Just here for the memes: the best reactions to the Game of Thrones finale

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Traditionally, I don’t like to do these “let’s see what Twitter memes are going around” posts because it’s just a collection of clever tweets with very little text. But I’m making an exception for the Game of Thrones finale because honestly, the real Game of Thrones was all the friends we made along the way. GoT fans are some of the funniest and smartest people in the world, and they’ve been jumping on mistakes, bad storytelling and cool sh-t for years. As you can imagine, there were so many feelings online about the finale. Here’s just an assortment of cool sh-t and jokes and more:

Pretty much. Do the last eight years feel like a complete waste of time? I mean… no, not completely. As I said earlier, I watched Lost and THAT was a terrible ending, a sh-t the bed finale (and final season). Game of Thrones was brilliant for five seasons, good for two seasons and then absolutely horrendous for most of its final season. I don’t feel like it was a waste, I just feel like the writers got so f–king lazy in the end.

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  1. Rina says:

    Memes are everything! :)

    • Hunter says:

      Yes! I really need to be productive but the memes are slaying.

    • Mash says:

      soooo you guys got to check out black twitter and instagram hashtag

      #demthrones OMFG they had a (historically black colloquialism) on the night king’s death being a “wintergoing” a play on funerals held in the black community called “homegoing”
      and the night king’s full name being NIGHT KANG LEROY JENKINS…. i keeled over from laughing so hard

      also there’s a Brienne meme as she writing with the Mary J Blige lyrics “I WAS YOUR LOVER AND YOUR SECRETARY” omg….its just like hilarious heaven…yal check it out and thank me later!

  2. HelloSunshine says:

    I wish the writers would’ve cared enough to do the ten episodes HBO offered. I’m okay with where they took the show (they’ve been setting Dany up as the Mad Queen for ages, whether people like it or not) but they rushed through everything starting in season 7. Jon meets Dany? Suddenly they love each other??And it’s all downhill from there.

    The actors clearly weren’t happy with how this was all handled. Seriously, look at the interviews from Emilia Clarke, Peter Dinklage, and Kit Harrington. Nikolai has also come out and talked about how difficult the writers were to work with.

    • Digital Unicorn says:

      There has been rumblings for years about how D&D were not easy to work with and if they didn’t like you they’d kill your character off – in the Oxford Union interview they did they actually admit to this (apparently an actor had ideas for his character that they did not like so decided to kill his character off).

      • Zapp Brannigan says:

        I think that referred to Ian McElhinney (who played Ser Barristan) he was a massive fan of the books and had some story arc coming if they followed the books, when they told him he was being killed off he asked about that plot in the books, they said they wanted to kill him off even more then.

        There were stories swirling about an actress not wanting to do nudity any more and they killed her off too, if it is the actress rumoured online it is awful as she had PTSD after leaving an abusive relationship and was no longer comfortable with nudity, they wrote her the most brutal death scene.

      • Digital Unicorn says:

        Ah, Ser Barristan was still alive at the end of the last book :(

        I’ve heard that rumour before and it would not surprise me if true given that their misogyny was blatant in the plots they wrote.

        The UK media is all over the story about how Lena and Jerome Flynn (Bronn) used to be a couple but a bad breakup meant that they could not be in a scene together. I never understood why that character stayed but I guess that’s because D&D have said they liked the actor. I know the actor from UK TV and he was a bit of an a-hole back in the day when he was really big over here. The worked together on a show called Soldier Soldier and they may have been an item then but who knows, he’s denied they were ever together.

      • Zapp Brannigan says:

        @Digital Unicorn I well remember Robson and Jerome “up on the roof”.

        I remember reading that Jerome Flynn had become part of a religious sect and things went off the rails for him for a bit a the height of his fame.

    • Steff says:

      They’re hacks. Point blank.

      Also, Disney needs to screen people before they hire them.

    • Valiantly Varnished says:

      Exactly. And can we talk about ALL the foreshadowing of Dany getting pregnant in season 7 and then…nothing?? The prophecies that never came to fruition. And who was the “green eyes” Arya would close forever?? It’s like they forgot their own past storylines.

  3. Incredulous says:

    The best I read was “Drogon saw his mum stabbed to death and thought the chair of knives did it so he turned it to slag”.

    • Truthiness says:

      Yes, and he knew they had to make things wheelchair accessible. Needed ramps . Drogon: “YOU’RE WELCOME.”

  4. broodytrudy says:

    Okay but that dragon shot with Dany was bad ass. Hands down coolest shot in the series. And i love how many times we got to hear “Goodbye Brother”. It’s my favorite piece of music from the show, topping only Light of the Seven and the Rains of Castamere.

    Shout out to Ramin Djwadai and the costume department, the series MVPs.

  5. Mabs A'Mabbin says:

    I’m loling at the greatest shot of the entire show tweet, because I said the same fracking thing when it happened. Coolest shot evah.

  6. Tessycat says:

    I kept hoping Brienn would write that Jaime had a child posthumously.

  7. snowqueenM says:

    Who would have thought that GOT was a Shoot the Shaggy Dog story all along…? Disappointing AF, 3/10 for this lackluster effort at a final season.

  8. Meg says:

    Holy sh*t I’m going to be happy when there are no more GOT posts on here damn way too many

  9. Lucy says:

    Aaaaaaand the rowing memes are back!! Come this way, you beautiful bull. This way.

  10. Snazzy says:

    I love the one about the naked women. So true

  11. Cee says:

    I’m gonna rewatch the whole series once I get the chance. That way I’ll know if it was a waste of time or not.

    Does anyone know anything about the supposed spin off?

    • Steph says:

      It’s about the children of the forest

    • Megan says:

      I am going to take a pass on the spin offs. This season ruined my appetite for the GoT universe.

      • kim says:

        I’m a Hard NO! on any spin off of GoT. I want Hulu to dust off their rights to Throne of Glass series and start production!!!

  12. eto says:

    Am I the only one who actually liked the ending of Lost? Cried like a baby.

  13. SM says:

    The only show I followed through was Mad Men and I have to say I was way more satisfied that most of the GoT fans right now.

  14. Case says:

    Jenny Nicholson is one of my favorite pop culture critics. She’s hilarious.

  15. FHMom says:

    I thought VEEP had a thoughtful, well-written ending. I made my peace with this and may actually do a re-watch with my sister, who has never seen the show. I completely agree that LOST was the worst.

  16. lulu says:

    Not sure if it’s that the writers got lazy. Can’t help but think they left a good deal of the cast alive, which means they also left an option to bring the show back sometime in the future. That could be a big reason not to resolve large parts of the story line. I would think 2, maybe 3 years from now people would eat up a return bigtime. Also, there were so many stories within the story here, I don’t think there was any way to leave everyone happy. Considering the complexity of the show, I thought they did okay.

    BTW, that shot that everyone loves with the dragon spreading its wings behind Dany? Did it remind anyone else of the old Dracula movies where he spread out his cape before the attack? I laughed over the comparison.

    • pandabird says:

      It reminds me of Maleficent. A tragic character/villian.

    • kiddo says:

      Black wings Lucifer for me

    • Seán says:

      No, the show is done. Benioff and Weiss were never shy about how much work was involved in making the show and would say around Season 4 that they were burnt out. They also signed up to adapt books, not write original material. Also, I don’t believe Benioff or Weiss ever read the books more than once as they miss many of the themes and misunderstand many of the characters George R.R. Martin created (looking at Jaime, Renly and Ellaria in particular). I think when they reached the most narratively concise and more action packed original 3 books (Seasons 1 to 4), they struggled to adapt the more introspective, character focused fourth and fifth books (the events of Season 5 and some of Season 6). I think once they pretty much had no OG material to adapt, they thought “Screw it, let’s rush to the finish line” and took what they wanted from a bare bones outline Martin gave them, treating each episode in its own vacuum and not paying any attention to the rich worldbuilding and character work that made earlier seasons so compelling.

      There’s also no real indication from any of the main actors that they want to be in spin-offs. I think they all want to move onto other things.

  17. Jess says:

    A lot of us disabled folks are pretty happy all the abled folks are mad their abled fav chars didn’t get the ending they wanted. Also, that Jamele Hill tweet is ableist but certainly not the most ableist crybaby badfan garage I’ve seen from GOT fans in the past 12 hours (“Bran did nothing!” because yeah, disabled people who can’t fight or f*** do “nothing”–got it). All in all it’s pretty funny considering that I couldn’t make it through the first book and got a refund from Amazon for it because Martin’s portrayal of Tyrion’s dwarfism is so vile. I’m still surprised to this day that Dinklage agreed to even do this series.

    • Wisca says:

      Hi Jess,
      Thank you for these comments. Do you think that Tyrion’s role was harmful to your community? My family discussed this last night. In the television show, he was my favorite character and a fan fave generally. Was PD’s portrayal more humanizing than GM’s characterization?

    • Alissa says:

      I think the “Bran did nothing!” comments are related more to the fact that people were expecting him to warg into a dragon, or share some intel since he knew the past and future. Instead he just…warged into a couple of ravens, and stared at people. I don’t think it was necessarily related to him not being able to fight because he can’t walk?

      • Misa says:

        Yes, nobody is salty at Bran for not being able to walk and fight. If anything it’s the opposite: Bran is incredibly powerful potentially (3 eyed raven, can see the past and glimpses of the future, can travel in time, can warg which means he could have warged into the dragon, etc) yet all he gets to do is stare ominously and mention that he got the design of his wheelchair from a past King. Also, as the daughter of a disabled man, I find it offensive that they call him King Bran the Broken. wtf? is his disability his only trait? why not Bran the Raven, Bran the Seer, etc?

      • North of Boston says:

        The show is over and we STILL don’t know why he was warging into Ravens during the Battle of the dead at Winterfell.

    • Case says:

      I have a disability and truly believe Bran did nothing to earn the throne. It has nothing to do with his disability, rather his lack of story the last few seasons. They made it seem at the last minute as though everything had ultimately been Bran’s manipulations and he knew he’d be king one day, but saw no evidence of that. They just…told us. There are others who have proven themselves to be better leaders, that’s all.

    • entine says:

      I am not disabled, but I love how Tyrion was portrayed with so much dignity, even if he’s so different looking than in the books. They had to remind us how disabled/ different people were regarded back in the middle ages. They wouldn’t survive.
      My disability is not that visible (visually impaired) and I am sometimes victim of misunderstandings/bullying and I reflect upon the fact thatI wouldn’t be able to survive if I had been born in a different era, sight was/ still is such an important ability.

  18. Nibbi says:

    I thought that parts of the finale were really beautiful & that overall, season 8 was entertaining as hell. Def some plot holes and issues with smaller stuff but I start to feel like that’s to be expected at some level. Part of me is glad to move on now ;)

  19. Ann says:

    I saw this comment on reddit and couldn’t stop laughing!

    “Dany, The first night at bed when you left, Jon made out with two girls and put his head in between a cocktail waitresses breasts. Also he was grinding with multiple fat women. When you left crying at Winterfell , Jon was holding hands and dancing with a female and took down her number. Multiple people in the realm know therefore you should know the truth”

    Jersey Shore + GoT = comedy gold!