Let’s be honest. By now, you probably know that Hodor is gone from Games of Thrones. You probably have at least 50 friends who have posted pictures, hashtags, and more, all detailing the mourning of one of the most beloved characters of the show. Now, here is a shocker: I have never watched Games of Thrones. Not that I don’t want to. I just haven’t.
It’s all over my social media feeds, from Facebook to Twitter, to even the so-called “professional” one, LinkedIn. What’s more, I have been in conversations today in which people asked my opinion about the disappearance of this character, and I honestly had to express my utter disgrace for the fact that we will no longer enjoy his presence on the screen.
Somehow, I feel like I am part of the show, without having the slightest idea of the plot, characters, or anything at all. But that is the era we live in, a period in which, if you are not enjoying the event as it unfolds, you have missed out or just gotta pretend you were really there.
Truthfully, every time I see one of those posts where it says “spoiler alert,” I just want to grab the popcorn, get in the post or video and find out what really happened. Am I that curious? Why am I drawn to that curiosity trap? I am guessing many people, just like me, cannot resist the temptation to know what really happened to some character from a show you have never watched but everyone keeps talking about.
Finales, from The Sopranos, Breaking Bad, or Mad Men, have caused quite a digital stir in the last few years, fueling discussions that range from the basic comments to the most elaborate conspiracy theories about alternative endings that were deleted for political reasons. No kidding here. This is serious.
But to really enjoy an episode, especially the last one of a season, you MUST watch it live. Now, having TV apps that allow you to watch dozens of old shows is cool, I must admit, but sharing the experience of watching live TV with millions of fans around the world is even better.
And that is why I really think that the future of TV apps will be based, at least in part, on that moment when you know you are part of a group of fans watching as the action unfolds, posting each scene on social media, and promptly commenting every little nuance of the episode.
Just by watching, reading, and, heck, even posting about #HODOR today, I realized that enjoying live TV -whether we watch on the subway on the way back from the office or from the comfort of our beds- represents a basic human need, not only to be entertained, but also to feel part of a community.
So, we are confident you will soon be enjoying live TV and much more when the #VIDGO app gets released in the next few weeks. Until then, let #HODOR rest in peace.