After nearly a decade, the Game of Thrones Series has ended, and some fans are seeking counselors to get over their distress.
Close to 20 million people tuned into the series finale on Sunday night to say goodbye to the show, which lasted 8 seasons.
Bark.com started connecting superfans across the nation and world to counselors within their communities last week and will continue to do so until the demand dies down.
“Oh yeah, I was hooked on the first episode,” said local Game of Thrones Fan Jonathan Valladares.” That is when I was really like whoa what is going to happen next?”
“I got introduced to it by my friends when it was going through season 3,” said fan Arsen Mkoian. “I binged watched it literally in a whole week. So literally I got hooked on it really easy.”
Local Psychologist Allan Hedberg said over his career he has seen at least a dozen people who have started to treat a series as a reality.
“The potential for depression is there,” said Hedberg. ” You lose a sequence, you lose a routine, you lose something that you have lived on and have gotten your energy from it. So that is where the trouble comes in.”
Bark.com Chief Marketing Officer John Oberlin-Harris said many have used the resource of the site.
However, the fans we talked with said they don’t need the extra support.
“At the end of the day I don’t really need counseling,” said Valladares.
“I understand that kind of, but I don’t need counseling,” said Mkoian. “You just need time, you’ll find another show eventually and then you won’t worry about it anymore.”