Nine years ago, TV’s around the world were introduced to Westeros


HBO has always been known for having some of the best TV series — The Sopranos, Entourage, Sex and the City, and Chernobyl to name a few — but perhaps none more popular than Game of Thrones.

On April 17, 2011 television watchers traveled to Westeros for the very first time. Game of Thrones opened with 2.2 million people — in the US — whom watched the first airing. Fast forward to the final season premiere episode and the viewership jumps to 17.4 million. To say that this show was just “hype” is just plain inaccurate. Game of Thrones would go on to become a television and pop culture phenomenon- and for good reason.

The eight-season journey would consume viewers until May 19, 2019. Being that today marks nine-years since we were introduced to the Stark and Lannister families; it’s only right to look back at how it all started.

This image would set the tone for fans to expect-the-unexpected. All you needed to see was this face to make you sit up on your couch in wonderment as to where this was going. ‘Winter is Coming’ was aptly the name of the premiere episode, and you would grow to understand what exactly that meant, in a perfectly executed slow-burn.

Game of Thrones is a very deep-rooted story, with a multitude of characters. In order of appearance, these are the characters we meet, thanks to Fandom for breaking it down. Also, keep in mind these are just the characters from the first episode:

Bran Stark
Jon Snow
Robb Stark
Catelyn Stark
Eddard Stark
Rickon Stark
Sansa Stark
Arya Stark
Jeyne Poole
Rodrik Cassel
Jory Cassel
Theon Greyjoy
Grey Wind
Jaime Lannister
Cersei Lannister
Maester Luwin
Joffrey Baratheon
Sandor Clegane
Preston Greenfield
Robert Baratheon
Tommen Baratheon
Myrcella Baratheon
Tyrion Lannister
Daenerys Targaryen
Viserys Targaryen
Pentoshi servant
Illyrio Mopatis
Khal Drogo
Benjen Stark
Jorah Mormont

Bran Stark practices on his bow as Jon Snow and Robert Stark watch on.

King Robert Baratheon, Queen Cersei and their son Prince Joffrey at a meeting.

The seed planting into a world of wars, dragons, magic and, romance and drama is perfect. Ending the first episode with the ultimate cliffhanger, leaving it next-to-impossible to not watch the second.

Editors Note: A mere 63.5 hours is all you need to set aside and binge the entire series. Most of us are quarantined at home, so here’s to it because the North remembers.

Danny Bennett
Former USA Today writer for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, WyreTap CEO, life-long sports fan. "Old school" hip-hop aficionado. My thoughts are my own and not reflective of those associated with WyreTap Media, LLC .

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