Warning: Game of Thrones spoilers will be found below.
Game of Thrones viewers were struck with conflict after learning the series’ ultimate winner (although the Iron Throne was melted by angry Drogon) and were rendered awestruck by one shot of Daenerys. Many discussions will come about the finale, but one of the bigger shocks of the evening arrived with Jon Snow’s surprising (even to him) move and his ultimate fate.
To briefly recap, Jon felt himself conflicted by Dany’s actions when she torched King’s Landing, and in the process, she killed thousands of innocent adults and children. He still loved her and didn’t immediately stand against the Mad Queen like Tyrion did, but the former Queen’s Hand talked some sense into Jon. Tyrion articulated the undeniable truth about Dany, and in turn, Jon accepted that the only way to save Westeros from further war and loss of life was to kill Daenerys, which he did after he professed that she would always be his queen. Indeed, he stabbed her in the heart while they kissed.
This wasn’t even close to the end of stunners for Jon Snow, but it was one of multiple moments involving Jon that sparked conflict on social media.
Dany: I am inevitable.
Jon: And I am Jon Snow. pic.twitter.com/5twBoqAgL6
— Cameron Grant (@coolcam101) May 20, 2019
— Hunter Parrott (@hunter_parrott) May 20, 2019
Jon snow stabbed Dany to save the 7 Kingdoms! He messed up but he fixed it for us in the end. A TRUE HERO!
— Anya (@PhoenixSansa) May 20, 2019
How Jon Snow hit Dany pic.twitter.com/06irKi7fUp
— Josiah Johnson (@KingJosiah54) May 20, 2019
Drogon trying to wake dany up…he showed more emotion than jon snow did in the entire show pic.twitter.com/rA2RxwHnrL
— romana (@rhaegaal) May 20, 2019
— M (@MuhammadMods) May 20, 2019
Also surprising? How Drogon, who was filled with grief and anger over his dead mother, didn’t set Jon aflame (perhaps because he’s a Targaryen and possibly Unburnt?) but turned to destroy the Iron Throne instead.
— Abs B.THFC (@Black_B3arr) May 20, 2019
— Rumana Naqvi (@Rumananaqvi) May 20, 2019
— blurryface (@jobowockees) May 20, 2019
— Azor A-HY (@HamzaYunusIslam) May 20, 2019
Aemon Targaryen passed up on the iron throne and ended up at Castle Black. Now Aegon Targaryen has essentially done the same thing.
— Donté Stallworth (@DonteStallworth) May 20, 2019
Tyrion played the smart game.
Daenerys played her own game.
Jon Snow hated the game.
Sansa played the long game.
Arya thought the game was meaningless.
Bran has all the cheat codes to the game.
Drogon: "F*ck y'all game…" #GameofThrones #GameOfThronesFinale pic.twitter.com/dKKD27OfOA
— Jithin Justin (@jithinjustin007) May 20, 2019
— Jared (@jjcottn) May 20, 2019
Aaand that wasn’t all for Jon Snow. After Bran became king, the man who went from being a Stark bastard to the rightful heir of the throne ended up being sent back to the Night’s Watch. Bummer.
— Salahuddin (@1LifeOfDeen) May 20, 2019
— Alex Delong (@alexmdelong) May 20, 2019
— Aegon Blackgaryan (@DimitryRO) May 20, 2019
he started his journey at the nights watch, and his journey ends at the nights watch. from jon snow to AEGON TARGARYEN. they did him so dirty, HE DESERVED A BETTER END TO HIS STORY IM MAD. #GameofThrones pic.twitter.com/IBSniraOE7
— osha (@oshawildling) May 20, 2019
— kaitlyn blades (@kaitlyn_olyvia) May 20, 2019
At least Jon reunited with Ghost at the end. And Tormund was there, so yeah, it’s time for a very chilly buddy comedy/Thrones spinoff.
— The [Saucy] RN (@leiranettah) May 20, 2019
— Binge Mode (@binge_mode) May 20, 2019
— My_maruchan (@my_maruchan) May 20, 2019