Game of Thrones is Reddit’s Second Most Popular TV Show of 2018—Despite No New Episodes

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Unless you live under a rock, you're at the very least familiar with Game of Thrones. The acclaimed HBO show, based on George RR Martin's A Song of Ice and Fire book series, has won countless Emmy Awards and has gained an extremely large fan base since its debut in 2011.

So it comes as no surprise that the series landed a spot on Reddit's most popular shows list for 2018. Coming in at number two, the only reason the series didn't take the top spot probably has something to do with the fact that there weren't even any new episodes to air this year.

That means 2018 has been filled with Game of Thrones fan theories, interviews with the cast (who could barely speak about the series' final season for fear of giving away spoilers), and obsessively re-watching the older seasons.

"Entertainment is huge on Reddit, with redditors being among the most passionate television fans on the Internet," the platform writes. "Each year, redditors have made r/GameofThrones a popular destination to discuss current episodes of the show. With no new season airing in 2018, we saw the community lose its title as the No. 1 most popular television subreddit for the first time since 2011. However, with the final season airing next year, we predict engagement to outpace that of years’ past in 2019."

Getting beat out by RuPaul's Drag Race at 8.8 million unique comments, Game of Thrones still brought in a hefty 7.7 million uniques. Following the HBO series is Rick and Morty, Westworld, and Stranger Things.

This $49 Video Game Design Course Will Teach You Everything From Coding to Digital Art Skills

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Which Friends Character Would Earn the Most Money in the Real World?

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Although Friends went off the air in 2004, the iconic sitcom continues to attract new fans who've discovered the show via re-runs and streaming networks like HBO Max.

To play into this devoted fan base, the professional resume writers at StandOut-CV conducted a fun experiment: They asked more than 3000 fans to predict where Joey, Ross, Rachel, Chandler, Phoebe, and Monica would be today, career-wise. They also took the time to figure out how much each character would earn in their respective fields in the real world. Could we be more curious?

Bringing in the highest salary is Joey, whose acting exploits are projected to earn him approximately $61,022 a year. Next comes Dr. Ross, whose career as a paleontologist brings in an estimated $59,023. After that comes fashion designer Rachel, earning $54,563 a year, followed by Chandler's writer/editor salary of $47,039 annually. Phoebe comes next, with her musical career bringing in an annual salary of $43,604 (although the site doesn't mention how her massage therapy business might factor into her life today). Surprisingly, Monica would bring in the least amount of money; she'd earn an average of $43,165 per year as a head chef.

As far as where fans think the Friends gang would be today, the answers are pretty great: They believe Joey would have expanded his acting career to include his own reality series called Keeping Up With Joey Tribbiani. Monica, meanwhile, would have taken the next step in her culinary career by opening up her own restaurant, and her husband Chandler would have continued his passion for writing at a comics magazine. The last season of Friends follows Rachel as she works as an executive for Ralph Lauren, and fans theorize that she would have used her breadth of experience to start her own fashion brand. It's believed Phoebe would have continued her music career, perhaps even becoming a music teacher, while Ross would have spent time writing dinosaur-themed children's books.

Hopefully, the upcoming Friends reunion special will give fans a final answer on what the characters would be up to today.