Game of Thrones

April 14, 2019 marked the beginning of the end for the Game of Thrones cable series. On that date, the wildly popular drama made its eagerly anticipated return to HBO for its final season. It was a bittersweet moment for those of us who don't want to say goodbye to George RR Martin's larger-than-life characters, but are also eager to see how this epic tale will finally end.
According to Time, the Game of Thrones television series is the “biggest and most popular show in the world.” In America alone, more than 23 million people watch each episode. Millions more watch it in 170 other countries, making it the “farthest-reaching show out there.” As for the books that started the whole Game of Thrones phenomenon, it is estimated that more than 70 million have been sold in approximately 40 languages. In addition to the cable series and the books, the Game of Thrones franchise now includes a live concert experience, and there is a prequel series in the works, as well.
Martin's first novel in the series, Game of Thrones, was published in August 1996 (though most people nowadays refer to the entire series as Game of Thrones, Martin actually named the collection A Song of Ice and Fire). As of this date, five of the seven books that Martin had promised would make up A Song of Ice and Fire have been published. Unfortunately for fans, the last book he finished was A Dance with Dragons, and that was in 2011. The next tome in the series, The Winds of Winter, was supposed to have been released in 2015. But as of February 2019, Martin has not completed the book. Now, with the HBO series rolling rapidly towards its grand conclusion, we thought it might be a good time to look at the books and the cable series to determine the answer to that popular question:
“Which is better, the books or the television series?”
Warning! Spoilers ahead!

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