The seventh season of Game of Thrones (GOT) is finally here after a long year and a few weeks wait from fans of HBO’s mega-hit. The Season 7 of GoT will run for a shortened seven episodes before returning for its final season.
The show which returned for its seventh season over the weekend on HBO has been described as the most complex and convoluted television show in the history of the medium.
HBO’s website (HBO.com) was reportedly down during the seventh-season premiere of GOT. People who attempted to go to the website were met with an error message saying there was a problem loading the page. But the website returned to working order during the final half of the episode’s East Coast premiere.
Last season, the show averaged 7.7 million live viewers per episode – 10.6 million when we include those who viewed it on other media within seven days. Total viewers per episode averaged in excess of 23 million. The season finale drew a 4.4 rating in the 18-to-49 demographic advertisers love, a figure that beat every scripted show on broadcast or cable except “Empire” and “The Walking Dead.”
What makes Game of Thrones special is that no other scripted show generates an online community of a richness and depth usually reserved for big-screen franchises.
The show has been called, with reason, the last bit of television monoculture. People watch it, and discuss it, and argue about it; and in a certain age and cultural cohort, those who would rather skip it are left out of the conversation.
One of the major reasons why people watch and are still captivated by the show is because there are the constant surprises – particularly the willingness to kill off major characters, not just minor ones, often without warning. If you miss an episode you might miss a major death.
Some other viewers point to the constantly shifting alliances … and betrayals. The remarkable sets, wonderful villains and anti-heroes. Again in “Game of Thrones,” the viewer never knows which long-vanished cast member will suddenly show up to save the day or ruin it. (Lancel Lannister, for instance.) Over six seasons, the total number of named “Game of Thrones” characters is placed at – 553.
For instance, Game of Thrones premiered back in 2011, with a stellar cast of heroic men and naked, helpless women. Six years later, as season seven starts, something strange has happened. GOT’s heroic men are dead, mutilated or broken, and women have donned all the clothes and authority.
The show has become a story of women reclaiming power from men who failed to wield it. The latest seasons of the show seemed to portray an allegory of superior female strength and the failure of toxic masculinity, as the male characters who dominated the show, in the beginning, are now little better than a supporting cast to the women who have won all the games of male power.
As the seventh season of the show – the second-to-last of two final, shortened seasons, brings the return of beloved characters including Jon Snow (Kit Harrington) and Daenerys Targaryen (Emilia Clarke), Game of Thrones remains the most remarkable television phenomenon of our time.