Apologies to anyone who named their kids Khaleesi or Dany before Sunday's turn of events.
"Game of Thrones" fans are hotter than the corpses in King's Landing after the shocking turn of events in the show's penultimate episode ever, which saw Dany become the Mad Queen in deadly fashion.
In addition to almost everybody who lived in and around the Red Keep, the hour also claimed the lives of more than a few notable characters, including Cersei and Jaime Lannister, The Hound, The Mountain and Varys.
With the series finale airing next week and a now evil Mother of Dragons on the throne, the body count will only rise from here ... and viewers have quite a few thoughts about everything that went down.
Like the episode before this -- which saw Sansa crediting her rapist for making her strong and the death of Missandei -- many viewers were not happy about what they watched Sunday night, leading to mixed reactions that included hilarious memes and outright disgust.
Keep reading to see what really popped on social media -- for better or worse -- during and after the episode aired.
Varys Goes Up In Flames
Varys was one of the few who saw Dany's turn coming before anyone else, but he didn't get to stick around and see his worst fears come to fruition.
As the Master of Whisperers plotted to take down Dany, both by poisoning her and spreading the truth about Jon's true lineage, Tyrion turned on him and ratted him out to the Queen. While she was mad at Jon for not heeding her warning about spilling his lineage ... and Sansa for telling Varys immediately after learning it from Jon ... it was the Spider who bit the bullet.
With one utterance of "Dracarys," Drogon burnt Varys to a crisp. Of course, by the end of the episode, he'd be proven right.
R.I.P to Lord Varys— BESOK KULIAH!! (@ifhatemyself__) May 13, 2019
First of his name
King of the Messy Bitches Who Live For Drama
Master of Whispers
Father of Spiders
Lord of the Tea Trees and Shady Pines
The One True Protector of the Realm#GameOfThrones #TheLastWar pic.twitter.com/hLj0T0yqOw
Dany's Mad Queen Turn
While Varys saw Dany's turn from Breaker of Chains to Burner of Cities coming, many viewers at home did not -- and they were ticked when she started raining hellfire down on King's Landing.
Yes, we've seen her dark side before on the show, but it was mainly aimed at people who at least kinda deserved it, like the slavers and those who refused to accept her as a ruler. She was a hero to the underdog and undervalued and someone fans really clung to tightly and rooted for to win the Throne. But with the death of two dragons, her right hand woman Missandei, the knowledge everyone likes Jon more and his refusal of her advances, she'd apparently reached a breaking point in record time.
As she burned the innocent in King's Landing to a crisp after the city had already surrendered, Dany's heel turn divided Twitter. Some loved it, saying it had been telegraphed since Season One of the show ... others felt it could have been a justifiable turn of events, but was just too rushed ... and others downright hated it.
One thing's for sure, there's no coming back from this now ... and we really don't think Dany's going to make it out of the finale alive.
I liked what Dany did, I didn’t care about those randos, I would’ve done the same, should I be tweeting this— Mindy Kaling (@mindykaling) May 13, 2019
they are humanizing cersei. cersei. And dehumanizing dany. this is awful.— mira // in mourning (@Iadytargaryen) May 13, 2019
For like the 87th time, it’s not where the plot went, it’s HOW THEY GOT THERE. Dany can go crazy! Arya can give up revenge! But my god let these plotlines BREATHE.— Louis Peitzman (@LouisPeitzman) May 13, 2019
I mean but also tossing Jaime’s entire redemption arc out the window was not great. OK, OK, I’m done now!
daenerys for 7 seasons: has never harmed anyone innocent, stopped cultures of rape and violence against women, her priority was always the people— ً (@targarcyn) May 13, 2019
daenerys season 8: hears bells of surrender and for some fucking obsurd reason starts killing innocents#GameofThrones
Soooo.... Daenarys is officially cancelled. Mother of War Crimes.#GameofThrones— Charlotte Clymer🏳️🌈 (@cmclymer) May 13, 2019
The saddest part about all this is that everyone will remember dany as the mad queen, not the mother of dragons, not the breaker of chains, not a khaleesi, but the mad daughter of a mad king— jes 🤡 (@jivenchyys) May 13, 2019
Dany has absolutely no motivation to do this and there has been zero setup for her to be a Mad Queen except like... maybe 5 minutes of dialogue where a bunch of men were like “this violent ambitious woman could just be psycho” #GameofThrones— kaye toal (@ohkayewhatever) May 13, 2019
I just wanna understand what was the point of Dany's arc? You want a mad Targaryen you had Viserys right there. Why would they let her grow from an abused girl, free slaves, help people for 7 seasons just to ruin her character in 2 eps? Disgusting. #GameOfThrones #Daenerys pic.twitter.com/OaCWEliQnl— ℝίτα❄||GoT Spoilers (@JonxDanyy) May 13, 2019
here's the thing. making a woman character "mad" with zero development is not only incredibly lazy, it's inherently misogynistic. reducing a woman to her crazy impulses with zero development is a cruel message to send to the world. it feeds the worst rhetoric.— lindsey romain (@lindseyromain) May 13, 2019
ok credit where it’s due to Emilia Clarke, who’s truly been doing *everything* she can to sell.........this— Caroline Darya Framke (@carolineframke) May 13, 2019
Cersei and Jaime Deserved Different Deaths
We all knew Cersei wouldn't make it out of this show alive. She's a character viewers love to hate and her death -- hopefully at the hands of those she's wronged -- was a long time coming. There were a ton of theories about how she'd die, but nobody saw what actually happened: death by rocks.
She knew it was over for her once the bells rang out in King's Landing, but when Jaimie showed up to try and usher her out of town for a life together with their incest baby, she had hope once again. As all this unfolded, many thought Jaime was just playing her, that he would be the one to kill her and his words to Brienne last week were just a diversion. But no, he loved her, he was loyal to her and, because of it, he died with her.
As they made it to the tunnels below the Red Keep, he fulfilled a prophecy from the book by having his hands around her throat as she perished, but it was a bunch of rocks that sealed their fates. While a tragic end to the show's most twisted couple, many online wanted worse for Cersei and better for her brother-lover.
Even Lena Headey herself was initially "mixed" on her character's death, telling EW "I wanted her to have some big piece or fight with somebody." She came around though, adding, "The more we talked about it the more it seemed like the perfect end for her. They came into the world together and now they leave together."
Best ways to kill Cersei #GameofThrones— Free Thinker (@kamusigi9) May 13, 2019
1. Jaime kills Cersei
2. The Night King kills Cersei
3. Arya Kills Cersei
4. Drogon Kills Cersei
15. Bran wargs into Cersei and commits suicide
146. She gets Pneumonia and dies
1,672. Gets trampled by rocks
They lost focus toward the end. 7 seasons of Cersei terrorizing folks and she died cause of some rocks? Naw, fam— Jemele Hill (@jemelehill) May 13, 2019
I really hate to admit this, but that Jamie/Cersei death was garbage 😭😭 Cersei deserved worse, and Jamie all but redeemed himself over the whole show just to crawl back to Cersei!? Who was the brother that was prophesied to kill her!? 👎🏻👎🏻— Chris Killian (@chriskillian) May 13, 2019
Jamie didn't have a character arc he had a character circle.— Jesse McLaren (@McJesse) May 13, 2019
I need to believe Cersei isn't dead. It makes no sense after all that build up over the years, that she would just die in the arms of the love of her life. The writing cannot possibly be so bad as to allow that.— roxane gay (@rgay) May 13, 2019
jaime running back to cersei tracks for me; she's his addiction. jaime turning his back the people of king's landing – the people for whom he sacrificed all of his personal good will and saved in robert's rebellion – is complete character assassination. pic.twitter.com/47al1GmvkL— lindsey romain (@lindseyromain) May 13, 2019
what they did to Jaime is absolutely infuriating.— Riley McAtee (@RileyMcAtee) May 13, 2019
"I never really cared about the innocent." - Jaime Lannister— David (@TheGaroStudios) May 13, 2019
THIS MAN WHO LITERALLY BROKE AN OATH AND DISHONORED HIMSELF IN THE EYES OF THE PEOPLE JUST TO SAVE THE INNOCENT.
ARE YOU FUCKING KIDDING ME? WHAT AN ACTUAL FUCK D&D#GameofThrones pic.twitter.com/YFA9PWkHC9
I’m obsessed with Cersei dying in Jaime’s arms as the Red Keep collapsed around her bc my good bitch denied her enemies even the satisfaction of executing her— A Lady Has No Name (@LadyLovesTaft) May 13, 2019
you know what i hate the most?— nirmal (@klagtt) May 13, 2019
cersei won. she died as queen, with jaime beside her, with a good reputation probably (since she invited everyone inside the keep) and with dany as 'the mad queen'
no one defeated or outsmarted cersei, she just died#GameofThrones
8 seasons. 8 whole seasons to plan the most mind blowing, out of this world death of Cersei Lanister.— The Hénry Nevoír (@Hxnry_Nevoir) May 13, 2019
You'd think Arya would kill her
You'd think Jaime was going back to kill her
You'd think Drogon would burn her
Cersei was killed by some rocks #GameofThrones pic.twitter.com/5puSTESa9M
Cleganebowl Finally Happens
The long awaited confrontation between Clegane brothers Sandor (AKA The Hound) and Gregor (AKA The Mountain) was one of the more satisfying faceoffs of the divisive episode, as the fan-coined "Cleganebowl" came to fruition.
The bad blood between these brothers goes back to before the show even began, as Gregor was the one responsible for Sandor's charred face and fear of fire. Their final showdown during "The Bells" saw The Hound getting his revenge, taking out his zombified brother in battle ... and killing himself in the process.
This event sparked quite a few memes, as viewers reacted to the Mountain's appearance, Arya calling The Hound by his real name and one amazing moment where Cersei sidestepped the whole argument to let the boys fight.
We SALUTE to a legend, who fulfilled his life's mission to the very end,— Arya Starch (@IamIamerna) May 13, 2019
SANDOR FUCKING CLEGANE, FIRST OF HIS NAME, FATHER OF ALL CHICKEN, PROTECTOR OF ARYA AND SANSA STARK, THE MOUNTAIN KILLER AND A TRUE WARRIOR. #GameofThrones pic.twitter.com/ncpO6qTDU6
Let us not forget SANDOR CLEGANE amidst all this. The Hound had the best character development in #GameofThrones. The respectful farewell between Arya & him was a heart-warming scene. He fears fire, yet he fulfilled his revenge by dragging The Mountain with him to the fire. BEST pic.twitter.com/qgtSmJeMWb— Aadil Ace (@AceAadil) May 13, 2019
arya was the only friend sandor ever had and the only person he was willing to fight for, he was there for her and tried to protect her when no one else did...— kryn (@Iordstark) May 13, 2019
at least someone finally called him by his real name before he died #GameOfThrones pic.twitter.com/H22uLSAp7p
Also, in keeping a little positive about this episode, pour one out for my man Sandor Clegane who finally burned his brother alive, and stopped Arya from continuing down her path of self-destruction. #CLEGANEBOWL was hype. #GameofThrones pic.twitter.com/xFYPZl7kIp— John Why (@ImJohnwhy) May 13, 2019
Arya's New Mission
Going off that last tweet there, The Hound was able to talk Arya out of coming for Cersei ... a move that puzzled many on social media. Arya's mission has been to take her out for a long time, as one of the final names on her list. She's trained years for this, becoming a ruthless assassin with no qualms about killing.
So to see her walk away from it at the last moment and focus instead on helping the good people of King's Landing was a bit of a 180, though did give Arya a chance to let her humanity shine through.
The question now, of course, is where she's going on that white horse of hers. Many viewers guessed she'll still have vengeance on her mind, only now aimed at Dany, pointing out how the Mother of Dragons' green eyes could also fulfill that Melisandre prophecy.
The best part of the episode was how Arya & The Hound traveled a long way to King's Landing then once they were within 300 yards of Cersei the Hound is like, "you have to leave" and Arya is like, "okay".— Barry McCockiner (@SportsTalkBarry) May 13, 2019
Thanks to the writers, Arya Stark went from savior of all humanity to Scatman Cruthers in The Shining. Came all that way for nothing. #DemThrones— Joy Reid (@JoyAnnReid) May 13, 2019
Arya Stark: *watches Cersei destroy family as a child, flees the continent an orphan, sacrifices her soul to become the most lethal assassin in the world to return and kill Cersei herself, gets within ten feet of her...— Simon Curtis (@simoncurtis) May 13, 2019
The Hound: “don’t”
Arya: *turns and runs crying
Someone said this was an uber Bran sent for Arya. https://t.co/SJzFFegOm6— Darren (@DarrenNesbitt) May 13, 2019
arya saw her family butchered at the red wedding, sailed to another country 'cause she thought there's no place for her in her homeland anymore, avanged the starks and came for cersei but her fist call was still to protect the innocent, even if she dies herself. i'm so proud pic.twitter.com/cKZsNlio59— ellie (@odairannies) May 13, 2019
Arya hell bent on killing Cersei since like season 2. Gets within 50 yards of her, then just leaves pic.twitter.com/H0xilVNDoH— KC (@Not___KC3) May 13, 2019
The writers did all the women characters dirty.— Imani Gandy (@AngryBlackLady) May 13, 2019
The world’s greatest assassin was just wandering through the streets after the hound said, “I got this”? Really? Cersei killed Arya’s family! She would’ve gone with the damn hound and killed her on the stairs. #GameOfThrones
Just now realizing dany has green eyes....what if these are the eyes Arya will shut, not Cersei pic.twitter.com/1hzQiLhuWG— The Dilla☀️ (@Kassidykeech) May 6, 2019
We'll see what happens when the series finale of "Game of Thrones" airs Sunday, May 19.