After seven seasons, millions of fans around the world tuned in Sunday night, April 14, to watch the premier of the eighth season of Game of Thrones. This season, which will be the last for the series, is long awaited for fans.

“I started watching the show about two months before the seventh season premiered,” senior Caleb Johnstone said. “I remember finishing the sixth season two hours before the premier. I like the show because there’s always so many twists and turns that shock the hell out of me and it keeps me on the edge of my seat. ”

The show has become very personal and important to many fans.

“My favorite part is the character development,” Johnstone said. “Seeing Sansa and Daenerys rise their way to the top after being beaten down so much has been super rad. They both have kind of a cool ‘comeback kid’ type story.”

The premier of season eight came two years after season seven, and within an hour revealed a lot about the characters.

“I thought the premier was great and really eased us back into Game of Thrones season,” Johnstone said. “Jon found out that he was the true king, I loved watching it all sink in with him and seeing how he would take it. Really can’t wait to see how him and Daenerys work it out together.”

Much of the first episode came as a shock to viewers.

“One thing that really shocked me was when Daenerys had to tell Sam that she had killed his father and brother,” Johnstone said. “I completely forgot that was even an issue in this whole show and seeing them tie up loose ends like that makes me happy. Another thing that shocked me was the very end when Jaime and Bran make eye contact for the first time since the incident of Bran being pushed out of a window by Jaime. I cannot wait to see how that plays out with Jaime in the north.”

One of the biggest reveals of this season will be who will take the coveted Iron Throne and become the leader of the Seven Kingdoms within the world of the show. The Throne, which serves as this world’s ultimate power, could be received by any of the remaining characters on the show. Many theories and opinions exist on who will take the throne.

“I think that Sansa’s definitely taking the throne,” Johnstone said. “She’s a genius. After Daenerys dies, Jon will not want the throne, he will then hand it to Sansa.”

While fans have many hopes about how this season will end the show, they are excited about what is to come.

“I’m super sad that it’s ending, but I think this is the perfect time for them to end the show,” Johnstone said. “Although I will miss it dearly, I believe it’ll have a great ending and I’m very much looking forward to see what they do with it.”

The final season of Game of Thrones airs every Sunday at 9 p.m. on HBO and will end after six episodes, with an hour and twenty minute long finale to be aired on May 19.


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