This post contains spoilers for the Game Of Thrones series finale.
“And perhaps the real Game of Thrones was the friends we made along the way.” You’ve probably seen that joke a few dozen times if you’ve been on Twitter in the past day or two. But people on Twitter were also coming up with unrivaled jokes about the events of Sunday night’s finale episode.
Certainly, there will be complaints, but the finale did get some things right: giving positions of power to all of the remaining Stark kids (who worked together instead of greedily squabbling), giving independence to the North, doing away with that pesky bloodline, and melting the damn Iron Throne like so many civilians in King’s Landing (too soon?).
Before the episode started, people predicted their perfect endings:
Tormund, looking back south just before heading north of the wall: “Wow. That really was a Game of Thrones.”
Ghost howls as Looney Tunes-esque circle closes around him.
— Graybones (@MrGordian) May 19, 2019
Game Of Thrones finale where they unearth the Statue of Liberty, which – plot twist – several major characters instantly recognise
— qntm (@qntm) July 26, 2017
can’t wait for Arya to get in her Prius and queue up “Breathe Me” tonight
— nolan (@auntanxiety) May 19, 2019
Game of Thrones ends with everyone’s mom yelling at them to take off those dumbass outfits and come inside to finish their homework
— Randall Otis (@RandallOtisTV) May 19, 2019
But the tone very quickly shifted:
— Geeks of Color (@GeeksOfColor) May 20, 2019
Drogon didn’t take it well:
Drogon: the sight of this accursed thing sickens me. This throne stands as a symbol of the oppression of the proliteriat, and as long as people seek it, this world will never know peace. Dragon fire can't melt steel beams, but on my honor, I shall liquefy this sham
— Guyana's Ass (@sporker_) May 20, 2019
Drogon, flying away: “Have you ever considered a parliamentary democracy rarrrrrrrrrrr?”
— Alison Willmore (@alisonwillmore) May 20, 2019
The dragons’ grasp of physical metaphor is way stronger than I had been led to believe
— Helen Rosner (@hels) May 20, 2019
This was perfectly set up in the first episode of the show when Ned Stark turned to his children and said, "Dragons hate chairs."
— Alex Zalben (@azalben) May 20, 2019
Game of Thrones taught me a lot. For example, if someone ever murdered my mom, I would *checks notes* break her favorite chair
— Sage Boggs (@sageboggs) May 20, 2019
OK I’m an hour behind but: Did Drogon the Dragon think the sharp chair killed his mom?
— kyle wagner (@kylenw) May 20, 2019
I also hope you'll all join me in my "idiot dragon" reading of the finale pic.twitter.com/CP48NZk88T
— Nate Scott (@aNateScott) May 20, 2019
So the dragon melted the throne cause it wasnt wheelchair accessible?
— Scam Likely (@PaulyPeligroso) May 20, 2019
popeyes cashier: you want to wait on spicy?
— Harry Lyles Jr. (@harrylylesjr) May 20, 2019
how bran won the iron throne pic.twitter.com/ejxu4KOqBC
— patrick (@boolin) May 20, 2019
— better call gökan (@gkhnglsr) May 20, 2019
So Bran gets to be king, despite the fact that he just put his name on the group project and didn’t do any work. #DemThrones
— Jemele Hill (@jemelehill) May 20, 2019
this mf knows EVERYTHING and he did not do anything useful the entire season because he knew he would be king. maybe jaime made some points pushing him out that window pic.twitter.com/crfCoPjVu1
— electra (@notlipglosse) May 20, 2019
BUILD SOME RAMPS, BRAN
LITTER THE SEVEN KINDGOMS WITH ACCESSIBLE STRUCTURES
BAN STAIRS AND COBBLESTONES
THE DAY IS OURS
— Brian Grubb (@briancgrubb) May 20, 2019
Everyone: Who should be king?
Tyrion: Good question…since the throne got destroyed it should be somebody with a chair.
Bran: I come with a chair.
Tyrion: All hail Bran the Broken!
— Josh Johnson (@JoshtheSandwich) May 20, 2019
TYRION: People love stories. And no one has a better story than Bran
ARYA, WHO LEARNED SHAPE-SHIFTING AND MURDERED THE INVINCIBLE ICE KING OF DEATH: Bran has what now
— Jason O. Gilbert (@gilbertjasono) May 20, 2019
TYRION: People love stories. And nobody has a better story than Bran.
JON SNOW, WHO WENT FROM STARK BASTARD TO LORD COMMANDER TO KING IN THE NORTH, WHO WAS LITERALLY KILLED AND RESURRECTED, WHO SLAYED HIS QUEEN/AUNT/LOVER FOR THE GOOD OF THE REALM: [Jim Halpert look to camera]
— Jamie Woodham (@jwoodham) May 20, 2019
Tyrion: the king shall be Bran the Broken
Bran: yeah actually just Bran is cool
Tyrion: Bran the busted up
Bran: ok or –
Tyrion: Bran the wheely wheely legs no feely
— zaki (@ZakGhaliAZ) May 20, 2019
“And eventually the kingdom was ruled by, oh, let's say…Moe.”
— MZS (@mattzollerseitz) May 20, 2019
this just shows the importance of building a strong personal bran
— Alexandra Petri (@petridishes) May 20, 2019
Sansa won the popular vote but Bran had the electoral college.
— snark hoppus. (@markhoppus) May 20, 2019
All hail Sansa:
— emma lord (@dilemmalord) May 20, 2019
all hail sansa, queen of winterfexit
— Matt Bellassai (@MattBellassai) May 20, 2019
— Filipe Orlando (@MrFilipeOrlando) May 20, 2019
And Jon got sent packing to the North, which finally brought justice for Ghost:
They got one thing right pic.twitter.com/Nr0hBybBOn
— Molly (@Molly_Kats) May 20, 2019
This was Ghost’s plan all along
— Adam Serwer (@AdamSerwer) May 20, 2019
— D-Piddy (@_dpiddy) May 20, 2019
Ayra is heading towards an unfamiliar West to meet new people and possibly kill them:
— Chase (@ChaseOzzy) May 20, 2019
So who had “Arya invents colonialism” in their end of show pool
— Zack Beauchamp (@zackbeauchamp) May 20, 2019
— WADE (@canonrebel661) May 20, 2019
It was truly a song of ice and fire:
— Dave Itzkoff (@ditzkoff) May 20, 2019
But some people were not very happy:
— Chris _ _ Richards (@Chris__Richards) May 20, 2019
— Eddie Miranda (@EddieMiranda_) May 20, 2019
— Silvester (@Seelvus) May 20, 2019
y'all did this for 8 years???
— Desus Nice (@desusnice) May 20, 2019
I guess the REAL game of thrones was the plotlines we abandoned along the way…
— 'The Neopian CRIMES' Jake Young (@BestJakeYoung) May 20, 2019
Others just blew our minds:
An orphan with a secret lineage goes on a quest after their foster parents are killed, they kiss a relative, save the day, then go off to become a hermit.
Star Wars: 3 movies
GoT: 73 episodes
— Tony Wilson (@HELPFULTONY) May 20, 2019
Welp, onto the next cultural touchstone:
and now our watch is ended.
— ser wikipedia brown of the free north (@eveewing) May 20, 2019