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Game of Thrones is closing in on its final season and if the first trailer is anything to go by, it’s going to be bigger and better than ever. The first trailer for the series based on George R. R. Martin’s work has broken many awards and viewership records since it began way back in 2011.
And now the series’ swan song is set to be one of the biggest events of the year. The first trailer has already become huge, becoming the most watched HBO show trailer ever. The series’ trailer accumulated 45 million views on YouTube in under 24 hours.
The series which stars Kit Harrington, Emilia Clarke, Peter Dinklage, Lena Headey, Sophie Turner, and Maisie Williams, among others, quickly established itself as a phenomenon a few years ago and few shows since then have come close to replicating the success of the series. Naturally, the final season for the show is thus a huge deal.
By all accounts, making the final season was an arduous task. Great measures were taken to preserve secrecy and the final season ultimately took 10 months to film. The show will now release its final six episodes in April and even the cast isn’t quite ready to say goodbye yet. Jon Snow actor Kit Harrington revealed to Stephen Colbert that he got more emotional than he expected during a table read for the final season.
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“We had a table read and I was the one person who hadn’t read the episodes.‘ Everyone else had them like, three days before and read them and… I think I told everyone it was because I didn’t want to know what happened but I think it was just laziness that I didn’t read them.
‘Anyway, I got to the table read and they used me as a litmus test. [Creators David Benioff and D. B. Weiss] were looking at me to see how the events unfolded, and they got some pretty good reactions… I was very shocked and surprised at certain events unfolding. And then I blubbed my eyes out. I cried. I cried, yeah”
Sophie Turner who plays Sansa on the show broke down several times on the final season and Lena Headey confessed earlier that she too was brought to tears during the filming of the final show.
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The events in the final season will most likely diverge from how the upcoming books play out as author George R.R. Martin (author of Song of Fire and Ice series on which the show is based on) recently spoke about not being in the loop this season.
“I haven’t read the [final-season] scripts and haven’t been able to visit the set because I’ve been working on Winds. I know some of the things. But there’s a lot of minor-character [arcs] they’ll be coming up with on their own. And, of course, they passed me several years ago. There may be important discrepancies.” Martin stated to EW.
That said, series creators Benioff and Weiss have suggested that they will add key moments from the writer’s upcoming books.