And while some might dismiss grief for a fictional character, Manzella said what GOT fans are likely feeling is something called disenfranchised grief.
“Disenfranchised grief is grief that’s not considered ‘OK’ by other people. Sometimes people have this strong feeling of loss or sadness but don’t know if it’s strange to feel that way,” she said. “But the connection is real, and loss is loss.”
In a 2013 paper in the Journal of Consumer Research, marketing experts studied people’s responses to the end of so-called “narrative brands,” which many follow along with for years, or even decades.
So, it’s pretty spot on to say that our favourite characters may not suffer when they die, but true fans certainly do. So if you’re feeling lost after a show ended or your favorite character died, know it’s all part of the process. And if you’re not, you can still support others because everyone deserves a little space to grieve.
This article originally appeared on marie claire.