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‘Game of Thrones’ Finale Sets Ratings Record for HBO

Game of Thrones went out on a high mark, at least in terms of ratings. The finale episode drew in an audience of 19.3 million episode across HBO’s various platforms, according to BuzzFeed. The new record beat the previous episode, The Bells, which had already set a huge high mark with 18.4 million ratings. The impressive overnight ratings showed that television is still a huge and valid form of entertainment, drawing in millions of viewers if the show is big enough.

 

Sansa sitting on her new throne as Queen of the North

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HBO’s previous record holder for most watched was the final episode of The Sopranos back in 2002, which drew in a then massive audience of 13.4 million. But Game of Thrones has blown that out of the water with nearly every episode this season. Each episode, accounting for streaming and rewatching, has drawn in an average audience of over 44 million viewers! Whoa! That’s massive! HBO must be sad to see the series reaching its conclusion considering the high amount of viewers the season has drawn in but thankfully for both them and fans, more Game of Thrones spinoffs are on the horizon. It remains to be seen in these spinoffs will draw in Game of Throne’s massive fanbase and hold a candle to their parent show but with the established huge audience for the show, anything is possible.

In any case, the final season is a huge milestone for HBO and indeed, TV in general! Congratulations to Game of Thrones!

 

 

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Not Again! A Water Bottle Showed Up in the Final Episode of ‘Game of Thrones’

Oh boy, it happened again! As a reminder, in episode 4 of this final season of Game of Thrones, a modern coffee cup was spotted next to Daenerys during the big feast scene in The Last of the Starks. A flood of memes and jokes soon followed, with HBO confirming the coffee cup was a total blunder on their part and had it removed from later airings of the episode in question. It appeared this was a once in a lifetime thing, a mistake that would never happen again but…well…it did!

We’ll get into a discussion about it below but first:

 

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So, where did the water bottle appear? Let’s see…

 

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Yep, there it is. The water bottle in question appears where Tyrion, after being held by the Unsullied for several weeks following Jon’s murder of Daenerys, tries to appeal to the newly formed council to elect Bran Stark as their new king. It’s a quick shot but you can spot the plastic water bottle around the 46:19 mark, proudly propped up behind Samwell Tarly’s leg.

Now, of course, this water bottle showing up wasn’t as bad as the clearly displayed coffee cup from episode 4 but still, it’s kind of mind boggling that they made this mistake make AGAIN, especially with how easy it should’ve been for the production team to catch and digitally erase, considering how swiftly the offending coffee cup was taken care of.

Luckily, the Twitter reactions are pretty hilarious and help us in this trying time.

 

 

Did you catch the water bottle? How crazy is it that the production team keeps missing all these mistakes? Tell us your thoughts in the comments! And stay hydrated! Samwell certainly is.

 

 

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George R.R. Martin Reveals ‘Game of Thrones’ Spinoffs Are Moving Ahead

All things come to an end. In just a little over two weeks, the biggest tv show in the world will bow out at long last. Doubtlessly, the fanbase will be in tears and we’re extremely sad to see it go but also praying it has the ending we’ve all been hoping for. However, it appears that Game of Thrones content won’t come to an end so quickly and in fact, a whole wave of GOT media will be coming our way very soon!

According to the Huffington Post , George R.R. Martin has revealed plans are in place for the ‘successor shows’ to Game of Thrones and that they are moving ahead quite quickly. The shows will hit HBO in the next couple of years and the programming president hopes they live up to the tremendous high bar set by Game of Thrones. Martin further update fans via his personal blog, revealing several salivating details about the upcoming set of spinoffs!

 

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Martin said:

“The one I am not supposed to call THE LONG NIGHT will be shooting later this year, and two other shows remain in the script stage, but are edging closer. What are they about? I cannot say. But maybe some of you should pick up a copy of FIRE & BLOOD and come up with your own theories.”

Based on Martin’s statement, it appears the first spinoff in the works will be perhaps a prequel centered on the White Walkers, detailing their possibly origins and the first ‘Long Night’ that has become myth for the characters in the present era of Game of Thrones. Fire & Bloodmeanwhile, details the history of House Targaryan, centered around the era of Aegon and his descendants at the height of their power. Both spinoffs sound very exciting, filling in the gaps of Game of Throne’s detailed history and providing more context for how their events effect the characters today.

Furthermore, it is been revealed that none of the characters from the main show will be in the spinoffs, showcasing that they will be centered around a new cast. However, creators have revealed that the cast will feature ‘strong’ men and women, an ensemble as in the model of the parent show. One star has been announced to appear in The Long Night show, Naomi Watts, although the role she is supposed to play has not been revealed yet. But we’re very excited to see a spinoff chronicling the first clash between humanity and the white walkers. Maybe we’ll even see the origin of the Night King!

Are you looking forward to the eventual spinoffs? What are some ideas you can think of for potential successor shows? And are you sad to see the main show come an end? Let us know!

 

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A Look at the ‘Game of Thrones’ Premiere Red Carpet

Last night marked the beginning of the end for the HBO hit series Game of Thrones.

The adaptation of George R. R. Martin’s A Song of Ice And Fire started back in 2011, and last night the cast, the crew, and everyone involved in creating the television series came together to enjoy the premiere of the 8th and final season and celebrate in red carpet, Hollywood style.

George R. R. Martin himself was there as well, hopefully actually enjoying the event instead of worrying about finishing Winds of Winter. (Please dear god, let the rumors be true!)

 

 

Among many press figures, The Hollywood Reporter was there and got the scoop on who attended, what the event was like, and how everyone reflected on the premiere in their own way.

If you’re interested in reading all about The Hollywood Reporter‘s red carpet exclusive, definitely give it a read!

It was an awesome event that revealed the thoughts and feelings of the incredibly talented people behind our beloved show Game of Thrones.

 

The Mother of Dragons, Emilia Clarke, felt all over place about being at the premiere.

 

This is bonkers. I feel great, and weird, and strange.

-Emilia Clarke (Danaerys Targariyan)

 

Emilia Clarke's Daenerys Targaryen believes she's destined for the Iron Throne, but she has more pressing matters heading into the final season: surviving the war against the Night King with her two remaining dragons intact.

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Maybe she’d be a little more together if security let her bring her “children” with her.

The all-seeing Third Eyed Raven, Isaac Hempstead Wright, couldn’t see enough to believe he was at the final season premiere.

 

I have to be honest; I’m slightly overwhelmed at the moment…I’m usually pretty good at these events! We’ve done so many, that we’ve gotten used to doing the press lines. But this? This one is something else. There must be something in the air.

-Isaac Hempstead Wright (Bran Stark)

 

The Three-Eyed Raven sees all and knows all, but Isaac Hempstead Wright is keeping the final secrets of Game of Thrones close to the vest. Still, expect Bran Stark to play a crucial role in the endgame, especially when it comes to taking on the Night King directly.

 

 

I guess even when you have seen the end, it’s still shocking to live through it.

Wright also added “It’s quite hard to understate the legacy of Game of Thrones…It’s literally changed the face of television forever.”

Lovable and wise, Liam Cunningham took in the beauty and excitement of the big city, and appreciated being there for the premiere.

 

I was driving over in the car, looking out the window on my way over here, arriving in the middle of the madness…I thought to myself: New York really is the capital of the world. It’s the wonderful, diverse melting pot of madness. It’s gorgeous, this town. Where else should we have the closing of the book than here in the Big Apple?

-Liam Cunningham (Sir Davos Seaworth)

 

Few Game of Thrones characters are more salt-of-the-earth than Liam Cunningham as Davos, whose everyman status might be enough to keep him alive through the final six episodes.

 

 

Cunningham did have this to say in reflection of the series finale…

When people have talked about the magnificent television that’s come up over the years, from The Wire to Breaking Bad to Mad Men [and beyond], each of them raised the bar a little bit as far as what’s achievable, what’s good, what’s clever, what’s unpatronizing. I would like to think that if we have a legacy at all, it’s that we pushed the bar up a little higher. Hopefully, in the not too distant future, somebody will push that bar even higher.

-Liam Cunningham (Sir Davos Seaworth)

 

With all those beautiful words of clever artistry, maybe Sir Davos will write a book of his own too. If he survives the war with the White Walkers that is.

Joe Dempsie had the time of his life reuniting, and in some cases first meeting, with the cast who have become like family.

 

As a fan of the show, it’s amazing…The remarkable thing about a show like Game of Thrones and the size of this cast is that there are some people you never meet. You’re often ships in the night. Like, I never met Mark Addy until yesterday. I was like, ‘Where the hell have you been, pops?’

-Joe Dempsie (Gendry)

 

After three seasons sitting on the bench, Joe Dempsie's Gendry finally returned in season seven. Now that he's back, what does the future hold for the last surviving heir to House Baratheon? Could a future on the Iron Throne be in the cards?

 

 

If only we could have seen that parental meeting in the show.

The roaring, alcohol-loving King Robert, spoke with great humility and pride at the premiere.

 

This is something we started eleven years ago — because, of course, we shot the pilot the year before we shot season one proper…It’s been a long journey, and it’s amazing to feel like you’re part of a family. [HBO has] really been gracious, allowing us guys who died off early to be a part of this, and to be respected as part of the creative team. It’s remarkable.

-Mark Addy (Robert Baratheon)

 

As King Robert Baratheon, Mark Addy was among the first major series regulars to leave Game of Thrones, a death that signaled a shifting political landscape still felt throughout Westeros.

 

 

King Robert may have lost the throne, but at least Mark Addy won a family in the end.

The proud lion who fought for legacy himself, Charles Dance spoke of the legacy that Game of Thrones would leave.

 

It raised the bar to a phenomenal height…I hope it provokes other production companies to maintain that level. HBO has spent money in the right way on this show. Every successive season, they said they were going to make it bigger and better. The bar has gone up and up and up. It’s fantastic.

-Charles Dance (Tywin Lannister)

 

The ruthless Tywin Lannister (Charles Dance) may have died several seasons ago at the hands of his own son, but his cold and calculated legacy still lives on in the form of his daughter Cersei (Lena Headey), ruling on the Iron Throne.

 

 

If only he had shown the same humility before be died on the John.

The author himself had some words to share as well.

 

I don’t think it should be the final season, but here we are.

-George R. R. Martin

 

Author George R.R. Martin, the man who first brought Westeros to life, remains committed to closing out A Song of Ice and Fire, the novel series on which Thrones is based. The sixth of seven planned entries, The Winds of Winter, will be the first book released in the series since 2011's A Dance With Dragons. It does not yet have a publish date.

 

Maybe you wouldn’t have to say that George if you would’ve just, oh I don’t know, finish the book series earlier!

Oh who am I kidding, I can’t stay mad at you. We all love you Martin. No “Shame, shame, shame” memes needed.

Everyone seems to have their own emotional reactions and epiphanies in regard to the end of Game of Thrones. It’s amazing that a television series could have an impact on so many people, and it’s only just begun!

Looking forward to all the reactions from the fans as we all experience the final season on Game of Thrones, starting April 14th 9pm.

 

 

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7 Things to Look Forward to in ‘Game of Thrones’ Season 8

There is only a month to go until the Game of Thrones’ Season 8 premiere, and there are countless theories, teasers, clues and speculation about what’s to come.

But of course, since this is Game of Thrones we’re talking about, there’s nothing hinting that a happy ending is in store!

 

 

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Here’s everything so look forward to for Game of Thrones Season Finale!

 

  1. This season might break you.

Actress Maisie Williams, who plays Arya Stark said in an interview with Entertainment Weekly, “There are moments you’re just broken down as a human and just want to cry.”

 

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And we thought the series up to now was hard to swallow, but it seems like this season finale will end with a bit of heartbreak for all of us watching!

 

2. Jon Snow will learn the truth about his lineage.

 

In a Twitter post by James Hibberd, Entertainment Weekly’s Editor, Kit Harrington is quoted revealing that the ice and fire power couple (Daenerys and Jon) will learn the shocking truth about one another.

 

 

We’ll just have to see if dating your Aunt/Nephew is a deal breaker for either of them. And speaking of deal breakers, there’s Jaimie Lannister, who left Cersei Lannister in order to uphold his promise in aiding the North in the battle against the White Walkers.

 

3. Jaimie Lannister finally breaking away from Cersei Lannister.

 

Cersei and Jamie Lannister

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While some fans may see this as his breakup with his sister (which will always be a cringeworthy topic for everyone), actor Nikolaj Coster-Waldau feels differently. In an interview with Indie Wire Coster-Walder says:

I think that you never finish with your family even if you want to…for Jaimie…[h]e’ll never be able to not have Cersei be a part of what makes him what he is.

 

Chances are Jaimie and Cersei will cross paths again, as to what their relationship will be at that point is still a big question. A lot of paths crossing will be taking place in Season 8 as well.

 

4. Allies and Enemies will finally share screen time.

 

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Director David Nutter has revealed that “there’s one scene where there’s so many of them together it feels like you’re watching a superhero movie.” Does this mean that new alliances will be formed? Will petty disputes finally be put to the side? Or perhaps there will be more drama!

(I’d put my money on the drama.)

 

5. Another intense battle like “Battle of the Bastards” will take place.

 

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Emmy winner Miguel Sapochnik, who directed the episode “Battle of the Bastards”, as well as the episode “Hardhome”, was brought in to create a nonstop battle between the show’s heroes and the Army of the Dead.

According to Entertainment Weekly in their First Look at Season 8, the battle is described as “unprecedented and relentless”

 

6. We Will Find Out Who Will Claim The Iron Throne.

 

Hyping up the premiere, HBO put out the Ad Campaign #ForTheThrone. It’s been the question that everyone alludes back to for the end of the series, both for the show and the book. More recently, HBO shared a post on Instagram giving every main character a few seconds of time on the throne.

 

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No clues have been given as to who will win in the end. Unfortunately we will have to sit, watch, and find out for ourselves.

 

7. Your favorite characters will probably die.

 

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At this point we have to accept this one, whether we like it or not. It’s what this series has been built on: tragic, and shocking, character deaths.

Every character is in danger. For crying out loud, even Sansa might be getting battle armor!

And let’s not forget Arya’s quest for revenge! That may either end in success or death for the young Stark.

 

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So remember to keep spare boxes of Kleenex close by, and a good glass of wine helps too.

 

Cersei Lannister "more wine"

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Then there’s the even more pressing question that’s on every fans mind! Even more important than who claims the Iron Throne! Is Tormund alive?!

 

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Ok, maybe that’s just me and it’s not the “big question” that everyone wants answered. But that question and many more will be answered starting April 14th!

 

Winter is almost here.

 

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