Party not coming for Game of Thrones

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Londoners on the edge of their seats over who will next lay claim to the Iron Throne will have to settle for their sofa as local excitement for Game of Thrones doesn’t quite match anticipation globally.

Leading up to the Season 7 premiere of the most popular television show in the world, the Bull and Barrel restaurant hosted a Game of Thrones trivia night on Tuesday.

“It was an astounding success,” said Andrew Corbett, owner of the downtown London restaurant.

The Game of Thrones themed evening packed the restaurant with 130 fans of the series. Corbett said staff had to turn guests away because they reached the restaurant’s capacity.

“We planned it about two and a half months ago just thinking about the fan base that Game of Thrones has,” said Corbett.

But he added, “I’m surprised no (bars) have announced a viewing party for Sunday.”

Such an event has been done in bars across the world, often accompanied by cameras to capture and share viewers’ reactions to the series most shocking and bloody moments.

For Corbett, the cost of screening the show isn’t worth the excitement. “I would do a viewing party here, but we don’t get HBO and I’m not going to pay the premium to show it,” he said.

Game of Thrones has been shown in viewing-party-style in London before on the big screen. In June 2015, SilverCity London Cinemas screened the show’s Season 5 finale, an outing that hasn’t since been replicated by the theatre.

The show made its way into the classroom last year in London, as the focus of a special topics English class at Western University. The class, a second-year course called Winter is Coming: A Game of Thrones, examined such topics as violence and the sexualization of women drawn from the show’s source material, the A Song of Ice and Fire book series. The course will be taught at the university again this year.

LA Mood Comics & Games carries a collection of merchandise and games related to Game of Thrones. It often hosts special events for high-profile movie releases but not even the king of the silver screen warranted a celebration at the shop.

Chris Corradini, an employee at LA Mood, said he hadn’t heard of anywhere in London holding a large-scale outing to mark the start of Game of Thrones’ second-to-last season.

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What: Game of Thrones Season 7 premiere

Where to watch: HBO

When: Sunday, 9 p.m.

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