Why Now Is the Time to Start Watching Game of Thrones

Mar 27 2017 - 12:00pm

If you're one of those people that's been "meaning" to get into Game of Thrones [1] but just haven't found the time to start, consider this your impetus to finally start your journey into Westeros. With a few months to go before the season seven premiere [2], now is the perfect time to get yourself caught up just in time for the final 13 episodes. It may seem like a daunting task to commit yourself to 60 hours of television just as the weather is warming up, but trust me — once you pop you won't be able to stop. Need more convincing? Here are all the reasons you shouldn't wait another minute.

This is going to be a hot topic of conversation for the next year and a half

Sure, Game of Thrones has been a water-cooler show from the get-go, but with the series coming to a close, the world is going to be talking about it more than ever. Besides the fact that the show is great and you'll likely be hooked right away, you'll also have a lot more to discuss with your cousins at family BBQs, so it's a win-win. Which brings me to my next point . . .

You don't want to be one of those people who waits until it's over to start watching.

You know that feeling you get when you start watching a show and all you want to do is talk to someone about it? If you start now, you can get in on that excitement for the show's final seasons. If you wait, your friends and family will sigh and roll their eyes at you as you demand that they call you Khaleesi from now on and keep telling them that Winter is coming. (Or worse, they'll spoil stuff for you.)

There's plenty of time before the season 7 premiere to catch up in a timely fashion

If you're the kind of person who's not into extreme binge-watching (what, do you have a job or something?) then now is the ideal time to begin GOT. We've got just under four months to go until the July 16 premiere, which means you only need to watch four to five episodes a week, and you'll finish right in time to slide into the new season.

You only have to participate in one year-long wait for episodes

With only 13 episodes left in the series, the end of our time in Westeros is fast approaching. Dedicated viewers who have been with the series since 2011 know the particular pain of watching an epic season come to a close, only to wait patiently for the better part of the year until another we're treated to another 10 episodes. That said, the wait between seasons — where we theorize, dissect, and agonize over every minute detail — is a rite of passage for a true GOT fan.

You'll get to experience the finale with the rest of the world

Even if you've already heard rumblings about red weddings, white walkers, or the fate of Jon Snow, you still have a chance to watch the grand finale in a completely unspoiled format. The final episodes are not only going to be epic, but they're going to be making unavoidable headlines everywhere.

So what are you waiting for?

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