Game of Thrones has long been one of the most addictive shows on television and, by extension, one of the most binge-worthy. The show’s constant suspense, unforgiving twists, and tight ten-episode arcs over the course of its six seasons make it easy to run through several episodes in a row -- if you can handle so much blood and death one sitting.
HBO knows this, and it has plenty of time to fill as fans patiently await the highly anticipated seventh season, the first to comprise fewer than 10 episodes. But the network is going all-out Thrones with one of its sister stations to close out 2016 and ring in the New Year, as it will give viewers the chance to relive their favorite episodes -- all of them.
HBO announced via the Game of Thrones Twitter account on Monday that “a season a day” will air every day from Dec. 26-31 on HBO 2. “Rally the realm,” the tweet reads as it calls for groups of Game of Thrones fans to see if they can endure what could be the ultimate TV binge. A 30-second preview of the marathon was also released (above); it only shows clips from season 6, but that does include great new episodes such as 'The Battle of the Bastards' that you can enjoy all over again.
Rally the realm.
— Game Of Thrones (@GameOfThrones) December 19, 2016
The Game of Thrones Twitter page fired off three more tweets to promote the season-a-day marathon on Tuesday, one of which featured a shot of Ned Stark with Jon Snow from season 1. The marathon comes with no hint at any kind of real preview for season 7, which is still in production until at least February 2017. The only official look so far at the next season came in very brief glimpses at Jon Snow, Arya Stark, and Sansa Stark in a promo for all of HBO’s upcoming new content.
The Game of Thrones season-a-day marathon presents a great opportunity for fans to experience their favorite episodes or seasons in order and let HBO push all the buttons. It’s also the perfect chance for new fans who are just incredibly late to the game to be introduced to the show and all its characters -- many of which will die off at a record rate as the marathon progresses.
Watching a marathon of any entire show is an arduous task, but Game of Thrones presents its own unique set of challenges. Even one episode can feel overwhelming, let alone 60 over the course of six days. But the only real downside to the marathon is that it will make anticipation for season 7, which isn’t expected until summer of 2017, grow even more.
Game of Thrones season 7 will premiere in the summer of 2017 on HBO.