This week, we revisit Game of Thrones to celebrate its 10th anniversary. We specifically dive into Seasons 8, the records and hearts it broke, and the future of the franchise. With two years of distance from one of the most talked-about and arguably hated finales to a series in television history, we take the time to talk about what we loved about the series, and ask ourselves: did the finale ruin the whole journey there? And, we do it with the help of Danny from Next Issue Podcast. So listeners, Game of Thrones still matters? Plus we talk about what’s next, the series we want to see and the ones that we don’t.
If you’re unfamiliar with the series, Game of Thrones is an American fantasy drama television series created by David Benioff and D. B. Weiss for HBO. It is an adaptation of A Song of Ice and Fire, a series of fantasy novels by George R. R. Martin, the first of which is A Game of Thrones. It premiered on HBO in the United States on April 17, 2011, and concluded on May 19, 2019, with 73 episodes broadcast over eight seasons. The final season received significant critical backlash for its reduced length and creative decisions, with many considering it a disappointing conclusion
The series is set on the fictional continents of Westeros and Essos and has a large ensemble cast and follows several story arcs throughout the course of the show. The first major arc concerns the Iron Throne of the Seven Kingdoms of Westeros through a web of political conflicts among the noble families either vying to claim the throne or fighting for independence from whoever sits on it. A second focuses on the last descendant of the realm’s deposed ruling dynasty, who has been exiled to Essos and is plotting a return and reclaim the throne. The third follows the Night’s Watch, a military order defending the realm against threats from beyond Westeros’s northern border.
. The series received 59 Primetime Emmy Awards, the most by a drama series, including Outstanding Drama Series in 2015, 2016, 2018, and 2019. Its other awards and nominations include three Hugo Awards for Best Dramatic Presentation, a Peabody Award, and five nominations for the Golden Globe Award for Best Television Series – Drama. Many critics and publications have named the show as one of the best television series of all time.
Episodes to go back to:
Pieces Kate Mentions:
- Not Today: Arya Stark’s Unparalleled Journey
- Finding Myself in Media: Sansa Stark and Surviving Trauma