Safely Enjoy Westeros with the GoT Live Concert Experience

Safely Enjoy Westeros with the Game of Thrones Live Concert Experience

GoT Concert MSG

Last week my Dad and I ventured into New York to see the Game of Thrones Live Concert Experience. With such a long wait between seasons this seemed like the perfect way to get our Westeros fix. Plus, the show does have an epic soundtrack so what better way to enjoy it than with hundreds of fellow fans, a state-of-the-art arena, and some pyrotechnics?

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Completely Arbitrary 2016 TV Superlatives

Completely Arbitrary 2016 TV Superlatives

Best TV of 2016

Peak TV” is not a myth. There’s a lot of damn fine shows to watch essentially all year round these days, which makes selecting these superlatives both easier and more difficult. I obviously can only watch so much, so there’s a hundred percent chance I’ve missed something or somethings. Thankfully the list below is completely subjective and doesn’t actually matter. So without further ado, here’s my picks for the best of 2016.

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Notable Moves on the 2016 / 2017 TV Schedule

Notable Moves on the 2016 / 2017 TV Schedule

TV Shows Changing Networks

Every new TV season brings changes to the TV guide as shows shift time slots, move nights, and even change networks. Here’s a handful of the most notable moves for the upcoming 2016-2017 TV season.

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6 TV Moms You Wouldn’t Want to Mess With

6 TV Moms You Wouldn’t Want to Mess With

Mom

Mom,

This one’s for you.

Happy Mother’s Day!

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Here’s 10 Memorable Trees From TV, Happy Arbor Day!

Tree

Arbor Day is this Friday, so in honor of this tree-hugging holiday, here’s ten memorable trees as seen on TV. To celebrate, why not fire up the DVD player, Netflix, or whatever you use and watch one of these shows. And then turn off the TV and go plant a tree. No seriously, that would probably be a better way to recognize the day.

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TV Shows That Make Me Want to Travel

TV Shows That Make Me Want to Travel

GoT Shooting on Location

TV can be a fun way to escape reality, to immerse yourself in another place and another time. But every now and then, TV can also highlight how breathtaking our world really is.

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Carved Pumpkins Perfect For TV Fans

Carved Pumpkins Perfect For TV Fans
Battlestar Galactica Cylon Pumpkin

Battlestar Galactica Cylon Jack-O-Lantern [Source]

As you gear up for Halloween this year, here’s some TV-themed pumpkin carvings to help you get into the holiday spirit… or to help you tap into your craftier self:

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Marathoned: Game of Thrones

Marathoned: Game of Thrones

After my crazy Breaking Bad binge back in December I vowed to only marathon shows that were either over or had only aired 1-2 seasons. Thankfully that meant that Game of Thrones was fair game.game of thrones poster dinklage

Twenty episodes seemed like nothing, and even better yet I really didn’t know anything about the series (I’m clearly not a spoiler-phobe, but it is nice to be surprised). And surprised I was. Game of Thrones isn’t typically a show I would be inclined to seek out on my own, but it’s rich world and intriguing characters quickly sucked me in.

And for me that is the biggest indicator of whether or not I’m in for the long haul. If I care about the characters then I’m willing to ride out stupid plot lines, if and when they appear: Friday Night Lights season two murder, Buffy’s stint at the Doublemeat Palace, Lorelai and Christopher getting married on Gilmore Girls, etc…

But anyone who has seen or read Game of Thrones already knows how badass the series is and its many characters, so there is really no need to dwell on that fact. What I want to talk about is the actual act of watching – marathoning versus week to week.

Next Time On Game of Thrones…

Usually 20 episodes would be a breeze, especially since I started to marathon the series in the beginning of March; however, real life got in the way and I ended up watching the entire second season over the holiday weekend. I finished with just about four hours to spare before the season 3 premier.Game Thrones Season 3

After so quickly consuming 11 episodes of Game of Thrones I had to admit I was bummed when the end credits rolled and a preview aired. I didn’t want to wait 7 days to see more. With so many characters and plot lines, its not possible for the series to serve everyone in every episode, and they shouldn’t try to, but now that I’m all caught up I can’t just hit play on the next episode to get my Game of Thrones fix.

Marathoning or binge watching is great, its like the equivalent of reading a really good book and not putting it down until you’ve turned the last page, but in a medium like television where the story is parsed out over time there is also a benefit to the slow and steady method.

After all, marathoning is a rather time consuming proposition, once a week is much more manageable. Plus, for someone like myself who enjoys talking TV and dissecting it, a quick binge session doesn’t really lend itself to discussion or reflection, unless you’ve got a partner in crime.

Appointment viewing might be an antiquated idea, but for TV shows with a lot of social media activity (The Walking Dead, Pretty Little Liars, reality competitions) there aren’t many other options for the well connected viewer. If I don’t watch certain shows live I am almost certain to know about any major plot points before I actually have a chance to watch, thanks to Twitter, Facebook, and other entertainment sites I frequent.

With the “second screen” fueling the social TV phenomenon and still taking the “water cooler” effect into account, a decent argument remains for live viewing despite the obvious perks of marathoning. I know I can’t just wait around for all of my favorite shows to become available on Netflix. I don’t want to miss out on the conversations at work or the chance to see the next chapter of a story I am invested in as soon as possible.

Which is why I look forward to watching the new season of Game of Thrones each Sunday night, and tweeting while I do so. But perhaps that’s just me, how do you prefer to watch TV? All at once or one at a time?

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