Making predictions for an unpredictable world
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This final chapter returns to questions of popular culture, imagination and fantasy and their connections to political activism and thought. Focusing on ‘unpredictability’, an element of quality TV and a key characteristic of the series, it examines how our seven types of audience member envisage different conceptions of ‘unpredictability’ and ‘futures’. Drawing on the notion of a ‘structure of feeling’ and in the context of the emergence of ‘Grimdark’ fantasy, the chapter explore ways of understanding audience responses of ‘relish’ and ‘anguish’ and what these suggest, both about Game of Thrones and broader questions about audience sensibility.

Watching Game of Thrones

How audiences engage with dark television

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