Now that the first episode of "Game of Thrones" has aired, the general public has finally been made privy to what the certain boastful critics have been tweeting about for weeks: HBO has another important show on its hands.
But the true measure of how hot a series is nowadays can only be ascertained by scanning Twitter.
And if you had believed one user, things would not bode well for the long-term success of "Game of Thrones."
"Prediction: Twitter will fall almost silent during #GameofThrones, possibly sending us all back to 2005."
HBO is thankful that she was very, very wrong. Hundreds -- nay, thousands -- of tweets poured in to the #GameofThrones hash tag, revealing the mundane, profound and downright silly thoughts of the hoi polloi.
Many tweets centered on two topics: decapitations and direwolves.
"Two decapitations in the first fifteen minutes. This is going to be a good show."
"The direwolf pups are so cute!"
"Direwolf puppies. YAY!!!"
"Tell me one thing...do any of the dogs die? cause if they do i'm changing the channel."
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And at least one concerned both:
"Yay wolf puppies! Boo decapitation." -- @ouimonamie
Some people hated the show.
"Game of Thrones is really boring so far."
"I have mixed emotions about gameofthrones so far. I think someone who hasn't read the books would see things moving too fast."
And some people loved it:
"Oh, hey there, show, getting everything right. I'm sorry I worried."
Others used lots of exclamation points or made some larger point about the commenter's life.
"Ewwwwwah!! Incest on #GameOfThrones!!! Gross!!!" -- @KKMG33
"Need to get people to start referring to me as Your Grace."
But the best tweets centered on Peter Dinklage's character Tyrion Lannister, an erudite, whoring rich man who happens to also be the youngest brother of the queen.
"WHY DOES PETER DINKLAGE HAVE BEIBER HAIR?"
"Peter Dinklage gets the win!"
"lol this midget is a pimp."
So true. Congrats, dude.
John Sellers (@johnsellers) scours Twitter so you don't have to.