On Monday the University of Salford’s Student Union hosted a premiere for the return of the popular TV show Game of Thrones.
The event was attended by around 50 people with the show being projected onto a large screen live at 9pm in the Atmosphere Cafe.
Dave Dullage, Head of Communications for Salford Student Union said, “The event had a great response and always has done, that’s why we try and show Game of Thrones whenever we can. In fact the last showing was such a success we’ve decided to show it on a weekly basis so our students can enjoy watching the series together every time.”
University of Salford student and avid Game of Thrones fan Scarlett Kane said, “I went because it was a more of a social situation to watch the show in, and it was great because there was a lot of people there and everyone gets really into it so it was a lot of fun.”
Without giving any spoilers away she talked about the show, “They went over what happened in the last ones, and obviously all the characters came back and lots of different twists happened which is great and so confusing and then everyone freaked.”
The episode aired was the first of the new 6th season which and went out on Sky Atlantic at 9pm UK time.
The show is produced by the US channel HBO and first aired in 2011 and quickly secured its place in modern popular culture with its escapism, sudden twists and violent deaths drawing in millions of viewers across the world.
A huge factor in the shows huge success is down to the casting with well known stars previously involved in the show such as Sean Bean (Ned Stark) and Charles Dance (Tywin Lannister).
Many of the cast have now become household names with the show helping their careers with the likes of Peter Dinklage (Tyrian Lannister) and Sophie Turner (Sansa Stark) now involved in the X-Men franchise, Maisie Williams (Arya Stark) playing a key role in the last Doctor Who series and Emilia Clark (Daenerys Targaryen) playing Sarah Connor in Terminator Genisys.
Overnights.tv reported that the premiere for the show overall attracted around 2.16 million viewers, with 1.38 million viewers watching the 2am broadcast and around 816,000 viewers for the 9pm slot.
Another indicator to show how huge the show has become was shortly after the episode aired the trailer was released for episode two and has now gained 2.4 million views since it’s release on Monday.
The second episode will be show at the Salford Student Union live at 9pm.
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