‘If you think this has a happy ending, you haven’t been paying attention’
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The launch of season 8 of Game of Thrones was met with a storm of controversy, culminating in an online petition which attracted almost two million signatories. This chapter explores the reasons that people gave for complaining, in particular looking at what it means for a series to ‘end well’, and what it means to say that characters, or their fans, do not ‘deserve’ what happened to them.

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