Is Game of Thrones worth watching?

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You’ve probably heard a lot about Game of Thrones. It’s been one of HBO’s flagship series. And for eight seasons, the world couldn’t get enough of it.

Unlike many new shows these days, Game of Thrones stuck to releasing each show weekly. That meant every week, viewers would anxiously tune in to the series, live-tweet their thoughts as events unfolded in real-time, and then were left with that exciting yet dreadful feeling of knowing they’d have to wait yet another week until the next episode aired.

Some people who haven’t joined the cult of Game of Thrones might be feeling a bit of FOMO. Your friends, family and neighbors have all been talking about it. But is it really that good? You might have even heard that the series was so popular that HBO is making a spinoff show called House of the Dragon. And if that goes well, then more spinoffs may be in the works.

So is Game of Thrones really worth watching? And should it be next on your watchlist?

Should you watch Game of Thrones?

Without a doubt, Game of Thrones is pretty much a must-watch for anyone who calls themselves a fan of television. Yes, it’s a fantasy show; you have your dragons, kings, queens, knights, and all that. But when you get into the meat of the series, you’ll find it’s actually a drama story in disguise. And don’t we all love drama?

The main premise of the story is that everyone in the kingdom of Westeros (and even the far-off land of Essos) is power-hungry. And the person with the most power in the kingdom sits on the Iron Throne as the ruler of the land. Of course, with bickering factions and conniving players all around, that means everyone has a plot to take the crown. A lot of power moves and backstabbing ensues.

Not only that, but the characters come in all ranges. There are powerful female characters like Sansa Stark, Arya Stark, Cersei Lannister and Daenerys Targaryen — each of whom are powerful in their own distinctive ways. You have characters you love to hate, such as Joffrey Baratheon. And sometimes, there are characters you don’t know how to feel about, such as Jaime Lannister and Lord Varys.

Every single character and every event keeps you on your toes. And while the finale season gets a bad rap, it certainly doesn’t overshadow all the other brilliant things that happen over the course of the other seven seasons. Oh, and no, you certainly don’t have to read the books in order to understand the series!

If you do decide to make Game of Thrones your next watch, the series is available to watch via HBO and HBO Max.

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