Alright, BotC nerds. Your time is now.
Season 4 of Game of Thrones is set to premiere on April 6th. Here's the latest short teaser from HBO:
For those of you who have forgotten everything that came before (LOLWUT), HBO has a handy viewer's guide. Also, now that you've seen the official teaser, you need to watch the Honest Trailer too. (WARNING: NSFW content)
The early reviews for Season 4 are almost uniformly positive, although there's some general grumbling that some episodes are not compelling on their own, and that the show's constant use of sexposition tarnishes the show.
Will you be watching, or do you intend to catch up later? In the past, we've grumbled about how difficult/expensive it is to watch the show during its actual run, and how much nicer it would be if the HBOGo streaming service was available as a stand-alone. For what it's worth, I don't think HBO is in any hurry to try that model. The company makes mad cake from its arrangement with cable and satellite providers, and a stand-alone streaming service would just cannibalize its own business. HBO is not Netflix, and probably wants to keep it that way.
Speaking of Netflix, at least some of you watched Season 2 of House of Cards. What did you think? How does it compare to Game of Thrones, for example?
Do you think your perception of the show is a function of how you watched it? That is, if you were forced into watching at the rate of one episode a week (as with traditional TV shows), would the show still seem as good? I have this theory that Netflix capitalizes on viewers' desire for instant gratification by making a show that is above-average at best. But the show is consumed so quickly that viewers don't have a chance to reflect on the content with any measure of criticality. We move from one shock to the next without pause, and that's exactly how Netflix wants it.
(NB: Fair warning: if there are comments to this post, there will probably be spoilers).