To call Game of Thrones a global phenomenon is almost an understatement at this point, with the fan base seemingly getting bigger and bigger every year. With 2016 coming to an end, fans will be innundated with a number of year-end lists, including top 10 lists for movies, TV shows, music and more, but today we have a different kind of top 10. The social networking site Twitter released some of its year-end data, revealing that HBO's Game of Thrones is the top trending TV show of 2016. This medieval fantasy series also landed on the top 10 trending topics list for the year as well.
Entertainment Weekly reports that The Walking Dead is just behind Game of Thrones on the TV trending top 10, although there are a few international entries on the list as well. Grey's Anatomy ranks third on the TV trending list, followed by the Korean TV series Descendants of the Sun and MasterChef Brazil rounding out the top 5. Netflix's Orange is the New Black and Strange Things take the sixth and seventh places, respectively, followed by NBC's The Voice and another international TV series, Big Brother Brazil in the 10-spot.
Game of Thrones was also the only TV series to land in the top 10 trending topics of 2016. Rio 2016 landed at the top of this list, which isn't surprising considering the global coverage of the Rio Olympics, followed by Election 2016 between Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton, the hit augmented reality app Pokemon Go, the Euro2016 soccer tournament and the Oscars rounding out the top 5. The highly controversial Brexit was in sixth place, followed by Black Lives Matter, Trump, RIP and Game of Thrones in the 10th spot. While the show only aired for 10 weeks out of the year, it often dominated the social media landscape, even before this highly-anticipated Season 6 debuted.
Game of Thrones Season 6 was perhaps the most highly-anticipated season in the show's storied history, for a few different reasons. For one, it was the first season that surpassed the novels of George R.R. Martin, since the author still hasn't finished his sixth and seventh novels in his A Song of Fire and Ice series. The show's producers didn't reveal any new cast members at Comic-Con, and didn't confirm any plot rumors throughout the production. After the death of Jon Snow in the Season 5 finale, fans were forced to wait months until Season 6 arrived, to find out if he was actually dead or not, with the second episode revealing that he was brought back to life by the red priestess Melissandre.
It's completely possible that, by this time next year, Game of Thrones will remain on these top trending charts, following the truncated Season 7. It has been confirmed that there will only be seven episodes airing in Game of Thrones Season 7, with the eighth and final season reportedly comprised of just six episodes. Fans will have to wait a bit longer for Season 7 as well, since production was delayed by a few months, since the production now requires a colder climate, since winter has finally arrived in Westeros.