Let’s just say that this doesn’t come as any surprise – the fact that, Game of Thrones was declared the most popular series in the history of the television network it’s aired on – HBO.
“Episodes in the fourth season of the show have an average gross audience of 18.4 million, including repeat showings, video on demand and mobile streaming, which broke the record of 18.2 million set by the 2002 season of the mobster drama, The Sopranos,” Reuters reported on Thursday.
While the reasons for the show’s immense popularity are quite obvious, let’s just state the obvious for people who still don’t get why Game of Thrones has made history.
Game of Thrones could easily qualify as one of television’s most gory shows but that has never been a problem as far as its popularity is concerned.
In fact, people actually enjoy it and wait for more people to die. The most recent example for this case could be the battle between Oberyn Martell aka The Viper and his sworn enemy The Mountain. If you haven’t been living under a rock, you’d now the world went bonkers after the showdown which was called “the most gruesome scenes to date” by Rotten Tomatoes, because it really was.
Sex always sells and, mind you, this show is a wholesaler of it.
As Peter Dinklage famously described the series in 45 seconds, Game of Thrones is all “sexy sexy sexy, stabby stabby stabby, and beautiful language.”
The show casts some of the most beautiful women including Emilia Clarke, Rosie Leslie, Oona Chaplin, Natalie Dormer, Sophie Turner and many (many) more.
BOOKS!! (Even The Nerds Are Happy):
Unlike other television shows, bookworms never feel left out when it comes to Game of Thrones. In fact, they have more power over the fans who haven’t read the series, because they know exactly when and where and which and how many characters die next.
Unlike the Twilight series and Fifty Shades of Grey, George R.R. Martin’s work can safely be included in literature.
Also, one more remarkable thing about Game of Thrones is that fans who have read the books do not judge the ones who only follow the series on television.
Although the show is based on the books, George R.R. Martin makes sure all his fans – readers or not – are left thrilled, speechless and shell-shocked by the episodes. The best example is the penultimate episode of series three, “The Rains of Castamere”.
Haunting well-timed music that speaks for itself.
Above all, it’s the talented actors that keep a show running. The beautiful performances by Peter Dinklage, Jack Gleeson, Aidan Gillen and others are the heart and soul of the show, no doubt about that.
QUOTES – FOR ALMOST EVERY OCCASION:
As we quoted Dinklage earlier in the article; beautiful language.
KING JOFFREY BARATHEON:
Last but certainly not the least, Joffrey Baratheon, the evil king of the Westeros was a big reason why the show became a huge hit.
People loved to hate this character…
And waited eagerly and patiently, almost for three seasons, for his death.