Game of Thrones does not care about your happiness. Since it deviated earlier this season from the novels that inspired it, the show has been on rape and murder spree the likes of which even premium cable has never seen. While surprise deaths of beloved and despised characters are nothing new on the sword and sorcery series, this season has managed to anger fans with multiple instances of sexual and physical violence above and beyond what was called for in the novels. Despite the controversy, for millions of fans, Sunday night is reserved for watching Thrones unfold in all it’s bloody glory. For millions of non-fans, on social media, Sunday night is reserved for watching fans anguish and outrage unfold across their Twitter streams. Last night’s finale was no different as the series axed not one but two major characters unexpectedly triggering a wave of “Nooooo” that could be heard across social media.
The relationship between television writers and social media has never been stronger, and shows like Game of Thrones would be wise to learn the difference between the anguish of a shocked fan and the outrage of a disappointed one. We took at look at some of the online reaction to get a sense of how Throne-heads (a cool new nickname for Game of Thrones fans that I just made up) took last nights surprises.
We’re not sure who’s going to sit on the Iron Throne, but the kings and queens of social media are most definitely YouTubers so we surveyed some of our faves and the reactions were…intense.
Game of Thrones was so intense but me and @JulienSolomita are crying laughing at the post episode thread on reddit. ???????
— Jenna Mourey/Marbles (@Jenna_Marbles) June 15, 2015
So angry with game of thrones last night
— Will Darbyshire (@willdarbyshire) June 15, 2015
Just watched the final episode of Game of Thrones and I’m crying ugly tears ?
— Hannah Witton (@hannahwitton) June 15, 2015
I have many feelings about last night’s Game of Thrones finale. I still can’t process what happened.
— David Collict (@davidcollict) June 15, 2015
The Game of Thrones finale though o___o
— Tom Burns (@TomRPI) June 15, 2015
— Dean Dobbs (@DeanDobbs) June 15, 2015
Christ. Game of Thrones. I got nothing. What an episode.
— Jack Douglass (@jacksfilms) June 15, 2015
game of thrones season 5 is over and holy hell that was an incredible last episode. wow.
— peej (@kickthepj) June 15, 2015
I was BLOWN AWAY by the Game of Thrones finale and I didn’t even SEE it yet!!!
— wheezywaiter (@wheezywaiter) June 15, 2015
“DO BOOBS REALLY LOOK LIKE THAT?!” -A bunch of gay men watching Game of Thrones
— Neil McNeil (@Neil_McNeil) June 15, 2015
one last thing and i’m done: watching Game of Thrones is like being in love with someone who is emotionally manipulative and abusive. DONE.
— Will Shepherd (@shep689) June 15, 2015