[..] Where can the show go from there? [..] It’s an improbable success story. How do you explain it?
Brother, you got me. I’m not quite sure. My own personal feeling is that the world was so specific. I remember when I was studying acting many years ago, that George Bernard Shaw said, “The writer writes for himself, and the world overhears it.” In history, when you write a story — whether it’s television, film, a novel — if your world is very specific, you then have great general overtones. You create themes. Look at the shows that have done that and made it and continue with rich worlds and rich characters. You can go in so many directions. I’m thinking of Game of Thrones, for instance. It can only happen because the world itself is so specific. That’s my only hunch about it. It’s also, on a simplistic level … it was escapism, if you’ll pardon the pun. It was about escapism, which we all need a bit of right now.
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