What—and Who—Game of Thrones Fans Love and Hate the Most, According to Twitter

Helen Sloan, HBO
Helen Sloan, HBO

Game of Thrones will no doubt go down in TV history as one of the most influential series ever, as the show attracts an enormous audience (the season 7 finale drew a record 16.5 million viewers) and has an incredibly dedicated fan base. Viewers are always coming up with new theories about what’s to come in new episodes, have named their pets after their favorite characters, and of course, are constantly discussing the show on social media.

As the final season is premiering in just a few days, we’re looking at results from musicMagpie, which analyzed Twitter discussions about the show (131 million tweets, to be exact) to see which moments generated the most chatter, who fans love the most, and who has made them the most angry—along with the most sad.

The most talked about episodes on the platform include, in order, season 7’s “The Dragon and the Wolf,” season 6’s “The Winds of Winter,” season 7’s “Beyond the Wall,” season 6’s “Battle of the Bastards,” and season 7’s “Dragonstone.” Similarly unsurprising, the most talked about characters are as follows:

  1. Jon Snow (2,910,331 mentions)
  2. Daenerys Targaryen 2,654,984 mentions)
  3. Arya Stark (1,374,955 mentions)
  4. Sansa Stark (1,080,462 mentions)
  5. Tyrion Lannister (991,965 mentions)

But beyond the most talked-about characters, the results on who people love and hate the most are much more interesting. According to musicMagpie's sentiment analysis, fans on Twitter have expressed the most joy about Tormund and Brienne! (Note: many of the main characters don’t make top spots listed below. Also, Tywin Lannister? Talk about a wildcard.) Below are the most-loved characters, according to the percentage of tweets about them that can be characterized as "joyful."

  1. Tormund Giantsbane - 57 percent joy
  2. Brienne of Tarth - 49 percent joy
  3. Samwell Tarly - 42 percent joy
  4. Tyrion Lannister - 42 percent joy
  5. Arya Stark - 37 percent joy
  6. Ygritte Wildling - 37 percent joy
  7. Tywin Lannister - 37 percent joy

As for the most hated characters, whom Twitter users have posted the most angry messages about? They are as follows:

  1. Bronn - 24 percent anger
  2. Bran Stark - 17 percent anger
  3. Joffrey Baratheon - 17 percent anger
  4. Theon Greyjoy - 17 percent anger
  5. Jaime Lannister - 16 percent anger
  6. Shae - 15 percent anger
  7. Sansa Stark - 14 percent anger

And finally, seemingly the most upsetting moment in Game of Throneshistory—at least in terms of social media chatter—seemes to be the death of Daenerys's dragon Viserion, as 82 percent of tweets about him are sad.

We can only imagine the magnitude of fan tweets come during the final season, as we’re expecting an episode-long battle, some major revelations, and inevitably, someone to end up on the Iron Throne. Game of Thrones returns on April 14.

The Office Star Ellie Kemper Wants to Do a Reunion Episode

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NBC - NBCUniversal Media

While rumors of The Office getting a reboot have been swirling around for years, the outlook on that happening any time soon doesn't look good. But a reunion episode might just be possible.

Ellie Kemper, who played Erin Hannon in the beloved series, recently stopped by Watch What Happens Live With Andy Cohen to dish about the sitcom and her thoughts on whether it might be making a return to the small screen: "I would love there to be a reboot, but I don't think there will be. So, that's a sad answer," Kemper admitted. "But maybe like a reunion episode? That would be fun."

E! News reports that Kemper isn’t the only cast member that wants to get the band back together. Jenna Fischer, who played Pam Beesly, also thinks a reunion episode would be a hit. “I think it's a great idea," Fischer said in 2018. "I would be honored to come back in any way that I'm able to.”

A key player in the series' success, however, is not so enthusiastic about the idea. Steve Carell, who played the infamous Michael Scott, doesn’t think a revival would be well-received. "The climate's different," Carell told Esquire back in 2018. "I mean, the whole idea of that character, Michael Scott, so much of it was predicated on inappropriate behavior. I mean, he's certainly not a model boss. A lot of what is depicted on that show is completely wrong-minded. That's the point, you know? But I just don't know how that would fly now.”

A Star Wars Connection Might Predict Jim Hopper's Future in Stranger Things

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Netflix

*Warning: This story includes spoilers for Stranger Things.*

Netflix’s Stranger Things is set in the 1980s and regularly includes references to huge cultural phenomena from that time. The series' third season made nods to Back to the Future, The NeverEnding Story, and (unsurprisingly) Star Wars. What might come as a surprise is that George Lucas's legendary space opera could hold a clue to what fate awaits one of Stranger Things's most beloved characters.

One of the major lingering questions from Stranger Things's third season is whether we will see David Harbour's character, Jim Hopper, ever again. Our favorite grumpy sheriff selflessly sacrificed himself in order to defeat the Russians and close the gate to the Upside Down. Fans were almost certain of his death (though it’s not shown on screen) until the post-credits scene rolled, in which the Russians speak of “the American” being held in their cells. Which is where things get interesting …

A new theory from Politico’s Bill Kuchman, which we spotted via Men’s Health, draws parallels between Hopper and Star Wars's Han Solo. In doing so, he might have predicted Hopper’s fate.

Kuchman explains that both Hopper and Solo use the phrase “See you in hell” before meeting their demise, with the Stranger Things character saying it in the final episode of season 3, and Solo saying it in The Empire Strikes Back.

On top of that, both characters seemingly die via a machine: Hopper is part of the key’s explosion, and Solo is frozen in carbonite. Also, at the end of the Stranger Things season 3 finale, Steve Harrington (played by Joe Keery) makes a reference to Return of the Jedi during his video store interview, the film in which Solo is revived.

Kuchman drives this point home by recalling that Luke Skywalker and Lando Calrissian save Solo in Return of the Jedi when Jabba the Hutt is feeding prisoners into the Sarlacc Pit. This is similar to how Stranger Things season 3 ends, with the Russians feeding prisoners to the Demogorgon.

Will Eleven, Mike, and the gang find the Force and save Hopper from the Russians? We’ll hopefully find out, if and when a fourth season of Stranger Things ever materializes.

[h/t Men's Health]

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