GoTcha! Fans soak in thrills of epic fantasy

Central Station | 16 Apr 2019

Three hundred die-hard Game of Thrones fans laughed, howled and moaned their way through the premiere of the hugely popular fantasy saga's last season in New York yesterday morning HK time.

More than an hour before season eight episode one began, a crowd gathered at Brooklyn's Understudy bar and broke into raucous shouts as the first notes of the show's famous theme music rang out.

Nearly 20 months after season seven finished, GoT aficionados finally got their fix - and their fill of a Jon Snow cocktail specially concocted for the occasion in honor of one of the main characters.

The nine most tweeted words all had a link with the world created by author George RR Martin, showing the HBO series' immense popularity.

The name of character Bran Stark took top spot, mentioned in more than 500,000 tweets. Bookmakers consider him the most likely to end up reigning over the seven kingdoms.

Many choose to watch the richly layered series at home so they don't miss any of the nuances.

But some, like Robin Akyigit, decided to make an exception and make it "more of an event."

"One of the reasons why I wanted to be here was to get everybody's reaction," he said. "I love hearing the audience."

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