The smoke is still clearing – or perhaps the fire still has yet to be put out – from yet another wave of outrage in the plot of HBO’s Game of Thrones. On Sunday night, people all over the country flocked to social media to spew their rage at season 5’s finale, which included the death of lead character Jon Snow, played by Kit Harrington.
Note: At this point, we would like to believe that with the myriad online publications that have mentioned Jon Snow’s death by name by now, that we’re not really responsible for any spoilers. We understand how sensitive these things can be, though.
Game of Thrones is well-known, if not notorious, for killing off characters that many would believe that the show absolutely needs for the plot. But at this point, the writers have discovered that the negative reactions by fans slowly translate into an insatiable need to run back to the next episode.
Even though the death of Snow is shocking to many, readers of the original novels by George R.R. Martin already knew that eventually…well…just read the books.
While we’d like to keep the story gossip going, let’s go back to the real world and get more perspective into the power of this series.
According to the New York Times, the season finale set a new viewership record with 8.1 million viewers. This beats out the viewership of last season’s finale by a million. As the Times also noted, the numbers for season five are notable considering that the premier went on at the same time as game 5 of the NBA finals.
Among the many highly-regarded original shows that have been housed at HBO, Game of Thrones has been recognized as the most watched series in the channel’s history. Despite the show’s graphic violence and multiple plots, it has essentially been ingrained into modern pop culture. Whenever a new episode premiers on a Sunday, Monday’s social media feeds are inundated in rather dramatic reactions to the direction of the show.