The smash hit American fantasy drama TV series Game of Thrones aired its series finale on Sunday evening, but left the possibility of multiple spin-offs in the future.
With the last-ever episode of HBO’s hit series, an era of television history closes.
Since its debut in 2011 ‘Game of Thrones’ has shattered records around the globe winning dozens of awards, not limited to the title of HBO’s most awarded show and most watched.
Drawing viewers from over 200 countries, the last season was seen by over 32 million in the U.S alone.
Sunday evenings – or early Mondays – won’t be the same for millions of Game of Thrones fans around the world.
Game of Thrones had complex plot lines, but its ingredients were basic: money, sex, violence, and power.
After eight seasons, the last episode of the record-breaking series has aired. Fans of the show are showing a range of emotions as the show finally reached its end.
The final season of Game of Thrones had longer episodes with some episodes running over 80 minutes, to the displeasure of some.
“Way too boring and long,” said one fan.
Some fans felt the show’s ending was rushed, with the finale sparking strong reactions.
“Gosh it sucked,” said one audience on the street.
For some fans, the finale met their expectations.
“I actually enjoyed it. They twisted the story too much to my liking this season, but I think they carried it out well without damaging their storyline too much,” said another.
The final season got ridiculed by some fans partly due to production gaffes. There is a petition calling for creators HBO to remake the show and it has collected more than a million signatures.
In China there was an uproar after Tencent, the local broadcaster of the show, postponed airing the final episode due to what it called “media transfer issues”.
Even so, record audience figures make Game of Thrones valuable property for parent company AT and T, as it launches its own streaming service to recoup viewers abandoning traditional cable TV.
In any case, Game of Thrones isn’t quite over. A spin off series is already in the works and Game of Thrones TV series took the story beyond the original novels long ago. Author, George R R Martin, has yet to complete his own ending to a saga that – like all classics – leaves fans craving more.