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.
This was everyone's reaction when #JonSnow died #GameofThronesFinale #GoTFinale #GoTSeason5Finale http://t.co/g1hu91pZBH6/15/2015, 2:38:56 AM
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.
Adam Thompson @thompsonracing3
@jtomanek diehard Vikings fan https://t.co/UKbWIo9QsI1/10/2016, 9:04:16 PM
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!
Kyle Trettel @ktred1996
My dad after the painful #VikingsvsSeahawks loss... https://t.co/K4A9LbL7PJ1/10/2016, 9:21:51 PM
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.
In all seriousness, let's give the guy a break, eh?