The season 8 teaser of the US TV series ‘Game of Thrones’ (Photo by Chesnot / Getty Images)
It was the winter of social media dissatisfaction last week as fans of HBO’s critically acclaimed fantasy series Game of Thrones shared their reaction to a new trailer for the less-than-acclaimed eighth and final season across multiple platforms.
While the show ended its run almost two years ago, HBO has released trailers to mark the 10th anniversary of the hit TV show highlighting the best moments of each season. Fans quickly pounced on a mythical dragon on the season 8 trailer.
Even if the actual trailer for this last season was touted as extremely well edited and certainly captures the most beautiful moments, it cannot be denied that many fans felt disappointed and were quite vocal.
Since uploading to YouTube on April 6, the video has been viewed more than 450,000 times and with nearly 2,500 comments. If HBO was hoping this would gain new respect, they should have reconsidered. The vast majority were either openly hostile or mocked the current season. A common theme among these comments was that the season was rushing and too many storylines had been abandoned to bring the show to a close.
The fact that the video was viewed less than half a million times could also indicate how unpopular the season was. GameOfThrones’ YouTube channel has nearly 4.6 million subscribers – suggesting that many fans just weren’t that keen to see a rerun of the show’s lackluster ending.
Meanwhile, many fan videos have surfaced that cast the spotlight on the wrong turn of the show.
Among them was “The Ruined Legacy of Game of Thrones” from the YouTube channel “Captainmidnight”. While this channel has around 443,000 subscribers, the current video has been viewed more than 252,000 times.
Likewise, the “Every Bug in Game of Thrones Season 8” video posted by Culture Vulture Media nearly two years ago has been viewed nearly 2.6 million times, with many comments only arriving last week. Obviously, fans seem more interested in what went wrong with Game of Thrones than taking a stroll down the video trail to be reminded of the highlights.
Winter fell flat
On Wednesday afternoon and evening, “Game of Thrones” and “Season 8” were hot on Twitter, in response to @GameOfThrones’ simple post “Winter is Coming”.
This tweet was retweeted more than 25,000 times and had more than 135,000 likes – suggesting that there were still plenty of fans out there who weren’t quite on their way to the end of the show. However, there was still a lot of negativity among the nearly 26,000 tweets cited.
Astead W. Herndon (@AsteadWesley), New York Times reporter and CNN political analyst, was among the voices on Twitter that may have summed up what many felt about the final season of Games of Thrones, “if HBO wants that I take a look at it. I would like to personally apologize for season 8. 12-point font, double spacing, no fun business on the side. “
The YouTube Channel Overlord DVD, which makes fun of pop culture, went so far as to share an “alternate ending” of the series via a tweet.
Writer John Hornor Jacobs (@johnhornor) was also one of those who discovered that Warner Brothers (which also owns HBO) recently funded a remake of the superhero movie Justice League. Jacobs wrote: “You gave Zack Snyder 70 a little million dollars to fix the Justice League. Fix season 8. You could probably do it in three episodes.”
If HBO really thought that could change, maybe it would have been wise not to post “Winter Is Coming” in April as the country recovers from a pandemic. But then again, maybe they could redesign season 8 and make everyone happy.