No BIG shocker that after Sunday night’s record breaking season 3 premiere of Game Of Thrones, HBO announced the following day that the series had indeed been renewed for a fourth season.
Despite being Easter Sunday (a night when viewership usually dips) AND going head-to-head against the season finale of AMC’s The Walking Dead (which broke records of its own), GoT‘s season opener brought in 4.4 million viewers at 9 p.m. with a total of 6.7 million (after the two repeats were factored in), making it officially the most-watched episode of EVER.
As you’ve noticed in the show’s latest opening sequence, new areas on the map have opened up indicating that season 3 is derived from the first half of A Storm Of Swords, the third book in the MASSIVELY popular George R.R. Martin series, A Song Of Ice And Fire (which GoT is based on), so it only makes sense that season 4 will hit the second half of said tome.
According to my pals at Screen Rant, this was pretty much the plan all along when showrunners David Benioff and D.B. Weiss said they wanted to go eight seasons in order to get through all the books bringing and appeasing the already rabid fans while bringing in new ones to the fold.
Another rumor in the mill comes in the form of a possible prequel series based on a set of novellas about Westeros that were also made by Martin; speculating that said prequel could help fill in the blanks for those who’ve not read the books and help Martin finish the final two books in the A Song Of Ice And Fire series before the GoT show itself catches up.
I am a HUGE fan of GoT and watch each episode AT LEAST twice on Sunday, so when Vulture hit up illustrator Kyle Hilton to take some of our fave characters and update them for Mad Men, Seinfeld and Arrested Development, you just KNOW I was gonna share ’em with you!
Caution: Laughter Is Coming. (GET IT?!)
Game of Seinfeld
Kramer (The Hound), George (Samwell), Daenerys (Elaine) and Tyrion (Jerry)
Game of Mad Men
Brienne (Joan), Jeor Mormont (Bert), Tyrion (Roger), Cersei (Betty), Samwell (Harry), Arya (Sally), Joffrey (Pete), Robb (Don Draper) and Daenerys (Peggy)
Game of Arrested D
Varys (Tobias), Jamie (Gob), Cersei (Lindsay), Tywin (George Sr.), Tyrion (Michael), Catelyn (Lucille), Joffrey (George Michael), Lord Baelish a.k.a. Littlefinger (Buster) and Sansa (Maeby)
Now while the Mad Men re-imagining was pretty dead on, I gotta go with Arrested D as my fave because it reminded me of the “Pier Pressure” episode where everyone kept saying to Michael (Jason Bateman) “I need a favor,” and once his mother Lucille (Jessica Walters) said it, he sardonically replied “We ought to put that on our family crest.”
And from there, “I need a favor” took off, prompting gifs and hilariously crafted memes like this one from Teefury (I actually own this shirt).
But THEN someone took it one step further with a House Bluth GoT-style sigil that is ALL kinds of win (and I may have to also have put on a shirt).
I wish there was one with Cersei and Jamie as Gob and Lindsay with the credo “NO TOUCHING!” Haaaaa.
Now I know we have a few days until next week’s nail-biting episode (“Dark Wings, Dark Words”) so until then, enjoy this EPIC violin-rock guitar mashup of the GoT theme by Jason Yang (violin) and Roger Lima (guitar/percussion) courtesy of commercial director and YouTuber Paolo Dy that’ll invoke a mighty “FOOK YEAH!” and bring a slight tear to any GoT fan’s eye.
Game Of Thrones airs Sunday nights at 9 pm on HBO and available the following day on HBO On Demand and HBO GO.
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