There is a scene in the movie, “The Truman Show,” when the reality television show ends, and people who were obsessed with this show shrug their shoulders and move on with their lives.

Jim Carrey stars in this movie about his life, except he thinks he’s just living his life, not aware until the end that his life was the show.

I’ve always been struck by that scene when Carrey’s character finds out the truth and wants it to stop, and people — millions of people around the world — who never missed an episode, quickly went on with their lives as if the show never really mattered.

I think of this as HBO’s “Game of Thrones” is about to end.

Like many popular shows, my wife and I came across it late, binge watched to get caught up, loved it, and now we have to find another show to obsess over.

You cannot turn on the television or your computer without seeing story after story on peoples’ opinions on the show, conspiracy theories about characters and storylines.

It is one of those shows that has fans talking about it endlessly.

My wife likes to go online and read theories on how the show will end and which character will ascend to the throne.

I’ve avoided much of this because most of the talk about the show, especially this year — it’s final year — have been negative.

It’s not that I think it’s a perfect show. Hey, someone forgot to remove a Starbucks cup from one scene, and not even Starbucks was around at the time of dragons and sword play, but I like to just sit back and enjoy the storytelling.

I’m not that critical of a person that I need to analyze everything to the point I talk myself out of liking something.

Throughout the history of television, shows have come and gone.

Sometimes I really like a show, and it gets canceled.

Other times shows, like “Game of Thrones,” have great success, but I don’t catch on until later.

The country tuned into “Happy Days,” The “Brady Bunch,” and “Bonanza,” and life went on after they stopped and became reruns.

We may have missed them, but we shrugged our shoulders and turned the channel.

That’s what will happen after Sunday’s final episode of “Game of Thrones.”

I will miss it — millions of people will miss it — but we will find something else to watch.

Then we will become obsessed with that show until it ends, and so on and so forth.

Television is what it is, a nice diversion where the good guys usually win, the bad guys get theirs, and we all feel better for a while — unless you’re a “Game of Thrones” fan and not even Starbucks can cheer us up.


Patrick Murphy, editor-publisher of the Humphrey Democrat and Newman Grove Reporter in Nebraska, is a former assistant managing editor of The Telegram.