Warning: Spoilers ahead.
I am filled with feelings about the penultimate episode of Game of Thrones, and nearly none of them is good. After losing two of her dragons, Daenerys suddenly learns how to use the remaining one to her advantage—and by “advantage,” I mean burning down the entirety of the city she plans to rule. The Mountain and the Hound have their final battle and tumble poetically into fire, Euron finally shuts up (because Jamie kills him), and Arya manages to escape the burning ruins of the city. (Plus…there’s a horse?)
As for Cersei, after watching the city and her people burn for forty minutes, and after putting nearly every single character on this show through hell in some way or another, the queen dies…in the arms of her beloved brother, presumably squished by rubble.
Really? If I had to guess the character whose death viewers were looking forward to the most, especially after last week, I’d have to go with Cersei. Yet somehow, in an episode that saw the end of plenty of characters, Cersei was given the least satisfying death of the episode, and possibly of the show. Just cast your mind back to the beheading of Ned Stark, and Cersei burning the sept down, or driving her son to suicide. She has orchestrated so many painful, excruciating moments—and somehow she gets treated to a gentle (as far as this show is concerned) death in the arms of her beloved? I won’t stand for it and, honestly, neither did the internet. Below, the best of the reactions to this deeply unsatisfying ending.