How big are Daenerys’ dragons now? Who is Prince Oberyn? What will come from Arya’s growing brutality? These are some of the questions millions of viewers, including many NCF students, hoped to see answered when the HBO show “Game of Thrones” returned for its fourth season on April 6.
“I started watching [Game of Thrones] just before season two started up and I really got into it,” third-year Tania Russell said. “There are a lot of very intricate plot threads and shocking scenes that come completely out of nowhere in a way very fresh for popular television.”
Despite not having access to cable television, many students use streaming services such as HBO Go to watch the show.
“I have a set schedule,” third-year Gabriel Monterrosa said. “Me and my roommate Tian Ma actually sit down and watch it together […] It’s like a ritual.”
Many NCF students were most excited to see Daenerys and her dragons.
“I watch every season to get a glimpse of the dragons and watching them grow has been the most amazing thing,” Monterrossa said. “I have an innate love for dragons, and as soon as Daenerys came out and hatched the dragons, my mind was just blown.”
The show is based on George R. R. Martin’s book series “A Song of Ice and Fire.” Season four will be mostly based on the second half of the third book “A Storm of Swords.” The show has been highly praised for its loyalty to the text. “I’m also considering incorporating the books into my thesis next year,” Russell said. “I plan to partly base it on an exploration of sci-fi and fantasy, and the book series seems to be rising as one of the greatest fantasy series of all
time.” The fourth season is comprised of 10 episodes and will run through June 15.
The show’s producers, David Benioff and Daniel Weiss, recently revealed to Vanity Fair that the show will probably run for seven seasons to match the seven kingdoms.