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Weiss had mixed feelings, saying that the series was expensive to produce and "if it doesn't make the money back, then it ceases to exist". However, he was pleased that so many people "enjoy the show so much they can't wait to get their hands on it. Beginning on January 23, , the last two episodes of season four were shown in IMAX theaters across the United States; Game of Thrones is the first television series shown in this format. Game of Thrones was highly anticipated by fans before its premiere,   and has become a critical and commercial success.
According to The Guardian , by it was "the biggest drama" and "the most talked about show" on television. Although Game of Thrones was dismissed by some critics,  its success has been credited with an increase in the popularity of the fantasy genre. On the eve of the second season's premiere, according to CNN , "after this weekend, you may be hard pressed to find someone who isn't a fan of some form of epic fantasy " and cited Ian Bogost as saying that the series continues a trend of successful screen adaptations beginning with Peter Jackson 's The Lord of the Rings film trilogy and the Harry Potter films establishing fantasy as a mass-market genre; they are " gateway drugs to fantasy fan culture".
The series' popularity increased sales of the A Song of Ice and Fire novels republished in tie-in editions , which remained at the top of bestseller lists for months. According to The Daily Beast , Game of Thrones was a favorite of sitcom writers and the series has been referred to in other TV series.
Game of Thrones has added to the popular vocabulary. A first season scene in which Petyr Baelish explains his motives or background while prostitutes have sex in the background gave rise to the word " sexposition " for providing exposition with sex and nudity. In , singer-songwriter Taylor Swift told Entertainment Weekly that several songs on her album Reputation were inspired by characters and plots of Game of Thrones.
In the novels and the TV series, "khaleesi" is not a name, but the title of the wife of a khal warlord in the Dothraki language , held by Daenerys Targaryen. Game of Thrones has also become a subject of scientific inquiry.
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In , Australian scientists conducted a survival analysis and examined the mortality among important characters during the first seven seasons of Game of Thrones. Game of Thrones , particularly the first seven seasons, received critical acclaim, although the series' frequent use of nudity and violence has been criticized. Its seasons have appeared on annual "best of" lists published by The Washington Post , Time and and The Hollywood Reporter The performances of the cast were praised. Peter Dinklage 's "charming, morally ambiguous, and self-aware"  Tyrion, who earned him Emmy and Golden Globe awards, was particularly noted.
The series has a rating of 89 percent on Rotten Tomatoes. First-season reviewers said the series had high production values, a fully realized world and compelling characters. Fully produced by the pay cabler and already a global phenomenon after only one season, the fantasy skein was a gamble that has paid off handsomely". Entertainment Weekly praised its "vivid, vital, and just plain fun" storytelling  and, according to The Hollywood Reporter , the series made a "strong case for being one of TV's best series"; its seriousness made it the only drama comparable to Mad Men or Breaking Bad.
The third season was extremely well received by critics, with Metacritic giving it a score of 91 out of indicating "universal acclaim".
It has a score of 73 on Metacritic based on nine reviews , indicating "generally favorable reviews". Darren Franich of Entertainment Weekly gave the series a 'B' rating, stating that it was ultimately "okay", with both "transcendent moments" and "miserable phases", it was "beloved enough to be criticized by everyone for something". Franich described seasons 3 and 4 as "relentless", seasons 6's ending having a "killer one-two punch", while seasons 7 and 8 were "indifferent".
Despite its otherwise enthusiastic reception by critics, some have criticized the show for the amount of female nudity, violence, and sexual violence it depicts, and for the manner in which it depicts these themes. The Atlantic called the series' "tendency to ramp up the sex, violence, and—especially—sexual violence" of the source material "the defining weakness" of the adaptation. Martin responded that he feels obliged to be truthful about history and human nature, and that rape and sexual violence are common in war; and that omitting them from the narrative would have rung false and undermined one of his novels' themes , its historical realism.
The amount of sex and nudity in the series, especially in scenes that are incidental to the plot, was the focus of much of the criticism aimed at the series in its first and second seasons. Stephen Dillane , who portrays Stannis Baratheon , likened the series' frequent explicit scenes to "German porn from the s". According to The Washington Post ' s Anna Holmes, the nude scenes appeared to be aimed mainly at titillating heterosexual men, right down to the Brazilian waxes sported by the women in the series' faux-medieval setting, which made these scenes alienating to other viewers.
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In the third season , which saw Theon Greyjoy lengthily tortured and eventually emasculated , the series was also criticized for its use of torture. A scene in the fourth season's episode " Breaker of Chains ", in which Jaime Lannister rapes his sister and lover Cersei , triggered a broad public discussion about the series' depiction of sexual violence against women. According to Dave Itzkoff of The New York Times , the scene caused outrage, in part because of comments by director Alex Graves that the scene became "consensual by the end".
Itzkoff also wrote that critics fear that "rape has become so pervasive in the drama that it is almost background noise: a routine and unshocking occurrence".
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Club wrote that the series' choice to portray this sexual act, and a similar one between Daenerys Targaryen and Khal Drogo in the first season—both described as consensual in the source novels—as a rape appeared to be an act of " exploitation for shock value". Most reviewers, including those from Vanity Fair , Salon , The Atlantic , and The Daily Beast , found the scene gratuitous and artistically unnecessary.
As the sixth and seventh seasons saw Daenerys, Sansa, and Cersei assume ruling positions, Alyssa Rosenberg of The Washington Post noted that the series could be seen as a "long-arc revenge fantasy about what happens when women who have been brutalized and raped gain power"—namely, that their past leaves them too broken to do anything but commit brutal acts in their own turn, and that their personal liberation does not effect the social change needed to protect others from suffering.
Scenes in which exposition is delivered in one brothel or another, for example, have been pared back". The lighting, or lack of light, in darker scenes has been a recurring point of criticism since season 6 of the series. In a interview, Robert McLachlan , a cinematographer working on the show, explained the lack of lighting as an artistic choice: "we're trying to be as naturalistic as possible". In Vulture. BBC News said in that "the passion and the extreme devotion of fans" had created a phenomenon unlike anything related to other popular TV series, manifesting itself in fan fiction ,  Game of Thrones -themed burlesque routines and parents naming their children after series characters; writers quoted attributed this success to the rich detail, moral ambiguity, sexual explicitness and epic scale of the series and novels.
As of [update] , about 58 percent of series viewers were male and 42 percent female, and the average male viewer was 41 years old.
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Game of Thrones has won numerous of awards since it debuted as a series, including 58 Primetime Emmy Awards, 5 Screen Actors Guild Award , and a Peabody Award ; it holds the Emmy-award records for both most wins for a scripted television series, surpassing the record of 37 wins held by Frasier since , and for most nominations for a drama with In , the sixth season received the most nominations for the 68th Primetime Emmy Awards In , the seventh season received the most nominations at the 70th Primetime Emmy Awards In , the final season established a new record for most Emmy nominations received in the same year by any regular series with 32, breaking the 25 years long record previously held by NYPD Blue , which had scored 26 nominations for its first season in It also tied the record for most Outstanding Drama Series wins, becoming the fifth series to reach four wins after Hill Street Blues , L.
Law , The West Wing , and Mad Men ; unlike all the other record holders, which had won for their first four seasons, Game of Thrones achieved the record with its final four seasons. The first season averaged 2. The series set records on pay-television channels in the United Kingdom with a average audience of more than five million on all platforms  and Australia with a cumulative average audience of 1. The series has inspired several video games based on the TV series and novels.
The strategy game Game of Thrones Ascent ties into the HBO series, making characters and settings available to players as they appear on television. HBO has licensed a variety of merchandise based on Game of Thrones , including games , replica weapons and armor, jewelry, bobblehead dolls by Funko , beer by Ommegang and apparel. Thronecast : The Official Guide to Game of Thrones , a series of podcasts presented by Geoff Lloyd and produced by Koink, has been released on the Sky Atlantic website and the UK iTunes store during the series' run; a new podcast, with analysis and cast interviews, is released after each episode.
The page book, illustrated with concept art and behind-the-scenes photographs, covers the creation of the series' first two seasons and its principal characters and families. After the Thrones is a live aftershow in which hosts Andy Greenwald and Chris Ryan discuss episodes of the series. Each season's Blu-ray and DVD set contains several short animated sequences narrated by the cast as their characters as they detail events in the history of Westeros.
Martin, who also co-wrote two of the scripts. Weiss and David Benioff said that they would not be involved with any of the projects. Martin said that all the concepts under discussion were prequels, although he believes the term "successor show" applies better to these projects, as they are not Game of Thrones spin-offs in the traditional sense.
He ruled out Robert's Rebellion the overthrow of Daenerys' father by Robert Baratheon as a possible idea and revealed that some may be set outside Westeros. Notable events of that period include the foundation of powerful Houses, the Long Night when the White Walkers first descended upon Westeros, and the Andal Invasion when the Andals invaded from Essos and conquered most of Westeros.
Clarkson has been announced to direct and executive produce the pilot,  while Naomi Watts has been cast as the female lead playing "a charismatic socialite hiding a dark secret. Regarding the other four projects, HBO president of programming Casey Bloys said that some of them have been abandoned completely, while others remain as possibilities for the future. HBO decided to go a different way. The project is not considered an original sixth script, as it builds upon Cogman's idea from For the second season and the average ratings of the first season, see "Game of Thrones: Season Two Ratings".
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