Three dragons, a zombie army, 174,373 deaths and 67 episodes later, the beginning of the end of Game of Thrones. These new episodes will close, from the next dawn (HBO Spain and Movistar +) and until May 19, the plot that began in April 2011 and has become the largest series in the history of television. A phenomenon, with its staunch supporters and more than one detractor, which has marked several milestones that will take time to overcome in terms of audience, budgets, narrative, awards and globalization. And that has consolidated the fantasy genre in the first line of television entertainment.
The eighth and final season will have fewer episodes, six, but the last four with a duration of about one hour and twenty minutes. The story of Game of Thrones It was already famous before scriptwriters and producers David Benioff and D. B. Weiss turned it into a series for HBO. The four novels by George R. R. Martin, from the saga Song of ice and fire They had sold millions of copies.
A dozen interpreters have become famous giving life to the now classic Jon Snow, Daenerys Targaryen or the Lannister brothers in their struggle to occupy the throne of the kingdom of Westeros. In 2011 most were unknown and then they did not know very well where they got, "At first I thought I had a great character in a crazy world, I did not know how people would navigate in this fantasy world. The script was exciting, although I could not remember which character was which with such strange names, "says Nikolaj Coster-Waldau (Jaime Lannister) during an interview in London. Isaac Hempstead-Wright, Bran Stark in fiction, was a 10-year-old boy when the series began. "I did not read the scripts. My mother told me, 'they pull you from a tower', and I said: 'cool!'. It was like an incredible summer camp, climbing, riding a horse ... I had a great time, "says the young actor.
Something in which all agree is that what convinced them was the writing of the scripts. "I was not familiar with books. The sequence that they sent me for the casting I thought it was very well written. I thought, the writing is good, and Sean Bean [que actuó en la primera temporada] is in it, actor who gave the series credibility at its inception, "says John Bradley-West, Sam Tarley in the series. "I had not worked before, I had just left the acting school, so what attracted me was that it was a job, I was not even fully aware that it was HBO, the only thing I wanted was not to embarrass my agent", ends
The series generally decline in audience with the passage of time. This has gone from an average of 2.52 million viewers in the US in its first delivery to 10.26 of the seventh and penultimate a year and a half ago. To which we would have to add as many millions throughout the world. Seasonal budgets have gone from an average of five million euros per chapter in 2011 to nine million in 2019. Filmed throughout its eight seasons in Northern Ireland, Spain, Iceland, Canada, Malta, Morocco and Croatia, it has created a global conversation. In times in which the offer to the letter and for streaming seems to have been installed, HBO has maintained success with a fiction that has been consumed week by week and whose most shocking moments have been commented by thousands of users on social networks. With polemics included, especially for sex scenes and nudes, mostly female, in their first seasons.
"Part of why people are so upset with Game of Thrones and why they make theories of what is going to happen is that the series breaks with the rules of the narrative. You do not kill the main character in season one, you do not kill people at all or you do a chapter like that of the [sangrienta y mortal] Red wedding and you take unexpected roads. This is like a sporting event, anything can happen, it does not follow a logic. And that's beautiful, "says Kristofer Hivju, bearded redhead Tormund on the screen, during the presentation of the DVDs and Blu-rays of the eighth season (which will go on sale in the last third of the year) and the new box which contains the first seven.
Game of Thrones has won 47 Emmy awards with 132 nominations. Apart from the original novels, encyclopedic volumes, picture books, calendars, short stories, comics and cookbooks, politics or philosophy have been published. And the phenomenon will continue on a smaller scale with another series, whose pilot episode is already in preproduction, set thousands of years earlier, which will feature Naomi Watts as the protagonist and will be produced by Jane Goldman (producer of films such as Kick-Ass Y Kingsman) and Martin himself. As soon will have its premiere in 2020, but HBO also works with other ideas to make more series related to the universe of the saga, but has not confirmed anything. So the premiere of the eighth season is not the same as the beginning of the end, just a point and followed in Westeros.