Game of Thrones, the Emmy-award winning HBO show that became a cultural phenomenon, is more than just entertainment. It is sparking questions in academia in fields from religious studies to political science.\r\nWarning: If you\u2019re behind on the show, this article contains spoilers from Season Eight's fifth episode. Don\u2019t worry though, Elizabeth Cohen, a communication studies professor at WVU, said research has shown that by and large, spoilers don\u2019t ruin the enjoyment of something.\r\n\u201cAt the end of the day, spoilers don\u2019t enhance enjoyment but there\u2019s not a lot of evidence that it detracts enjoyment,\u201d Cohen said. \u201cI think we overestimate how much surprise factors into our enjoyment of these stories.\u201d\r\nNow, onto the spoilers and another academic field the show has impacted.\r\nChristinia Fattore, a WVU political science professor, said Daenerys Targaryen illustrates a central concept about leadership \u2014 that men and women aren\u2019t really that different.\r\nTargaryen, one of the show\u2019s central and generally beloved characters at least until last week\u2019s penultimate episode when she destroyed much of King\u2019s Landing \u2014 including many of its innocent citizens \u2014 used any means needed to reach her goal, the Iron Throne.\r\nThe show has also done a great job developing other strong female characters, such as Cersei Lannister and Sansa Stark, Fattore said. Stark started as a meek timid child who wanted to marry the prince and is now a strong contender for the Iron Throne in Fattore\u2019s book.\r\nThere are also problems with the show\u2019s portrayal of women, she said. The show is rife with sexual violence against women and that\u2019s been a topic of discussion in Fattore\u2019s classroom.\r\n\u201cWe talk a lot about sexual violence in 'Game of Thrones' and how we can enjoy something where morally there is so much wrong and so many characters are morally bankrupt,\u201d she said.\r\nThe fantasy trappings of the show allow everyday people to enjoy something and dismiss the violence that would horrify us if it happened in our streets, Fattore said.\r\nGame of Thrones has also raised a lot of philosophical questions about what religion can or can\u2019t accomplish, said religious studies professor Alyssa Beall.\r\nThe show's varied religions have examples of followers behaving in both extremely ethical and less-than-moral ways, she said. Other characters are seen as both very ethical and yet non-religious, prompting those questions about religion and what makes a good person.\r\n\u201cIt\u2019s not one particular religion that makes these people moral or immoral,\u201d Beall said. \u201cA religion might offer guidance to some of the characters, but that same religion can also be taken in some really extreme and less-than-positive directions.\u201d\r\nThe series finale for "Game of Thrones" unfolds Sunday night on HBO.