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It's occurred to me many times how long the title sequence is for Game of Thrones, apparently it's award winning but I've found it to be tedious.

Is the title sequence significantly longer than other TV shows? If so what is the reason for this? Is it to do with the large cast?

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Somewhat related: movies.stackexchange.com/questions/2581/… –  TylerShads Jul 23 '13 at 13:11
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Game of Throne's opening sequence clocks at 1:50 minutes, which is indeed longer than most modern TV opening credits that rarely break a minute. There are several reasons for this:

  1. To establish an epic feeling for the series. A similar series, Rome, has a credit sequence that lasts 1:30.

  2. To establish where the action takes place. Each episode the camera zooms on the part of the map where the story will unfold. This is to help TV viewers who don't have the luxury of an inset map.

  3. Game of Thrones is an ensemble piece, and thus has plenty of major characters and thus actors. So to give their credits justice, you would indeed need a longer than average credit sequence.

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I also find Dexters opening scene quite long. It is around 1:40 –  Travis Jul 23 '13 at 16:43
    
@Travis i think the one for true blood breaches 2 minutes, though ill need to verify that –  RhysW Jul 24 '13 at 8:52
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