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    Let's Talk About Daenerys Targaryen's Ending On "Game Of Thrones"

    Lyanna Stark did not die for this. Warning: contains spoilers.

    Well. We knew it was probably coming, and here it is: in the Season 8 finale, Jon Snow murders the woman he loves, Daenerys Targaryen, and effectively ends the Targaryen line – his own family – forever.

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    Coming off the back of a completely unearned turn to the dark side from Daenerys, and retconning speeches from Tyrion that cast the very deeds that made him and everyone else believe in Daenerys in a negative light – not to mention the implication that if only the men had been able to control her, things would be different – it's less of a bittersweet ending and more of an extremely sour one.

    Daenerys Targaryen started her story being assaulted by her brother and raped by her husband, and she ended it by being betrayed and murdered by the man she loves – while he was literally kissing her. It reeks of misogyny, and comes as a final blow to all the fans who persisted with the show despite their reservations about its treatment of its female characters.

    To be clear – this plot could have been done in a way that wasn't so sexist and damaging. But it wasn't. And making Sansa Queen in the North, Brienne a kingsguard, or sending Arya off on adventures does not make up for the way the show turned its central female character, an abuse survivor, into a crazy person and a victim in the end, without giving her plot the development it deserved to make it make sense.

    Many Game of Thrones fans have been left disappointed. Here are some of their reactions...

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    RIP Daenerys Targaryen You deserved better 😪 #GameOfThronesFinale #GameOfThrones

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    daenerys death was SO incredibly underwhelming, a character with eight years of journey, whose death had no impact. i didnt even cry one single tear please

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    SO WHAT LESSON WE LEARN FROM #GOT TODAY THAT NEVER TRUST A MAN. #GameOfThronesFinale

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    Oh good lord is this really gonna be about a white man’s “decision” to “choose” to save the world from a violent irrational woman? I am going to be LIVID if that is where we end up in this ACTUAL world where white men irrationally are taking choices away from women

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    Me after all these years, investing in supporting Dany, only to get this finale #GameofThrones

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    Dany began her story alone and then died alone

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    drogon is all alone in the world now that dany's dead oh nooo somebody save my boy

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    In her first episode of #GameofThrones, #DaenerysTargaryen was molested by her brother and raped by her husband. In her final episode, she was murdered by her lover. Cool progression that.

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    Killed the baddest woman ever for this bumbling group of mediocres to rule? #GameOfThronesFinale #really

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    Daenerys lost: Her parents Her brothers Her home Her baby Her most trusted advisers Her best friend Her dragons Her people Her armies Was sold, raped, abused... but sure she doesn't deserve a happy ending because her last name isn't Stark. #GameOfThrones #GameOfThronesFinale

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    Arthur Dayne didn’t die for this. He died so that the Targaryens could live.

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    the worst thing is that the writers are using daenerys killing slavers and rapists as a sign for her descent to madness. SLAVERS. AND RAPISTS. of all shows. im so over it #GameOfThrones

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    cannot believe they had so many opportunities with all these powerful women and they chose a male ruler with a WHOLE council of males... no words #gameofthrones

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    Drogon and Dany didn't deserve this. #Daenerys #GameOfThrones

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    what an arc daenerys had, from being felt up by her brother to stabbed by her nephew

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    oh my god I just had to BEYONCE REALLY IS A DAENERYS STAN AND EVEN WROTE A MF SONG ABOUT IT AND PLACED IT IN HER LEMONADE ALBUM she knew all along #GameOfThronesFinale

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