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‘Game of Thrones’ series finale surprises with unexpected ending

May 19, 201910:56 pm
Updated:May 19, 201911:39 pm

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WARNING: This post contains spoilers. Do not read on unless you’ve seen the entirety of the final season of Game of Thrones.

After eight long, dense seasons, beloved and much-debated fantasy series Game of Thrones has finally reached its end.

On Sunday night, viewers finally learned the fate of their favourite characters from Westeros in a slow-paced, pensive finale.

After Tyrion witnesses the destruction Daenerys unleashed on King’s Landing, he pleads with Jon Snow to rebel against her — and, as widely predicted by critics, he ends up stabbing Daenerys to death, ending her short reign (she never actually got to sit on that Iron Throne). Drogon incinerates the throne with dragon fire, takes her body and flies off into the distance. Looks like no new ruler will ever sit on the Iron Throne again.



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The remaining people of power end up making a democratic decision as to who will lead the Kingdoms, and in a surprise choice, they select Bran to take the throne as the next king. He’s known as “Bran the Broken,” first of his name. Going forward, no one has a right to the throne by blood alone; it has to be a decision agreed upon by the majority. Sansa declares the North to be its own domain, and she becomes the Queen in the North. Arya heads off “west of Westeros” on what appears to be her own ship, adorned with the Stark direwolf sigil.

Jon Snow, as the known murderer of Daenerys, is forced to take the black again and become a member of the Night’s Watch. The last we see of him, he’s walking beyond the Wall with the Wildlings. We also see him reunite with Ghost, his direwolf.

jon snow: *boop*

ghost: *happy boop* 😊

finally!!! #Ghost#GameofThronespic.twitter.com/wYpxVjFK0i

— din mashiro (@ceIestiaIdya) May 20, 2019

Reactions to the finale on social media were varied, but in most cases, fans were either disappointed or outright devastated by the ending.

Now I wish that the night king killed everyone. #GameofThronespic.twitter.com/tqD9NBoj2Y

— Elie Belizaire (@BelizaireElie) May 20, 2019

But seriously, this finale: #GameofThrones#GameOfThronesFinalepic.twitter.com/zaLwP37bxs

— Black_Masshole (@SMFB20) May 20, 2019

Game of Thrones fans when Bran was chosen King #GameOfThronespic.twitter.com/fQFY3uENvW

— Mike Mcdonald (@MikeMcdonaldII) May 20, 2019

#GameOfThrones

*credits roll*

me: pic.twitter.com/MgkHo3bgoW

— Complex (@Complex) May 20, 2019

Are you kidding me ? #gameofthronespic.twitter.com/5i757lof7H

— imfiorela ;v (@imfiorela) May 20, 2019

Earlier in the day, series star Emilia Clarke, who played Daenerys Targaryen, posted an emotional message to her Instagram page.

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Finding the words to write this post has left me overwhelmed with how much I want to say but how small words feel in comparison to what this show and Dany have meant to me. The mother of dragons chapter has taken up the whole of my adult life. This woman has taken up the whole of my heart. I’ve sweated in the blaze of dragon fire, shed many tears at those who left our family early, and wrung my brain dry trying to do Khaleesi and the masterful words, actions (and names) I was given, justice. Game of Thrones has shaped me as a woman, as an actor and as a human being. I just wish my darling dad was here now to see how far we’ve flown. But to you, dear kind magical fans, I owe you so much thanks, for your steady gaze at what we’ve made and what I’ve done with a character that was already in the hearts of many before I slipped on the platinum wig of dreams. Without you there is no us. And now our watch has ended. @gameofthrones @hbo #love #motherofdragonsoverandout

A post shared by @ emilia_clarke on May 19, 2019 at 9:37am PDT

“Finding the words to write this post has left me overwhelmed with how much I want to say but how small words feel in comparison to what this show and Dany have meant to me,” Clarke wrote on Instagram hours before the show’s final episode aired. “The mother of dragons chapter has taken up the whole of my adult life.”

“This woman has taken up the whole of my heart,” she continued. “I’ve sweated in the blaze of dragon fire, shed many tears at those who left our family early and wrung my brain dry trying to do Khaleesi and the masterful words, actions (and names) I was given justice.”

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“But to you, dear kind magical fans, I owe you so much thanks, for your steady gaze at what we’ve made and what I’ve done with a character that was already in the hearts of many before I slipped on the platinum wig of dreams. Without you, there is no us. And now our watch has ended,” she wrote.

Co-star Gwendoline Christie, who played fan favourite Brienne of Tarth, shared a more humorous post on her Instagram page. She claimed she was being told the ending to Game of Thrones in the photo.

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BEING TOLD THE ENDING TO @gameofthrones 🖤⚔️

A post shared by Gwendoline Christie (@gwendolineuniverse) on May 19, 2019 at 12:30pm PDT

Actor Raleigh Ritchie, a.k.a. Grey Worm, also paid tribute to the Game of Thrones cast and crew earlier on Sunday prior to the finale.

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GoT was like the craziest school trip ever. A 6 year Adventure Weekend.

Huge shout out to the Targs team: Nats, Emilia, Conleth, Peter, Iain, Ian, Michiel, Reece and Ed for making every day fun.

— Raleigh Ritchie (@RaleighRitchie) May 19, 2019

Some fans of the epic, long-running show haven’t been pleased with the way things have gone in Season 8. More than 1 million people have signed an online petition at Change.org to get the eighth season rewritten.

The petition initially sought 35,000 signatures. Its target goal is now 1.5 million.

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