Favorite HBO geek show: 'Westworld' or 'Game of Thrones'?
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Favorite HBO geek show: 'Westworld' or 'Game of Thrones'?

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"Westworld" and "Game of Thrones" are HBO's most beloved series with strong geek followings. Both series have become part of the zeitgeist thanks to critical acclaim and high ratings. Fans were lit for the season two premiere of "Westworld," after waiting 16 months for the show's return. But Thronies are arguably the more established and mobilized fandom of "GoT." They are waiting patiently for the show's return in 2019 and for its spin-offs. Which is the ultimate HBO geek series? 🐉🌵📺

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Below is the synopsis of "Westworld," per IMDB.

Set at the intersection of the near future and the reimagined past, explore a world in which every human appetite can be indulged without consequence.

The success of "Westworld" grew throughout its first season in 2016, and fandom has uplifted the geek series to the same level of "The Walking Dead" and "Game of Thrones."

We won't spoil anything for you, but "Westworld" is based on the 1973 movie of the same name. The show is a western, but with a twist—artificial beings inhabit an Old West theme park. High-paying guests or "newcomers" are allowed to do whatever they want within the park, without any consequences.

The show's highly-anticipated season two premiered on Sunday, April 22. Fans have been hyped over the show's return. The Verge's Bryan Bishop wrote about the anticipation of the second season:

Set to an epic, orchestral cover of Nirvana’s “Heart-Shaped Box,” the spot hits on all the major story threads that were left dangling from the season 1 finale. Bernard is still struggling to cope with what he is, while Dolores tries to convince him of the beauty and worthiness of all hosts. Teddy laments that he and Dolores have “ridden for 10 miles,” and all they’ve seen is bloodshed. Maeve wants to find her daughter — despite the fact that she may just be a figment of her programmatic imagination. There’s a quick glimpse of a figure from Westworld’s sister park, Shogunworld, and Ed Harris’ Man in Black intoning, “I’m gonna burn this whole thing to the ground.” It’s juxtaposed with him walking toward a ragged door cut into the side of the mountain, which may be a nod to the secret code name of this season, “The Door.”

It all ends on a chilling note, with Evan Rachel Wood’s Dolores smiling at Bernard. “Why on earth would you ever be frightened of me?” she asks.

The series currently holds a fresh rating of 89 percent on Rotten Tomatoes, and geeks would argue season two looks very promising. In the meantime, check out WatchMojo's list of the season one's best moments below.

Here's the synopsis of "Game of Thrones," per IMDB:

Nine noble families fight for control over the mythical lands of Westeros; A forgotten race returns after being dormant for thousands of years.

If you have never seen "Game of Thrones," or fell off during an earlier season, then you are basically an outsider. AN OUTSIDER! Everyone is always talking about the show—even after 60 episodes. The seventh season premieres on July 16, and it's always interesting to see who's going to take over the Iron Thorne, kill or be killed. Yep, this is a show still on top of its game. And if last year's season finale is any indication, fans can't get enough.

Variety's Laura Prudom wrote in 2016:

No matter who’s on the Iron Throne, “Game of Thrones” continues to rule in ratings; HBO’s drama hit a series high for its Season 6 finale in live plus same day viewership, drawing 8.9 million viewers in a pivotal episode that killed off several major characters and shook up the show’s political landscape forever.

No spoilers, but in season seven, the Iron Thorne comes down to Cersei Lannister, Daenerys Targaryen, and Jon Snow. So again, the show has only become more ruthless. Not only that, but there are a few spin-offs in the works: FOUR, allegedly!

Vanity Fair's Joanna Robinson wrote back in September:

When HBO announced in spring that it was considering four Game of Thrones spin-offs, fans were so dazzled by the sheer number of options that they didn’t quite know what to think. So, as he sometimes does in times of media frenzy and fan confusion, author George R.R. Martin took to his favorite platform, LiveJournal, to clear some things up. At the time, he declared that there were not just four possible spin-offs in the mix—but a secret fifth one as well. (He alluded to no. 5 cheekily and prematurely again on his blog last month.) Now, though, the news is finally and officially sanctioned by HBO: Game of Thrones executive producer Bryan Cogman has thrown his hat into the ring for a potential prequel. And if you’re a fan of the current show, that’s very good news indeed.

Whatever these spin-offs give us, we'll take it. That's for sure. But Thronies will have to wait until 2019 for more "GoT."

But in the meantime, let's check out what makes this show great—the many characters who have met their doom because of the Iron Thorne and the harsh medieval-like setting. Here are WatchMojo's top 10 deaths on "GoT" below.

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