The everything-you-missed, wanted-to-know-more-about, and can’t-get-enough guide to the Game of Thrones television series—from the first episode to the epic finale. Valar morghulis!
Spanning every episode across all eight seasons, INSIDER’s entertainment correspondent Kim Renfro goes deep into how the show was made, why it became such a phenomenon and explores every detail you want to know. It’s the perfect book to look back at all you may have missed or to jump-start you on a second viewing of the whole series.
As an entertainment correspondent, Renfro has covered the show’s premieres, broken down key details in scenes, explored characters’ histories, and interviewed the cast, directors, and crew. In this book, she sheds new light on the themes, storylines, character development, the meaning of the finale, and what you can expect next.
Some of the questions answered here include: What was the Night King’s ultimate purpose? How did the show effect George R.R. Martin’s ability to finish the book series? Why were the final seasons shorter? Why did the direwolves get shortchanged? How were the fates of Jon Snow and Daenerys Targaryen foretold from the start? Was that really a bittersweet ending?
Winter may have come and gone, but there is still plenty to discover and obsess over in this behind-the-scenes fan guide to the Game of Thrones HBO series.
Insider entertainment correspondent Renfro has something for both serious and casual fans of the blockbuster HBO series Game of Thrones in this intriguing compendium. From the beginning, she warns that spoilers will be endemic as she explores some of the more dramatic twists and reveals from all eight seasons, including the truth about Jon Snow's parentage from the penultimate season. Renfro covers a lot of ground how George R.R. Martin came to write the A Song of Ice and Fire series; the bumps along the road for the TV adaptation, which included a poorly received pilot that almost doomed the endeavor; how key roles were cast; and the ways in which the books and show differed. She is particularly effective in analyzing the notorious Red Wedding scene, a shockingly violent one that has become a frequent popular cultural reference. Her assessment includes the ways in which the massacre was foreshadowed for the viewer, and a description of the phenomenon of those who'd seen the episode recording (and then sharing on YouTube) the reactions of those experiencing it for the first time. While devotees will have encountered some of this content elsewhere (on Martin's blog, or in the first volumes of Inside HBO's Game of Thrones), this remains an enjoyable and thought-provoking overview of a landmark television series.