New Game of Thrones ending proves popular online
YouTube user Ozzy Man created this re-worked ending for a recent episode of Game of Thrones, the video going viral since it was uploaded on Wednesday.
After the latest episode of Game of Thrones, which aired in the United States on Sunday night, it is clear that the creators have but one message for their fans: don’t get attached.
But for many fans, the threshold for witnessing the gratuitously gruesome demise of their favourite characters has been breached.
One Australian viewer has tapped this pulsating vein of discontent with his video depicting an alternate ending to the latest episode, The Mountain and the Viper, notching up half a million views in 24 hours.
"Ozzy Man", a 28-year-old university student from Perth who did not want his real name published, has been posting weekly video reviews of the show to YouTube. He said he was compelled to create the alternate ending after sensing the "feeling of grief and denial in the internet air".
"Oberyn was a character we all got to like really fast and then he was gone really fast," he said. "So I thought: 'Oh well, what if we all just go into complete and utter denial'."
And fans have opted en mass to brace this denial with him. Within 12 hours of the video going live, Ozzy Man’s YouTube channel had picked up 1000 subscribers. Until that point it had been averaging 1000 subscribers per week.
"I posted it on the Game of Thrones subreddit, and within two hours it climbed to number one on the front page of Reddit," he said
It has also generated thousands of comments across social media platforms and websites.
Describing his video generating "a worldwide catharsis", Ozzy Man, who is an avid reader of the books upon which the show is based, believes the show has to carefully navigate the line between fidelity to the books and viewers’ capacity to endure the slaying of beloved characters.
"I don't mind the brutality and gruesome and killing of the characters we love, because it means there is a constant intensity in the show," he said.
"It’s just a little bloody traumatising. So this is the first time I’ve been tempted to see a change, and I was curious to know if they would deviate from the book plot."
Oberyn’s death, he says, may be the tipping point for many "at risk" viewers in a season that has offered so few likeable characters.
But for the hard-core fans - say those with a rapidly increasing YouTube following - where is that line?
"If they kill off Tyrion, a lot of people would walk. It would definitely tempt me to go."