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Game of Thrones season 8: Fans react to dramatic final episode

Final season of the hit HBO show has proven to be hugely controversial

Roisin O'Connor
Monday 20 May 2019 03:59
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*Major spoiler warning for the final episode of Game of Thrones*

Fans are reacting to the final ever episode of HBO's Game of Thrones, and suffice to say the response to the last few scenes has been "mixed" so far.

You didn't need Bran Stark's gift of foresight to predict that the last episode would be controversial.

A petition for showrunners to "remake" season 8 has reached a million signatures, after last week’s episode showed Daenerys Targaryen (Emilia Clarke) follow in her father’s footsteps to become the Mad Queen, killing thousands of innocent civilians in the process.

The controversial plot twist led to Jon Snow (Kit Harington) ending Dany’s life in episode six, and watching as her body was carried off by a mourning Drogon – who first destroys the Iron Throne out of rage and grief.

After a meeting of minds between the remaining powers that be, Tyrion suggests that they be the ones who choose the next ruler of the Six (and it is now six, not seven) Kingdoms.

This leads to Bran being named as king, while Sansa will rule over the North and Jon is sent back to the Night's Watch with the wildlings. Arya decides to go exploring. A reluctant Tyrion is made Hand of the King.

A full review by our critic is on its way, but early reactions to the finale appear to show dissatisfaction with how the pacing became hurried towards the end, and also the individual conclusions for each of the surviving main characters.

Here's what fans are saying on social media:

Dany deserved better

Bran doesn't deserve to be king

At least Jon Snow and Ghost have been reunited

(You can find a ranking of every character – from worst best – here, and the same for each episode below)

Game of Thrones is available to watch on Sky Atlantic and NowTV in the UK

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