Rob Winkler, 5th Planet Games, on Parasocial Relationships, Why the Game of Thrones Finale Feels Like a Breakup. Rob Winkler, Founder and Studio Lead of 5th Planet Games started writing a blog during the final season of HBO’s Game of Thrones with a goal of sharing his thoughts with a co-worker or two. Rob’s ramblings grew quickly as he mixed humor with an in-depth analysis of characters., and predictions of potential plot twists all wrapped up in an easy-to-understand writing style. Shortly after the show’s finale, people started looking to Rob to help make sense of what was wrapped up, and what was still left unknown…but now, three weeks after the final episode Rob has yet to weigh in. Rob, as he has since discovered, was experiencing a parasocial relationship with the Game of Thrones characters. A parasocial interaction is a term coined in the ’50s to refer to a psychological relationship experienced by fans of performers in the media, particularly those from television shows. Viewers begin to see the celebrities, or actors, as friends, and therefore the end of a show can represent the end of a friendship. Articles referenced in this episode can be found here https://www.nbcnews.com/pop-culture/tv/many-people-hated-game-thrones-series-finale-s-because-it-n1007906 and https://www.thoughtco.com/parasocial-relationships-4174479
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