How incredibly partisan the Game of Thrones fans are. I think the hype for the season has set up the grudge match of Sansa Stark v Jon Snow all too well. After one night, the factions are already at each other’s throats.
Game of Thrones is probably the largest (active) fandom I’m in apart from Star Wars. Star Wars has a hiatus now because episode 8 isn’t out for a while, but we’ll have the large online squabbles when episode 8 hits our screen. If Finn isn’t your favourite character, if you don’t ship Finn with Rey you’re racist. If you ship Kylo Ren with Rey you like abusive relationships. Debates about whether Oscar Isaac is white or a man of colour … was it racist that Lupita Nyong'o was CGI character?
GoT and Star Wars reminds me a lot of the Harry Potter fandom in the old days. There was a LOT of arguing.
Most of my other fandoms are much smaller so there’s not really the luxury of having factions. People in The Expanse fandom might have favourites but there’s not really a big enough fandom to really split along character faction and then squabble and bicker.
On iZombie, there’s a bit of hate for Peyton sometimes (or rather then romantic choices she has made) and I personally question Blaine x Liv as a ship, but again the fandom is small enough that people try to just get along even when they disagree.
On Homeland (of which I am no longer an active member), the factions were aligned in terms of character faves and shipping preferences, but split along community lines.
Anne with an E was divided into: “OMG I love this show” vs “Oh my god, nothing can ever compare with the Kevin Sullivan series and Anne with an E will bring about the End of Days”. There was also a small group (like me), who was like: “Actually, I like both versions for different reasons”, but no one likes a fence sitter when they’re arguing.
I haven’t really delved into the American Gods or Castlevania fandoms much so have no idea what I’ll find there …
I enjoy a debate and a discussion as much as the next person, but it’s always a bit infuriating to read those blanket statements like - if you like this then it means you’re racist/sexist/bigoted … If only it was actually so easy to sort out and identify the world’s bigots and racists :P