(This post contains spoilers for Sunday’s episode of Game of Thrones, “The Iron Throne,” and for the series as a whole.)
Game of Thrones has now passed into history following the airing of the series finale on HBO Sunday night. The series ended with Daenerys Targaryen dead, the Iron Throne destroyed, Jon Snow exiled north of The Wall, Arya Stark sailing West of Westeros, Bran Stark as the unlikely new ruler of Westeros, and Sansa Stark declared to be Queen of the North.
The episode wrapped up many of the series’ loose ends, while leaving others open. A council elected a new king, and Samwell Tarly attempted to introduce democracy to Westeros — getting laughed at for his troubles. John Bradley, who portrays Samwell Tarly, also made an error by leaving a water bottle next to his feet — one that made it into a shot — per The Inquisitr.
As The Inquisitr detailed, fans of the series are currently arguing over whether the show ended on a disappointing note or not, as well as whether the finale was true to the series as a whole. In the end, fans of Game of Thrones coped with the end of the series by creating memes.
One popular meme concerned itself with Bran Stark’s surprising rise to power.
Some memorable memes about Daenerys also circulated, mostly hinging on the surprising wrap-up of her character arc.
What's your Dany as Dwight meme? Mine is a shot of her with "Of course i wanted Jim to find the mallard. Make him feel safe. Did you really think i would put my primary listening device in a wooden mallard? I'm not insane." pic.twitter.com/yqFXYglWAv— Brock Wilbur (@brockwilbur) May 20, 2019
How To Lose A Guy In Ten Days (2019) pic.twitter.com/PQm1q6l1WP— Anna Silman (@annaesilman) May 20, 2019
You are in kinglanding, the city is about to fall, Daenerys is comingto burn you your last meme saved is yoir reaction— Daenerys I || I stand by Daenerys (@targsdemi) May 13, 2019
Htdy i’ll start pic.twitter.com/r4NQ4ZvWmg
Other memes dealt with the resolution of Arya Stark’s plot, one which had her sailing West of Westeros.
Not everyone is a Game of Thrones fan, but for those who are, enjoy this meme I just hashed together about Arya Stark. LOL. She follows in the footsteps of other great explorers, Hanno the Navigator, Pytheas of Massalia, Zhang Qian, Vasco de Gama, Christopher Columbus, etc. ???????? pic.twitter.com/82Z9MfomF3— Arma Orientalis (@ArmaOrientalis) May 20, 2019
Other memes referenced the scene wherein Brienne of Tarth completes the historical record concerning Jaime Lannister, inserting funny text in place of what Brienne had actually written about her longtime crush and short-term lover.
I can't stop making Brienne writing memes pic.twitter.com/FkoZW3Exdl— Charlotte Wilder (@TheWilderThings) May 20, 2019
“And also Ser Jaime died while telling Cersei that he was in love with Brienne who was super hot the end” pic.twitter.com/9yr5i3lvHK— Dylan Goforth (@DGoforth918) May 20, 2019
bran: king— Nicole (@niccibelli) May 20, 2019
arya: literally columbus
samwell: inventing democracy
ser brienne: pic.twitter.com/sGjEdCgHTk
Reaction to the finale was mixed, so some memes that circulated following the finale were more about fan reactions.
Tyrion: Jon Snow should be the rightful ruler. He deserves to be King. He's the rightful heir to the Iron Throne. He knows how to lead. He's the chosen one. The people love him. Convinces Jon to kill Dany.— Osibisa ???????? ???????? (@paa__grant) May 20, 2019
Time to choose a King.
Tyrion: Bran.#GameOfThrones pic.twitter.com/G11iB0FY27
The disappointment with the final season was such that more than a million fans signed a Change.org petition asking for HBO to remake Season 8 with more competent writers. This huge number of signatures was acquired despite most signatories likely being aware that such a remake was unlikely to happen.
“I haven’t heard from anyone HBO-related. I don’t think people can reasonably expect HBO to completely remake the season, or any part of this particular series (keep in mind the prequel spinoffs),” the author of the petition, “Dylan D,” wrote in an update over the weekend.
“It costs a fortune to shoot one episode, and I think most signers understand that. Will HBO lose gobs of money over this? Eh probably not.”
“Dylan D” went on to quote DC villain Joker, stating that “It’s not about the money, it’s about sending a message.”