Warning: Spoilers ahead.
This was the twist that nobody saw coming. Over the course of eight seasons, Game of Thrones, tracking a battle for power in fictional Westeros, saw families rise and fall (and sometimes be wiped out completely), and several contenders scheme and lose. In Sunday night’s finale, we found out who would reign supreme, and it was a huge surprise that nobody saw coming. In the end, a council of Tyrion Lannister, Sansa Stark, Yara Greyjoy, Brienne of Tarth, and more decided that Bran Stark would be the best king.
Yes, that’s right. Bran Stark, who never said he wanted to rule, instead of Jon Snow, who had the best blood claim to the throne. Bran Stark, instead of Daenerys Targaryen, who conquered and burned and walked through fire to get the throne she believed to be her birthright. Bran Stark instead of his sister Sansa Stark, a fan favorite whose hard-won steeliness and political savvy earned the respect of her fellow characters and viewers alike.
Suffice it to say, viewers were shocked. Many had theorized that Jon or even Sansa would take the throne. Here are the best, most astounded Twitter reactions and memes about Bran becoming the ruler of the Seven Kingdoms.