‘Game of Thrones’ meme claims King’s Landing is an ‘inside job’

This article contains spoilers.

The series finale of Game of Thrones on Sunday finally revealed the long-running drama’s conclusion. More than 1 million fans remain unsatisfied, though, given their signatures on a petition to remake season 8 with “competent writers.” Perhaps as a sly reference to this, many Twitter users have started jokingly claiming the battle of King’s Landing was an “inside job,” referencing a 9/11 conspiracy theory meme older than Twitter itself.

If you only crawl the saner corners of the internet, you may not be familiar with the meme. It came about after the 2001 terrorist attack, amid unfounded accusations that the New York City residents fleeing the debris were crisis actors and that the whole thing was some elaborate government plot. The baseless theory posits: How could structural failure bring down the twin towers when a plane’s fuel can’t burn hot enough to melt the steel beams holding up the buildings? The only answer, according to the conspiracy, is that 9/11 was an inside job by the U.S. government.

The mental aerobics required to reach such a conclusion instantly became a meme. While steel may not melt at the temperature jet fuel burns, it begins to lose integrity at far lower temperatures, according to Jefferson Lab, which easily could have caused the failure. The fact that the theory is so easily dispelled by a simple Google search also lent to its virality.

Fast forward to present day, when most of the world watched Daenerys’ last remaining dragon, Drogon, completely melt the iconic iron throne early in the episode with his fire. Fans posted tongue-in-cheek nods to the bizarre logic of the “melted steel” meme.

A few users previously pointed out the theory after the second-to-last episode, “The Bells,” in which Drogon similarly destroys stone buildings while obliterating the people of King’s Landing. Obviously, the fall of the Red Keep had to be an inside job.

Maybe the whole thing was Ghost’s revenge on Jon Snow for leaving without petting him after the Battle of Winterfell, Twitter User @Ughx3000 suggests.

And of course, Daenerys’ firey stroll through King’s Landing must have been fake as well—just a bunch of actors and controlled demolitions. This idea becomes especially funny when you consider fans’ vehement disapproval of this narrative twist.

So, was Daenerys’ storming of King’s Landing an inside job? Game of Thrones creators David Benioff and D.B. Weiss haven’t denied it yet, which means it must be true—if you think like a conspiracy theorist.

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Alyse Stanley

Alyse Stanley

Alyse Stanley is a video game and culture reporter based in Virginia with words at Polygon and USGamer. When she’s not writing about memes, she edits Unwinnable’s monthly magazine. You can follow her on Twitter @pithyalyse.