Water cooler TV shows are more than just television shows. They are cultural moments. Shared experiences.
One thing I've heard a lot about the end of Throne's game is that it might really spell the end of a certain kind of television. That's what people typically call the "watercooler TV" type of show that enough people see that it becomes a common currency, a type of cultural event that almost everyone has an opinion on. As it is such a show, it is also a thing that can bring people together, to parties, debates, celebrations and frustrations. Game of Thrones is the kind of cultural event that people build relationships over that they share with their family.
I've never been a big viewer of the show, I'm a good deal behind, to be honest, but I remember one of my friends really was in it for a while in college. He saw it with his roommate. And even though I wasn't watching it myself, I was part of the moment. So often on Sunday he had written me for food at a certain time before Thronespil and we would hurry to have dinner before the show started. It is an experience I will always remember, a bonding period created by a fantasy epic.
So I wonder: What experiences did Thrones play you? Who did you look at it with? When you remember the show, what do you want to know about your real life?
The final of Throne's game flies tonight on HBO.
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