Game of Thrones: students dish about gripping plot, violence, and last season

Nearly eight years ago, on April 17, 2011, the season one premiere of Game of Thrones was aired on HBO.

Over the last eight years, Game of Thrones, sometimes referred to as GoT, has rapidly become one of the most popular TV series in the world.

Game of Thrones concluded on May 19, 2019, with 73 episodes broadcasted over eight seasons.

Game of Thrones is based on George R. R. Martin’s five part book series and rakes in almost 17.4 million viewers internationally. It is known for its complicated plotlines, sophisticated character development, and graphic content.

It takes place in the fictional continents of Westeros and Essos. Game of Thrones has many different plots.

One story is centered around the Iron Throne of the Seven Kingdoms, and follows a web of alliances and conflicts among the noble dynasties either challenging one another to claim the throne or fighting for independence from it.

Another focuses on the last descendants of the realm’s deposed ruling dynasty, who have been exiled and are plotting a return to the throne, while another story arc follows the Night’s Watch, a brotherhood defending the realm against the fierce peoples and legendary creatures of the North.

Many ARHS students are deeply invested in this show, and started watching it many years ago.

“I [got hooked]  the spring of my sophomore year,” said senior Erin Clotfelter. “I got sucked in very quickly.”

Many people converge to a house on Sunday night at 8:45 p.m. to watch the episode that airs at 9:00 p.m. “I’d say it’s probably the best T.V series I’ve ever watched,” said Clotfelter.

Countless people enjoy the complicated storylines and plot twists and the amount of character development.

Not to mention the battles. “They’re not afraid to kill anyone,” said Liam Felton. “It’s a special show.”

“It’s super political, super complicated and very hard to predict,” he added. Felton also believes it’s the best T.V series he’s ever watched.

“I think the plot is unlike any other,” he said. “The action is what keeps me watching it.”

The viewers of the show get pulled in to the social aspect of the show as well. “I started watching Game of Thrones because everyone said it’s a really good show,  the best show they have ever seen,” said Ammar Abdel-Maksoud.

“I love talking about [Game of Thrones] with my friends and I try to predict what happens next,” he said. “You’re never going to be right, which is why I love the show so much.”

“[I started watching it] because mad people said it was nice,” said Zaim Elkalai. Elkalai and Maksoud are best friends who got each other into the show. “It was my favorite show until season 8, but now it’s booty. I prefer Naruto [a Japanese Manga series],” said Elkalai.

“The show had an awesome plot, except for the latest season. The plot is garbage, the writing is atrocious, it’s not like the other seasons,” he said.

Countless numbers of avid viewers of the show enjoy the unpredictability of the plot and remain excited for each new episode not knowing if their favorite character will live through the season.

“You don’t know who’s going to die,” said Reece Nelson. “I like how they have developed characters over many years  and how there are so many intricate details that people can pick up on. But this most recent season, I think they were lacking in that.”

Season 8, the most recent season of the show, has been a huge disappointment to many viewers, and there is a national petition aimed at getting creators to remake the season.

“Game of Thrones has created high expectations [among viewers]. They’ve set the bar very high for themselves, and that’s why this season was [a disappointment],” said Elkalai.

Nelson still appreciated the show’s overall impact. “I think the world they have created over eight seasons of the show is really special,” he said. “It’s like Lord of the Rings, but elevated.”

Not everyone thought that the latest season was a flop. “To be honest, I’m pretty indifferent about it,” said Devin Dixon. “It’s not terrible and it’s not the greatest. For me, season three was the worst. My eyes were really hurting after that one.”

Itai Zilberstein, who loves the show, considers himself an avid fan because “the show is so exciting. You fall in love with characters and become attracted to different story lines.”

Game of Thrones’ last and final season, season 8, closed the show once and for all.

“Things that happened in season 1, are still relevant in the final season. Everything you see on screen is so important so it was so gripping,” said Zilberstein.

Still, he thinks they “strayed from the formula that had been working in the previous seven seasons.”

Most viewers haven’t read the five part book series written by George R. R. Martin, but it is a priority for many who loved the series.

“I want to read the books at some point, but I’m glad I didn’t read them before the show so it didn’t spoil anything,” said Zilberstein. “The books are probably really good.”