Chatting about a series

Listen to two friends chatting about a television series to practise and improve your listening skills.

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Man: So, did you see the final episode last night?

Woman: Of course! As if I would miss that!

Man: And?

Woman: It was by far the best episode, definitely.

Man: Yeah, totally. The dragon at the end and all the special effects in that final scene were amazing.

Woman: I loved that part! But I still don't think this series was as good as the others.

Man: Really? But you said you wouldn't want to miss it?

Woman: I know, but still … it's a lot more predictable than it used to be.

Man: But that's because the story has been told so well that all the characters are reaching their destiny now.

Woman: I don't know … before, anyone could die at any time so it was exciting! But, this series, no key characters died and we all knew they wouldn't. When Jaime fell in the water after the dragon attacked him, we knew he would make it somehow. And … oh, surprise, Bronn jumps in and saves him.

Man: They did kill some characters in this series, though. What was that one's name …?

Woman: Exactly, see! You can't even remember who died!

Man: Hmm. The only thing I didn't like about this series was that it was shorter than the others. Seven episodes instead of ten. Maybe they spent all their money on that dragon!

Woman: Right! I don't understand why they did it, as all the fans would happily watch ten episodes.

Man: I reckon that now they're not using the story in the books any more, they don't have as many ideas.

Woman: That would explain why they're not being as brave with the story too. It's more like a Hollywood film than a TV show now.

Man: So, is Tyrion still your favourite character?

Woman: You know … surprisingly, I think my favourite might be Cersei.

Man: What?!

Woman: She's so interesting! All the awful things she's done and the way she's just aiming for revenge, even though it won't make her happy. She still surprises us because we're expecting her to have a happy ending where she sees her mistakes and becomes a good person. But she never does, no matter what it costs her. She's unpredictable because we just can't believe anyone would be like her.

Man: I guess. You don't have to like a character for them to be your favourite!

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Submitted by pam89 on Fri, 09/08/2019 - 12:39

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I think is about Games of Trones. I don't have an opinion about this series because I have never watched it because it's not my type of series. I prefer other than this.

Submitted by naser.z on Thu, 25/07/2019 - 09:20

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The Game of Thrones It has a good start, with amazing continue and disappointing final but i love it. After watching GOT i watched Friends. It's incredible with lovely character and i'm watching Shameless now

Submitted by nikoslado on Wed, 17/07/2019 - 16:26

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Dear Team, I think in Task2, page3, the most logical answer is the third one.The suggested first one, for some reasons, doesn't seem to be the more correct. Am I right or not?Thanks again...

Hello nikoslado

I agree that this one is a little tricky, but I think the first option is the best one. For one thing, the man says nearly exactly the same thing (the fifth time he speaks), whereas he himself doesn't say anything that clearly supports either of the other options. He can't remember the name of one character, but that is different from the third answer option.

Does that make sense?

All the best

Kirk

The LearnEnglish Team

Submitted by Claudette Ndenzako on Sat, 13/07/2019 - 08:13

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I don't watch Game of thrones. I don't really know what it's all about.

Submitted by Kinza123 on Tue, 25/06/2019 - 16:46

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I love watching the series with actors that are portraying their character in all possible ways where we can see different shades of each and evey character in a series another thing which i think is important is the plot of story and the amount of time it takes to develop your interest in it. I must say that i love watching korean drama series because of their flawless acting and the attachment we feel with characters due to their brilliant acting everything seems to look so much real and we start to feel the same emotions as the actors feel.

Submitted by pizzy78 on Thu, 13/06/2019 - 17:56

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Hello, Why do the two guys use the word "series" instead" of "season"?
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Submitted by Peter M. on Fri, 14/06/2019 - 07:14

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Hello pizzy78,

The word 'season' used to be reserved for things like sports (the football season, the tennis season) rather than TV productions; these were always called series (a new series of Star Trek, my favourite series the the X-Files).

Recently, the word 'season' has become more popular. I think – though I'm not certain – that this was part of a marketing campaign by TV producers who thought it sounded better than 'series'. In any case, 'season' is now common used but 'series' is still used as well.

 

Peter

The LearnEnglish Team

Submitted by Mix on Tue, 14/05/2019 - 03:07

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I like Game of Thrones, however I prefer Spartacus and Vikings, there is more action and the plot moves faster than GOT. Also, GOT just kill to everyone at the end of each season for making it interesting for the next one.

Submitted by cadu on Tue, 30/04/2019 - 18:35

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This chat is about Game of Thrones my favorite serie. I think that the story is amazing the characters are strong and the visual effects surprise all the people. My favorite character is Arya Stark because she has been growing and reinvented since very difficult situations. In general all starks are good characters but Arya like me a lot, she is a warrior
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Submitted by Vijay Singh on Mon, 22/04/2019 - 23:55

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That is about the Games of thrones TV show (as per my best knowledge, a single episode of this series is most costly to produce). I am coming to second question now, It is a nice question. Off-course Games of throne is my one of my favourite TV shows but I want to discuss about Mirzapur (Indian thriller TV show). This is a story of two brothers to become a gangster, all by one incident. The father of boys are an advocate and trying to stop gangster activities by filing case against them. The son of gangster Kalin bhaiya came to advocate's home to threaten him not to interfere in gangster's business. The conversation went out of control, advocate's son fight with gangster son and bleed him up.When kalin knows all the incident he asked his goons to catch the boys and in trash front of me. The goons threaten brothers to come with us or you will found your family and sister in risky situation. Brothers decided to go with goons. In between of Kalin's conversation with young boys, he found a potential to run his business on their shoulder and ask boys to leave and think about the proposal. This is how this thriller story begins.

Submitted by Su Shwe Yee Win on Mon, 22/04/2019 - 05:49

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I know that series it's Game of throne. It's also my favourite one.

Submitted by Su Shwe Yee Win on Mon, 22/04/2019 - 05:46

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Oh that series is also my favourite one. I like John , Cersei also Dany. But the character i hate so much is Sansa. I thought that she is just a annoying girl without talent .She is by far just as like as her mother. Cersei may be evil but i thought she has a reason why she became an evil. And i like her evil smile.
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Submitted by Oksi1001 on Fri, 19/04/2019 - 16:42

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Oh, i've been watching this series too. Game of throns one of the my favorite series too. I completely agree with girl from the dialog, couple of seasons ago series was more unpredictable than now. Many of main characters died and i even could't imagine that! Couple of days ago started last eight season of series and very soon, we will know who will became king of seven kingdoms..It is so interesting. By far i really like this series,there are incredible script, so colorful characters and it's made very qualitatively. Nice to watching such series. And also i'd recomend to watch it everyone!

Submitted by mogidhan on Wed, 17/04/2019 - 17:15

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I am very greatful to you
There are series with diferents intentions. There are ones for a show,for a commerce and others ones for to give the community a sense of life,an inspiring reflect of reality or maybe it has been a new perspective accepted for whose are looking for a little of wisdom on a series. I saw one about religion history from Arabian peninsula...so good it was for me. Difference was that series was not a show...it was a vision about one of storie from those lands. The series about topic, is based,inspired on scandinavian mithology and literature from others origins like a leyend, a tale in a relation with the beginning of human history and the earth too and a continuing war between differents forces.. Special efects are amazing, but amazing is something could make us richer after we had watched a series...we will get enriching our personal life after all.