The Game of Thrones Finale Is Expected To Kill Workplace Productivity On Monday

Joshua RogersJoshua Rogers in Entertainment, TV
Published 17.05.19

The final episode of Game Of Thrones is set to air this Sunday, and for many employees, that means work’s a write-off on Monday.

Every Sunday night I’ve gone to bed in a cold sweat worrying about the barrage of GoT content that’s about to hit me all Monday morning.

I’ve been having to get up at 5:30am in order to watch that week’s episode before coming to work so I can write about it, which I’m absolutely not going to miss when the series finally wraps up.


But as far as Monday’s have gone over the past five weeks, next week’s is really going to be hell on earth.

Why? Because it’s the frigging finale, that’s why – eight years of build-up, all coming down to this one moment where the internet will undoubtedly explode.

I’m going to be up to my eyeballs in it, but the shock of what goes down will be felt by workers all over the world.


That’s because a new survey from The Workforce Institute at Kronos, conducted by The Harris Poll and nicely called “Absence Is Coming”, found that the final episode premiering this Sunday is likely to cause major Monday workplace issues.

According to the survey—which analysed the results of 1090 working adults who took part in an online poll alongside U.S. Census Data and extrapolated its final tallies from there—the conclusion of Game of Thrones could be disastrous to workplaces on Monday morning. According to the poll:

Approximately 27.2 million employees who plan to watch the Game of Thrones finale live admit they will either miss work completely, arrive late, work remotely, be less productive than usual, or experience another impact on work obligations Monday because of the series finale of the most popular show in HBO history.

Based on the survey’s predictions, approximately 10.7 million Americans are already planning to take the day off from work completely while 2.9 million are planning to show up late.


However, they say Game of Thrones season 8 has already had a negative impact on workplace productivity, with an estimated 4.4 million employees already “missing work specifically to stream reruns to refresh their memory on key plotlines or catch up on missed episodes.”

For us over here, expect the same issue to pop up on Tuesday, when literally everyone in the office will be discussing what went down.

You really don’t want to be the one guy in the office who doesn’t watch Thrones the day after the final episode.

Not all of the questions asked were serious, though. When asked about which Game of Thrones character they’d most like to have as a manager, one in four respondents said Jon Snow, with Tyrion Lannister coming in second followed by Daenerys Targaryen. Presumably this survey was done before she went full Mad Queen.

Anyway, whatever happens in the final episode, whether you’ve loved the final series or you’re one of the thousands of people who have hated it, it surely promises to be eventful.

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