George R.R. Martin's Is Making A New HBO Show Called 'Captain Cosmos' & It Needs These Things

Hold onto your dragons, y'all. George R.R. Martin is developing another series for HBO — because apparently he wants to keep his fans waiting forever to get the final installments of A Song of Ice and Fire. Entertainment Weekly reported that the Game of Thrones source material creator is working on a brand-new project with writer Michael Cassut (Z Nation) titled Captain Cosmos. The details of the series are currently quite minimal, with the pitch just stating, “At the dawn of the age of TV in 1949, a visionary young writer creates a science fiction series that tells stories no one else will dare to tell.” By the sounds of it, the hero of the show its a Kurt Vonnegut-esque literary rebel — and based on that fact alone, I'd absolutely tune in.

Fans will obviously expect a certain level of fantasy in the work, considering Martin's flair for the other-wordly. Perhaps visually, we can see the sci-fi visions of the main character! (It's not like George R.R. Martin would work on something that takes place on plain old earth, c'mon.) Futhermore, I'm also interested in what exactly these, "stories no one else will dare to tell" really are. Is it some secret government secret, a la Roswell, or dark secrets from World War II?

Knowing George R. R. Martin... we probably won't know anytime soon. So, until then, let's think about what the show could include — here are all of the things Captain Cosmos really needs to have:

A Female Lead


Call me crazy, but a sci-fi writer could actually be portrayed by a woman. CRAZY IDEA, RIGHT? (No, no it's not. Bonus points if this show actually stars Jessica Chastain!)

More Nudity Balance

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Look, I'm not saying nudity is bad — quite the contrary, in fact! The last thing I want to do is shame anyone, because nudity is totally fine. However, there is somewhat of a problem when the nudity in a series lacks a balance — aka, more female nudity than male nudity — and when characters seem to just be taking their clothes off for no reason other than shock value. Give the nude scenes some semblance of balance, and we'll be OK.

A Cameo by Neil deGrasse Tyson


Am I right or am I right? I'm right.

Michelle Fairley and Sean Bean

I just really miss them, okay? Especially Sean Bean — the poor guy is killed off in every one of his projects!

Have Fewer Plots Going On, For the Love of Arya


Look, Game of Thrones is awesome, I get it: There are babes and studs in medieval-ish times fighting with dragons and giants! Men squish each other's eyeballs in! Every woman has a Princess Leia moment! It is the definition of fantasy. I try to keep track of everything as much as I can, but, I have to admit — sometimes, it gets hard to keep track of why the ice skeletons are around, what counts as Westeros, and whether or not everyone knows that Cersei and Jaime are a thing.

What I'm trying to say is that, sometimes, the abundance of plotlines is just too much. So, can we just stick to like two or three plotlines on Captain Cosmos — pretty please?

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