It was the night many have been waiting eight seasons for. Years of getting to know and care for characters, follow and unravel their arcs, root for them and cry for them. It took fifty five days to film, 750 cast members, was the longest battle scene in television and film history, even beating out of the iconic Lord of the Rings Battle of Helm’s Deep.
It was THAT moment in television, one that culminated in the fate of many Game of Thrones favorites. The week leading up to the episode was nothing short of stressful for many hardcore fans, waiting with trepidation and anxiety to learn which of our favorite characters would find their end. For those who watch the show, you know George RR Martin has no issue or hesitation with killing off characters, regardless of fan adoration. It was thought, by many, that tonight would cut the main cast in half.
To say that it was the most popular topic in social media would be an understatement. It was all over Twitter’s trending moments, after all.
The episode exceeded many expectations, but this feature isn’t actually about the episode itself. Instead, it is about the power of fandom, and the effect that shows such as GoT have on fans. Reactions to the infamous #BattleofWinterfell in the hours following the episode served to be just as entertaining, and in some cases exceeded, that of the show itself. Some were praise, some was questions, and many were so hilarious and relatable to the experience of GoT that we lol’d.
Here are some of our favorites.
*NOTE* Some tweets may hint at spoilers. If you don’t want to know, or haven’t watched s8e3 yet, don’t read any further!*
— Joy Reid (@JoyAnnReid) April 29, 2019
— kop legend 🔴 (@koplegend11) April 29, 2019
*SCREAMS IN ARYA FUCKING STARK* #GameOfThrones
— Lizzie (@lizziethat) April 29, 2019
— Karabo Mokgoko 🦄 (@Karabo_Mokgoko) April 29, 2019
On a scale of Bran Stark to Arya Stark, how much do you contribute group projects? #GameofThrones
— David Leavitt (@David_Leavitt) April 29, 2019
— ✨ pan di stelle ✨ | got spoilers (@ossswin) April 29, 2019
*Winterfell is getting destroyed*
— Caribbean Millennials (@CaribMillennial) April 29, 2019
— andie 👓 (@andie_rubela) April 29, 2019
— rmaria (@rmeow15) April 29, 2019
Them trying to keep the dead out of Winterfell pic.twitter.com/D1DZerk50e
— Steadman™ (@AsteadWesley) April 29, 2019
— CLOUD KIRKLAИD 🔥 (@CloudKirkland) April 29, 2019
— Jake Smith (@smija_) April 29, 2019
Game of Thrones airs Sundays at 9/8c on HBO.