One would imagine George R.R. Martin would have a particular bias at next year's Golden Globes, considering Game of Thrones, the HBO series based off of his novels, is nominated once again for best drama series. But his favorite to win the category this year? In an unexpected twist befitting for either show, he's putting his proverbial bets on fellow HBO series Westworld. Martin shared his thoughts Wednesday on his personal blog, saying that he's happy to see two HBO series represented among the list of five nominees.
"I'm thrilled that to see that both Game of Thrones and Westworld have been nominated for the big prize," Martin writes. "Though Westworld is going to be some tough competition. (In fact, I would figure [Westworld] for the favorite)."
Now, Martin isn't saying that he prefers Westworld to Game of Thrones per se, just noting his expectation as to which series will take the Globe. His blog post focuses on a larger point about the quality of sci-fi television in 2016, noting that another exceptional entrant in the best drama category is Netflix's Stranger Things — a sci-fi series featuring loads of '80s nostalgia and Eggos, as well as a faceless monster from a parallel dimension.
"As a science fiction and fantasy geek, I am also delighted to see that Stranger Things made the list," Martin wrote. "Three out of five finalists being genre shows... and during this golden age of television... is another sign of just how far we've come."
In short: He's right. We're in the Golden Age of Television, yes (at this point, basically Golden Age 2.0) — and the quality of TV sci-fi extends beyond the Golden Globe entrants. There's Syfy's The Expanse, one of 2016's most pleasant surprises, as well as USA's flawed-but-promising Colony. Plus, Black Mirror returned on Netflix to remind us all how horrible we are.
This is important, too, considering we're two shortened seasons away from Game of Thrones ending its run. We'll be sad to see it go, but in its stead, there are plenty of great sci-fi series to hold us over — even just on HBO. What a time to be alive as a self-professed geek.