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    Truly, Game of Thrones fans, the wait for season eight will make it sweeter

    This is a discussion on Truly, Game of Thrones fans, the wait for season eight will make it sweeter within the Sky TV Channels forums, part of the Other Sky help and support category; https://www.theguardian.com/commenti...lay-television Game of Thrones wonít return until 2019 , and people are angry. Forget the explanations for the delay Ė ...

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      Truly, Game of Thrones fans, the wait for season eight will make it sweeter

      https://www.theguardian.com/commenti...lay-television
      Game of Thrones wonít return until 2019, and people are angry. Forget the explanations for the delay Ė after all, if itís winter in Westeros, itís probably sensible to shoot in winter Ė the yowls of disappointment ringing out across the internet have been hard to miss.

      Because Game of Thrones is the biggest TV show on television. Itís Dallas with dragons. Itís EastEnders with nudity. Itís The Apprentice with a very slightly more liberal worldview. And weíre so close to the end (SPOILERS). The enemy is at the gate. An ice dragon is blue-flaming down the barricades. A man is unwittingly having it off with his auntie on a boat. The climax is so near, and so tantalisingly out of reach.

      The delay stings, especially now we live in an age that encourages us to wolf down entertainment in great greedy gobbles. Entire shows can be barrelled through in an afternoon. We have immediate access to every song thatís ever been recorded. If we want to consume something, weíre conditioned to expect it.

      This goes double for Game of Thrones. The series has always catered to fans of instant pleasure. Want to know what happens in the next episode? Read the book. Canít be bothered to read the book? Look at Wikipedia. Books have run out? Thereís a small army of photographers in Belfast taking long-lens snapshots of every single moment of production, and dozens of Redditors decoding them for spoilers. But this new post-book, high-security series is the only time in the showís history where nobody actually knows whatíll happen next. Itís uncharted territory.

      But, hey, thatís probably a good thing. Game of Thrones is a big, expensive spectacle of a series. Everything you see onscreen, everything you hear, every twist and turn, is the result of hundreds of people putting in endless hours of toil. Their work is so great that it demands to be experienced the way the creators designed. But every sneaky Google, every blurry paparazzi shot of two characters shaking hands on a beach, acts to diminish the impact.

      Itís the televisual equivalent of the Stanford marshmallow experiment, where children were left alone with a treat and told that theyíd get another if they could resist eating it for 15 minutes. Only a third of the children managed not to eat the treat, and thatís likely to be the case with Game of Thrones. If someone uploaded pre-FX versions of the final series to YouTube Ė even though the footage was grainy and largely consisted of Tyrion reacting to a football on the end of a broomstick Ė could you summon the strength of mind to wait for the finished broadcast? Hand on heart, Iím not sure I could. Yes, Iíd want to wait for the two-marshmallow hit of the full spectacle, but Iím hungry now and waiting is for divvies.

      Speaking personally, my desire for instant pop culture gratification is one of my worst impulses. When the last Harry Potter book came out, I read the final page first. Last weekend I Googled a film before it was over, just to see how itíd end. Iím one of apparently a tiny minority who doesnít go all puce and constipated at the very hint of a spoiler. But, hopefully, Iím starting to change.

      When one of my favourite shows Ė Netflixís The Good Place Ė went on a mid-season hiatus last year, I almost lost my mind with thwarted anticipation. But it returns today, and Iíve found myself appreciating the wait. Itís given me a chance to reflect on why I enjoy it so much, rather than mindlessly devouring it like a one-man locust plague. And I havenít ploughed through the new series of Black Mirror, either. Admittedly this is because Iíd probably fling myself off a bridge if I watched more than an hour of unrepentant bleakness a week, but Iím still counting it as a win.

      So, frustrated Game of Thrones fans, Iíd like to remind you that there is joy in waiting. Anticipation and pleasure go hand in hand. Everything from a good meal to a first kiss is only improved when itís withheld a little, and Iím sure the same can also be said for watching Jon Snow realise that heís just boned his aunt. Letís all just hang on in there. And if you canít, youíve always got those spiffy new stamps to lick.


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      Re: Truly, Game of Thrones fans, the wait for season eight will make it sweeter

      Why Angry, we knew this already as fans.
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      Re: Truly, Game of Thrones fans, the wait for season eight will make it sweeter

      Considering it is a series that has actually gained viewers over time, I guess that a lot of people weren't privy to the news the first time around.

      From Wikipedia: ( https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Game_o...Viewer_numbers )


      In the meantime, something to keep you all entertained...



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      Re: Truly, Game of Thrones fans, the wait for season eight will make it sweeter

      Just so long as the author doesn't croak before finishing the book saga I'll be very happy! It's about time the next in line was released! Almost as bad as having to wait for Donaldson to finish the Thomas Covenant series.

     

     

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