Game Of Thrones fans are left divided over dramatic show finale and the fate of their favourite characters as social media explodes with memes and reaction (and even a helpline is launched to help distressed viewers!)
- WARNING: This article contains spoilers throughout
- The final episode of Game Of Thrones aired Sunday on HBO
- Episode three of season eight last month titled The Long Night was the most tweeted about episode of all time
- The highly anticipated series finale spanned 80 minutes
- A series high 18.4 million viewers watched last week’s episode The Bells either live or through HBO Go and HBO Now
After nine-years, eight seasons and hundreds of brutal deaths it was never going to please everyone, and the Game Of Thrones finale inevitably divided fans after it aired on Monday morning.
The sixth and final episode in its much vaunted farewell season concluded with the expected death of Daenerys Targaryen, the surprise anointment of crippled Bran Stark to king of Westeros and the rather symbolic destruction of the Iron Throne.
Elsewhere Sansa Stark was declared Queen in the North, with Winterfell maintaining its traditional independence – making Bran the ‘lord of the Six Kingdoms and the protector of the realm.’
All over: After nine-years, eight seasons and hundreds of brutal deaths it was never going to please everyone, and the Game Of Thrones finale inevitably divided fans after it aired on Monday morning
Throne claim: But fans were predictably divided about the outcome, and indeed a season that has been mired by editing gaffes, shaky screenplays and disappointing story arcs
Evidently unimpressed with Bran’s rapid promotion to ruler of Westeros, one viewer shared a meme of a man struggling in a wheelchair with the accompanying caption: ‘Bran on his way to claim the throne’.
The death of Daenerys at the hands of Jon Snow and Drogon’s reaction touched the hearts of viewers, including Twitter user @emiliacIarked who posted: ‘the most heartbreaking part of this scene is the way drogon nudges daenerys. he has lost both his brothers and now his mother. he deserves so much better. nobody speak to me ever again.’ (sic)
Melted down: A Twitter user reacted to Drogon melting the Iron Throne after Dany’s death
So sad: A viewer was left heartbroken seeing Drogon nudge the corpse of Daenerys
Saddest thing: Another Twitter user called Drogon’s reaction the ‘saddest thing this whole season
Not happy: One fan felt cheated by Jon’s relegation to the Night’s Watch – his punishment for murdering Daenerys Targaryen
Referencing the heartbroken Dragon’s decision to torch the Iron Throne, another fan wrote: ‘DROGON SAID IF MY MOM CAN’T HAVE IRON THRONE NO ONE CAN. PERIOD.’
One fan summed up the mood for many before the episode aired by posting an image of a forlorn SpongeBob SquarePants sitting alone in a restaurant booth with the caption: ‘Me after Game of Thrones ends,’ read the caption.
Another posted an image of Daenerys on a television screen with a row of seven Khaleesi dolls in front and a banner in the background of the Targaryen house symbol.
‘Always be MY Queen!! #GameofThrones #TheFinal Episode #DaenerysTargaryen #ForTheThrone #GameOfThronesFinale,’ read the caption.
Final episode: Game Of Thrones fans took to social media ahead of Sunday’s final episode to share their anxiety about favorite characters and sadness over the show ending
Eternal queen: A Twitter user posted that Daenerys Targaryen would always be her queen
Slow roll: A tweet shared a clip of a youth crying and compared it to the sight of seeing Tyrion weeping over his brother Jaime’s dead body
Deep thought: A viewer showed Captain Kirk of Star Trek thinking about the fate of Bran and Jon Snow
Another disappointed fan shared an image on Twitter of a boy resting his head on his hand while deep in thought, with the caption: ‘Me thinking about all the hours I’ve spent on GOT only to be given this trash finale’.
Another tweet made fun of the ‘parallels of Bran being thrown out a window in the first episode and the show being thrown out a window in the last episode.’
Elsewhere a tweet shared before the finale aired pointed out the cool reception that Dany likely would be receiving from Sansa after burning down King’s Landing killing women and children.
‘Sansa kicking Daenerys out of Winterfell after she finds out what she did,’ read the accompanying caption.
While some were disappointed with the show’s outcome, others were disappointed that it had finally come to an end.
‘After tonight, my life is going to be drastically different knowing there’s no more game of thrones to look forward to,’ tweeted one devastated viewer.
Stunned silence: The ending of the HBO fantasy show left some in stunned silence
Others appeared to be making the best of a tough situation, with one fan baking treats before sharing a photo on social media with the caption: ‘Happy cupcakes for sad endings.’
Clearly outraged with Jon’s relegation to the Night’s Watch, one fan ranted: ‘What happened to him was disappointing, he deserved BETTER!!’
While another wrote: ‘Just finished @GameOfThrones Probably the most disappointing final season of any show I’ve ever watched. The most damning thing I can say is that when I started the final episode and began to think of what might happen, I realized I no longer cared and just wanted it to be over.’
But not everyone was disappointed, with one writing: ‘After 8 long seasons and we couldn’t ask for a better ending than this. A mixture of emotions, with highs and lows but at the same time completely unravels and settles and mystery sets your heart at peace.’
Mixed reaction: Most fans were inevitably divided after taking to Twitter in the early hours of Monday morning
Celebs such as Modern Family star Sofia Vergara and actress/filmmaker Elizabeth Banks also shared their thoughts on the finale, though some were dismayed that they couldn’t actually watch it.
Actress/writer Mindy Kaling tweeted a snap of Fozzie Bear looking dismayed, stating, ‘When you’re travelling internationally on the day of the #GameOfThronesFinale.’
Meanwhile Sofia took to her Instagram story to share a number of videos and photos for her Game of Thrones finale party.
She was seen posing with two guests dressed up as Jon Snow and Daenerys Targaryen, while the actress wore a black shirt that featured a famous Thrones catch phrase, ‘You know nothing.’
The actress even had a number of Iron Throne replicas on display at her Thrones-themed party, as evidenced on her Instagram story.
Kicked out: A clip from Bad Girls Club was used to illustrate how Sansa Stark was going to kick Dany out of Winterfell
Color coding: A tweet showed how Arya Stark was going to explain to Jon Snow why she had to kill Dany with the use of color coding
Drastically different: Fans also took to Twitter to note their dismay over the series coming to an end with @amanda_tersigni tweeting that life was going to be ‘drastically different’
Life after: The hit HBO show had fans wondering how they would survive without it
Happy cupcakes: A Twitter user shared an image of ‘happy cupcakes’ for the upcoming sad
Dragon eggs: A fan cooked up ‘dragon eggs’ in memoriam of Viserion and Rhaegal
Dramatic entrance: Dany made a dramatic entrance in the series finale with her dragon Drogon unfurling its wings behind her
Singer Camila Cabello took to her Instagram story as well, pouring some wine from a Thrones-themed wine dispenser that was shaped like one of Daenerys’ dragons.
‘In the Game of Thrones, you win or you die,’ the singer captioned the Instagram story video.
She didn’t offer her opinions on what happened in the show, but that didn’t stop several other celebs from doing so.
April Love Geary expressed her frustration on her Instagram story, because someone actually spoiled the finale for her.
Celeb reactions: Fans far and wide shared their diverse reactions to the Game of Thrones series finale, including several social media savvy celebs who chimed in with their thoughts
Mindy chimes in: Actress/writer Mindy Kaling tweeted a snap of Fozzie Bear looking dismayed, stating, ‘When you’re travelling internationally on the day of the #GameOfThronesFinale’
Thrones party: Sofia Vergara took to her Instagram story to share a number of videos and photos for her Game of Thrones finale party
You know nothing: She was seen posing with two guests dressed up as Jon Snow and Daenerys Targaryen, while the actress wore a black shirt that featured a famous Thrones catch phrase, ‘You know nothing’
‘Just had the GoT season finale spoiled so now I know the ending and I haven’t even watched it!!! Done!!!!!!!!!,’ Geary said.
Comedian Dane Cook expressed his frustration about people like Geary complaining about spoilers, stating, ‘get the f*** off Twitter it’s a minefield of spoilers forever.’
Pretty Little Liars star Brant Daugherty didn’t pull any punches when he took to Twitter, calling the finale, ‘one of the sloppiest episodes of television I’ve ever seen,’ in a multi-tweet thread.
‘No emotional stakes or sense of structure whatsoever. It’s almost remarkable how much I hated it,’ he added.
He criticized the final season as a whole as well, calling it, ‘just the worst way to approach a last season and it’s exactly what I was fearing they would do.’
The throne: The actress even had a number of Iron Throne replicas on display at her Thrones-themed party, as evidenced on her Instagram story
Wine of Thrones: Singer Camila Cabello took to her Instagram story as well, pouring some wine from a Thrones-themed wine dispenser that was shaped like one of Daenerys’ dragons
Spoiled: April Love Geary expressed her frustration on her Instagram story, because someone actually spoiled the finale for her
Whitney’s opinion: Whitney Cummings called out those who were bashing the show
Bran: Kevin McHale offered his thoughts on Bran
Tearing up: Elizabeth Banks offers her favorite moment
However fans can take comfort in knowing that counselors are standing by, ready to help them sort out their emotions about the way the show ends.
A Bark.com listing has gone up, advertising the launch and availability of ‘specialized Game of Thrones counselling service to help bereft fans seek support and get the help they need through this tough time.’
The listing clarifies that these ‘qualified counselors’ are ‘familiar’ with the series — naturally — and will be able to help fans ‘digest their feelings and interpretation of the show, which could range from anger and confusion to sadness and grief.’
Those who sign up for the sessions will connect with their counselors via Skype for £20 (roughly $25) for a 30-minute session and £40 ($50) for an hour-long session, according to the listing.
It appears that fans will be able to pick their counselor, although it’s unclear exactly what sort of qualifications these counselors have.
While it may seem a bit overboard for fans of a TV show to require professional help because the series is ending, a Bark.com counselor said that the connection that people have with their favorite TV shows and movies often result in particularly strong attachments to the entertainment properties.
Game of Thrones fans share their reactions to SHOCKING death on social media
After the epic Battle of Winterfell on last week’s Game of Thrones, the death count was much lower in Sunday night’s episode.
Still, there was a very significant death at the end of the fourth episode of the six-episode season, with Missandei (Nathalie Emmanuel) being brutally beheaded in front of the woman who freed her, Daenerys Targaryen (Emilia Clarke).
Given how fans have connected with Missandei since she made her GoT debut in the Season 3 premiere, fans were not pleased with her death.
Purest character: Fans took to Twitter to pay tribute to Missandei, played by Nathalie Emmanuel, after her character was killed on Sunday’s episode of Game Of Thrones
‘From her very first moment to her last, she was nothing but good,’ Twitter user @oshawildling said. ‘Thank you Missandei for being the purest character,’ she added with the #GameOfThrones hashtag.
Another Twitter user dubbed @solangenaranjo5 said, ‘Missandei DIDN’T DESERVE THIS’ with the #GameOfThrones hashtag and a crying meme.
Another fan, @allenyousif, even tried to predict how Daenerys Targaryen would react to this savage beheading.
Not fair: Another Twitter post showed a woman crying along with the caption, ‘Missandei DIDN’T DESERVE THIS’
Leaked picture: A fan posted a ‘leaked picture’ of King’s Landing in the next episode along with a picture of a pile of rubble
‘Leaked picture of kings landing next episode’ along with a photo of dust and rubble, hinting that Daenerys’ remaining dragon will burn it all to the ground.
Other fans were sad that Jon Snow just pawned off his direwolf Ghost, who was previously a big part of the show along with the other surviving direwolves.
‘We all said protect Ghost from the Night King at all cost not realizing it’d be Jon to hurt him the most,’ said @jayoheeeleyeee.
Sad moment: Viewers also were sad to see Ghost being sent away to the North by Jon Snow
Total outrage: Viewers also shared their outrage after Jaime Lannister after having sex with Brienne left her to embark on a mission in King’s Landing
Another pivotal moment in the series is when Jaime Lannister (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau) had sex with Brienne of Tarth (Gwendoline Christie) for her first time.
While Brienne had a unique relationship with Jaime for years, she had recently attracted the affections of Tormund Giantsbane, with some upset that she ended up with Jaime and not Tormund.
‘TORMUND WOULD HAVE NEVER DONE THIS TO BRIENNE,’ said @iHarshallWitts.
Pregnancy news: The familiar so-called Blinking White Guy meme was used as a substitute for Euron overhearing that Tyrion knew about Cersei’s pregnancy
Others reacted to Tyrion Lannister’s speech about his sister Cersei’s unborn child, and how her new lover Euron Greyjoy may have reacted to that.
Pop star and longtime Game of Thrones fan Drake also showed his support for Arya Stark once again before this week’s episode.
There were also others who poked fun at the last episode being super dark.
Hold on: Shrek was shown with a confused look on his face as another substitute for Euron as Tyrion told Cersei that her baby doesn’t have to die
Mad queen: Viewers took to Twitter to note that Dany was moving into her ‘Mad Queen’ mode
Final season: Drake was shown in an altered photo wearing an Arya jersey as fans nervously took to social media Sunday ahead of the fourth episode of season eight of Game Of Thrones
Maximum brightness: Twitter user @neontaster made light of last week’s episode that some viewers complained was too dark with a picture of the brightness on a TV adjusted to the maximum
Game Of Thrones fans take to social media as Arya trends on Twitter
Game Of Thrones fans took to social media to comment on an epic battle during Sunday’s episode as the Night King and his army marched on Winterfell.
Fans of the HBO show were ready for the fight early as one viewer took to Twitter before the episode aired and posted a photo showing two dozen of the characters including Daenerys Targaryen, Sansa Stark and Tyrion Lannister with votive candles.
The dark caption read: ‘me prepping for tomorrow’.
Twitter reaction: Arya started trending on Twitter after Sunday’s episode of Game Of Thrones that showed the Battle of Winterfell
The episode titled The Long Knight showed the Army of the Dead overpowering the Army of the Living as the Night King’s forces took the upper hand.
The Night King arrived at the Godswood to kill Bran Stark, but Arya ambushed and killed him with a Valyrian steel dagger and his undead army collapsed.
Arya started trending high on Twitter as fans rejoiced over her heroic move.
One Twitter user asked others to retweet ‘if you are in love with Arya’ as fans embraced the character played since 2011 by English actress Maisie Williams, 22
Army leader: The Night King and his army arrived at Winterfell on Sunday’s episode of the hit HBO show
Getting ready: A fan on social media was ready for the upcoming epic battle against the Night King with votive candles dedicated to two dozen characters
Another shared a photo of the character as a younger girl and captioned it: ‘Arya is the real MVP’.
Arya using her Valyrian steel dagger to kill the Night King also drew a comparison to NBA player Damian Lillard, 28, whose 37-foot, game-winning 3-pointer at the buzzer last week for the Portland Trail Blazers was the dagger that ended the Oklahoma City Thunder in the playoffs.
A tweet that read ‘Arya Stark:’ was followed by a photo of Lillard after his game-winning, series-clinching dagger.
‘Racing home to GOT’: Sofia Richie was in a hurry to watch the show
Watching TV: April Love Geary shared a meme of her plans to watch Game of Thrones
Serious fans: Kristin Bell shared a snap from her GOT party, that featured husband Dax Shepard and their pals dressed in all black ‘for everyone’s funeral’
Getting in on the action: Liam Payne looked to be a little late to the game
Delicious: Kristen treated her guests to hot dogs and hamburgers from Shake Shack
Yummy: Complementing the main course was a side of fries
Celebration: Kristen also shared a cup with the GOT theme
Most valuable: A Twitter user declared Arya, played by English actress Maisie Williams, was the most valuable player on the show
Dagger reference: Arya using her Valyrian steel dagger to kill the Night King also drew a comparison to NBA player Damian Lillard, 28, whose game-winning 3-pointer at the buzzer last week was the dagger that ended the Oklahoma City Thunder in the playoffs
Popular reference: The heroine’s face was super-imposed over the Portland Trail Blazers star
It wasn’t the only NBA reference as The Ringer compared Arya’s hand switch with her dagger to Michael Jordan’s famous hand switching during Game 2 of the NBA Finals in June 1991.
A video clip showing Jordan switching ball into his left hand against the Los Angeles Lakers en route to a 21-point win was compared to Arya’s dagger drop and hand switch before fatally stabbing the Night King.
Other fans mocked the episode for its darkness and lamented that they could barely see anything.
Hand switch: The Ringer compared Arya’s hand switch to basketball legend Michael Jordan’s famous hand switch against the Los Angeles Lakers in the 1991 NBA Finals
One Twitter used posted a black rectangle along with the caption: ‘Hands down my favorite scene from tonight’s episode of #GOT’.
Another viewer took to Twitter to thank the dragons for providing the ‘only source of light to actually see anything this episode’.
One tweet showed Mel B as a judge on America’s Got Talent using her hands as binoculars to get a better view along with the caption: ‘I can’t see a damn thing’.
Favorite scene: The darkness of the episode was mocked by viewers on social media
Dragon light: A viewer took to Twitter to thank the dragons for providing a source of light
Hand binoculars: A tweet showed Mel B using her hands as binoculars with the caption, ‘I can’t see a damn thing’
Shared experience: A Twitter used showed ‘Everyone’ with a photo of a woman squinting
The episode ran for 82 minutes making it the longest of the season and the series.
The last episode titled A Knight Of The Seven Kingdoms ended with the Night King marching on Winterfell and a trailer showed troops of the living lining up and catapults being loaded ahead of the Battle of Winterfell.
The newly-knighted Brienne of Tarth was leading the defensive forces and in a teaser was shown yelling, ‘Stand your ground!’.
One Twitter user posted that she was ready for the Battle of Winterfell with ‘snacks & an emotional support dog.’
Support dog: A Twitter user said she was ready for the show with snacks and an ’emotional support dog’
Another posted a photo of people sitting at a table holding hands together with the caption reading: ‘Thrones fans right now’.
Game Of Thrones premiered its eighth and final season on HBO on April 18.
The six-episode season will conclude with the series finale on May 19.
The wildly popular HBO fantasy drama series is based on fantasy novels by George RR Martin.
Holding hands: Another tweet shared a picture of people holding hands as Game Of Thrones face braced for the upcoming epic battle with its likely high death toll.