When Queen Elizabeth II dies, the loss will grind Great Britain to a halt: Businesses will close for days and a long period of national mourning will commence. Huge, right?
Well, it turns out some fictional queens get this oversize funeral, too.
On Sunday night’s series finale of “Game of Thrones,” Queen Daenerys Targaryen bit the big one when she was stabbed by her squeeze/nephew Jon Snow. Even though it happened early in the episode, and there were plenty more bombshells to come, the moment provided a harsh truth: This is the end.
But weepy “Thrones” fans aren’t ready to let go — or go to work.
According to a Harris Poll, the office duties of some 27 million adults would be directly affected by the shocker finale, and 10.7 million planned to play hooky on Monday. (The poll, conducted for the Workforce Institute at Kronos Incorporated, surveyed 1,090 employed American adults 18 and over, and that data was then applied to US census data to create projections.)
You’ve ‘GoT’ to be kidding me.
It’s not because they were too tired. The episode was over by 10:20 p.m. on the East Coast. Assuming most people’s alarms go off around 6 a.m, that’s plenty of shut-eye to drag your butt to your boring job.
The real reason for this unofficial holiday? It’s just the latest instance of lazy grown-ups infantalizing themselves while expecting everybody else to go along for their selfish ride.
These work-skipping viewers are so upset their favorite characters are donezo, they’re in a funk and can’t do basic tasks like earn a paycheck.
And here I thought Daenerys had gone mad.
Obsessing over fictional characters is nothing new. The release of “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows” in 2007 garnered a similarly emotional reaction. The difference here is that the bulk of those readers were kids and teens at the time, with responsibilities such as geometry and baseball, whereas the majority of the “Game of Thrones” audience is 18-to-49-year-olds. And, apparently, very sensitive.
All season long, the outrage over the HBO show’s choices and the fate of their favorite characters has bubbled over into hysteria. It’s no wonder.
As we hide away in our homes for days on end, GrubHubbing, Netflixing, Instagramming and hardly ever leaving, more and more we have upgraded TV characters to pet status. That is, we care about them like they’re a loved one who can’t talk back. They judge us less than our parents or a Tinder date.
They also aren’t real, however, and this response is overkill. Dany ain’t Eva Perón.
Escapes are good, necessary reprieves from the banality of our 9-to-5 existences. But should we run so far away from reality that we lose sight of it? No.
This is a TV show. Get out of bed, go to work, grab a drink with your three-dimensional friends.
The Stark kids have all moved on. So should you.
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