I get that many don’t like later seasons, that’s perfectly fine, but it irks me how a few people I’ve talked to at cons and meetups wear “oh I haven’t watched past Season 2/3/4” as a ‘badge of pride’ type thing. Not often
the reasonable “oh I just lost interest in the direction” - I hear way too much “oh it’s sucked since S4! I don’t like it anymore! Ha! Trash! Am I cool yet?”
A small few, even, who I assume vend and sell stuff based on the show refuse to watch the last few seasons and make a big deal of not knowing what any character from the last few seasons is and wonder why people keep asking for merch of them. Like, it’s just 22 minutes a week for only half the year, if you wanna know what character that is to be able to make relevant art and merch, then watch the damn show. Anyone who wants to go through the immense effort of making money on merch from a show they won’t spend a simple 22 minutes a week watching, I don’t understand.
If they wanna miss out on some of the my fave episodes of the show, fine, but don’t ask me what this or that character is when there’s a whole episode about them in S7/8/9.