SPOILERS: How the Internet Reacted to the Game of Thrones Series Finale
Game of Thrones aired its last ever episode last night. Here’s how the Internet reacted to a pop culture event like no other.
Top Words and Emojis
Taking a look at a word cloud generated using data from Zignal Labs, a few words (predictably) stood out more than the rest. Most fan chatter centered around the fact that the show was ending (“final,” “series,” “episode,” “hbo,” “fans”), while Emilia Clarke, who plays Daenerys Targaryen, and Ramin Djawadi, the show’s composer, were also highly discussed (“emilia,” “clarke,” “daenerys,” “ramin,” “djawadi,” “music”). The petition to remake Season 8, started by some fans following last week’s episode, also remained highly discussed (“remake,” “petition”).
Looking at an emoji cloud generated by data from Zignal Labs, the primary visual and emotional reaction to the final episode was a combination of sadness, hilarity and love, while sword, fire, dog and dragon emojis represented some of the biggest moment’s of last night’s episode (Drogon melting the Iron Throne and Jon Snow finally petting Ghost).
Last night we found out that Bran the Broken, First of His Name, would take the (figurative) Iron Throne. Curious to see if that ending matched fan predictions, we took a look at #ForTheThrone data (a hashtag fans used to posit their predictions around who would ultimately sit on the Iron Throne) from the week leading up to the show (left) and data from yesterday until now (right).
Interestingly, following last week’s episode (Episode 5), most people seemed to think (or hope) that Tyrion would take the throne, with Daenerys, Cersei, Jon Snow and Arya rounding out the top five. Looking at data from yesterday and today, however, the exiled Jon Snow took the top spot, with Daenerys retaining her second-highest spot, King Bran moving up to third and the Stark sisters overtaking the Lannister siblings.
Showing a slightly different side of the most talked-about moments from the last episode, here are the top five most retweeted Tweets since the show aired yesterday evening.
1. The official Game of Thrones Twitter thanks the show’s fans
2. Fans discuss the ending of Drogon’s storyline
3. Another Tweet from the Game of Thrones official Twitter ahead of the final episode
4. Recognizing a beautiful shot from last night’s episode
5. An eagle-eyed viewer spots yet another modern drink receptacle in King’s Landing
While time can only tell how the final episode (and season) will eventually go down in history (given we are analyzing data less than 24 hours after the final episode aired), for now, at least, our watch has ended.
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