Bosses are being warned Game of Thrones-obsessed workers will be skipping work on Monday for an historic TV moment.
The first episode of the final season of Game of Thrones, the world’s most-watched television show, will be first aired in WA at 9am on Monday, just as most workers should be clocking on.
TV Tonight blog editor David Knox said he expected more than 500,000 Australians to watch the first episode of season 8 of the fantasy series, which is set in the fictitious continent of Westeros, when it airs in Australia at the same time as the US.
“If your workmate calls in sick on Monday, chances are they have a bad case of Westerositis, which will likely repeat for the next few weeks,” Knox said.
“If you dare to spoil them with a death you’ve read about on social media, prepare to be cut from the will.”
Slater and Gordon employment lawyer Daniel Stojanoski said he expected many workers would take Monday off, legally by taking leave and illegally by claiming falsely to be ill.
“I can definitely say there will be a bigger rate of people taking the day off to watch Game of Thrones because it’s a Monday, it’s convenient,” he said. “Also, the Eagles and the Dockers are playing on Saturday night. Perth Glory is playing on Sunday night at home. What a wonderful epic long weekend bender! Watch the footy, watch the football, watch Game of Thrones.”
Mr Stojanoski advised workers to avoid pretending to be sick and instead take leave or ask their employer for flexibility, such as starting and finishing later or taking an early lunch.
Game of Thrones has become a global phenomenon since the fantasy drama, adapted from the George R. R. Martin novels, first aired in April 2011.
Foxtel broadcasts the series in Australia.
If you have not seen GoT, you might start with the prequel which begins shooting this year, tvtonight.com.au reported.