Valar Morghulis

For nearly 5 and a half years, I have lived and breathed Game of Thrones. Not a day went by that I didn’t think of the show in some way. Not a day went by that I didn’t read the comments on this site, scroll through the mentions on our Twitter, read my email inbox and ponder what, if any, posts we could make that day. And after 5 and a half years, I am ready for a break. That is why I have decided to step down as editor of WinterIsComing.net, effective today.

Taking my place will be both a familiar, but fresh face. Zack Luye, creator and host of the Game of Owns podcast, will take over as site editor. I have worked closely with Zack for the better part of a year and feel he is the perfect candidate to take up leadership of this site and this community. He is passionate about Thrones, he knows what it takes to produce great content, and, most importantly, he has the site and the community’s best interests at heart.

All the rest of the WiCnet writers you know and love will remain. So in effect, the site won’t change much, if at all. You’ll still get Ours is the Fury’s amazing ability to uncover every single casting on the show, FaB’s crazy Twitter recaps and Hear Me Roar’s love of anything that has to do with numbers and graphs. And, of course, Oz will provide his Unsullied take on everything.

And you won’t be completely rid of me! I’ll still be coming here and commenting regularly, I am sure. I will probably pop on GOO from time-to-time to give my thoughts on the latest episode or trailer or bit of casting news. I may even write an article or two, if the mood strikes. But as far as the day-to-day running of the site, I’m no longer responsible for that.

And I’m excited about that! I’m excited to just be a fan again. Just to sit back and watch the show each week will be a lot of fun. To get to read the latest news and rumors, without having to worry about who is going to post it on the site will be refreshing.

And I’m excited about where Zack will take WiCnet next. I know he has some great ideas, that you all will hopefully hear about in the coming months. I can’t wait to see the site continue to evolve and solidify its place as the number one source for Game of Thrones news.

I’d like to thank all the people who have helped me make this site what it is today. The writers, of course, for all their hard work in authoring posts and helping moderate the comments. To HBO, for recognizing the site early on and including us in their publicity and promotion for this show. To George R. R. Martin, who’s mention of us way back in the beginning really helped get us going and put us on the map in the ASOIAF community. And to you all, the readers, for visiting the site faithfully and for reading and discussing everything Thrones. Without you all, I probably would have stopped long, long ago. Your interest, your excitement and your feedback have made it all worth it. So thank you!

And with that, I will sign off. It’s been a fun five plus years. I’m looking forward to enjoying the next five as a reader and follower!

-Phil aka Winter

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