The HBO series 'Game Of Thrones' entered its eighth and final series in the early hours of this morning, amidst cries from thousands of devoted fans that they will kill themselves if the show does not appear for a ninth season.
The show first appeared on TV screens in 2011, and quickly built up a vast army of fans who seemed to believe that all of the dramatic events in the show were real-life goings-on that were happening somewhere.
Many of the shows fans started to dress like their favorite characters, and some went to work dressed like that. Rob Brown, a bank teller from Chicago, transformed himself into Jon Snow, which raised a few eyebrows.
Jane Schultz, a teacher in New York, started to go to work dressed as her favorite character, Daenerys Targaryen, with her long, plaited blond hair, and a dragon perched on her shoulder. On at least three occasions, she went to work naked, to reflect what was happening on-screen.
Dave Robson from Pittsburgh believes in White Walkers. He posted on Twitter:
"I know this is going to sound strange, but the events in 'Game Of Thrones' are real. It's too much like reality to have been made up. If we don't get a series 9, I'm going to kill myself."
Others jumped on the deathwagon. John Sugden, from London, who also answers to 'Ned Stark', said:
"I can't believe there isn't going to be a series 9. In fact, I'd go so far as to say that I'll believe it when I don't see it."
One HBO spokesman said:
"If so many people are going to kill themselves, we may have to reconsider our options."