Belfast, Scotland - The HBO series Game of Thrones is undisputedly a hit. Currently in its 4th season, the show draws almost 7 million viewers per episode. In contrast the audience for Season 1 was less than 3 million viewers per episode. The show airs on HBO on Sunday nights at 9 p.m. EST. HBO has just renewed the show for a 5th and 6th season.
However, there is currently a palpable feeling of despair amongst many of those viewers. A recent article posted on T.V. Guide's website (tvguide.com) made a passing comment that the Game of Thrones is a fantasy show. Almost instantly after the article was posted, tvguide.com was inundated with almost 5 million angry emails and comments disputing the assertion that Game of Thrones is a fantasy.
Apparently, the majority of the show's viewers believed the show chronicled actual events in real-time.
Most of the viewers are extremely dedicated and loyal to the show, at times sacrificing relationships with family and friends. Some of those viewers reacted violently, attacking T.V. Guide's headquarters in New York City, while some fell into desperate states of despair and depression. Close to 1 million of the show's fans committed suicide shortly after the article appeared.
Game of Thrones is based on author George R.R. Martin's epic fantasy novel series A Song of Ice and Fire. Martin added the second R. to his name because he thought it sounded cool like the two R's in J.R.R. Tolkien's name.
HBO released a statement that said, in part, that while the network was saddened by the current fans' reactions, it expected the overall fan base to go through the roof after such publicity. The statement concluded with "You can't buy exposure like this!"