series' final season for fear of giving away spoilers), and obsessively re-watching the older seasons.

"Entertainment is huge on Reddit, with redditors being among the most passionate television fans on the Internet," the platform writes. "Each year, redditors have made r/GameofThrones a popular destination to discuss current episodes of the show. With no new season airing in 2018, we saw the community lose its title as the No. 1 most popular television subreddit for the first time since 2011. However, with the final season airing next year, we predict engagement to outpace that of years’ past in 2019."

Getting beat out by RuPaul's Drag Race at 8.8 million unique comments, Game of Thrones still brought in a hefty 7.7 million uniques. Following the HBO series is Rick and Morty, Westworld, and Stranger Things.

It's Official: Benedict Cumberbatch Is Confirmed for Doctor Strange Sequel

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Marvel Studios

Just when Marvel fans began focusing all of their attention on poring over even the tiniest details in the Avengers: Endgame trailer, Marvel has announced that a Doctor Strange sequel is officially happening.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Scott Derrickson will return to the director’s chair, and although he co-wrote the first film alongside Jon Spaihts and C. Robert Cargill, no writer has been announced for the second outing yet.

Benedict Cumberbatch will, of course, reprise his role as Dr. Stephen Strange, and Benedict Wong will be returning as Wong. Industry insiders suspect Rachel McAdams will be back as Strange’s love interest, Dr. Christine Palmer, but no formal announcement has been made.

We last saw Doctor Strange earlier this year in Avengers: Infinity War, where he sadly disintegrated into dust at the hands of Thanos’s snap. As most fan theories believe, many of our favorite superheroes will be brought back to life in Avengers: Endgame, which will be the next time we see Cumberbatch’s character. Although his appearance in Avengers: Endgame might only be through flashbacks, and Doctor Strange 2 could still take place before Infinity War, it’s not likely.

Sources say production is being eyed for a spring 2020 start, with a suspected release date around spring 2021. But a lot can happen between now and then, especially depending on what Avengers: Endgame reveals.

George RR Martin Swears He'll Finish The Winds of Winter—He Just Won't Say When

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Rich Polk, Getty Images for IMDb

It would be an understatement to say Game of Thrones fans are in a bit of distress right now. For one, we have the eighth and final season of the HBO series, which will premiere in April, looming over us. At the same time, we’re scrambling to gather any information we can about the Game of Thrones prequel series. But above all, we’re waiting for George RR Martin to finish The Winds of Winter, the next novel in his A Song of Ice and Fire series, which inspired the beloved TV show.

The Winds of Winter has been particularly difficult for Martin to finish, according to the acclaimed author. In order to keep active, he has focused his efforts on other projects, such as his recently released companion book Fire and Blood. This perceived procrastination hasn't sat well with his fans—some of whom are convinced we will never see his ending to the story.

Martin has heard all the complaints, and took to his blog on December 10 to give an update on the novel that fans have been awaiting for more than seven years, writing:

"[M]y thanks go out to my fans and readers. I know you want WINDS, and I am going to give it to you ... but I am delighted that you stayed with me for [the new book Fire & Blood] as well. Your patience and unflagging support means the world to me. Enjoy the read. Me, I am back in my fortress of solitude, and back in Westeros. It won’t be tomorrow, and it won’t be next week, but you will get the end of A SONG OF ICE AND FIRE."

While there's no reason to doubt the veracity of Martin's promise, fans are understandably still skeptical. After The Winds of Winter, there’s still one more novel, A Dream of Spring, to close out the story. At this point, we’re probably better off counting down the days until Game of Thrones's final season premieres ... or the prequel series.

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