Game of Thrones, The Killing Season Finales Battle it Out on Twitter

First off, here’s the obligatory Spoiler Alert – SPOILERS LIE AHEAD. Now having said that, if either one of the Game of Thrones or The Killing season finales are currently sitting on your ...
Game of Thrones, The Killing Season Finales Battle it Out on Twitter
Written by Josh Wolford
  • First off, here’s the obligatory Spoiler Alert – SPOILERS LIE AHEAD. Now having said that, if either one of the Game of Thrones or The Killing season finales are currently sitting on your DVR, get off the interwebs and go watch them – immediately.

    Because both did not fail to interest, although some might argue that one failed to deliver.

    AMC has begun and ended every promo for The Killing with the question “Who Killed Rosie Larsen?” Part of the appeal of a show that sets itself up in the way The Killing did is in the solving of the mystery itself. When you kick your show off with a murder and then frame the show around the day-by-day activities of all those affected by the young girl’s death, it is unavoidable that most people will demand some sort of closure by the end of the season.

    But after 13 episodes, we still don’t know who the hell killed Rosie Larsen.

    Critics of The Killing have been vocal during the show’s freshman season. They have cited the lack of emotional connection to the characters and the superfluous feel of some of the side plots. Others have said it rains too damn much, even for Seattle. Some have lamented AMC’s programming choices, proclaiming that the short-lived series Rubicon was better (out of your mind). But to this writer, it has been a compelling season.

    Did the season finale pull the rug out from under us? Absolutely. But that doesn’t make it bad television. Are we, as viewers, so trained to expect answers and closure at the end of things that we can’t appreciate a good cliffhanger anymore? Sure, I have plenty of issues with the first season – enough to concern me going forward. But do I think the season finale was the worst thing ever? Definitely not.

    But alas, the Twitterverse tends to disagree with me. Except for a select few, that is. Most of the comments on Twitter last night and this morning have been negative. Anger and frustration seem to be the most common emotions. Take for instance Entertainment Weekly writer Jeff Jensen, Office star Mindy Kaling and Scrubs/Cougar Town writer Christa Miller’s take on the finale –

    I don’t regret watching The Killing, but I am disappointed. 11 hours ago via Twitter for iPhone · powered by @socialditto

    Note to The Killing: um, only The Office sets up a season-long question that we don’t answer until next season! 8 hours ago via web · powered by @socialditto

    I AGREE!! Worst hour of television ever- never watching again. Check out: ‘The Killing’ Season 1 Finale Recap via @aoltv 9 hours ago via Tweet Button · powered by @socialditto

    Then there is this GoT-referencing review of the finale. More to come on dragons later.

    where are the dragons? #TheKilling #bored 11 hours ago via TweetDeck · powered by @socialditto

    Documentary filmmaker Michael Moore and LOST’s Damon Lindelof defended The Killing finale, commenting on the reaction they were seeing on Twitter –

    This was a great season finale 2 #thekilling. Many won’t like it-they want their pretend world 2 b tidied up cause the real 1 is such a mess 7 hours ago via OpenBeak · powered by @socialditto

    Bullshit. 12 hours ago via web · powered by @socialditto

    No spoilers. Previous tweet clearly being attributed in the wrong way. Not my reaction to THE KILLING, but my reaction to the reaction. 11 hours ago via Twitterrific · powered by @socialditto

    If the common response to The Killing was disappointment, then the common response to the Game of Thrones finale was excitement.

    And rightfully so. What an incredible end to an epic season. The entire first season of the fantasy series based on the George R.R. Martin novels was a masterpiece in slow, compelling storytelling. The show proved its confidence and trust in its audience with the penultimate episode’s dispatching of the main character. And the season finale ended with the promise of a spectacular season two.

    And, um, baby dragons?

    I know I’m gushing, but I’m not the only one. Modern Family’s Danny Zuker sure seems to approve –

    Don’t get me wrong, LOVE Mad Men, but it never made me want to forge my own sword & bring house Lannister to it’s knees. #GoT #GeekGasm 11 hours ago via web · powered by @socialditto

    Twitter was pretty unified behind the awesomeness of the finale. Here are some of the top tweets –

    The biggest loss in Game of Thrones isn’t Ned. It’s the people who decided to stop watching after episode nine. THEIR loss. #gameofthrones 7 hours ago via Echofon · powered by @socialditto

    Ummm, #GameOfThrones!!! Whaaaaa! Amaaaazing! Can’t wait for the next season. Good Night everyone! 8 hours ago via web · powered by @socialditto

    Well, I hope #GameOfThrones gets piles of Emmys. Especially for Dinklage, Bean, Headey, Clarke and Williams. Marvelous. 8 hours ago via web · powered by @socialditto

    Even when you’ve read the books and know what happens, it’s so awesome to see it come to life. Can’t wait for Spring 2012! #gameofthrones 10 hours ago via Tweetbot for iPhone · powered by @socialditto

    Oh, #GameOfThrones. I miss you already. 11 hours ago via Twitter for iPad · powered by @socialditto

    What did you think about the competing finales last night? Did The Killing disappoint, or leave you hanging in a good way? Did the Game of Thrones finale keep up the momentum generated by the episode 9 shocker? Let us know what you think.

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