There are two categories of people in the world – those who watch Game of Thrones (GOT) and those who do not.
Sometimes, those of us who fall in the first category dwell too much on how good a show it is, to the annoyance of those who fall in the second category. I understand the irritation of anyone who has never watched GOT with the incessant chatter of GOT fans about Winterfell, Cersei, Tyrion, Jaime, King’s Landing, Khal Drogo, The Wall, Theon, Joffrey, Jon Snow, Arya, Sansa, Bran, Bronn, Brienne of Tarth, Hodor, wights, Little Finger, White Walkers, Dothraki, The Unsullied, the Night King, Daenerys, Grey Worm, Mellisandre, Missandei, Lannisters, Starks, Targaryens, dragons, Hardhome, Battle of the Bastards, The Red Wedding. We really do go on too much about ‘that stupid show’. Who cares if “winter is coming”? Enough already!!!
The problem is it really is a good show. Scratch that. It is an absolutely fantastic show; one of the most successful in the history of television. The writing, directing and production are excellent. The outcomes are violent and unexpected. You learn very early not to form emotional attachments to any character.
For seven seasons, we GOT fans have found ourselves completely riveted to this show. We go through painful withdrawal in the period between seasons, and the time between the end of Season 7 and the start of the upcoming Season 8 has been excruciatingly long. Season 7 ended on August 27, 2017 and Season 8 will start on April 14, 2019. That is almost two years. Try to understand that we have had to wait 595 days for the start of the final season of Game of Thrones, a season that will comprise only six episodes. In the short space of 6 weeks, we will experience the intense thrills that this final season will bring, including the final battle between the living and the dead, now that winter has finally arrived, while finding out what nuisance spoiler role Cersei and the Golden Company will play. Please note that we will get progressively more depressed and anti-social with the passing of each episode, knowing that we are getting closer to the end of this masterpiece.
So, for those of you who fall in the category of people who have never watched Game of Thrones, I have two bits of very important advice: (i) there is still just enough time to binge watch the seven seasons of the show (slowly, if there is such a thing as slow binge watching, because you cannot digest everything that happens if you just go quickly from one episode to another), understand why it is the best television drama EVER, and prepare for the thrill of your life with the rest of us GOT fans as we experience Season 8 together, or (ii) keep quiet, be understanding and stay out of our way for the six weeks starting April 14, 2019.