Game of Thrones 6.0

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Game of Thrones 6.0

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One of the most beloved TV shows recent memory, Game of Thrones made its return on Sunday, April 24 at 9pm on HBO. Game of Thrones has been in this time slot for all 50 of its previous episodes, and it seems as though it will continue to occupy this time slot for its 6th season. Why fix something that isn’t broken? Game of Thrones has averaged over 6.6 million viewers per episode over its first five seasons, and there is no reason to believe that this trend won’t continue this year. Both the season five premiere and finale commanded impressive audiences of nearly 10.5 million viewers – I’d have to say that the Sunday night time slot has been well deserved. It’s really one of the best time slots to have in television; most people aren’t going out on Sundays as they’re staying in and getting ready for the work/school week. The 9pm start time on the East Coast is early enough that the majority of the show’s demographic will not have any issue staying up to watch the show, and the 6pm start time out West is late enough that most people are done with their plans for the day and can settle in.

Forbes has reported that each episode of season 6 cost over $10 million to make, so as a viewer, take some comfort in knowing that HBO values you and your viewership to be about $1, maybe even $1.50. Hey, at least it’s something. But in all seriousness, the production quality on the show is absolutely astounding – it’s worth watching sometimes purely for some of the amazing CGI, sets, and overall cinematic quality.

The first episode of the sixth season did exactly what it needed to do in my opinion. It catered to the desires of the fans. We ended season five with Daernerys surrounded by a herd of Dothraki, Cersei making an awfully uncomfortable walk of shame, the Sand Snakes wreaking havoc, and, of course, Jon Snow laying dead. I’ll try to leave out details for anyone who hasn’t yet begun the 6th season, but it’s safe to say that no matter which storyline you were most actively following in season five, it will most definitely be addressed in the season six premiere. I found it hard to stay focused due to the constant jumping between storylines, but the episode gives everyone a little bit of what they wanted. While I’m looking forward to the rest of the season, I hope that subsequent episodes focus in a bit more.

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