I understand that Game of Thrones has come to an end after eight series. I’ve never seen it, not one show, so I can’t comment on whether the ending was wrong, as is being debated on social media. I will say however that it’s not the audience’s job to dictate to the screenwriters. I hate the idea of ‘interactive’ programmes and films. Just because you don’t like it, that doesn’t mean it’s wrong.
Then things have taken a rather odd turn. A website, bark.com, is offering a helpline for those viewers having difficulty coming to terms with the end of the programme. Now bark.com usually will hook you up with dog grooming services, not counsellors. I can see why they’re doing it, though. Forty quid an hour is a nice little earner, isn’t it?
Callers can Skype counsellors familiar with the show so they can discuss storylines, and ‘help viewers digest their feelings and interpretation of the show, which could range from anger and confusion to sadness and grief.’ Also, they’ll ‘guide fans on how to move on after almost a decade of fandom.’
Let me say this. I’ve seen lots of films that have shocked and saddened me. Loads of them, and some have actually featured on this very blog. At no point did I get so flakey as to seek professional help.
I’ll say something else, too. I rather expect that some of the favourite characters met their end. It happens when you’ve got seven nations at war, and dragons whizzing about. As a writer, I was heartbroken when I had to kill Charlie off, but it had to be done. She’d done what I needed her to do, and I was desperate to avoid the possibility of any sequels. She had to go, and I still miss her badly. She wasn’t physically real, but she was to me, because I’d created her. Even so I didn’t go so flakey as to approach a counsellor about her demise.
Bark and the counsellors are just in it for the money, aren’t they?