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Early 'Game of Thrones' fan reactions: Fire and fury go beyond King's Landing

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“Game of Thrones” fans have endured jaw-dropping twists and turns season after season. Apparently, so have the show’s stars.
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Spoiler alert: This story contains significant details from Sunday’s series finale of HBO’s “Game of Thrones.”

Not surprisingly, Sunday’s series finale of “Game of Thrones” induced heavy and heated fan reaction on social media.

The early Twitter returns leaned negative, with some harsh assessments, although other viewers found beauty in the visuals and were happy that Jon Snow (Kit Harington) reunited with his direwolf, Ghost. (Caveat: Social media tends to draw more intense responses and those who are angry are more likely to make their feelings known.)

Here are some fan reactions just moments after the end of the 80-minute finale, which included many changes and surprises in the land of Westeros:

@bri_westover took it directly to David Benioff and D.B. Weiss, the co-creators of the series who wrote and directed Sunday’s finale: “How the creators should feel after that episode.” The comment was accompanied with the words “Shame. Shame. Shame.” written over a photo of Cersei Lannister’s famed walk of shame from earlier in the series.  

More: ‘Game of Thrones’ series finale recap: A disaster ending that fans didn’t deserve

In another dismissive Twitter review, @Sasdspagetbowl found the finale falling short of Thursday’s sendoff of “The Big Bang Theory,” clearly meaning the comparison as an insult: “The fact that the … Big Bang Theory got a better ending will haunt this fandom forever”

Many on Twitter took issue with the ascension of Bran Stark (Isaac Hempstead Wright), saying there was little justification to lead to such a decision and that Bran, the Three-Eyed Raven, had done nothing to merit such honored status.

@glory_kth dismissed Bran as king of the now-Six Kingdoms: “When you do nothing in the group but still get an A”

Bran’s rise didn’t bother other viewers. @tmi_bytheangel wrote that it makes sense: “Bran started the show, let him finish it. Am I the only one that thinks every thing that happened made perfect sense, for the most part?” 

Others enjoyed the episode, or at least aspects of it. Many loved the reunion of Jon Snow and direwolf Ghost. Their seeming farewell earlier in the season stirred criticism from fans upset that Jon did not pet or embrace his loyal friend.

More: ‘Game of Thrones’ fans put Jon Snow in the doghouse for abandoning his direwolf, Ghost

On Jon’s embrace of Ghost Sunday, @bastacy217 wrote: “Can we all agree this was the best part of the episode”  

@proudlylisa was moved by Drogon’s mournful discovery of the body of Daenerys Targaryen (Emilia Clarke): “#GOTFinale #GOT best scene ever..” 

@16695_atl found Drogon’s decision to destroy the Iron Throne rather than killing Daenerys’ murderer, Jon, symbolic and satisfying. “He didn’t kill Jon because he didn’t blame Jon,he blamed the iron throne. Drogon knew that the throne killed his mother. That scene was heartbreaking and perfect. He finished his mother’s wishes and broke the wheel.”

Another viewer appeared to enjoy the fact that the Starks – Sansa, Bran, Jon and Arya – will go on: “The pack survives,” @IAmSarCori wrote, with an accompanying photo of the quartet.

Other fans were impressed by the cinematography of the final episode, with a shot of Daenerys appearing to have dragon wings as Drogon rose behind her garnering many compliments.

“I don’t care where you stand on tonight’s finale… this shot was freaking amazing!!!!” @XpageX wrote of the Daenerys/Drogon visual.

Finally, at least one fan countenanced what the end of the hugely popular “Thrones” means for pay-cable HBO. @Fardeen_02 used a picture of the show’s final shot to suggest a loss of subscribers: “Wildlings representing HBO users who unsubscribed after the finale.”

Or, perhaps they’ll resubscribe when they move north.

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