And that means I remember a time when a series like GoT could have been the love child of I Love Lucy, All in the Family, and Roots, and it STILL wouldn't have gotten an Emmy. Hell, it wouldn't even have been financed. And a bunch of Entourage types in Italian suits would have rolled their eyes if you'd dared to suggest it.
In the last thirty years, an amazing thing has happened - science fiction, fantasy and graphic novels have been mainstreamed. When I was in college, I would have bet heavy money that this was as likely as, well, as likely as a Columbia grad being elected president. (Yeah, I'm looking at you, Barry.)
There are a dozen different reasons and people responsible, from Star Wars to Frank Miller's reinvention of Batman as "the Dark Knight" to the way video games grew exponentially in power while adopting F/SF themes and tropes.The dam finally burst, I think, when Peter Jackson brought LOTR to the screen. Money is legitimacy in Hollywood, and F/SF had finally, finally made enough money. (Never mind the mega-millions it had been raking in, one way or another, for years.) I may be the only person in America who remembers Ralph Bakshi's brave, doomed early attempt with The Fellowship of the Ring.
There's a lot to talk about on the topic, positive and negative. We'll be coming back to this subject, oh yes, like indieprods to Comic-Con.