Game of Thrones returns for final season

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Winter has finally come, after eight years.

“Game of Thrones” is finally coming to an end. The critically acclaimed TV show has been running on HBO for seven seasons now. So far, “GoT” has won 307 awards according to IMDb. Also, “GoT” is ranked No. 3 on IMDb for top TV shows.

Its fan base has consistently grown. Season 1 averaged 2.52 million viewers. Season 4 averaged 6.84 million viewers and Season 7 averaged 10.26 million viewers on HBO.

But why do so many people love “GoT”? Why is it so successful? I’d say simply it is the pace of the show and the depth that it has that makes it so great.

“Game of Thrones” is about seven houses which are led by families. These seven houses are spread all over the country. Some houses like each other, some houses don’t. The show follows three plots: the north and Jon Snow in Winterfell, Daenerys Targaryen’s journey to Westeros and the Lannisters in King’s Landing in Westeros.

Without giving too much away to those who haven’t watched, there is a lot of drama, family affairs, backstabbing and so much more. Everything is guided by one thing: the Iron Throne. Everyone wants to be the King of Kings.

For those of you who haven’t seen the show yet, you have until April 14 to catch up. I recently binge-watched the entire series. It took me about five weeks to watch the first seven seasons. All episodes are on HBO. Trust me, once you start you won’t be able to stop. I promise, it gets better and better.

For those who are caught up, this portion is for you. Spoilers ahead.

It has been almost two years since the Season 7 finale aired. Season 7 was the season when all three plots finally came together. We finally saw everyone in one place at the same time. It’s pretty insane to think that Daenerys never had a scene with Cersei until the seventh season.

That’s what makes the show so awesome. They don’t rush anything. Everything is so organic and it comes together in time. The dragons weren’t even really utilized until Season 4.

Daenerys’ rise has been so amazing. Season 7 ended with us finding out the biggest twist of the entire show: why Jon Snow was so important.

It’s because he isn’t Jon Snow, a bastard of Ned Stark from Winterfell. He is half-Stark and half-Targaryen. He is Aegon Targaryen, the rightful heir to the Iron Throne. We also found out he just had sex with his aunt, Daenerys, but they don’t know they’re related. That’s some dramatic irony for you. Lastly, the Wall that kept Westeros safe from White Walkers was destroyed by the White Walker dragon.

The final season is going to be something crazy. How is it going to end? Are they going to defeat the White Walkers? If they do, who will win the war between the Lannisters and Targaryens?
Will Aegon or Daenerys take the throne? All these questions will be answered in the final season, hopefully.

“Game of Thrones” returns to HBO on Sunday, April 14 at 9 p.m. It will run six episodes and air in consecutive weeks with the series finale airing on Sunday, May 19.

Published By: Stephen Dumnich

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