Two of the biggest shows on TV are ending this week: The Big Bang Theory finishes its 12th season on Friday, and Game of Thrones ends its eighth season Monday night. One's a multi-camera comedy that fits squarely within network traditions, the other's a flashy fantasy epic chockablock with violent murder. One is symbolic — perhaps unfairly — of cultural un-coolness, while the other spawns viewing parties and obsessive podcasts from legacy media companies.

And yet both are getting the same kind of finale rollout, the kind a lot of shows get these days, like Veep just had: an announcement