The MTV Video Music Awards are one of the biggest music events of the year, but the 2017 ceremony faced a major obstacle. The VMA ceremony aired at the exact same time as the Season 7 finale of Game of Thrones. While many viewers tuned into the first hour of the VMAs, much of the audience openly admitted that they would be tuning away the second that Game of Thrones started. During the show, viewers took to Twitter to share Game of Thrones vs VMA memes that communicated the struggle between having to choose between two of the biggest television moments of 2017.
While the stakes on the VMAs are high, it's not quite as high as fighting off an army of the dead that is descending upon Westeros. Maybe if the VMAs had more dragons, viewers wouldn't be torn between having to pick one over the other. While the struggle is absolutely real, people have been channeling their frustration into something useful.
Fans of pop music and Game of Thrones have taken it upon themselves to share memes that communicate exactly what it means to feel pulled between MTV and HBO. Here are just some of the best memes about how painful it is to be a fan Game of Thrones during the 2017 VMA ceremony.
The 9 P.M. Switch
The VMAs started at 8 p.m., so at least GoT fans had an hour to watch music before they had to go.
Shame on the VMAs for making fans have to choose between the show or HBO.
Really, What Were They Thinking?
MTV may have managed to cram music's biggest stars under the same roof, but there's not enough star power in the world to get super fans to not watch the Game of Thrones finale.
A Little Taste Of Thrones
Ed Sheeran's performance of "Shape of You" clearly reminded viewers of his Game of Thrones cameo... reminding everyone that they were not currently watching Game of Thrones.
We all know which channel the acting leader of Winterfell was watching.
Fan Of Mindy
There's always at least one outlier, right?