The Bard of Banefort Posted March 29, 2022 Share Posted March 29, 2022 21 minutes ago, Black of Hair and Heart said: I kind of just think that's how...time works? And people's interest? Like, Breaking Bad was hugely popular during its 2008-2013 run, and people broadly liked the ending. But would you rather have been selling Breaking Bad merch in 2012 during the run up to the finale, or in late 2013 after it was over and all anyone was talking about was the Red Wedding? Tens of millions of dollars in marketing, press tours by the actors and creators, people speculating on what's going to happen; all of this drives "popularity" or whatever you want to call it, and all of it goes away once a show is over, whether people liked the ending or not. Star Wars is an anomaly (or used to be, before they started cranking out new content monthly under Disney) in that it's a once-in-a-lifetime property in terms of popularity. And even that was more or less fashioned by Lucas himself to sell merch, to say nothing of it now being part of the all consuming Disney empire. You can't really use that as a metric for something like this. I suppose so, but it was such a sudden drop in pop culture relevance that it was jarring. Part of being a fan nowadays is listening to podcasts, watching YouTube videos, doing rewatches on social media, etc., and the climate for GOT has been overwhelmingly negative in that regard. To use Star Wars as an example again, it’s kind of like how The Last Jedi did well commercially, but you can’t talk about it anywhere online without it getting ripped to shreds. So while I agree that it’s still popular among casual viewers, a big part of what made it a phenomenon is gone. I think this conversation on r/naath (a pro-GOT subreddit) kind of sums up what I’m trying to get at: Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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