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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:

 

Melisandre stands before a spoiler warning

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

 

A water bottle sits underneath one of the council lord's legs during the meeting in GOT

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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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Why Jaime’s Character Arc in Season Eight Was So Disappointing

Jaime has come a long way from his early days on Game of Thrones. He began as a villain on the show, so devoted to an incestuous relationship with his sister, Cersei Lannister  that he did terrible things, such as pushing Bran Stark out a window, thus crippling the boy for life. But as the series progressed, he began to move down a path of redemption, growing as a person through his interactions with Brienne of Tarth and being further humbled through the loss of his hand. Jaime proved himself as a person capable of change, of growth, while Cersei doubled down on her own inner flaws and became a fully fledged tyrant. Both siblings began to drift apart, clearly showing Jaime as a fundamentally better person than Cersei (though that is not hard.) All signs pointed towards Jaime becoming a hero and this seemed to be confirmed in his last scene with Cersei in Season 7. Cersei had just been shown absolute proof that the White Walkers were real and coming to kill everyone in Westeros. She seemed to ally with Jon Snow and Daenerys to fight the oncoming threat but later revealed to Jaime that she was lying, hoping to weaken her enemies and claim the Iron Throne unopposed.

Jaime was horrified by this plan, so much so that he rode away from King’s Landing and joined with the forces of Winterfell this season. His arc seemed to be reaching a happy conclusion, especially with him and Brienne consummating their mutual attraction to each other.

Until, well, all that character development suddenly did a swan dive off a cliff.

 

Cersei and Jamie embrace in the burning ruins of King's Landing
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Jamie and Cersei’s relationship had clearly fractured, broken by the paths their mutual character development had taken them down. Jaime’s path had evolved naturally to make him a better person, which is why it was sudden and jarring when he appeared to do a 180. After bedding Brienne, suddenly and seemingly out of nowhere, Jaime left her in the middle of the night, told her how ‘hateful’ he was while claiming his devotion to Cersei, and rode off to be with her in King’s Landing. This could have been seen as perhaps a lie, a trick, or setting up for Jamie to even kill Cersei as had longed been hinted at but nope! In the latest episode of Game of Thrones, The Bells, Jamie dies in the arms of Cersei while claiming his love to her before they’re both buried in the collapse of the Red Keep.

This felt wrong. Jamie should not have returned to Cersei. Their relationship had naturally broken over the course of the series and for them to embrace each other as if nothing had ever happened between them, as if their mutual paths meant nothing, just feels like honestly a slap in the face. Jaime deserved so much better than what he got in the past few episodes, where he seemingly forgot all that he had learned, endured, and seen in favor of dying with the woman he had grown to hate. Perhaps this could have worked if more time had been devoted to showing why Jamie still loved Cersei, why he was willing to abandon his friends to go back to her, but thanks to the rather rushed pace of this season, it comes out of the blue and seems to ignore the character’s internal logic.

 

Jamie Lannister lies wounded on a rocky beach, faced covered with dust and blood
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Jamie’s arc had naturally pointed to him rising above his twisted beginnings and becoming a good man. And he almost did! But at the last minute, he just reversed back to his origins in Season 1. A lot of the characterizations in Season 8 have been rather wonky but Jamie’s especially stings, as it feels like the writers just chose to ignore his redemption arc for no real reason. Jamie keeps claiming he loves Cersei, even though we’ve seen that clearly isn’t the case anymore. But instead, he dies a rather pathetic death, buried under a pile of rocks with the woman who mere episodes ago he was disgusted by. It was an insulting end to one of the show’s best characters, especially one who had evolved so far and shown so much more depth than what he appeared to be at first glance.

What were your thoughts on Jamie’s characterization this season? Tell us in the comments!

 

 

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Stephen King Predicts ‘Game of Thrones’ Ending. Could He Be Right?

Some believe that a real master storyteller is a puppet master of plot twists, someone with plot threads knotted so tightly only he himself could untangle them. Others believe that effective storytelling can be a matter of inevitability: character arcs plummeting directly down into their most fateful conclusions—that it doesn’t ruin the story to see the dark tunnel into which a Walter White brand of hero-turned-villain is headed. Instead, it’s a matter of the getting there, not the beginning or the end but right in harrowing thick of it, the point at which characters make critical choices.

 

Spoilers incoming!

 

Game of Thrones has drawn some criticism this season for Danaerys Targaryen’s character arc; several trending Buzzfeed articles have lamented that the narrative appears to be making Dany into a villain, following in her father’s legacy of tyranny. (We can assume that this reaction to episode four specifically has to do with her seeming disregard for the innocents in the Red Keep—you know, the ones Cersei is using as human shields.)

 

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International sensation Stephen King also seems to think that Dany is hurtling towards a grim conclusion: her own death, a fate that we can assume awaits many of our favorites. But Dany has been a fan-favorite since the beginning, right along with Jon Snow. For countless episodes, fans have expected that either Jon or Dany would end up on the Iron Throne; their relationship then seemed to be the best possible outcome, a chance for BOTH desired outcomes to take place. But the King of horror seems to think it’ll be NEITHER.

 

 

Naturally, King drew some fire for this remark. Nobody wants their favorite characters to die, particularly because we all know we got lucky with “The Long Night.” (Now, of course, we know Brienne had to survive in order to break our hearts with her Jaime plot in episode 4.) But King fired back:

 

Who’s telling King he doesn’t know how to end a story, and can they please stop?

Of course, fans were quick to point out that if Tyrion were to sit on the Iron Throne, Sansa would likely join him in ruling over the Seven Kingdoms. Their conversation in the crypts during episode 3 serves to remind the audience that they were, in fact, still married (and, of course, to drench us in nostalgia for how simple things were once as the dead rise around them). To some extent, this makes sense: Sansa and Dany’s rivalry might make this a satisfying ending, and the show has been clearly demonstrating Sansa’s rise to power and ability to command respect.

Some think this would be a satisfying conclusion; a popular fan theory may be that Arya will kill Cersei using Jaime’s face, but Twitter has pointed out that Sansa (after dealing with Joffrey) may have more reason to hate Cersei. Other fans think King could be correct due to a line that could be foreshadowing. While many assumed that just woman would be Danaerys, ‘just’ may no longer be the right choice of words as her hunger for power has increasingly revealed itself.

 

Others are as jaded with Westerosi politics as they are with real politics.

 

 

We may not know what exactly will happen in the series’ penultimate episode, but we can be certain about at least one thing: no matter who ends up on the Iron Throne, it’s gonna be a f*cking brutal endeavor to get there.

 

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‘Game of Thrones’ Left a Starbucks Cup in Episode 4 and The Internet Is Loving It

There was a major mistake in Episode 4 of Game of Thrones last night and it’s a pretty hilarious one. During the big dinner scene in the episode as Tormund toasts Jon Snow, Daenerys sulks in the background, giving Jon the side eye for all the attention he’s getting. However, eagle eyed viewers noticed an unusual object in the background, right next to Daenerys. What was the object? Why, a modern day Starbucks coffee cup, all of things! The plastic looking thing stood out in contrast to the rustic, moodily lit surroundings of the Winterfell hall and although a little hard to spot, you can’t unsee it once you do.

See if you can spot the offending latte in this GIF below:

 

A GIF of Tormund toasting Jon Snow in the darkly lit interior of Winterfell as Daenerys sulks in the background next to a Starbucks cup, of all things.

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Naturally, the Internet reacted to this error with the usual storm of hilarious tweets and reactions. Here are some of the best ones below:

 

 

 

Oops! That was a considerable blooper, that’s for sure. Perhaps this was all part of a strange tie in deal with Starbucks! After all, who wouldn’t want to have a Starbucks cup that says this on it?

 

A Starbucks cup with all of Daenerys's titles from 'Game of Thrones' on it

 

It is always hilariously baffling when things like this happen, considering Game of Thrones’s massive production costs. Still, it provided many great laughs and memes from the fanbase. Did you catch the Starbucks mug in all its glory in this episode? What was your reaction to it? Let us know in the comments!

 

 

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