Why are we so hooked on Game of Thrones?

Lena Headey as Cersei Lannister in

The Diag Bar and Grill on Southport is hosting a Game of Thrones trivia competition early Sunday evening, shortly followed by a screening of the new season premiere.

The season, which is starting later than ones of the past to accommodate for the official change of season on the show (winter is no longer coming, as the characters and fans all learned in the season 6 finale that winter had officially arrived).

One of the things that strikes me about most of the characters is that despite all their political cunning, they can make some serious blunders that lead to demise or further suffering.

Game of Thrones Season 7 premiere, Sunday, July 16, 9/8c on HBO. This one is the most entertaining, for sure, but not quite as thorough as the others. Now, theoretically, what if they're all great? Or that a seasoned English actor appeared as special guest for all of one episode?

Viewers of HBO's Game of Thrones have been cooling their heels and settling for reruns for more than a year since they saw Daenerys Targaryen, her adviser Tyrion Lannister and the rest of her army set sail for Westeros to wrest the Seven Kingdoms away from newly crowned queen Cersei Lannister.

That being said, last season ended with a lot of unknowns for the characters.

The net effect is that more time, and more detail, were invested in the individual episodes.

We had difficulty finding flights between SFO and Lannisport, whose LPR airport is about a mile from Casterly Rock, but there are several domestic dragon flights daily from King's Landing to Winterfell, for example. Daenerys believes it is her birthright to take back the throne. The threat that is posed by them is more real than ever before, and he will need to convince everyone else to believe him if there's going to be a fighting chance at defeating them.

So, have faith: There's definitely plenty of Jon Snow in your future, Game of Thrones fans. Sometimes Nan would talk to him as if he were her Brandon, the baby she had nursed all those years ago, and sometimes she confused him with his uncle Brandon, who was killed by the Mad King before Bran was even born.

CERSEI LANNISTER - as a woman, the matriarch of the Lannister clan battles for a place at the table in a world made for men, by men. If only she were a bit more humble and less apt to rely on sex appeal and glamour to bolster her image, she might have a good choice of ruling us all from Raisina Hill (because of course Cersei needs the most impressive building for herself; she'll boot the President out pronto). And so is Game of Thrones Season 7!

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