It may be spring semester… but winter is coming. On April 14, the final season of “Game of Thrones” will air on HBO. Over 10 million viewers are expected to tune in, and VALLEY is here to tell you how to have the ultimate “Game of Thrones” viewing party.
For both new viewers and old, it is important to prepare for what may be the most exciting season yet. The best way to do this is by getting a refresher on major characters and plot points. Rewatching important episodes is key for this. Season finales are crucial to rewatch if there is not enough time to rewatch all seven seasons.
Another more efficient way to mentally prepare for season 8 is by expanding on “Game of Thrones” knowledge through YouTube. Hundreds of accounts are dedicated strictly to “Game of Thrones” content and go over possible theories for season 8, episode recaps and in-depth descriptions of major events throughout the past seven seasons of the show. Some of the most well-known YouTube channels to check out are Alt Shift X, Talking Thrones and The Last Harpy. It is a shorter, and sometimes more in-depth way to buff up on “Game of Thrones” knowledge.
The most important part of any season premiere is eating. It fuels the mind and body and can often be therapeutic. There are plenty of “Game of Thrones” inspired recipes to make for the premiere and VALLEY has a day’s worth of meals, easy enough for a college student but fit for a king.
Breakfast: Keeping it simple for breakfast, make an English muffin with butter and any type of jam. Be sure to make yourself a huge pot of tea as well, just as they would have had at Winterfell.
Lunch: Channel your inner Hot Pie and make a homemade loaf of bread, preferably in the shape of a wolf. Use your Hot Pie bread for a sandwich or to dip in a huge pot of soup, just like they do in the taverns throughout Westeros.
Dinner: Now the time is getting closer to the premiere, so make something that can be eaten while avidly watching. A big pot of stew with any leftover Hot Pie bread will make it feel like the food is straight from the kitchens of Winterfell.
Dessert: This is by far the most important meal, considering it is what will be eaten during the show. Make a plate of lemon cakes, inspired from Sansa’s love for them. They may not be as good as the ones in King’s Landing, but they’re sure to be delicious nonetheless.
For the lucky students who have HBO, an old episode of “Game of Thrones” will be on from 6:20 p.m. to 9:00 p.m., and the premiere will come on at 9:00 p.m. For those who do not have a subscription to HBO, make friends with people who do! There are plenty of Penn Staters who are over the moon about the new season, and would be glad to watch with people who have the same interests. Penn State’s camaraderie is one of the things the school is the most proud of, and watching “Game of Thrones” is no exception!
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