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Your HBO binge-watch guide

Because it's never too early to start procrastinating


August 09, 2016

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    Georgia Southern University Housing has worked together with ResNet, GSU's cable provider, to provide HBO Go to all students living in campus housing. With the world of HBO Go at your fingertips, it's naturally a little intimidating. Fear not! Here’s a small list of initial choices you should check out.

Game of Thrones
    Courtly intrigue, clashing armies, and ruthless scheming; dragons and dark magic; nudity, brutal violence and bloody gore. Game of Thrones, the television adaption of George R. R. Martin's A Song of Ice and Fire fantasy novels, would never be able to succeed on any other network besides HBO. Rocking a budget of $6–10 million per episode, depending on the season, Game of Thrones, with its wide ensemble of memorable characters and spectacular set pieces, is truly a television extravaganza. Set in a fictional realm resembling the Middle Ages, the show chronicles the violent civil war between several noble families. Heroes will be outmaneuvered and characters you find yourself rooting for might meet tragic ends.
    With six seasons consisting of 10 episodes each, it should be pretty easy for you to catch up. Now all those Game of Thrones gifs and memes will finally make sense.

True Detective
    An anthology crime series, each season follows a different set of characters in various locations and time periods. The series churns out and submits a number of striking images, but what’s even more impressive is the star power it wields. The first season, a product from the Mcconaissance Era (a string of critically and commercially successful acting gigs Matthew McConaughey landed), features McConaughey and Woody Harrelson as a pair of Louisiana detectives haunted with their 17-year-old pursuit of an elusive serial killer. The second season stars Rachel McAdams, Colin Farrell and Taylor Kitsch as three Californian detectives from different departments investigating a series of linked crimes and Vince Vaughn as a shifty businessman. With only two seasons and 16 episodes total, there’s no excuse not to binge watch this addictive show.  

The Leftovers

    The Leftovers takes place three years after a global event called the "Sudden Departure," an unexplained rapture where 140 million people, 2 percent of the world's population, abruptly disappears. This seismic, chilling event is given no explanation — is it biblical, religious or scientific? The show, set in a world dealing with the fallout of the “sudden departure,” explores thought-provoking themes of existentialism and nihilism.

Silicon Valley
    Silicon Valley, a show about the exploits of six men who found a startup company, moves effortlessly between filthy jokes and vulgar punchlines to dry observations and witty remarks. Silicon Valley utilizes both high-brow and low-brow humor and sticks it in a blender, creating its own unique style.

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