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By Daniel Arkin

This article contains major spoilers about the series finale of “Game of Thrones.” If you’re still catching up on the season or haven’t watched the final episode yet, bookmark this page and come back another time. You’ve been warned!

“Game of Thrones,” the 73-episode fantasy saga that has swallowed up more cultural oxygen than just about any other modern television series, bid farewell Sunday night. The final 80-minute installment threw a few narrative curveballs, wrapped up some loose ends, killed off one final pivotal character and — surprise, surprise! — divided the internet into warring camps.

Here’s a look at the early reaction.


The oddsmakers were right.

In the end, Bran Stark (Isaac Hempstead-Wright) was named ruler of Westeros, just as the Las Vegas gambling world predicted. But since Bran is the all-seeing Three-Eyed Raven, it’s probably safe to assume he called this one, too.

The dark horse pick made sense to some long-time viewers, including Vox television critic Todd VanDerWerff, who argued that the ending was foreshadowed in George R.R. Martin’s books and fit into the HBO adaptation’s obsession with the “impossibility of just leadership.”

But some on Twitter jeered Bran’s ascent to power, poking fun at the character’s ethereal aloofness and the narrative left-turns that took him to the top.

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