Figures Reveal Loads Of Aussies Took Monday Off Work As Game Of Thrones Finale Aired
Game of Thrones is well and truly over and people are coming to terms with never seeing Dany, Jon, Arya, Sansa, Tryion and the lot ever again in a new way.
The finale has been a hot topic, with many people slating it for its lack of depth or dramatic ending, however others have come out to say it was wrapped up nicely without leaving too many unanswered questions.
There's no denying that many, many people tuned into watch it all over the world when the episode debuted on streaming services like Foxtel, Sky Atlantic and HBO.
But while many people usually just wait until they finish work to watch the episode (hopefully not encountering too many spoilers on the way), a sizeable portion of Aussies decided to take the day off work.
Whether was because of Game of Thrones finale or just a coincidence, but the figures don't lie.
According to workforce management platform Deputy, 49 percent of staff who use the platform took Monday off work.
By comparison the average number of Aussies taking work off that day is 16 percent.
Who wouldn't want to have a day off to see how the biggest show of all time ended? To be fair, in this age of 24/7 news and media, it's difficult not to have something spoiled so it's totally understandable.
People turned out in force to watch the last episode all across the world, especially in America where a whopping 19.3 million viewers tuned in.
That figure is not just a record for Game of Thrones, but for HBO's entire history, proving just how influential the world of Westeros has been.
HBO's previous record for a single airing was held by the fourth-season premiere of The Sopranos, which drew 13.43 million viewers when it went out in 2002.
The previous record for Game of Thrones, meanwhile, came from series eight's penultimate episode, which aired on 12 May. That instalment had 12.48 million viewers for its debut airing and a first-night total of 18.4 million.
I imagine the cast and crew will be celebrating heavily now that their work has done, especially showrunners David Benioff and D.B. Weiss, who will no doubt be fending off a few angry comments about Daenerys' tragic demise or Bran's slightly unexpected new job title.
They said previously they would bunker down after the finale aired and avoid social media like the plague.
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