Game of Thrones’ last season has been a colossally disruptive one up until now, with individuals scrutinizing the composition and plot since it has moved far from George RR Martin’s books, and the hurried pacing.
With the most recent – penultimate – scene of the show, those reactions have apparently gone into overdrive.
Twitter is currently more ablaze than King’s Landing, with many people claiming that the showrunners David Benioff and DB Weiss have ‘ruined’ the characters of Daenerys Targaryen and Jaime Lannister.
If you’ve not seen the episode yet (why are you reading this?), Dany decided to torch innocents and soldiers alike after they had surrendered, while Jaime tried to escape with Cersei and start a new life. Elsewhere, Arya abandoned her mission to kill Cersei, while Cleganebowl ended in both The Hound and The Mountain dying.
Here are just a handful of people’s unhappy tweets:
— CarineChouchou (@ChouchouCarine) May 13, 2019
— Ski.com (@SxKxYxExxxx) May 13, 2019
For like the 87th time, it’s not where the plot went, it’s HOW THEY GOT THERE. Dany can go crazy! Arya can give up revenge! But my god let these plotlines BREATHE.
I mean but also tossing Jaime’s entire redemption arc out the window was not great. OK, OK, I’m done now!
— Louis Peitzman (@LouisPeitzman) May 13, 2019
In S1E1, Jaime Lannister pushes Bran Stark out of a window. This is subtle foreshadowing by David Benioff and Dan Weiss for S8E5, where eight seasons of Jaime's character development are similarly thrown out the window. #GameOfThrones pic.twitter.com/OJjjxBaeY3
— Master Mirror (@TheKingIsh_) May 13, 2019
— Jenna Guillaume (@JennaGuillaume) May 13, 2019
— Pallavi Mall (@pallavimall) May 13, 2019
— Andrea Vieira (@andreasvieirag) May 13, 2019
— Ryan Ali (@ryanali23) May 13, 2019
But in the interests of balance, as all things should be, many people pointed to previous scenes that hinted at Dany burning the disco down. They may not have thought it was well done, but they are saying it was in character.
And then there were some who just outright loved the episode
You either die a hero or you live long enough to see yourself become the villain.
Dany's arc wasn't bad writing idk what y'all on about. It was foreshadowed for so long.#GameofThrones pic.twitter.com/35DzwVjzeJ
— Asad Naveed Malik (@asadnmalik) May 13, 2019
Yes, yes, #GameofThrones s8 lacks the narrative subtlety and pacing of seasons 1-4. But it's still great TV imo, and I enjoyed episode 5. But it seems like it's cool to hate Thrones now, so it's for the best that everything is getting wrapped up soon.
— Andy Hartup (@AndyHartup) May 13, 2019
This week’s episode of #GameOfThrones was brilliant. You can all stop whining about where certain characters stories went now, it was bound to happen.
— harry otter (@joshpwills) May 13, 2019
Spoilers for Game of Thrones!
Tonight’s episode made me feel very uncomfortable because we saw what could have been the greatest fantasy hero’s journey twist into what might be the most epic villain story ever put to screen.
And I think I liked it. pic.twitter.com/Gh0qbzXyJm
— Joshua Yehl (@JoshuaYehl) May 13, 2019
INTERNET: Nothing in the series showed Danny's character would be that cruel or brutal in her path for power…
ME: Have you watched any of the other episodes? She'll do whatever it takes folks.. deal with ithttps://t.co/xsGVVoMCSy
— Christopher Marc (@_ChristopherM) May 13, 2019
— Alexander Heller (@AFXHeller) May 13, 2019
— Jennifer (@Jennife75979317) May 13, 2019
— Jonathan Cole (@Cole4Kansas) May 13, 2019
To be fair, Game of Thrones has never been about the typical ‘hero’s journey’. It’s a world where horrible people do horrible things, and the more noble people usually get crushed down by the horribleness.
Lena Headey revealed that her initial reaction to her final scene was “mixed”, while Varys (RIP) actor Conleth Hill has said that he was frustrated his character was sidelined in the last few seasons.