One of the show's creators says they'd be "very drunk and very far from the internet" for the finale. That's for the best.
After eight years and eight seasons, "Game of Thrones" came to an end on Sunday night with a finale that -- as this season as a whole has done -- divided viewers.
Going into the last episode, a good number of the show's audience was already ticked off following Dany's heel turn last week, as she became a Mad Queen and burned King's Landing to the ground. Let's just say this hour didn't help things for stans of the Mother of Dragons.
You can check out our full recap here -- for now, here's what everyone can't stop talking about on social media from the final episode ever.
RIP Dragon Queen
After making BBQ out of King's Landing, Dany made her entrance this week in epic fashion, in one of the show's best shots ever. As she walked out of the shadows, Drogon's wings spread behind her -- and, for an instant, the two appeared as one. It was great.
She then revealed her plan to forge ahead and "liberate" all the other kingdoms. Of course, by "liberate," she really meant kill everyone. Tyrion was the first to step up to her, basically telling her he was extremely disappointed, before throwing his Hand pin to the ground. For that, she had him locked up.
As it became clear to Jon that he wouldn't be able to change Dany's mind, he played her by faking his devotion, kissing her and plunging a dagger into her chest. With that, we all said goodbye to Daenerys Stormborn of the House Targaryen, First of Her Name, the Unburnt, Queen of the Andals and the First Men, Khaleesi of the Great Grass Sea, Breaker of Chains, and Mother of Dragons for good.
She never even got to sit on the damn throne.
I kind of expected to see Jon kill Dany after her big evil speech in front of everybody, then get fire-breathed by Drogon, which wouldn't work, revealing him as a Targaryen and the rightful king, but then I realized that would have him fully nude and only the lady rulers get that— Jenny Nicholson (@JennyENicholson) May 20, 2019
Dany joining the other Targaryeans in hell pic.twitter.com/2CSRsKcVoK— Mike T (@majtague) May 20, 2019
confirmed this is kit when he found out about dany’s ending pic.twitter.com/nW9gySfoDo— 𝔂𝓿𝓮𝓽𝓽𝓮 💔 (@herondaenerys) May 20, 2019
the legendary house targaryen is going extinct while house tarly’s got a future pic.twitter.com/hJLBH1xKX9— dany & rhaella reunion 305 AC (@Igbtdany) May 20, 2019
Drogon Brings the Tears
Can we give Drogon the MVP Award for tonight's episode? That CGI dragon really brought on the feels when he realized Dany had been killed. First, he kept nudging her, only to find she wouldn't wake up. Then, in anger, he melted the Iron Throne to the ground and put an end to the game that consumed his mother.
He then flew off with Dany's body, never to be seen again. The big guy's emotions clearly had viewers feeling them too.
drogon gave us THEATRE. DRAMA. EMOTION. ACTING.— Xavier D'Leau (@XavierDLeau) May 20, 2019
drogon gave the same performance sally field gave in steel magnolias when shelby died.— Xavier D'Leau (@XavierDLeau) May 20, 2019
give drogon an emmy.
Drogon should get a Best Supporting Actor nomination. https://t.co/AdMSMJIBab— Saeed Jones (@theferocity) May 20, 2019
He didn’t kill Jon because he didn’t blame Jon, he blamed the iron throne. Drogon knew that the throne killed his mother. That scene was heartbreaking 💔. He finished his mother’s wishes and broke the wheel. #GameOfThrones 💔https://t.co/wTu6I1UmHg— God'spower (@GodspowerTalks) May 20, 2019
This was the most heartbreaking scene. Drogon trying to wake his mom.— Sammy (@SamKelvin5) May 20, 2019
Jon was ready to be roasted to ashes but Drogon went for that iron throne that caused all these.
Besides what's the need of killing whom his mom loved.
Dragon so smart. #GameofThrones #GameOfThronesFinale pic.twitter.com/xGHdpRprPY
Drogon minding his business then feeling Dany getting stabbed pic.twitter.com/WyVe4KWNL0— Jian Piero Ledezma (@JianPiero) May 20, 2019
The dragons’ grasp of physical metaphor is way stronger than I had been led to believe— Helen Rosner (@hels) May 20, 2019
Bran the Broken Rules All
With Dany dead, the Unsullied kept both Tyrion and Jon Snow captive in what was left of King's Landing. Some time later, the leaders of the Seven Kingdoms convened and decided Bran would be the best King of them all. Those Seven Kingdoms went down to Six though, when Sansa decided to rule the North as its own kingdom.
Of all the people on this series, Bran was definitely one of the most unlikely to take the throne in the end ... and the show's fans certainly had some thoughts about that one.
Sansa won the popular vote but Bran had the electoral college.— house stark hoppus. (@markhoppus) May 20, 2019
The fact that they literally put a line in there saying “People love stories. And no one has a better story than Bran” proves how far up their own ass they were because literally every other character had a better story than Bran #GameOfThrones— Jenna Guillaume (@JennaGuillaume) May 20, 2019
TYRION: People love stories. And nobody has a better story than Bran.— Jamie Woodham (@jwoodham) May 20, 2019
JON SNOW, WHO WENT FROM STARK BASTARD TO LORD COMMANDER TO KING IN THE NORTH, WHO WAS LITERALLY KILLED AND RESURRECTED, WHO SLAYED HIS QUEEN/AUNT/LOVER FOR THE GOOD OF THE REALM: [Jim Halpert look to camera]
Bran watching Dany burn innocent people in King's Landing but knowing his time has arrived pic.twitter.com/YwXKl89UfG— Steadman™ (@AsteadWesley) May 20, 2019
Good morning to everybody except Bran, who despite being a wack archer, sending Hodor and Theon to their deaths, and chilling next to a cozy fire while everybody was fighting, got to be king. pic.twitter.com/9FwwcQLanV— Jemele Hill (@jemelehill) May 20, 2019
So if Bran knew the future the whole time wasn’t he just complicit in the murder of a million people in King’s Landing?— Ben Shapiro (@benshapiro) May 20, 2019
What if Bran was actually the most evil person on the show? He uses the threat of the Night King to knock off a couple of Dany’s dragons, then randomly spills Jon’s lineage just in time to prevent a happy ending and precipitate Dany going nuts and Jon killing her. Boom, king!— Ben Shapiro (@benshapiro) May 20, 2019
TYRION: People love stories. And no one has a better story than Bran— Jason O. Gilbert (@gilbertjasono) May 20, 2019
ARYA, WHO LEARNED SHAPE-SHIFTING AND MURDERED THE INVINCIBLE ICE KING OF DEATH: Bran has what now
Robin Arryn's Glowup
We haven't seen too much of Stark cousin Robin Arryn since he was still breastfeeding off his crazy mother Lysa at an unnatural age. But when the Lord of the Eyrie popped up at the council, it looked a little different than he did when he last graced our screens.
FYI, actor Lino Facioli is 18 now, and there were many who were glad to hear it.
Robin Arryn went from 'why is that grown ass boy sucking on that booby' to 'why is that grown ass boy NOT sucking on THIS booby' pic.twitter.com/yqSNBbWWmC— annabel meschke (@annabel_meschke) May 20, 2019
the breastmilk did Robert Arryn good and that's all I have to say about that do not @ me #GameOfThrones— Victoria Aveyard (@VictoriaAveyard) May 20, 2019
why are you all thirsting over robin arryn while gendry waters baratheon is right there looking like THAT pic.twitter.com/Lu2grKI2pv— be with me 🌙 (got spoilers) (@plutoon_) May 20, 2019
Sansa, Queen In the North
While there was a lot left to be desired by this series finale, one moment that seemed to make everyone happy was Sansa finally being crowned Queen In the North. Sure, we would have loved to see her on the Iron Throne, but this will do!
Also fantastic: Seeing her shut down her uncle, Edmure Tully, when he tried to make a case for himself to rule all.
Why is no one talking about Sansa? First off, Sophie played the HELL out of the role. She was one of the few characters who wasn’t useless in Season 8 and we watched her become that bitch. She went from being Joffrey/Cersei/Ramsey’s toy to ruling her own kingdom. #GameOfThrones pic.twitter.com/jNewi2GW0s— Clarke☘️🍊 (@clarkereign) May 20, 2019
all hail sansa, queen of winterfexit— Matt Bellassai (@MattBellassai) May 20, 2019
Arya Goes West
What's West of Westeros? That's what Arya's on a journey to discover now that she's seemingly given up being an assassin for good.
In her final moments, she was seen heading off on a ship to places unknown, setting up what we think would be an excellent spin-off should HBO decide to keep the "Thrones" shows coming.
Will watch Arya the Explorya.— Bess Kalb (@bessbell) May 20, 2019
wait why can't bran just tell arya what's west— Ashley Feinberg (@ashleyfeinberg) May 20, 2019
Anyway, no interest in the prequels, but I would probably watch ARYA: WEST OF WESTEROS.— Scott Von Doviak (@vondoviak) May 20, 2019
Arya went from ruthless assassin to Dora the Explorer. #gameofthrones— Christopher Bouzy (@cbouzy) May 20, 2019
Lord Baratheon looks stupid hot though. That's why it's entirely unrealistic that Arya wouldn't hit that a few more times before taking off on her Semester at Sea. #GameofThrones pic.twitter.com/Vt6scTmO32— Christina Arango Dowling (@fatherdowling) May 20, 2019
Jon's Tragic Ending
Even though Jon Snow (AKA Aegon Targaryen) was the true heir to the throne, that didn't mean anything to the Unsullied, who kept him prisoner for killing Dany. As part of a compromise to keep him from death, but not from punishment, he was banished back to Castle Black to live out his days as a member of the Night's Watch.
But he decided to keep going once he got there, joining the Free Folk (and GHOST, thank goodness!) for a journey beyond the wall.
Jon Snow never really got what he deserved. He was the Prince Who Was Promised but lived as A Bastard.He was the Rightful King of the Seven Kingdoms but he was sent to the Night's Watch. He took a knife in the heart for saving lives. No Justice for Jon Snow.#GameOfThrones #Got pic.twitter.com/6APktT6MBs— Severus Snape (@Severus_tweets) May 20, 2019
I can’t believe after becoming King of the North, winning battle of the bastards, finding out that he was the rightful heir to the iron thrown and defeating the night army these mfs sent Jon Snow BACK to the night’’s watch??? WTF??? #GameOfThrones pic.twitter.com/NP219pJsTT— Tabitha Targaryen (@TabithaLiyah) May 20, 2019
Brienne's Burn Book
When Brienne got to King's Landing, she took it upon herself to fill in the rest of Jaime Lannister's legacy in the history books, adding some of his noble achievements before saying he died protecting his queen.
The internet, however, had a few other ideas when it comes to what she really wrote there.
can’t believe brienne of tarth became.....a blogger— Aaron Edwards (@aaronmedwards) May 20, 2019
Brienne spending her last scene editing Jaime's wikipedia page is a robbery— ser wikipedia brown of the free north (@eveewing) May 20, 2019
I can't stop making Brienne writing memes pic.twitter.com/FkoZW3Exdl— Charlotte Wilder (@TheWilderThings) May 20, 2019
“And also Ser Jaime died while telling Cersei that he was in love with Brienne who was super hot the end” pic.twitter.com/9yr5i3lvHK— Dylan Goforth (@DGoforth918) May 20, 2019
brienne tries to draw a chameleon from memory pic.twitter.com/4eb0wfxCmm— ellie sunakawa (@elliesunakawa) May 20, 2019
Here are all the other tweets we saw that made us LOL or thought were worth a mention ... like, yes, that water bottle Sam snuck onto set!
People coming back to Kings Landing from vacation in Dorne pic.twitter.com/Lla3zZdHNT— A.J (@AJ_10Q) May 19, 2019
2/ I really hope we mature past this Governing-By-Personal-Drama-And-Vengeance that, while entertaining, is UNLIVABLE. Banking, government and police work should be BORING. That’s the sign of an evolved society. Quietly planning, anticipating & getting it done.— Patton Oswalt (@pattonoswalt) May 20, 2019