I Refuse to be a Game of Thrones Junkie

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I Refuse to be a Game of Thrones Junkie

Illustration: Juergen Dsouza


ometime last night, an event broke the internet and it did not involve Kim Kardashian’s ass. The most pirated show of all time, Game of Thrones, released a juicy, three-minute trailer for its upcoming season. Right before the Season 7 trailer released, HBO announced the premiere date of the penultimate season of the hit fantasy drama via a live stream on Facebook. The stream didn’t feature actors or directors – all it featured was a block of melting ice, as viewers triggered a spurt of flame by typing “Fire” or “Dracarys”. When the ice melted, the release date was revealed as it emerged from its frozen chamber. Over 1,05,000 GoT addicts were tuned in, staring at a block of ice, frantically banging away at their keyboards in desperation for their fix.

We live in addictive times. Once upon a time, people planned their annual calendars around Holi, Eid, and Christmas. Today they do it around the season premieres of Game of Thrones, House of Cards, and Orange Is The New Black. Shows have become the new coke and studios are the new dealers.