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Why it is hard to quit Game Of Thrones

Published on Jun 7, 2014 8:48 AM
A television still from Game Of Thrones season 4 starring Pedro Pascal as Oberyn Martell. -- PHOTO: HBO ASIA

To “rage-quit” is to yank oneself out of a computer game in frustration and disappointment. People who watch Game Of Thrones use the phrase a lot after beloved characters are killed.

Every time a high body-count episode is aired, fuming viewers throng the message boards. They scream at author George R.R. Martin, calling him a murderer, a crusher of hopes and smasher of dreams, a sick so-and-so and an all-around party pooper. They threaten to rage-quit the show.

But they never do.

They hug it out, share their grief, hold virtual funerals on the Web. Then they tune in the following week, in ever-growing numbers around the world. All this emotional turmoil is for a show that is now one of the most-watched shows in HBO’s history, surpassing the record held by fan and critic favourite, The Sopranos. 

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