Game of Thrones has returned and is set to fill the screens this weekend. Many viewers are obsessed with the series and do not want to miss the show. Already in its fifth season, technology has paved more ways in which to watch the hit HBO show.
According to HBO, 19.1 million people in the U.S. watched the series per episode last season, across all platforms; they viewed the series via HBO GO, replays, on-demand viewing, and original airings. This time, the series adds another platform, through the newly launched HBO Now for the avid viewers. HBO’s executive VP of Marketing, Pam Levine, said that it makes sense for HBO Now to air the new series of Game of Thrones, in order to give people an additional opportunity to access the show. It is a natural decision for its incredibly passionate audience, she added.
While Game of Thrones returns and will fill the screens this weekend, it has the potential to reach more viewers as people can now access it even without a cable subscription. It has been 10 months since the HBO show’s fourth season ran from April 6 to June 15, 2014. Sunday’s episode, The Wars to Come, implies escalation of things in Westeros and the fans definitely want to see what happens next.
Game of Thrones Season 4 finished with Peter Dinklage’ character, Tyrion Lannister, being on the run after his brother freed him and killing his father, who was the guy in charge of Westeros. When Varys (played by Conleth Hill) heard the alarm bells after Tyrion was already out from Red Keep’s cell, he knew it was time to get lost.
Tyrion’s elder sister, Cersei Lannister (played by Lena Headey), is not thrilled with his patricide. As Queen Regent, she is managing King’s Landing and grooming her son, Tommen, to take the throne. She is also more concerned about the safety of Myrcella, her daughter in Dorne.
Tyrion’s brother, Jaime (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau), is in a relationship with Cersei. The latter still does not know that he released his brother and will surely not be happy. He has also been taking fighting lessons from Bronn. Winter is coming and the Kingslayer will find it difficult to fight White Walkers with a single hand.
Meanwhile, Sansa Stark (Sophie Turner) is still hiding in Eyrie after Joffrey‘s death and hanging out with Petyr “Littlefinger” Baelish (Aidan Gillen). No one knows what Littlefinger plans to do with her. On the other hand, Arya Stark (Maisie Williams) ran away and is on her way to Braavos Free City.
Brienne of Tarth (Gwendoline Christie) is tracking down both Sansa and Arya. She was close to locating the latter. She is still the best employee serving the late Catelyn Stark. The next episodes of the series will see whether she will be able to find Sansa.
Jon Snow (Kit Harington) gave Ygritte, his loved one, a proper burial when she died during the raid of Castle Black. He caught the attention of Red Priestess Melisandre, who is looking for the one true king of the Iron Throne.
Daenerys Targaryen (Emilia Clarke), the Mother of Dragons, grew in power and size. Her priority is for Meeren to be stable after she freed the city’s slaves. Stannis Baratheon (Stephen Dillane) won a fight against the Wildings. Jon Snow told him to burn the dead bodies, lest they return as White Walkers.
Game of Thrones returns and will fill screens this weekend, but Game of Thrones fans will miss Bran Stark, who is played by Isaac Hempstead-Wright, as he is reportedly not appearing this season. However, he may still be in the cave with the raven that possesses three eyes.
By Judith Aparri