“Will society accept me now?” is a question I have heard frequently in recent times, always coming from those who don’t follow Game of Thrones. “Should I watch it now?” and “Is it too late?” are associated questions. The series premiered on HBO in the United States on April 17, 2011, and its last season (season 6) concluded on June 26, 2016. Rarely has any other television series been able to make such an impact on viewers. In this article, we will talk about the elements that make Game of Thrones unique and how the fate of television series has changed forever. The craziness among the audience can’t be described in words, phrases or quotes as they make arduous efforts to show their love by making their own theme music with different instruments; artists draw immaculate pictures of the characters; and writers pen down lyrics to their own versions of the theme song to express their love for the epic show.
People are crazy about GOT; they want to see the episode as soon as it is broadcast and that too with no breaks, which is why they download torrents. For the first time in history, over 2,00,000 people have shared a single file of a TV show online at the very same time. These are mind-boggling numbers we might never ever see again, or perhaps the succeeding season will break its own record. This show made history with a strong torrent buzz other TV shows crave for.
Game of Thrones became the most pirated TV show downloaded via torrent networks globally in 2014. Approximately, that number reached to 48 million times in 2014 . That distinctly suggests piracy in many territories. It is evidently because the honest GoT fans don’t want others to unveil the suspense before them and post it on social media.
It’s everywhere on social media
As soon as the episode on HBO ends, the fans share their views, comments, likes, and dislikes. The actors don’t miss this opportunity to take over social media by tweeting, and they try to showcase themselves on Instagram and Twitter. Be it the statuses, GIFs, images, or videos, social media is inundated with content related to the latest episode. For a television show this is a huge achievement, as such activity is usually reserved for DC and Marvel comics movies.
GoT fans are not overlooking any aspects George R R Martin narrates in the episodes. The only reason is it starts to circulate as ‘GOT Theories’; Reddit is popular to passing around hypotheses or possibilities of the show. The journey of theory commences to develop and starts to revolve around other GoT maniacs. Thus, it becomes a chain and soon everyone is talking about it.
The number factor
Game of Thrones is the leader of the pack heading into the awards. It received 23 nominations, the highest total for any show till now. Last year, GoT received 24 nominations and won its first Best Drama Emmy. With 10,31,056 votes, it received a 9.5/10 rating on IMDB and an average of 94 percent on Rotten Tomatoes. With so many accolades and awards, the show is reaching more and more people globally.
Versatility and vividness
It is filmed at Titanic Studios in Belfast and most episodes are shot in Northern Ireland, Croatia, Morocco, Spain, Scotland, Iceland, Malta, and the United States. The producers are spending extravagantly, but because of this Game of Thrones has pulled in record numbers of viewers on HBO and attained a broad international fan base. It has received widespread applause by critics for its characters, story, and production values. Peter Dinklage, Emilia Clarke, Maisie Williams, Lena Headey, Kit Harington, Diana Rigg, Max von Sydow, and many other actors have accomplished huge stardom from this series.
Doesn’t it look crystal clear that Game of Thrones has certainly changed the fate of television? It surely does.
(Disclaimer: The views and opinions expressed in this article are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of YourStory.)
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