While I was reading your Game of Thrones issue in a restaurant, no fewer than six people came up to me and commented on their love of the show. Thanks, James Hibberd and Ian Derry, for capturing in words and pictures the sheer joy this series gives me! Bring on the dragons!
Clash of the GoT Covers
The warriors of Game of Thrones aren’t merely competing for control of Westeros — they’re also battling for EW cover domination! We recently conducted a poll on EW.com to see which of our four covers — Tyrion, Daenerys, Jon Snow, and Cersei/Jaime — slayed the competition. Did your favorite emerge victorious?
18% Jon Snow
Although I don’t consider New Girl the greatest new series of the season, I still enjoyed your article on the show. Zooey Deschanel’s ”adorkability” has gotten rather tiresome by now, so I’m glad that the powers that be are trying to downplay it.
What draws viewers to New Girl’s Jess is her childlike enthusiasm for life in a world where others are so guarded. Liz Meriwether, this is the Jess you created and should have no apologies for, an openhearted woman who is completely unpretentious, funny, creative, genuine, and courageous in her vulnerability (sounds like a feminist to me!).
Thank you for your article on Natasha Lyonne. She’s been practically invisible over the past few years, and now we know why. America has reembraced much less talented actors who’ve behaved much worse (hello, Charlie Sheen), and I hope we see much more of her in the future.
Walking Dead Comes to Life
Jess Cagle’s statement that The Walking Dead could be ”the greatest thriller ever produced for television” is a very bold, and true, statement (Editor’s Note). The TV viewing audience is a lot smarter than we’re given credit for. We know a cheap thrill from the real thing, and have been longing for the latter since the departure of 24. I wouldn’t bat an eyelash if I had to pay to see The Walking Dead on the big screen. But with writing this brilliant, who needs to go to the multiplex?
While I appreciated David Fincher’s The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo, I don’t think Rooney Mara’s portrayal of Lisbeth was better than Noomi Rapace’s (DVD). The addition of emotion to the character was a nice touch, but to me Lisbeth will always be an emotionally void badass.
Far From Beloved
Another movie flop of note (News and Notes)? Oprah Winfrey’s Beloved. Despite an aggressive marketing campaign, it was beaten in its opening weekend by Bride of Chucky.
E-Reading Made Easy
I subscribed to EW on my Nook Color because every issue takes advantage of my e-reader’s unique capabilities. I love that some of your content is interactive and designed just for the e-reader/tablet user — it’s a fun surprise to see which infographic you’ve tweaked for device readers. Thanks for taking extra time to make your e-version a great reading experience for subscribers.