Game of Thrones: The End of a Phenomenon

9 years of television. 8 seasons. 73 episodes. Game of Thrones is one of the most well-loved, critically acclaimed TV series of our time and it has finally come to an end.


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Nine years of television. Eight seasons. Seventy-three episodes. Game of Thrones is one of the most well-loved, critically acclaimed TV series of our time, and it has finally come to an end. This HBO favorite has garnered viewers numbering millions (with 32.8 million average per episode for Season 7) and has won numerous accolades, including Outstanding Drama Series, Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series (Peter Dinklage), and seven Creative Arts Emmys in 2018 alone.

That said, many fans are not ready to part with their beloved series, even more so because the final season has proved to be disappointing for many. Fans and non-fans alike have voiced their opinions on social media outlets, especially Twitter, which has long been a hub for GoT viewers to speculate, predict, and rant about the show. Most tweets usually contain light-hearted media content meant to make fans laugh and unite in their jaw-dropping disbelief accompanied by the addictive thrill the many twists and turns of GoT has provided.

However, as Season 8 has proven, fans can also utilize these social media outlets to express their discontent with the show, particularly with the way the writers have decided to conclude the iconic series. “I’m sorry but this season is a f***cking disgrace,” one user wrote. “I love this show, but this is just disgusting.” Another fan playfully commented that “Game of Thrones really ended like a last minute written essay that was due an hour ago.” Some fans have even started a petition to rewrite Season 8, one that has received over 52,813 signatures.

But as there are always two sides to a story, other fans have been more accepting of this flawed but inescapable finale and have chosen to mourn the loss of GoT as one. One user wrote,“Unpopular opinion: I think it ended the only way it could have. People don’t change as they get older, they accept who they really are. Prophecy is just fitting facts to a narrative afterwards, and having belief in an outcome will cause you to make it come true…there was never going to be a happy ending.

Satisfactory or not, this is the end of an era: the end of Westeros, the end of countless memes, mind-blowing theories, and suspenseful cliffhangers. As USA Today commented, “Because the finale was incredibly milquetoast, it’s not ‘Thrones’ the show that will last in our collective memory, but the larger, more mythical ‘Thrones’ phenomenon.”