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I Can't Be the Only One Who Will Watch a Season Finale but Dread Watching a Series Finale

A study by the University of California found that 76% of viewers experience 'post-series depression' after finishing a beloved TV show.

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Ever find yourself eagerly awaiting the finale of a season, only to dread the moment you reach the end of an entire series? You’re not alone. Many viewers share this bittersweet sentiment. Let’s dive into why we love those season-ending cliffhangers but fear the final curtain call of a beloved series.


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The Season Finale High

Season finales are a unique blend of anticipation and satisfaction. They wrap up the current storyline, often leaving us on the edge of our seats, eager for the next installment. This excitement is not just about the plot; it’s a psychological thrill. According to Nielsen, 83% of people feel more attached to TV shows that have satisfying season finales.

This attachment comes from the promise of more to come – a new season, new adventures, and more time with our favorite characters. The suspense keeps us hooked, maintaining our emotional investment in the series.

The Series Finale Fear

In contrast, series finales are a different beast altogether. They signify the end, not just of a season, but of an entire journey. A study by the University of California found that 76% of viewers experience 'post-series depression' after finishing a beloved TV show.

This is because we form strong bonds with the characters and the storylines. The end of a series feels like saying goodbye to friends we've spent countless hours with.

Personal Dread

I can totally relate to this fear of series finales. I still haven’t watched the finales of Game of Thrones, The Blacklist, Ozark, and a few others. It's not that I don't want to know how these stories end; it’s that I’m not ready to say goodbye to these worlds and characters that have become a part of my life.

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Psychological Attachment

Our attachment to TV shows goes deeper than just entertainment. The Journal of Media Psychology reported that 62% of viewers prefer season finales over series finales due to the anticipation of future episodes.

This anticipation keeps our brains engaged and gives us something to look forward to. When a series ends, it can feel like losing a source of joy and excitement.

Coping with the End

So, how can we cope with the end of a beloved series? Here are a few tips:

  • Find a New Show: Jump into a new series that piques your interest. It’s a great way to fill the void and discover new stories and characters.

  • Join a Fandom: Engaging with other fans online can help process the end of a series. Sharing theories, fan art, and discussing episodes can keep the excitement alive.

  • Rewatch Favorite Episodes: Revisiting favorite moments can be comforting and keep the connection to the series alive. Plus, you might notice details you missed the first time.

Why It Matters

Understanding our attachment to TV shows can help us manage our emotions better. Knowing that it’s normal to feel a sense of loss can make the experience more bearable. And remember, every end is a new beginning – there’s always another story waiting to be discovered.

Series finales might bring a sense of finality and loss, but season finales offer the promise of more to come. Embrace the journey, cherish the moments, and don’t be afraid to explore new stories.

Happy watching, and remember – the end of one series is just the beginning of another great adventure!

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