DEADLIEST GAME OF THEM ALL
There’s no disputing the passion of Game of Thrones fans. The first episode of the new season drew HBO’s biggest US audience since the finale of legendary The Sopranos. The broadcaster’s online app crashed under the strain.
The fourth season debut drew 6.6 million viewers, the most since 11.9 million fans said goodbye to Mob boss Tony Soprano in 2007.
Since its debut in 2011, the HBO drama – based on George R.R. Martin’s best-selling novels about a struggle for power between feuding clans in seven mythical kingdoms – has won a devoted global fan base, President Barack Obama among them, to establish itself as the star of the US cable channel’s stable. And it’s been a massive hit for Foxtel’s showcase.
The series has won over critics with its densely layered plot, lavish production values and a readiness to kill off protagonists who had hitherto seemed integral to the show.
Four words – “No one is safe’’ – have become the unofficial catchphrase for devotees of the series.
Guessing which character may soon meet his or her maker is all part of the fun.
An infamously bloody episode last season, involving a massacre at a wedding party, was one of the most talked about and tweeted television events of 2013.
And there’s been buckets of blood shed in season four — notably when Joffrey fell off his perch after being poisoned at his wedding.
Danish actor Nikolaj CosterWaldau, who plays Jaime Lannister, says he’s loving fans have been seeing a different side to the character he plays.
He says: “What people slowly get to realise is what he has done, and the horrible things he does, is not for his own gain but out of love – trying to protect the woman he loves and her children and his family.’’ Game of Thrones, Showcase, Monday, 3.30pm, 7.40pm.