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This post contains spoilers.
A lot of hearts were broken in Sunday’s emotional episode of Game of Thrones.
In the calm after last week’s heart-pounding battle, the heroes of HBO’s beloved series reached King’s Landing. Before they exchanged what looked to be their final words with Cersei, however, several beloved characters saw their romantic dreams dashed.
Fans finally got to see a long-desired relationship come to fruition in Jamie Lannister and Brienne of Tarth, only to have it snatched away moments later. Gendry became a lord—therefore fully qualified to marry a lady—only to realize he could never have a future with Arya. And Tormund. Poor, lusty Tormund never had a chance with Brienne.
With all the heartsick characters roaming around on Game of Thrones, memers had plenty of material to work with.
— Vanilla (@jycgdlcrz) May 6, 2019
The Brienne memes mostly just made us sad all over again.
i can excuse attempted child murder but i draw the line at making brienne cry
— liIith lannister (@zulemazhir) May 6, 2019
actual photos of me when brienne of tarth was begging and crying for jaime to stay
— Cee (@nkklurker) May 6, 2019
The Gendry memes were a bit harsh if you ask me, and were full of “friend zone” jokes.
— Endgame hurt Patty’s feelings (@RealPattyWap) May 6, 2019
— Alex🌻 (@AlexSunFlower17) May 6, 2019
Even though many of us were shipping the Brienne/Jamie pair-up, we were sad to see how the news hit Tormund.
— Shivansh Aashat (@Shivansh_aashat) May 6, 2019
— Arjun Pa (@arjunpa_) May 6, 2019
And even though last week’s episode saw far more character deaths, many people were hit harder by the emotion in “The Last of the Starks.” The next two episodes will likely see the final battle between Daenerys and Cersei finally come to a head. More characters will certainly lose their lives before the conclusion of the epic series, but for the next few days we can all settle in to nurse our wounds and cry for Brienne’s poor broken heart.
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Nahila Bonfiglio reports on geek culture and gaming. Her work has also appeared on KUT's Texas Standard (Austin), KPAC-FM (San Antonio), and the Daily Texan.