Cast of Game Of Thrones, which debuts its final season on April 15, expresses gratitude

The Iron Throne on display at an interactive Game Of Thrones installation in Austin, Texas, on March 8, 2019. PHOTO: REUTERS
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BELFAST, NORTHERN IRELAND - When Game Of Thrones premiered on HBO in 2011, the people most excited about the show were probably those who had read George R. R. Martin's series of fantasy novels, A Song Of Ice And Fire.

By now, the show has grown into a global phenomenon and gone ahead of the books. According to cable and broadband giant Comcast's data for its video-on-demand platform, it was the most popular television show of 2018 in the United States, despite not airing any new episodes.

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