Why Game of Thrones ruled our lives, and what will take up our time next

CNET | 5/19/2019 | Eric Mack
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Interest in HBO's Game of Thrones is peaking as the series gets set to end for good Sunday night.

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The political/fantasy/zombie epic with several buddy and road movies embedded has reached that rare level of pop culture relevance where people who don't even watch the show are now talking about it. What's more, people are now regularly talking about how much people are talking about the show.

"It's been a wild ride and is clearly one of the most important of the cable appointment-viewing programs of its era," said Rick Stevens, a professor of media studies at the University of Colorado Boulder.

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Appointment viewing is the rapidly disappearing concept of planning your schedule around when a particular show or event is available to watch. Before the advent of streaming, on-demand TV services and YouTube, almost all viewing was appointment viewing, but today it's a designation primarily enjoyed by live sports and one-off events like the Academy Awards.

Thrones has managed to buck the trend and maintain its status as one of the last dramatic series to command an appointment-viewing audience. Stevens say this is thanks to die-hard fans who devour each episode as soon as it becomes available to participate in the online discussion around it.

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"More people watched the Sopranos, but the extension of Game of Thrones fan discourse into social media spaces and conventions has been something unique ... It's the sense of the cultural moment, the access to relevant conversations, and the fear of spoilers that fuel the drive for appointment viewing."

If the past five Sundays of your life have been anything like what's gone down in my house, you know that GoT night doesn't end with the credits and watching (perhaps hate-watching is more accurate for some) the "behind the episode" commentary with producers David Benioff...
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