Why do we grieve when our favourite franchises end?

By Marianne Eloise

From Game of Thrones to the MCU, why do we grieve when our favourite franchises end?

Anger, bargaining, acceptance.

The scene: me, sobbing in my car, unable to drive because I can’t see through my tears. “It’s just…over?” I yell to no one in particular. Somebody watching might think that someone I loved had literally died, but this particular breakdown took place after I went to see Avengers Assemble in 2012.

If that seems dramatic: it was. My tears were in part because what I had just seen on-screen genuinely seemed unbelievable; there had never been a film like it. But I was also grieving for the loss of a franchise I had been so committed to, one that, as far as I knew, was over forever.

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2019-05-09T17:31:55+00:00