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Monday, February 02, 2015
Friday night, C and I embarked on an incredible journey. Okay, we really just drove up the road to see one of our favorite TV shows, Game of Thrones, in an IMAX theater. While to some this might seem like a pointless venture, to us it was an important moment in history.

[Caution: Spoilers ahead if you have not watched through the end of Season Four!]

C and I have been watching Game of Thrones together since the very first season. I remember watching the controversial episode Baelor in which Ned Stark, who seemed like the main character of the show, was unexpectedly beheaded. I remember sitting in silence for at least fifteen minutes after watching The Red Wedding. We have laughed, we have cried, and we have been overcome with joy while watching this show.

The appeal of this show is undeniable to someone like me. It's based on a series of very long and detailed books, filled with hundreds of characters, new languages, new worlds, and magic. Obviously I understand that not everyone wants to watch a slow-moving action show with charaters who have the strangest names. But, if you're of the Harry Potter/Lord of the Rings/Hunger Games crowd, I highly recommend it.

When I first saw the announcement that IMAX theatres across the country would be hosting showings of the final two episodes of Season Four, I knew that C and I had to find a way to go. I jumped online and found out that, as luck would have it, there were two theaters hosting showings in the Detroit Metro area. We immediately bought tickets and started counting down the days.

We joked about dressing up in character costumes. Would we be Tyrion and Podrick? Daenerys and Drogo? Jon Snow and Samwell Tarly? Arya and the Hound? Luckily, we didn't dress up, because no one else in the theater we went to was dressed up!

The whole experience of going to a movie theater to watch a television show got me thinking about the state of the entertainment industry and how much it has shifted in the past few years. Now that streaming services like Netflix and HBOGo allow us to pretty much watch anything in the comfort of our homes and the price of going to the movies has seemed to skyrocket, seeing a movie in the theater seems like a luxury. Showing a television show in a movie theater might have just been a ploy to make more money and create more buzz about this show, but all of the fans I spoke with thought it was a brilliant idea. Television shows allow for stories to be told in more detail, with more character development, and ultimately more screen time than movies. I shudder to think of the details and stories that would have been lost had Game of Thrones been turned into a feature film instead of a television show. I wonder if we'll begin to see more of this type of thing in the future!

The night of the showing, C and I were giddy the whole drive up to the theater, talking about everything that had happened in the show previously, wondering how amazing it would be to watch the big battle scenes at the wall on the big screen. And let me tell you, it was amazing. Not only was the entire showing amazing, but being in an atmosphere with other fans watching this amazing show was an experience I will probably never have again. We all laughed together, cried together (Okay, I cried.), and cheered together at the end when Arya sails off to Braavos.

Following the two episodes, we got to watch the new trailer for Season Five and it looks like the excitement will just keep coming! New characters, new locations, new drama, and we've still got three more months to wait until the season premiere on April 12th. Plenty of time for new viewers to catch up on the old episodes!

Image credits: 1 // Image by Robert Ball for the Beautiful Death Series. Check out this website to see more posters like this one! 2 // Still image from Game of Thrones, Season 4 Episode 10, The Children via winteriscoming.net.
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