Game of Throneswent 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.
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HBO’s previous record holder for most watched was the final episode of The Sopranosback 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!
It’s official. After nine years, eight seasons, and five books with two more to come, we finally have an answer to who wins the Game of Thrones. The answer: no one. The Iron Throne is melted by Drogon, leaving only molten iron behind. What happens to the Seven Kingdoms? Well, they are now six kingdoms ruled by Bran the Broken, while Sansa Stark rules the North as an independent nation.
Sansa began the series as the girl who just wanted to be queen. She wanted to marry Joffrey and have baby princes and princesses. The match was made between Robert Baratheon and Ned Stark, and Sansa took this betrothal very seriously. She lied for Joffrey instead of telling the truth for her sister, and she was always by Joffrey’s side when she needed to be. But throughout the series, Sansa develops into a strong, independent, not-to-be-messed-with character in her own right.
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In an interview with Entertainment Weekly, Turner said of Sansa’s fate, “I wasn’t bummed at all…She knows her place is in the North and she can rule the people of the North and rule Winterfell.” After watching her father beheaded in front of all of King’s Landing, Sansa no longer cared about ruling. She didn’t want to be queen, and she didn’t want to marry Joffrey. She just wanted to go home to Winterfell, something that will take her another four seasons, two husbands, and much worse than Joffrey Baratheon.
She was a favorite to end up as the occupant of the Iron Throne, despite the fact that she didn’t necessarily want it. Turner believes Sansa would definitely have been capable of ruling seven (now six) kingdoms, especially with the help of wise advisors like Tyrion, but we believe she will be much happier home in Winterfell.
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.
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.)
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.
Suppose–just suppose, now–that Jon and Dani BOTH died (along with Cersei, of course). Suppose–just suppose–that a certain little man with a big heart ended up sitting on the Iron Throne?
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:
Of course for years some people have told me I don’t know how to end a story. I call bullshit on that, but everyone has an opinion.
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.
“What if the Seven Kingdoms, for once in their whole shit history, were ruled by a just woman and an honorable man.”
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.
There was a major mistake in Episode 4 of Game of Throneslast 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:
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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:
1. After last week's #GameOfThrones, the cinematographer had to fight off criticism that it was too dark and people couldn't see.
2. So this week he inserts an offending Starbucks cup into dark scene.
Felt like a failure today but then I saw that dozens of production and post-production crew failed to see that a Starbucks cup was left in a Game Of Thrones shot from their third to last episode ever & now I feel better.
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?
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!
It’s Thirsty Thursday, and Bookstr is bringing you Booze & Books, our newest weekly feature dedicated to drinking games and booze-book pairings. Since this week is in honor of the Game of Thrones TV show, we’ve got one major recommendation: a shitload of booze. This post is dark and full of spoilers, so don’t continue if you haven’t gotten a chance to endure episode 3. The battle’s lighting may be dim, but don’t worry: we’re about to get LIT.
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Listen, sometimes you have to just drink and know things. For instance, you KNOW that at least one of your faves is going to die by the end of Season 8… if they haven’t already. (Pour one out for Lyanna Mormont.) And you KNOW that, if you drink for every on-screen death, you’ll be as dead as George R. R. Martin’s characters. So, let’s stick with the following rules and show a tad more temperance than Cersei, shall we? Read up & drink up, keeping in mind that many of these rules are based upon popular online theories of things that could happen to our protagonists (let’s not call them all heroes). By the end of this list, these pages won’t be the only thing turnt.
Remember: drink responsibly and read voraciously!
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TAKE A DRINK IF…
There is further tension between Dany and Sansa
Dany wins the majority of the credit for defeating the Night King (as it appears in the episode 4 trailer)
Jon and Dany are incredibly awkward around each other…