The Internet Reacts To Game Of Thrones Season 8 Premiere With Some Cracking Memes
It may be spring, but in terms of the hit HBO series Game of Thrones, winter has just arrived.
The hotly-anticipated Season 8 premiere finally happened last night (April 14) and social media practically exploded in turn. After years of seeing this saga through, it's finally all come down to this for fans, and the first episode of its final season had fans going practically insane.
According to Twitter, the season premiere launch managed to amass over 5 million tweets about the premiere alone. That makes it the most tweeted-about episode the series has seen since its debut. Whatever your reaction to the first episode of Season 8, one of the most exciting parts of a new season has always been watching social media for the inevitable tweet storm of hilarious reactions — and fans delivered in droves. We've rounded up a collection of some of the funniest memes the premiere spawned.
Warning: Major Game of Thrones Season 8 spoilers to follow.
There was a lot to go over, of course, with some serious revelations taking place during the episode.One of the biggest bombshells exploded when Samwell Tarly told Jon Snow the paralyzing truth about Jon's parentage that Kit Harington has been teasing for months.
He is the "true king" — Aegon Targaryen — and that means he's been, well, getting it on with his aunt, Daenerys Targaryen. That isn't great news for anyone to swallow, and fans had some hilarious takes on the matter. (It probably didn't help that Drogon was watching the two make out with a knowing glint in his eye, like many of us in the audience... which was weird.) And who could forget the weird magic carpet/dragon ride Jon and Dany took before finding out the news?
Sam: You're Aegon Targaryen!
Jon: No way!
Sam: Yes way!
Jon: I am Jon Snow son of Ned Stark!
Ned and Lyanna *from beyond the grave*: pic.twitter.com/7Z4rE0UnCW
— Toby. 🏳️🌈 (@FilmOddities) 15 April 2019
— Drip Gallagher (@nyceeej) 15 April 2019
Khaleesi and Cersei finding out they’re both smashing their relatives pic.twitter.com/8qRbWrWPy2
— Emotional Lesbian (@90sSugarDaddy) 14 April 2019
— Cherié Summers (@cheriesummers18) 15 April 2019
— tuvana (@oneandtwobatch) 15 April 2019
— Rachel May (@R_May9) 15 April 2019
— Mandie Moore (@outlawbbyy) 15 April 2019
— Jesus Avendaño 🇲🇽 (@_jesus_arcenio) 15 April 2019
— Harry (@KingKieft) 15 April 2019
— ❄️Ashlee🔥 (@poisonpink_Ash) 15 April 2019
Then there was also Bran, or the Three-Eyed Raven, creeping about in every other scene.
Bran to everyone: pic.twitter.com/mXj8GM0nxw
— jake (@jjjjake) 15 April 2019
— Zach Gray (@_ZachGray) 15 April 2019
— ً (@Jostifiedd) 15 April 2019
Cersei wanted those elephants too, natch.
— rimsha (@rimshutup) 15 April 2019
Game of Thrones Spoiler:
Cersei hearts elephants.
— Kumail Nanjiani (@kumailn) 15 April 2019
— Myles McNutt (@Memles) 15 April 2019
2012: “Where are my dragons??”
— ARI MATCHEN (@arimatchen) 15 April 2019
Plenty of shade was being thrown left and right with the Stark sisters, who always make things interesting.
— Michelle Odrama (@BingNiceNEZ) 15 April 2019
— sahar stark (@saharxfatima) 15 April 2019
Sansa, throwing shade at Khaleesi:
"What do dragons eat anyway?"
Khaleesi, breaker of chains, the First of Her Name, The Unburnt, Sipper of Tea, and Blocker of Shade:
"Whatever they want."
— BrooklynDad_Defiant! (@mmpadellan) 15 April 2019
The entire episode was sort of awkward, with run-ins between characters who have't seen each other in years. But there were plenty of heartwarming scenes as well, like when Jon reunited with Arya after an agonizingly long time — seven seasons, to be exact. Grab a Kleenex and watch with caution.
— AmeerKHAN (@AmeerKhan_ARK) 15 April 2019
— noel (@tonyysteve) 15 April 2019
— WELCOMETONISSA (@welcometonissa) 15 April 2019
Of course, others had a completely different set of problems, like the fact that Game of Thrones literally broke the internet.
— House Box Office (@HBO) 15 April 2019
— Elizabeth Hunt (@lizhuntofficial) 15 April 2019
When HBO Now is down and you can’t start GOT pic.twitter.com/gZ184dyham
— Meg (@gerowyourboat) 15 April 2019
Meanwhile, some were frustrated at the episode's comparatively short length compared to previous , despite the fact that we already had data on each episode's runtime. The shortest episode of the season is in fact the premiere, at 54 minutes, with the next five episodes (yes, there are only six) packing in a bit more. The third episode will bring nearly an hour and a half of carnage, and that's about where the show will find its sweet spot until it finally ends on May 19. Also, Game of Thrones is warping our sense of time and space; 54 minutes is still too long for any episode of television.
Wow that episode felt super short 😩😪 #GameofThrones
— Out Of Steam 💨 (@_OutOfSteam) 15 April 2019
This episode is too fucking short 😭😢😭😭😭#GameofThrones
— Darth Verdes XXV (@Riverthames85) 15 April 2019
Anyone else thought that episode was short?? They should have added more. #gameofthrones.
— Audrey Hall (@Girl1Hall) 15 April 2019
— Krishan A Smith (@Krishan_Mamba24) 15 April 2019
Who's going to end up taking the Iron Throne? How will all these messy plot threads resolve? We don't know for sure, but we did assign power rankings to each of the potential throne contenders — if that even matters by the time the Night King rolls through. Because as the teaser for the next episode hinted, he's on his way. Whatever happens, we'll definitely be sticking around each week — wading through a sea of memes — to find out.
- Brittany Vincent.