Vikings vs. 'Game of Thrones' Fan Reactions: Who Has It Worse?

Laura DeptaFeatured ColumnistJanuary 11, 2016

Minnesota Vikings fans react after an NFL wild-card football game between the Minnesota Vikings and the Seattle Seahawks, Sunday, Jan. 10, 2016, in Minneapolis. The Seahawks won 10-9. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)
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Blair Walsh shanking a potential playoff game-winner for the Minnesota Vikings was like the 2016 version of the Malcolm Butler interception—improbable, shocking and heart-wrenchingly soul crushing for fans on the wrong side.

Luckily, some charming folks glued to their smartphones were able to capture fan reactions to the Vikings' Ray Finkle-esque debacle from Sunday's 10-9 loss to the Seattle Seahawks. In addition to being hilarious, some also look strikingly similar to another genre of fan reaction videos: those inspired by HBO's Game of Thrones.

Spoiler alert! Wait, if you don't know about Jon Snow yet, you either live under a rock or don't much care about the betrayal-laden Season 5 finale. But if you do watch GOT religiously and were hella-horrified when the "Red Wedding" episode aired, read on. You might find you have something in common with the poor Minnesotans.

Who had it worse? You decide. Oh, and also, a lot of these are NSFW, like extremely NSFW—profanity, shouting, the sound of a head being squished. You've been warned.

Let's do it.

When a perfectly good NFL kicker shanks a 27-yard field goal that likely would've advanced his team in the playoffs, fans are bound to shriek a little. With this guy, well, it's almost as if he just watched Roose Bolton betray Robb Stark for the first time.

As if fans didn't already know GOT creators were willing to kill off Starks, it really hit home in Season 3 when that traitor Bolton turned on Robb and murdered his family, his army and even his dire wolf. Rude.

Speaking of Stark deaths, it's not clear how he accomplished it, but this Vikings fan managed to perfectly, succinctly sum up exactly how GOT fans felt when King Joffrey ordered the beheading of poor Ned.  

Listen, emotions are real. When something terrible happens in a form of entertainment that bears no influence on your actual life, it's natural to lash out in anger—anger so real no cane is safe. How dare you, Blair Walsh! 

Other times, there is only shock and disbelief, much like the common sentiment when the Mountain popped the Red Viper's head like a pubescent zit. Yikes. 

And really, despair is all too common as well. It's sad to see an entire season go down the drain with one failed boot.

Much like football fans will mourn the good reputation of the Vikings kicker, GOT fans will mourn the death of Jon Snow. For some, his fictional death was one of the most difficult experiences of their lives.

The good news? Word on the street is, Jon Snow is alive, well and not far removed from filming in Belfast. Too bad the same can't be said for Walsh's perfect streak of postseason field goals. 

In all seriousness, let's give the guy a break, eh?