Cristian Valentin

Equinox Staff

This past week‭, ‬three Keene State College students reacted to the much anticipated final season premiere of‭ ‬“Game of Thrones‭.‬”‭ ‬

“Game of Thrones”‭ ‬is a fantasy drama on HBO that is now on its eighth and final season‭. ‬The show is based on George R.R‭. ‬Martin’s novel series‭, ‬“A Song of Ice and Fire”‭ ‬and follows nine families fighting for control of the land of Westeros‭.  ‬The show has been critically acclaimed‭, ‬winning a drama record 47‭ ‬primetime Emmy awards for acting‭, ‬storytelling‭, ‬and many other things‭. ‬The show stars Emilia Clarke as Daenerys Targaryen‭, ‬Kit Harington as Jon Snow‭, ‬Sophie Turner as Sansa Stark‭, ‬and many others‭. ‬

According to CNN‭, ‬the season premiere aired Sunday‭, ‬April 14‭, ‬at 9‭ ‬p.m‭. ‬to 17.4‭ ‬million viewers‭, ‬breaking the ratings record‭.  ‬Keene students Madelyn Mathews‭, ‬Ryan Lusardo‭, ‬and Phoebe Baade shared this excitement when talking about how it’s been almost two years since the end of the last season‭. ‬

First-year Madelyn Mathews said‭, ‬“Honestly it’s been such a long wait and it feels so good to actually see these characters and jump back into their storylines because I miss‭ ‬them so much‭.‬”‭ ‬First-year Phoebe Baade said something similar‭, ‬saying she’s glad the wait is over so she can see their stories end‭. ‬

All three students said that they enjoyed the premiere‭. ‬Baade thought the premiere was a good set up‭, ‬saying‭, ‬“It met expectations‭, ‬I wasn’t expecting a lot to happen in the first episode‭.‬”‭ ‬Lusardo also enjoyed the show‭, ‬although he expected more action‭. ‬ Mathews said the premiere showed exactly what she wanted to see and did not disappoint‭. ‬

Baade believes this new season is heading in a good direction in terms of its writing saying‭, ‬“I think that the characters’‭ ‬choices are accurate to their developments and this new season will certainly be interesting‭.‬”‭. ‬Mathews also believes this season will be interesting because‭, ‬“There are characters that are coming back who don’t have clear directions in the story which leaves me to believe that they may die or serve a bigger purpose in this season‭.‬”‭ ‬

The students also reacted to the fact that this will be the final season of the show‭. ‬Lusardo said that it’s disappointing that this is the final season‭. ‬Mathews agreed‭, ‬saying‭, ‬“It breaks my heart but it really needs to end to finally see everything come full circle‭.‬”‭ ‬Baade said‭, ‬“I feel a little sad but it seems like it’s a good time to end the series‭.‬”‭ ‬

With this being the last season‭, ‬DecisionData.Org conducted a survey of 1,349‭ ‬US-based HBO subscribers that watch Game of Thrones‭. ‬They asked these subscribers‭, ‬“How likely it is that you cancel their HBO subscription after‭ ‘‬Game of Thrones‭’ ‬ends‭.‬”‭ ‬37‭ ‬percent of these subscribers voted very likely or somewhat likely‭, ‬with 33‭ ‬percent not sure and 20‭ ‬percent somewhat unlikely‭ ‬or very unlikely‭. ‬

The next episode will premiere Sunday‭, ‬April 28‭, ‬at 9‭ ‬p.m‭. ‬on HBO‭. ‬

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