It’s the last day of 2016, and good riddance to you, ya great big bastard of a year! Even George R.R. Martin is completely done with 2016, and we know how much he loves random slaughter.
We thought it would be fun to look back at the year that was for Watchers on the Wall, sharing with our readers 2016’s most popular posts, based on views. So without further ado, let’s get to it: your favorite posts of 2016!
Surprising probably no one, the most popular posts are the ones presenting lots of new Game of Thrones photos. In fact, seven of the top ten biggest posts this year were our weekly articles containing official pics from the new season six episodes. That makes sense because, in addition to fans being excited to check out the latest photos, our readers always have a lot to say about them.
Top Ten Most Viewed Posts of the Year
The Battle of the Bastards winning something- big shocker, right?
The return of the Blackfish, Ian McShane’s appearance, and the anticipated return of the Hound had fans excited this week.
For episode 6, readers were stoked about Jaime Lannister and the Tyrells marching on the sept, and speculating about Arya Stark’s next move with the theater troupe in Braavos.
In one preview, a quick glance of an extra in a Braavos scene convinced some fans that Syrio Forel was returning in season 6. That led to some fun discussions for a week!
The preview photos for episode 5 teased Bran Stark’s visions but fans had no idea what was really in store for them, with the terrifying cave attack and Hodor’s devastating death. GoT did a great job at hinting something big for the episode while not spoiling the ending or ruining its emotional impact.
There’s over a thousand comments on this season finale photo post, so I’m guessing you all were pretty psyched for “The Winds of Winter,” and rightly so.
Our first non-season-6 post to make the true top 10! This post is packed with massive spoilers for season 7, and photos giving us a sneak peek at what Jon Snow is up to next year. Click with caution!
The aftermath of Jon’s resurrection and the Tower of Joy’s rumored placement in episode 3 had fans buzzing about “Oathbreaker.” The photos officially confirmed Bran and the Three-Eyed Raven’s presence there in this episode.
Another season 7 post! Some cast sightings from this September, and in the lower half of the post, exclusive WotW spoilers concerning Euron Greyjoy and a few other characters.
Our exclusive Daenerys Targaryen spoilers from August take the number ten spot this year. Filming spoilers have since confirmed this report.
If we exclude the season six photo articles from our top ten, the list shakes out like this:
8. First images of a monumental meeting between major Game of Thrones characters! (A season 7 post- beware of major spoilers!)
10. Game of Thrones chaos in Seville, plus major Italica spoilers! (Season 7 Spoilers!)
Comments-wise, the most popular posts are usually the photo posts and the in-season Open Chat posts. The weekly free-for-alls during new episodes of Game of Thrones rack up hundreds of comments easily, with the “The Winds of Winter” post nearing 1200 comments. So I think the lesson here is that every post is the sum of its commenters, the community that creates the discussion and energy.
Happy New Year to all you watchers on the wall, and we look forward to another year with you!