Game takes throne as hype builds

Even as winter ends, “Winter is Coming”


Emma J Nelson, Staff Writer

Following the startling revelations of Season 7, Game of Thrones fans may now rejoice as the upcoming season premiere is a mere 23 days away.

Based on George R. R. Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire, the television adaptation of Game of Thrones begins with considerable conflict and no end in sight. The Hand of the King, Jon Arryn, has passed away due to an unknown illness, so King Robert Baratheon and the Lannisters visit the Starks in Winterfell in an effort to ask Robert’s old friend, Ned Stark, to take the recently deceased’s position. During the visit, Ned’s young son, Brandon Stark, discovers something he was not meant to see in Winterfell’s “Broken Tower,” and is promptly pushed from a window, paralyzing him from the waist down.

The near-death of Bran Stark and a series of other horrific events sets off the War of Five Kings (Robb Stark, Renly Baratheon, Stannis Baratheon, Joffrey Baratheon, and Balon Greyjoy), and through the course of the next six seasons, Cersei Lannister ends up on the Iron Throne. Two others – Jon Snow, bastard son of Ned Stark, and Daenerys Targaryen, Mother of Dragons – claim the title of ruler of the Seven Kingdoms. There is also an evil ice man called the Night King leading his army of the dead to conquer the land of Westeros, but let’s not get into that.

This offensively short summary of the series is not nearly enough to get a grasp of the true concept and brilliance these novels and television adaptation have; however, it will have to do.

The Game of Thrones fanbase is known for overanalyzing every word and action committed by the characters, so fan theories are aplenty and many are pumped to discover what is to come for the characters they’ve come to tolerate or love, and you could be, too.

You have exactly 23 days to watch 67 of Game of Thrones before the first episode of Season 8 airs on HBO. That is approximately 2.91304348 episodes a day, meaning that not only is it doable, but you basically have no excuse for not catching up.

I wish you luck, and remember, “Winter is coming.”