After eight years, 73 episodes and more plot twists than we could count, Game of Thrones has finally come to an end.
Ahead of the show’s eighth and final season, its cast promised that the series was unlikely to please everyone - and the concluding six instalments have certainly proved divisive among fans.
Last week, a disgruntled viewer launched a petition for HBO to remake series eight ‘with competent writers’ after episode five saw Daenerys Targaryen (Emilia Clarke) burn King’s Landing to the ground, a move that some fans saw as inconsistent with her character. The Change.org appeal has so far been signed by more than 1 million people.
The finale was always going to be controversial, then, and reactions across the Atlantic have so far been mixed, with some praising the show’s conclusion for tying up (many) loose ends and others pointing out potential plot holes. As ever, fans on Twitter have had plenty of fun turning some of the episode’s standout moments into memes - including a somewhat unexpected reference to another HBO hit, Sex and the City...
Here are some of the best Twitter responses to the show’s gripping finale.
Is Bran really a worthy king?
Despite having no blood connection to the Houses of Targaryen or Baratheon, Bran Stark was voted in as the new King of the Six Kingdoms and re-named Bran the Broken. However, after spending most of the season staring into space , some fans were less than impressed to see the Three Eyed Raven hailed as the new ruler of Westeros.
So Bran becomes king thanks to doing LITERALLY NOTHING FOR YEARS. It was a bold move Cotton, but it paid off for him. #GameOfThrones— Ben Shapiro (@benshapiro)May 20, 2019
So Bran gets to be king, despite the fact that he just put his name on the group project and didn’t do any work. #DemThrones— Jemele Hill (@jemelehill)May 20, 2019
— 𝗙𝗮𝘁𝗵𝗲𝗿 𝗚𝗮𝗯𝗲𝗿𝗮𝗵𝗮𝗺 (@gibgabe)May 20, 2019
Others joked that there was another reason for Bran's season eight inertia: he'd used his psychic powers and knew exactly what was coming...
— laney 🦊 (@NimraenArt)May 20, 2019
Brienne of Tarth as Carrie Bradshaw
Fans were left divided when Brienne of Tarth (Gwendoline Christie) wrote Jaime Lannister's story in the Kingsguard book rather than telling of her own considerable achievements. While some saw it as a touching tribute to her friend, others saw it as indicative of the way in which women are so often written out of history.
— Leonela 🌻 (@Lee_ohh_neh_la)May 20, 2019
this was such a beautiful scene there was no dialogue needed you can see all the emotions on Brienne’s face. Gwendoline is so incredibly talented and this scene just proved it even more.
pic.twitter.com/LvNRTRKVra— 𝑭𝒂𝒊𝒕𝒉 ☾ 𝐆𝐎𝐓 𝐒𝐏𝐎𝐈𝐋𝐄𝐑𝐒 (@sxpphicsansa)May 20, 2019
— Paperbag Princiss (@paperbagprnsiss)May 20, 2019
Others drew hilarious parallels with Sex and the City's Carrie Bradshaw composing her weekly column.
— Leonela 🌻 (@Lee_ohh_neh_la)May 20, 2019
"and i couldn't help but wonder, maybe this game of thrones was no game after all" pic.twitter.com/vXWcWYrBKS— Dave Itzkoff (@ditzkoff)May 20, 2019
— Aja (@_aja_bri)May 20, 2019
A long-awaited reunion
If fans agreed on one thing, it's that the longed-for reunion between Jon Snow (Kit Harington) and his direwolf Ghost lived up to expectations.
— Imanol (@Imalesor)May 20, 2019
— Prakash Shetty (@kitneka)May 20, 2019
I don't even care what else happened because Ghost got his happy ending. HE'S THE VERY BEST BOI! pic.twitter.com/akeUY5KLmX— David (Razor) Harris (@House_Razor)May 20, 2019
All hail Queen Sansa!
With her brother as the new King, Sansa Stark (Sophie Turner) became Queen in the North - a storyline which was hailed as one of the show's most satisfying (although some fans were still convinced that she should reign over the other five kingdoms, too).
— Aleksiéja|Ø'Cønner⚓️ (@LexiKomTrikru)May 20, 2019
Sansa won the popular vote but Bran had the electoral college.— snark hoppus. (@markhoppus)May 20, 2019
won the game of thrones after falling victim to it her whole life and i think that’s beautiful pic.twitter.com/zkTgJbevYH— gabby loves queen sansa (@sanstrks)May 20, 2019
— Jarett Wieselman (@JarettSays)May 20, 2019
Daenerys' shocking fate
After her shock decision to burn King's Landing to the ground in episode five, fans worried that Daenerys' days were numbered. Their fears came true in the finale, when the Mother of Dragons was killed by her nephew/ love interest Jon Snow.
It's safe to say that viewers believed Clarke's character "deserved better"...
— kate (@kate45380219)May 20, 2019
— jon snow (@shxrlocked)May 20, 2019
RIP Daenerys Targaryen and kudos to Emilia Clarke for her portrayal #GameOfThrones— Jayvee De Guzman (@Jayvee_deguzman)May 20, 2019
Game of Thrones season eight episode six will be repeated on Sky Atlantic at 9pm today. It is also available to stream on demand on NOW TV.