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My name is Gary Zidek. Welcome to The Arts Section. Tune into the radio program every Sunday morning on WDCB 90.9 & 90.7 FM or listen to it online here. I'll be showcasing a variety of arts & entertainment, as well as.highlighting some creative ideas.

Game of Thrones Conversation: The Most Covered TV Series Ever Coming to an End

Game of Thrones Conversation: The Most Covered TV Series Ever Coming to an End

WDCB’s Gary Zidek talks to Daily Herald multi-platform editor & Widescreen columnist Sean Stangland about the popularity of Game of Thrones and TV series finales.

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“It does bridge the gap between traditional network TV structure and what we have today, which is this is the day a show is coming out and you can watch the entire thing on this one day on Netflix. It does still feel like a national event every week when Game of Thrones is on.” - the Daily Herald’s Sean Stangland talking about Game of Thrones “must-see-TV” status.

Emilia Clarke as Daenerys Targaryen and Kit Harington as Jon Snow

Emilia Clarke as Daenerys Targaryen and Kit Harington as Jon Snow

The first episode of Game of Thrones aired in April of 2011, it had around 2.2 million viewers. The first episode of season 7 that aired in the summer of 2017 pulled in an estimated 10.1 million viewers, and of course that’s not counting the countless others watching episodes through other platforms.

Vulture’s Nate Jones writes about the unique place Game of Thrones currently holds in pop culture, a show able to bring together “woke millennials and their conservative uncles” . Read the Vulture piece here.

Richard Dormer as Beric Dondarrion in Game of Thrones

Richard Dormer as Beric Dondarrion in Game of Thrones

Game of Thrones’ final episode will air on May 19. And while there’s a tremendous of pressure on showrunners to end the series on the right note, Sean is pretty confident it won’t disappoint die-hard fans. Sean says unlike other series that have meandered towards the end, the team behind Game of Thrones has had a clear direction and ending point.

Now, for Game of Thrones fans looking for a little extra, Sean and Gary recorded a season 8 preview segment. It’s filled with spoilers for the previous 7 seasons and predictions for the final season.

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Lena Headey as Cersei Lannister sitting on the throne in Game of Thrones

Lena Headey as Cersei Lannister sitting on the throne in Game of Thrones

The final season of Game of Thrones starts Sunday April 14 on HBO. Check out Sean’s Widescreen column here and follow him on twitter @SeanStanglandDH

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