The end is here. Don’t shoot the messenger with a crossbow, but by 20 May of this year, Game Of Thrones will have aired its last ever episode. There will be an outbreak of collective grieving when the saga of the Seven Kingdoms raises its sword of Valyrian steel for the final time. In terms of our TV viewing, winter has truly come.
For the past eight years, millions of devotees worldwide have devoured HBO’s panoramic, mega-budget tale of death, dragons, dire wolves and Dothraki. Expect existential angst and withdrawal symptoms when the credits roll and Mr Ramin Djawadi’s eminently recognisable theme song finally fades out.
No more worshipping Jon Snow and Daenerys Targaryen. No more taking guilty pleasure in Cersei Lannister’s latest act of cruelty. No more quoting Tyrion, rooting for Brienne of Tarth, intoning “Hodor” or eye-rolling as Bran Stark drones on about the Three-Eyed Raven. Again.