Let's see if I can remember my tripcode. (Edit: Yay! I can)
Seen this coming since the leaks over a year ago, which were very reliable and pretty clearly the real deal, and have been okay with it (I thought the movie and student six etc left the show plenty of room for expansion and revitalisation but that if they wanted to end it then had a view of "so be it"), but it still felt like a hit to the stomach seeing the official announcement.
I was hoping the upcoming movie would be G4, a bit like how the Star Trek movies were an extended goodbye after TOS and TNG ended, just to kind of wean us off it gently, but indeed it looks to be a clean break.
It's alright as those Bronies who've stuck it out this long will probably be around forever, and there are still plenty of us out there. The chans may be on life support compared to the past but some chat groups are thriving. We may never see characters like Derpy again in official media (after all, she was born from a DHX animation error, she's kind of 'their thing') but as long as fans keep drawing these characters, posting their images etc they never really go away :)
I'll at least check out G5. Part of me was thinking it'd be a good time to walk away and drop the MLP obsession and become a normie again, but I can't stomach that, just too invested in it now. I'm kind of excited to see what the future holds.
I too am going to be an absolute mess when the final credits roll.
It'll be a major dilemma whether or not to go to a finale meet - part of me wants to see it out with brony friends together, all see the final moments at once, hug it out, have a bit of a party. The other part of me wants to see it alone and have a proper cry (still can't help holding back somewhat in company) and make sure it's a quality viewing not interrupted with ads and stream glitches etc. Can't decide!
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