ITV’s ‘Blatant Rip Off’ Of Game Of Thrones Ripped Apart On Twitter

by : Tom Percival on : 04 Jan 2016 15:36

Fans of high fantasy weren’t pleased with ITV’s latest adaptation of Beowulf, calling it a rip off of Game of Thrones.


ITV had hoped their new adaptation of Beowulf would be a huge hit but, unfortunately, its similar tone and themes has seen it branded a “blatant rip-off” of the hugely popular fantasy series.

Beowulf: Return to the Shieldlands, stars Kieran Bew as the hero and is inspired by the oldest English epic. The series is intended to run for over 13 episodes, and cost a massive £17 million to produce.

The show was, a bit ambitiously, touted as a rival to ‘Thrones’ but many viewers didn’t take to it, describing it as “disappointing” and took to twitter to vent their frustration.

On Twitter, people were typically blunt and to the point…


And they weren’t afraid to point out the series’ flaws…

The public certainly didn’t hold back in their criticism…


This is probably a bit harsh…

Basically, people really don’t like this show…


This may be my favourite comment…

The costumes were good though…


Others pointed out the musical similarities…

Not everyone was critical…

While others reminded each other that Game of Thrones was a slow-burn as well…


The main points of criticism seem to be the unrealistic battles and dodgy CGI.

Bew, 35, told The Mirror he was confident that Beowulf would be “thrilling entertainment” for all the family to enjoy.

Game of Thrones will return for season six in the spring when the storyline will finally overtake George RR Martin’s books for the first time, after he failed to meet his October deadline for the book.

Tom Percival

More of a concept than a journalist, Tom Percival was forged in the bowels of Salford University from which he emerged grasping a Masters in journalism. Since then his rise has been described by himself as ‘meteoric’ rising to the esteemed rank of Social Editor at UNILAD as well as working at the BBC, Manchester Evening News, and ITV. He credits his success to three core techniques, name repetition, personality mirroring, and never breaking off a handshake.

Topics: Film and TV


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