The return of Game of Thrones for its eighth and final season promises to be the TV event of the year, and it should only get more intense as the episodes pass. While plenty of people have been waiting on the edges of their seats since way back in August 2017 to find out what happens after the insane Season 7 cliffhanger, CinemaBlend's Managing Director Sean O'Connell wasn't one of them.
For better or worse, Sean managed to miss out on all things Thrones for almost the entire run of the series, but that's not the case anymore. He watched every episode for the first time this spring, and his reactions are caught on video. Don't worry, he did survive the process. Prepare yourself to relive the wild ride that has been Game of Thrones via Sean, and check out his reaction to the very first episode:
How many longtime fans can really watch Sean's reaction to the first episode of Season 1 and not nostalgically think, "Oh, you sweet summer child!" Of course, Game of Thrones isn't all direwolf puppies, Jason Momoa looking awesome, and beloved characters being alive and well, and Sean's journey as he marathoned the series is definitely worth watching.
The full batch of reactions through Season 7 will be posted for your viewing pleasure before the Season 8 premiere this weekend, so be sure to check out the video series for a recap of the highest highs and the lowest lows. The tragic twists will still happen, but if you're already a fan, you won't have to be alone, and at least you'll know what's coming!
Given all of the characters, houses, battles, twists, turns, and magic that have appeared in the series heading into the final season, reliving earlier episodes can be beneficial as well as fun. Watching Sean's reaction videos takes less time than rewatching the full series, and new ways to pass the final days of waiting for Season 8 can only be good things.
As you might expect, the reactions get more intense as the series continues, and the first really big loss of the series packed as much of a punch for Sean as it did for many other viewers. Take a look at Sean watching "Baelor," a.k.a. the penultimate episode of Season 1 that changed everything and solidified Joffrey as one of the most despised villains of modern TV history:
Videos chronicling Sean's entire experience of Game of Thrones will be posted on CinemaBlend's Youtube page, so be sure to check them out. Season 8 of Game of Thrones premieres Sunday, April 14 at 9 p.m. ET on HBO. Although a fair amount about the final season has been revealed (and you can find it on our rundown of what we know so far about Season 8), the fates of a whole lot of beloved characters are up in the air.
Plenty will undoubtedly die in The Great War against the White Walkers and their wight army, not to mention however many bite the dust because of Cersei's duplicity. If one theory is correct, the epic Winterfell battle against the dead will happen relatively early in the series, leaving plenty of time for everything to go wrong further to the south. Hey, some of them have to survive, right?
Tune in to the Season 8 premiere on Sunday to catch a new episode for the first time in more than a year and a half. Expectations are high, so we can only hope that the final season delivers.
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