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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