From “Game of Thrones” to “Friends” via “The Walking Dead”, a look back at 5 series that gave us thrilling discussions around the coffee machine.
The battle of Revelio in Attack on Titan, the batting scene in The Walking Dead or the end of Lost… A look back at 5 series sequences that have provoked heated debates between viewers, and have even sometimes become real events in the field of pop culture.
The end of Lost
Some loved it. Others hated it. Still others have understood absolutely nothing. Still, the end of Lost, awaited by thousands of fans eager for answers for 6 years, has caused a lot of ink to flow… and a lot of coffee from the machine, during lively discussions between colleagues.
It is therefore in the bay of a sunny church, out of space and time, that one of the most popular series of the 2000s ended. Having defeated the monster on the island in a first reality and lived their normal life in another, all the characters of Lost thus found themselves reunited in a kind of afterlife.
A metaphysical, and almost mystical conclusion, which had the immediate effect of deeply disappointing those who had been waiting for concrete explanations for the events of the series for years, but also of triggering the famous theory machine, and of course of launching hundreds vibrant and passionate debates.
The end of Friends
10 years of roommates, coffees at Central Perk, arguments, romances and laughter between friends. After a decade spent on their sofa chatting with them, it’s time to say goodbye to Monica, Chandler, Phoebe, Joey, Rachel and Ross.
Precisely because the series as a whole was a succession of small unifying events, small moments of life shared by hundreds of thousands of viewers, the overwhelming conclusion of Friends, more than ever, united all the fans as if they had always been part of the same group of friends.
An empty apartment, six sets of keys, six friends saying goodbye, six new beginnings, and six little dust in the eye.
The Battle of Revelio, and many other scenes (Attack on Titan)
From its very first episode, truly traumatic for novice viewers, Attack on Titan has never ceased to trigger electrifying debates, exhilarating discussions, and even some psychological support sessions for the most flabbergasted fans.
The little smirk of “those who know” when we explain to them that we have just started the series bears witness to this: the anime adapted from Isayama’s manga is full of scenes to be debriefed passionately around a good steaming cup.
Eren’s first transformation, the revelation around Reiner and Bertolt, the return to Shinganshina, the secrets of Grisha Jägger… The list goes on. But since we have to choose one, while waiting for the last part of season 4 to give us a full view of it in 2023, we will mention the astonishing attack by Eren and his comrades in arms at Revelio. Everyone who attended knows why.
The Bat Scene (The Walking Dead)
We are at the end of season 6 of The Walking Dead.
Glenn, Rosita, Daryl, Michonne, Abraham, Maggie, Rick, Sasha, Aaron, Carl and Eugene are on their knees, at the mercy of the Saviors, and the show’s biggest villain suddenly appears. Armed with a baseball bat wrapped in barbed wire, Negan is determined to show his new “friends” what he is capable of. After happily humming a little nursery rhyme, without warning, he smashes the skull of one of the prisoners.
Yes, but which one? The answer to this terrible question, fans had to wait for more than 6 months to get it.
An unbearable expectation, fueled by numerous speculations, theories, forecasts and other bets between friends around the famous scene, which will undoubtedly remain as the most significant of The Walking Dead.
The Red Wedding (Game of Thrones)
Like The attack of the TitansGame of Thrones is without a doubt one of the series that will have most often thrilled its viewers, and will have offered them dozens of topics for conversation.
Whether it’s the legal duel between the Viper and the Mountain, the Battle of the Bastards, the “death” of Jon Snow or the explosion of the Great Sept of Baelor fomented by Cersei, the 8 seasons of the series have never stopped toying with fans’ emotions.
But after the beheading of Ned Stark at the end of season 1, the sequence that definitely made Game of Thrones into legend is probably that of the Purple Wedding, two seasons later.
A palpable tension in the atmosphere, a little melody that smells of scorch, a lock that closes… and the massacre of almost all of the Stark troops, including Robb and Catelyn. In short, enough to fuel discussions between friends or colleagues for a good while.