Game of Thrones – Final Seasons Cut Short
Game of Thrones has taken the world of television by storm – an interesting fact, considering it started out as literature. From the stunning visuals to the twisting plots, and of course, the relationships, death, and fantasy, it’s practically become its own genre of television. GoT fans can’t get enough.
Through the past six seasons, the GoT phenomenon has only continued to grow, leaving fans clamoring for more each and every week. But, it was recently announced that the final two seasons of the show will be shortened. This bodes a couple of issues: One, it means fans will have to wait longer (in between seasons) for the conclusions they want. Secondly, some people see it as sort of a ‘cop out,’ or a way to make more money by splitting what could be one long season, into two shorter ones.
While these theories and ideas aren’t necessarily wrong, the big question is, will people still be watching? Will it actually affect the viewership of the show? Chances are, no. Frustrating as it may be to die hard fans, this is actually a great marketing technique, designed to entice people to tune in for more. Breaking Bad did a similar practice with the final season of their show, splitting it in two with a couple months in between. It might have been frustrating for fans to have to wait, but it is touted as one of the best television finales of all time, with one of the largest audiences for the show.
Because GoT fans know that every episode of both shortened seasons ahead will be jam-packed with thick plots, exciting battles, and so much more. A frustrating, but effective system for television, and for Game of Thrones.