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UsingUpAllTheLetters
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Thinking about watching GOT
I've never watched it, but have been told that there is a cutoff point, and that at the very least, I shouldn't watch season 8. What should I consider the finale if I want to enjoy it from beginning to end?


Bigpoppat
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re: Thinking about watching GOT
Just watch the entire series and understand it falls off at the end. It's worth an entire watch thru


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re: Thinking about watching GOT
If you're going to do it, do it all the way.

Yeah the ending is a let down, but you're already 90% there.


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re: Thinking about watching GOT
Even with the flawed ending GOT is one of the best Made for TV shows ever. You should watch it and make your own opinion.

My wife and I are one of those irate fans that didn't like the ending...With that said, we recently re-watched the entire series again and it wasn't as bad as we first felt.

The problem with fandom is sometimes people get so invested in characters that their passions get the better of them when that character doesn't live up to the pedestal you have placed them.


If you watch it I recommend watching all 8 seasons.

My best advice is re-watch the first the first 2 seasons twice to you can really understand all of the different families, characters, factions and the Map of "Westeros" so you can really understand what's going on. In fact I would print a map to have with you as you watch the show.

You will like it.
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re: Thinking about watching GOT
Watch it all the way through.

The earlier seasons were fantastic TV and a shitty 8th season doesn't change that IMO. Just be prepared for the fall off.


Audioman213
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It’s like eating the most delicious, Michelin-star, 6 course meal and getting food poison from the last two dishes & shitting your brains out the rest of the night


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Midget Death Squad
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re: Thinking about watching GOT
If you're going to take the time to watch a series then you should finish it. There's no point in watching stories develop only to abandon before they are resolved. Either watch till the end or move on to other things.


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What should I consider the finale if I want to enjoy it from beginning to end?


The last episode of the series. I don't really understand what you are trying to do here.


Comic_Tiger
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re: Thinking about watching GOT
Watch thru 6. Not just Season 8 but 7 was shite too.


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re: Thinking about watching GOT
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Just watch the entire series and understand it falls off at the end. It's worth an entire watch thru


This, big time. If you're gonna sit down and watch it, watch it as it was intended to be watched. Start with S1 and watch through the end, and don't skip episodes.

And even though it dips in quality pretty heavily in the last season or two, there are still some great moments in it and it's ultimately still a fun ride. As long as you don't get all fanboy about it, you should enjoy it just fine. Overall, it's pretty awesome television.

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My best advice is re-watch the first the first 2 seasons twice to you can really understand all of the different families, characters, factions and the Map of "Westeros" so you can really understand what's going on. In fact I would print a map to have with you as you watch the show.

I don't know about watching the first two twice, but the map is a good idea. Also printing something out early on that shows the relationships between families and people (if you're watching the DVDs, it's an insert in S1) can be pretty helpful. It can definitely get confusing at times trying to keep everyone straight, especially if you've never read the books.

My main piece of advice: Use subtitles. It helps tremendously.
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Watch thru 6. Not just Season 8 but 7 was shite too.




So was 6. The show went to shite the moment it surpassed the books. DnD proved they could not create original scripts and had no idea how to flush out characters. With the books supplying the perfect blueprint, they were stellar at adapting those. Once they were forced to create dialogue and actually write out the characters themselves is when they failed.


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kage
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re: Thinking about watching GOT
Agreed with those that say to watch the whole thing. When it was on, I watched the first 5 seasons, then they had that long break before season 6, so I watched the first 5 again, then 6, 7 and 8.

I'm doing it again, but reading each book and then going back and watching the corresponding season to see how different they are.

I'm about 300 pages into book 3 now and finishing season 2. I'm going to read ahead a good bit before I start season 3 because the show jumps around in the book timeline quite a bit and there were a handful of things I'd forgotten about that spoiled those things in the book for me when I watched season 1 and got into 2.

But yeah, it's just such a damn good series even though the ending was certainly not ideal. Still some good parts in 7 and 8 I thought, but overall, not so great.

I also forgot how much I liked the Hound. Some of his one liners are amazing.

Beric - We will meet again Clegane.

The Hound - ...fricking hope not.
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G4LSU
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re: Thinking about watching GOT
another one for watch the entire thing.

you wont want to rewatch it ever after that but its worth it the first time through.


Mouth
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re: Thinking about watching GOT
I just started watching last month. it's good but its a lot to soak in and to have to understand if you're not completely paying attention.

I decided to stick with it bc my wife has read the books. So I figured I don't have to always be zoned in and can just ask her what's going on when I get lost or distracted.


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ClampClampington
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re: Thinking about watching GOT
I think the last season is a completely different experience to someone who knows nothing about GOT going in and just binges it blindly.

Millions of viewers had read the books and were doing Sunday night watch parties with their friends for several years. The ending was going to be letdown to some degree for most fans. And it did suck. But I do think I would have hated it less if it wasn't a show that I watched from the S1 premiere back in high school


kage
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I think the last season is a completely different experience to someone who knows nothing about GOT going in and just binges it blindly.

Millions of viewers had read the books and were doing Sunday night watch parties with their friends for several years. The ending was going to be letdown to some degree for most fans.


Good point. I hadn't read the books, so I think if I had, I probably would have been more disappointed. By the time I'm done with the books, and I end up watching the last two, I'll probably be more let down than I initially was.


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Prominentwon
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re: Thinking about watching GOT
I don’t ever get emotionally tied to television characters but with that said, Ramsey Bolton and Joffrey are 2 of a very minimal amount of characters that I legit hated so much it made me angry.

It’s well worth the watch.


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OMLandshark
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If you do, watch until the end of Season 6 and then imagine the ending from there. Seriously, I have not heard a single fan theory worse than the ending we got. Whatever you imagine will be better. It’s not like LOST where people who hated the ending say to themselves “well in the very least the characters with one or two exceptions all ended up where they needed to be and the character development was pretty solid throughout.” No, you’re betrayed by every single character at the end with the possible exceptions of Brienne and the Hound.


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OMLandshark
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My wife and I are one of those irate fans that didn't like the ending...


Save for D&D, who has defended the ending with any passion whatsoever? No one on the cast has save for (and rightly) being pissed at the fans for blaming the cast and crew on it turning into a disaster. The aesthetics, shots, and acting were stellar throughout the show. They did their best. No, GoT sucking at the end only 3 people are responsible for it: GRRM, and D&D. That’s it. HBO gave them a blank check for God’s sake.


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OMLandshark
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The earlier seasons were fantastic TV and a shitty 8th season doesn't change that IMO. Just be prepared for the fall off.


The Azor Ahai prophesy at the end and one character saying “I never cared for the commoners” when that’s really his entire motive for who this character is just make me not forgive the show.


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OMLandshark
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So was 6.


No it wasn’t. 6 had 3 of the Top 10 episodes IMO.


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