‘Game of Thrones’ Series Finale: A Lot of ‘Love’ Despite Much-Criticized Ending

Variety | 5/20/2019 | Elaine Low
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Spoiler alert: Do not read until you’ve watched “The Iron Throne,” the series finale of HBO’s “Game of Thrones,” aka season 8, episode 6.

Bran Stark may have a perpetual poker face, but “Game of Thrones” fans certainly had a lot of feelings about him Sunday night.

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The stony faced character was the No. 1 emotional driver of the episode, according to Canvs, a research startup that uses artificial intelligence to gauge natural-language commentary on social media. Bran “Three-Eyed Raven” Stark, played by Isaac Hempstead Wright, garnered 10.9% of the 578,059 emotional reactions on Twitter.

Of those who tweeted about him, 58.5% fell into the “enjoy” category, 10.1% into “dislike,” and 8.6% were “crazy”-related — no doubt reacting to his sudden ascent to the top of the King’s Landing food chain after a seasons-long battle between Cersei Lannister and Daenerys Targaryen for the throne.

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Tyrion Lannister, who became Bran’s No. 2 in Westeros, was similarly No. 2 in the rankings, pulling in 10.1% of the tweeted emotional reactions. Played by Peter Dinklage, the surviving Lannister enjoyed the highest “enjoy” rankings of all the characters with the sentiment accounting for 63.2% of all responses about him.

Across Season 8 as whole, however, Arya Stark and Jon Snow led as subjects of viewers’ feelings in the Twittersphere.

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Overall, the “Game of Thrones” final episode was the most emotionally reacted-to primetime series between May 13 and May 20, and garnered a 78.9% spike in emotional reactions...
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