HBO premiered the highly-anticipated series finale of Game of Thrones tonight, and let's just say some fans were not feeling it. (You can read more about how it went down, here.) Contempt for how showrunners took the direction of the narratives and the characters was palpable on Twitter. However, plenty of other fans chimed in that they dug the series finale.
Check out just a few of the reactions, below. Both the positive and negative tweets keep rolling in.
These reactions, though, only hit the tip of the iceberg. All season fans have been pointing out areas where showrunners could've done better. People felt like Arya didn't get enough credit when she killed the Night King. Jon Snow kept making questionable choices left and right. At one point, Sansa basically said that experiencing rape made her grow as a person. That last one really didn't sit well with viewers, including Jessica Chastain, who tweeted, "Rape is not a tool to make a character stronger."
Another fan noted, "Sansa thrived DESPITE her trauma, not BECAUSE of it. That's what is frustrating about the scene and what so many people are missing here." A third one wrote, "I would have rather Sansa been like 'it is what it is' to the events that lead her to this season versus basically implying getting assaulted and shit made her 'stronger' Just....pitiful. And def written by a cishet man."
But there were some moments of success. The fact that Arya did kill the Night King was badass, regardless of the aftermath. "It was so unbelievably exciting,”Maisie Williams told Entertainment Weekly about the scene. “But I immediately thought that everybody would hate it, that Arya doesn’t deserve it. The hardest thing in any series is when you build up a villain that’s so impossible to defeat and then you defeat them. It has to be intelligently done because otherwise people are like, ‘Well, [the villain] couldn’t have been that bad when some 100-pound girl comes in and stabs him.’ You gotta make it cool. And then I told my boyfriend and he was like, ‘Mmm, should be Jon though, really, shouldn’t it?’” For the record: No, it shouldn't have been Jon Snow. That was Arya's win, and no one can take that from her.
It's difficult to say how the reception of this finale will inform the Game of Thrones fandom. A prequel is on the horizon, but will fans tune in? I guess we'll have to wait and see.
Originally Appeared on Glamour