Brace yourself. Spoilers are coming.
Welp, that’s all, folks. Game of Thrones, one of TV’s most watched and divisive shows, has come to an end, leaving viewers across the world somewhat distraught over the fate of the six (plus one) kingdoms.
In a twist, Bran Stark, now Bran the Broken, was made king, Dany got a knife through the heart, Sansa is the (yas) Queen of the North, Jon Snow is back among the free folk, Arya is sailing west, Tyrion is once again a reluctant Hand of the King and, most importantly, Ghost finally got the good-boy pets he well deserved.
The show even addressed some fan complaints from along the way. Tyrion reminded Jon of Dany’s increasingly cruel punishments to those who dared defy her and even acknowledged his own poor judgment, something fans were quick to point out leading up to the finale.
Some of the secondary cast made quick returns to tie up their story lines. Tyrion kept his promise to Bronn, who is now among the richest men in Westeros and master of coin. Brienne is (presumably) running the King’s Guard and Pod is finally a knight. Gendry got his lordship, Sam is a maester and on the Small Council and Davos is still the curmudgeony uncle of Westeros. Even the “new prince of Dorne” made a quick appearance.
Oh, and they brought Edmure Tully back just to dunk on him one last time. Hard.
We asked our readers on Facebook how they felt about the finale to the show’s most controversial and divisive season and the responses were mixed.
For a show that often defied expectation in shocking fashion — Ned Stark’s beheading made clear no one was ever safe and The Red Wedding changed how we watch TV — some were surprised at how neatly the show wrapped up.
Many thought the abbreviated seventh and eighth seasons did a disservice to character development and moved the plot along quicker than made sense.
Lots downright hated it.
But mostly people were stoked that Jon finally gave Ghost the love his direwolf deserved.
Like, really stoked.
And, as Sophie Turner would say, that’s the tea.