Game of Thrones is Reddit’s Second Most Popular TV Show of 2018—Despite No New Episodes

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HBO

Unless you live under a rock, you're at the very least familiar with Game of Thrones. The acclaimed HBO show, based on George RR Martin's A Song of Ice and Fire book series, has won countless Emmy Awards and has gained an extremely large fan base since its debut in 2011.

So it comes as no surprise that the series landed a spot on Reddit's most popular shows list for 2018. Coming in at number two, the only reason the series didn't take the top spot probably has something to do with the fact that there weren't even any new episodes to air this year.

That means 2018 has been filled with Game of Thrones fan theories, interviews with the cast (who could barely speak about the series' final season for fear of giving away spoilers), and obsessively re-watching the older seasons.

"Entertainment is huge on Reddit, with redditors being among the most passionate television fans on the Internet," the platform writes. "Each year, redditors have made r/GameofThrones a popular destination to discuss current episodes of the show. With no new season airing in 2018, we saw the community lose its title as the No. 1 most popular television subreddit for the first time since 2011. However, with the final season airing next year, we predict engagement to outpace that of years’ past in 2019."

Getting beat out by RuPaul's Drag Race at 8.8 million unique comments, Game of Thrones still brought in a hefty 7.7 million uniques. Following the HBO series is Rick and Morty, Westworld, and Stranger Things.

Jason Momoa is Glad Game of Thrones's Khal Drogo Only Lasted One Season

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Helen Sloan, HBO

Although Jason Momoa had a pretty minor role in the grand scheme of Westerosi things in Game of Thrones, fans of his character Khal Drogo will attest to him being an extremely important part of the series—particularly in how he helped to shape the character of Daenerys Targaryen. But the actor, who is currently starring in Aquaman, is happy his time on the series ended when it did.

Drogo met his untimely demise in Season 1, and Momoa has no regrets about it. “I’m actually really, really happy with how it all turned out because, you know, you just can’t keep that character alive,” Momoa told the New York Daily News. “Even when I watch it, it just wouldn’t fit. Khaleesi [Daenerys] … I feel like she inherits that strength and she has to be by herself and do it that way."

Momoa also commented on how popular a character Drogo still is, adding, “Even now, people just can’t stop ... they love Khal Drogo. It’s unbelievable. Like, one season. I don’t know any other character that’s done one season out of eight or nine that people just go [wild]. I didn’t know it was going to be that big.”

Even though Momoa hasn’t been on the show for years, he’s still a huge fan of the series. “It’s the greatest show on Earth,” he stated, sharing that he and his wife Lisa Bonet are devoted fans.

There's a Prequel to How the Grinch Stole Christmas, and It's Halloween-Themed

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Universal Pictures Home Entertainment

Everyone knows that the Grinch didn't care much for Christmas, but how did he feel about Halloween? We just learned that he spent All Hallows' Eve terrorizing the fine citizens of Whoville, thanks to Insider, who spotted this lesser-known prequel to How the Grinch Stole Christmas.

Titled Halloween is Grinch Night, the short animated movie ran as a television special in October 1977. Although it was designed to be a prequel to the classic Christmas special, Dr. Seuss wrote it 20 years after How the Grinch Stole Christmas, which was published in 1957.

The TV special opens with the Whos of Whoville cheerfully going about their business … until they catch a whiff of the "sour sweet wind," which tips them off that the Grinch is coming to town. The word "Halloween" is actually never spoken in the movie; it's replaced by the term "Grinch Night" throughout. Instead of a sleigh, the Grinch descends on the town with a wagon full of monsters pulled by Max. And instead of Cindy-Lou Who coming to the town's rescue, it's a little boy named Euchariah who intervenes.

In addition to the Halloween prequel, another TV special called The Grinch Grinches the Cat in the Hat aired in 1982. Although both of these specials won Emmy Awards, their impact wasn't as long-lasting as How the Grinch Stole Christmas, which was adapted into a live-action version starring Jim Carrey in 2000, and again in 2018 with a 3D animated version called The Grinch, with Benedict Cumberbatch voicing the title character.

Check out the Halloween-themed prequel in the YouTube video below, or get all three specials on Amazon with the Dr. Seus’s's Holidays on the Loose ultimate edition DVD.

[h/t Insider]

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