Eight years since the first season aired, Games of Thrones characters will make their final acts of treachery, loyalty, violence, and selflessness on screen later today. Don't expect them to live happily ever after - diehard fans in Tauranga are among the millions around the who know all too well about the series' sudden twists and demises that have kept them hooked year after year. However, a poor reception to the final series has seen Tauranga costume shops reporting a winter-like chill coming over celebrations.

Game of Thrones is so popular a Pāpāmoa pub blamed it for a sudden drop

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