Unsurprisingly, there’s plenty of overlap between the esports scene and the Game of Thrones fandom. With last night’s finale in the books, community leaders from throughout the scene jumped on Twitter to give their own hot takes on the end of the series—and to take issue with others’ feelings on the conclusion.
Caster Christopher “MonteCristo” Mykles posted a heartfelt tribute to the series, pointing out its importance as potentially one of the last massively popular television shows to bring together a large shared audience.
Monte is right that the explosion of online streaming services in recent years has made it harder for shows to command audiences as massive as Game of Thrones’, but the media cycle never ends, and new shows will surely pop up to fill the void left by GoT. Still, the end of the beloved fantasy series does feel like the end of a chapter in entertainment history.
Journalist Tyler “Fionn” Erzberger celebrated the end of the series with a quippy tweet.
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While the Game of Thrones finale sparked controversy almost immediately, with many fans praising the series’ end and others claiming it was unsatisfying, everyone—at least everyone in North America and Europe—can agree that the MSI came to an exciting finish.
Tyler “Ninja” Blevins had a hot take of his own, regaling fans with his thoughts on how Game of Thrones should have properly come to an end. Ninja’s wish to keep the story going reflects many fans’ disappointment over the end of the beloved series. Warning: Don’t click through to Ninja’s Twitter if you haven’t seen the episode yet, because it’s a spoiler zone.
But perhaps the best way to approach the end of a series as long-running as Game of Thrones is with some levity. Brendan “PlayerUnknown” Greene took this angle.
With last weekend’s gripping Mid-Season Invitational and a Game of Thrones finale, it’s unlikely that we’ll have a weekend as entertaining as this one for quite a while. But fortunately, though Game of Thrones may have sung its last song, esports is forever.