The Year of the Pop Culture Finale

We’ve just said goodbye to 2018 and now it’s time to consider all that we’ll be saying goodbye to in 2019. We’re talking about TV and film properties here, kids. So many series that we’ve loved and are about to lose:

by Germain Lussier

The new year has only just begun but it’s already got us thinking about the end. Over the course of the next 12 months, fans are going to see the end of some of the biggest franchises and shows of all time. Let’s take a look at which pop culture favorites are wrapping up in 2019.

The Skywalker Saga

On December 20, Star Wars: Episode IX hits theaters. It’s being touted as the final film of the Skywalker Saga, which is kind of a big deal when you consider that’s the same story that began way back in 1977 and has now stretched across three trilogies, a TV show, comics and novels, and more. Episode IXwon’t be the last Star Wars film, obviously, but it will mark the end of the series’ most famous chapter. We can only guess where it will go next.

Game of Thrones

The eighth and final season of Game of Thrones will begin on HBO sometime in April. It’s likely to reveal who ultimately takes the throne of Westeros as well as show us the long-teased battle between Ice, in the form of the White Walkers, and Fire, in the form of humanity lead by Daenerys Targaryen and her dragons. Again, Game of Thrones is too big of a franchise to just go away (much like winter, spinoffs are coming), but the main story we’ve been following since 2011 is coming to a close.

The Marvel Cinematic Universe…As We Know It

The story that began in 2008’s Iron Man ends on April 26 with the release of the fourth Avengers movie, Avengers: Endgame. The film should, hypothetically, see the defeat of Thanos as well as the final exit of some of the main characters that have defined the Marvel Cinematic Universe since the beginning. Marvel movies will continue (though, as of publication, we don’t know exactly how long they will do so, beyond Spider-Man: Far From Home in July) but they’ll be free of the purple thumb of Thanos, who has been the main bad guy the whole time. Plus, there’s some new blood on the way….

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