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Fire and ice: Chinese fans love, loathe GoT finale

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CHINESE fans faced their own battles to watch the “Game of Thrones” finale, scrambling for ways to see it after a delayed stream by rights-holder Tencent and staying off social media for hours to avoid spoilers of the popular show.

A group of 150 people gathered at a screening in Beijing’s trendy “798” art district to see the final episode late Monday, hours after it aired in the United States.

“To be honest, I’m not very satisfied with (the finale) and a bit disappointed,” said Ji Yuan, who stopped reading the news and China’s Twitter-like Weibo site to avoid spoilers before joining the group at the 798 district.

Another fan, Liu Maodi, read all the books by “Game of Thrones” author George R.R. Martin and said he was “really disappointed” about the ending.

Easily dominating the discussion on Weibo was the death of top character Daenerys Targaryen, which generated the hashtag “#DragonMotherDies#” that briefly was the platform’s most-viewed topic.

It was viewed more than 350 million times and generated nearly........

© Asian Correspondent